The application process is straightforward, and we’re here to help. We evaluate your application holistically based on the following components:
We look at your resume to learn about your job skills, the depth of your professional experience, your leadership experience and more.
In two pages or less, write an essay that answers the questions below. (But if you’re applying to the Integrated Product Design program, see the IPD-specific questions here.) Use specific examples where possible.
Please provide two letters of recommendation (three for the CIS Ph.D. and BE Ph.D. “Medical Physics” concentration only), including one from a faculty member who is familiar with your scholarly abilities.
When you apply, please submit an unofficial transcript from each university or college where you earned course credit. Your transcripts must be in English.
If your original transcript is not in English, we encourage you to use a transcript evaluation and translation service such as Educational Perspectives. If you are from a Chinese institution, we encourage you to use the Center for Student Services and Development.
For applicants using WES transcript evaluation, please arrange to have your report sent to:
University of Pennsylvania
Dept: SEAS Graduate Admissions (Engineering)
Official transcripts are only required if you have been admitted and choose to enroll.
Please pay the $90 nonrefundable application fee along with your online application. You may qualify for a fee waiver if you are in one of the following categories:
If you meet one of these criteria, your fee will be automatically waived.
The GRE is optional during the 2024-2025 application cycle, and it won’t hurt your application if you choose not to take it. But if you have taken the exam and received valid scores, we encourage you to submit them. Here’s what you need to know if you decide to submit your scores:
If you are an international applicant or a non-US citizen or permanent resident and English is not your native language, you must submit official scores for (1) the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), (2) the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or (3) Duolingo English Test (DET).
To have the English-language requirement waived, you must meet one of the following criteria by the time of matriculation:
If you meet one of these criteria, this requirement will be automatically waived.
You don’t have to achieve a particular score to be admitted, but we recommend that you aim for at least the following scores:
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