How to Apply

On-Campus Programs

Applications for all on-campus graduate programs for the 2019-20 academic year are now closed.

You can fill out our Inquiry Form to receive additional information and be notified when the application for the 2020-21 academic year is available.

Online Programs

The application for MCIT Online Fall 2019 Admission is now open.

You can also fill out the MCIT Online Inquiry Form to receive information on this program.

Doctoral Program Deadlines

The Application for the 2019-20 Academic year is now closed. All doctoral program applications to Penn Engineering were due by Saturday, December 15, 2018. Please note, applicants are only permitted to submit one doctoral application per academic cycle. Decisions are released on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified when their decision is available.

Master’s Program Deadlines

The final application deadline for on-campus master’s programs was March 15, 2019. The application process for on-campus programs is now closed.

Programs Deadlines
  • Computer and Information Technology (Online)
Fall 2019 Admission:

  • Open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019
    • Early Admission Decision – March 1, 2019
      • Decision received April 15, 2019
    • Regular Admission Decision – May 1, 2019
      • Decision received June 14, 2019

These Master’s Programs Have Two Deadlines for the 2019-20 Application Cycle

  • Biotechnology
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer and Information Technology (On-campus)
  • Data Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Scientific Computing
Deadlines for Fall 2019 Admission:

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 (now passed)
    • Decisions will be sent on Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 (UPDATED)
    • Decisions will be now sent on the following days:
    • Friday, April 12, 2019 (JUST ANNOUNCED)
    • Friday, April 19, 2019
    • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    • Wednesday, May 15, 2019

These Master’s Programs Have One Deadline for the 2019-20 Application Cycle

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Game Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • Integrated Product Design
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
  • Robotics
  • Systems Engineering
Deadline for Fall 2019 Admission:

  • Friday, February 1, 2019

Decisions were released on:

  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Friday, April 5, 2019

Criteria for Candidates

Applicants for master’s and doctoral programs must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited School or University prior to intended matriculation date. The degree programs must be a minimum of three years in length.

Application Requirements for On-Campus Programs

MCIT Online Applicants: for a list of application requirements, please see the MCIT Online website.

All below materials are required to be submitted by the specific application deadline:

  • Biographical information (part of the online application);
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement – we recommend the following guidelines for the personal statement:
    • No more than two pages in a readable font/size:
    • Use answers to the following questions to guide your writing; please provide detailed and specific examples from academia, industry or research when possible:
      • Why are you interested in this program?
      • What have you done that makes you a great candidate?
      • How will you benefit from the program?
      • How do you plan to contribute to the student community in SEAS while you’re here?
      • Why will you succeed in the program?
      • What will you do/accomplish once you have completed the program?
  • Two [2] official Letters of Recommendation – one must be from a faculty member who is familiar with the candidate’s scholarly abilities:
    • CIS PhD application requires three [3] Letters of Recommendation.
  • Unofficial Transcript – submitted with application:
    • One [1] transcript from each university or college attended where course credit was earned, to be uploaded and submitted with the online application. It is required to be in English.
  • $80 non-refundable application fee – This payment must be submitted with the online application.
  • GRE – official score report for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – required by all programs:
    • The institution code to use for the GRE exam is 2888.
    • Test results must be valid at time of application submission.
    • You must take the exam by the application deadline.
  • TOEFL/IELTS* – All international applicants and non-US Citizens/Permanent Resident applicants for whom English is not the native language must submit official scores for either the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)*.
    • The institution code for the TOEFL exam is 2888.
    • Test results must be valid at time of application submission.
    • You must take the exams by the application deadline.
  • TOEFL Score Recommendations – a minimum of 100 is recommended for all programs. There is not a required score.
  • IELTS Score Recommendations – a minimum of 7.5 is recommended for all programs. There is not a required score.
    • We do not currently accept electronic score results for the IELTS. Test results should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania
109 Towne Building
220 S. 33rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6391

*To waive this requirement, by the time of matriculation, the candidate must have completed at least three (3) years of academic work on a full-time basis at a university-level institution in the United States or in a country in which English is recognized as the official language or where the medium of instruction is English. A request is not needed; the requirement may be waived after your application and necessary materials are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Office.

We do not have minimum required test scores or GPA. Averages can be found in some university publications, on some departmental websites and in media such as U.S. News & World Report and Peterson’s.

Application materials, other than transcripts, may only be updated once after the application has been submitted. There is also no guarantee that updated materials will be reviewed, as the application is considered final upon submission.

Official Transcripts

Note: If you are admitted to the MCIT Online program, you will be contacted separately with instructions on how to submit your official transcripts.

All official transcripts should only be sent to Penn Engineering if you have been admitted and have already submitted your enrollment form.

  • One [1] official transcript from each university or college attended where course credit was earned. This must be submitted by the issuing institution. It is required to be in English.
  • One [1] official final transcript, showing completion of the degree. You must also send a certificate of graduation, when the transcript does not list the degree earned. This must be submitted by the issuing institution. It is required to be in English.
  • We do not require WES transcript evaluation.
  • Current Penn Students and Penn Alumna that were enrolled beginning January of 2014 or after do not need to provide official transcripts. They will instead be uploaded from the University Registrar at no cost to the admitted student. Anyone that graduated or ended their enrollment prior to January 2014 must request an official transcript from the University Registrar and pay any applicable fees.

If the transcripts will be mailed, please have them sent to the following address:

Graduate Admissions
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennyslvania
109 Towne Building
220 S. 33rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6391

If your institution uses electronic transcripts, your institution should send the electronic transcripts to the following administrators:

We encourage all applicants submitting transcripts from non-US-based institutions to use transcript evaluation and translation services (if the original transcript is not in English). To expedite the process of ordering documents, you may use the Certifile/College Net Document Service offered through our online application to obtain documents from Educational Perspectives. Applicants from Chinese institutions are encouraged to use the China Credential Service (CHESICC) service. After you complete the required sections of your application, you will have the option to order your official transcripts and evaluation documents for an additional fee. You can also order them from the application checklist after your application has been submitted. Official transcripts are only required if you have been admitted and choose to enroll.

Financial Aid Information

Please note that Penn Engineering does not provide master’s applicants with financial assistance. Please see the Paying For Your Education page for more information.

Admission Decisions

Applications are evaluated as a whole portfolio: we use your self-reported test scores, unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement and resume/cv for the application review process. Completed master’s applications will be evaluated promptly by our faculty once each application cycle has ended. Admittance is based on an estimate of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete our graduate program and on the compatibility of student interests with our programs and research. When an admissions decision is reached, the applicant will be notified directly through the online application system. Please note that admission decisions cannot be revealed over the telephone.