Ph.D. Programs

The application for 2019-20 Academic Term is closed. The deadline was December 15, 2018. You can submit an inquiry form for the 2020-2021 Academic Term here.

Our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs are research-oriented degree programs for students of superior caliber who will make original contributions to theory and practice in their fields of interest. The programs prepare you for a research career in academia, government, or industry. Our curricula are purposely designed to develop the intellectual skills essential for the rapidly changing character of research. You can review Penn Engineering’s interdisciplinary Research Centers and Institutes, the Faculty Directory, and additional information research labs and groups can be found in departmental websites.

Please visit the website of the department/s you are interested in for the most comprehensive information regarding admissions and the curriculum.

Note: Applicants for Ph.D. programs who have not yet obtained a master’s degree can be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program; they may obtain a MSE during their course of study.

Application Deadline

Please note that the deadline for all Ph.D. applications for 2019-20 Academic Year is December 15, 2018. You can fill out an Inquiry Form to receive more information about specific programs.


PhD students are typically awarded funding upon admission to cover tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses and payment of University of Pennsylvania student health insurance.