Accelerated Master's Program (4+1)

The Fall 2021 application will be available here on September 14, 2020.

Current Penn students, go here.

The Accelerated Master’s program (formally the 4+1 External Submatriculation Program) enables qualified undergraduates outside of the University of Pennsylvania to begin a Master’s degree program at Penn Engineering while still completing their undergraduate degree at their respective institution. Currently these include Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College and LaSalle University. The deadline to apply for Fall 2021 is February 1, 2021.

To find out more about our Master’s programs, entry requirements, and/or graduation requirements, go to the list of programs. There, you will also find contact information  for each program’s graduate coordinator who can answer questions regarding the respective degrees. (Please note: the Integrated Product Design Master’s programs are not included in the 4+1. Those interested in these programs must apply through the normal application process). A list of the Master’s program Graduate Coordinators contact information can be found here.

Upon approval by the respective graduate faculty at Penn Engineering and your respective undergraduate college, a student admitted to the Accelerated Master’s 4+1 may take and use up to three graduate courses at Penn for both undergraduate and graduate credit. (Biotechnology Master’s students may count up to four.)

Minimum Requirements for Application:

To apply, you must have the necessary background and major to enter into the desired Master’s degree program, which may be found on the website of each respective master’s program. A full listing of the Penn Engineering Master’s programs is here. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, as well as a minimum 3.0 GPA in all math, science, and engineering courses, or “STEM GPA” (the equivalent of the “Major” GPA in Penn Engineering Undergraduate programs), are required to apply. In addition, students should apply no later than February 1 of their Junior year. Admission decisions are made on a selective basis.


The GRE is not required for 4+1 applicants. However, you are encouraged to take the GRE, if you plan to pursue a Ph.D.

Completing the Undergraduate Degree

You are required to graduate from your home institution at the end of your fourth year. If this is not achieved, you will be dropped from the Master’s degree program at Penn Engineering.

Taking Graduate courses at Penn as an Accelerated Master's student

Students may take up to three graduate courses at Penn (four for Biotechnology) to “double-count” toward their Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree. Double-counting is defined as allowing courses to be used to satisfy both degrees. These courses are subject to approval by the Graduate Chair/Advisor and may not be taken prior to beginning the Accelerated Master’s program at Penn Engineering.

Full-time residency at Penn in the fifth year

In the fifth year of the 4+1, students will enroll as full-time Master’s students in Penn Engineering after completing their undergraduate degree at their home institution. Students will complete the remainder of the courses required by your specific master’s degree program, ten (10) for all programs and eleven (11) for Biotechnology. Students are financially responsible for all tuition and fees in the fifth year; master’s tuition and fees are charged by the course.

When to Apply

Applications are available September 14 to February 1, prior to the fall term you would like to begin.

Application Procedure

Step 1: Meet with your current institution’s 4+1 advisor/designee for approval before submitting your application.

Step 2: Complete the application, select the Accelerated Master’s option, and indicate your institution. Required supporting documents include:

  • Letter of Recommendation from your college’s designated 4+1 advisor
  • A current resume/CV
  • Unofficial transcript

Step 3: Please note that Biotechnology, Computer and Information Science, Data Science, Nanotechnology, and Robotics all have additional requirements:

  • Biotechnology Accelerated Master’s program:
    • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your college’s designated 4+1 adviser
    • A personal statement, two to three pages long
    • Proposed Undergraduate Study Form, uploaded after application is submitted
  • Computer and Information Science, Data Science, Nanotechnology, and Robotics Accelerated Master’s programs:
    • Personal statement, two to three pages long

Step 4: If you are admitted and choose to attend, you will be required to submit your official transcript once you’ve completed your undergraduate degree.  You will receive instructions on where to email the official copy. Or you can mail it to our office at the below address:

University of Pennsylvania
SEAS Graduate Admissions
Levine North Building (GRW) Room 166B
3330 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
Attn: Accelerated Master’s