Deadlines

 

Master's Programs have two application cycle deadlines:
November 15
March 15
NOTE: February 1 is the deadline for Robotics and the two Integrated Product Design programs. These programs do not have two application cycles.
Doctoral Program deadline:
December 15 is the deadline for all PhD Programs
 

The 2018-19 Application is closed.

You can fill out our INQUIRY FORM to receive specific program information or if you plan to apply for the 2019-20 academic year.

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.

Application Requirements

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

  • Biographical information (part of the online application);
  • A personal statement;
  • 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:
    • University of Pennsylvania
      School of Engineering and Applied Science
      Graduate Admissions
      109 Towne Building
      220 S. 33rd St.
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-6391

    * This requirement can be waived if the candidate has 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, by the time of matriculation.

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

All official transcripts should only be sent to Penn Engineering if you have been admitted and 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 requied to be in English.
  • We do not require WES transcript evaluation.

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

University of Pennsylvania
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Graduate Admissions
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:

Abigail Whittington, admissions1@seas.upenn.edu, for - BE, EE, ESE, IPD, MSE, MEAM, NANO, ROBO, SCMP, SE

Sherry Ferraiolo, admissions2@seas.upenn.edu, for - BIOT, CBE, CGGT, CIS, DATS, EMBS, MCIT

We encourage all applicants that have attended a Chinese Institution to use the CHESSIC translation service when sending their official documentation. The first document is $12 and all additional documents are $10. Please note, it may take up to 20 business days for the documents to be electronically transmitted.

Financial Aid Information

Please note that Penn Engineering does not provide master's applicants with financial assistance. Please see the "How To Pay 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.