External Submatriculation Program (4+1)
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. Only students at institutions with which Penn Engineering has a signed agreement for the 4+1 may apply. Currently these include: Bryn Mawr College, and Haverford College.
To find out more about our master's programs, entry requirements, and/or graduation requirements, go to the list of programs. There, you can also find contact information of persons in each of the programs who can help answer your questions regarding the respective degrees. (Please note that the Integrated Product Design master's programs are not included in the 4+1. Those who are interested in these programs must apply through the normal application process for Penn Engineering master's programs.) A list of the master's program Graduate Coordinators names and contact emails can be found here.
Upon approval by the respective graduate faculty at Penn Engineering and your respective undergraduate college, a student admitted to the 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 the end of the summer of their junior year. Admission decisions are made on a selective basis.
GRE: The GRE is not required for 4+1 applicants. However, you are strongly encouraged to take the GRE, especially if you have interests in pursuing a Ph.D. later. If you have taken the GRE at the time of your application, please include the scores on your application and have ETS send them to us, using code #2888.
Completing the undergraduate degree: You are required to graduate and receive your bachelor's degree 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 UNDERGRADUATE courses at Penn prior to submatriculating: For Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College students, as part of the "Quaker Consortium" agreement, you may take undergraduate course(s) at Penn that are needed to meet background and pre-requisite course work. (Note that through the "Quaker Consortium," no tuition and fees are charged by Penn.) Please meet with the designated "Quaker Consortium" adviser on your campus for further guidance.
Taking GRADUATE courses at Penn as a submatriculated student: Via the existing "Quaker Consortium" agreement, as an admitted "submatriculate," 4+1 students may take up to three graduate courses (four for Biotechnology) to "double-count" toward their Penn Engineering master's degree, subject to approval by the respective Graduate Chair/Adviser. These may not be taken prior to submatriculating into Penn Engineering. "Double-counting" is defined as allowing courses to be used to satisfy both the Penn master's and the bachelor's at your home institution. (Note that through the "Quaker Consortium," no tuition and fees are charged by Penn for these courses.)
Full-time residency at Penn in the fifth year: In the fifth and final year of the 4+1, students will be enrolled as full-time master's students in Penn Engineering, having fully completed their undergraduate degree at the home institution. During this year, you will complete the remainder of the courses required by your specific master's degree program. The total number of courses for an engineering master's is ten courses; consequently, you must complete at least seven additional courses. You will be financially responsible for all tuition and fees in the fifth year. Penn Engineering master's tuition and fees are charged by the course.
When to apply: There are two application cycles:
1. Fall Term: please submit your application by March 15, prior to the Fall Term you would like to begin.
2. Spring Term: please submit your application by November 15, prior to the Spring Term you would like to begin.
1. Meet with your current institution's 4+1 Adviser or designee. (Please note that you must be approved by your Adviser/designee before submitting your application.)
- Bryn Mawr College:
- Michelle Francl, Chemistry (email@example.com or 610-526-7392)
- Mark Matlin, Physics (firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-526-5355)
- Jennifer Skirkanich, Biology (email@example.com or 610-526-5090)
- Arlo Weil, Geology (firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-526-5113)
- Leslie Cheng, Math (email@example.com or 610-526-5349)
- Richard Eisenberg, Computer Science (firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-526-5061)
- Haverford College:
2. Complete the application, selecting the sub-matriculation option and indicating your institution. The application is here. This includes:
- Your Letter of Recommendation in the application should be from your college's designated 4+1 Adviser.
- A current resume/cv.
- Unofficial current transcript
3. Please note: Biotechnology MSE, Electrical Engineering ESE and Systems Engineering ESE have additional requirements, all of which should be completed when submitting your application:
- Biotechnology MSE:
- Three letters of recommendation, including one from your college's designated 4+1 adviser
- A personal statement, two-three pages long
- Electrical Engineering MSE and Systems Engineering MSE:
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from your college's designated 4+1 adviser
- Submit a Course Planning Worksheet by email to the Admissions Office, email@example.com
4. After submitting the application, including the Letter of Recommendation(s) and your unofficial transcript, please mail a sealed, official copy of your transcript to our office at the below address:
- Graduate Admissions
Research and Academic Services
School of Engineering & Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania, 109 Towne
220 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104/6391
Attn: 4+1 Submatriculation