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. 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 a printout of your score page with your application.

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: Applications must be submitted by no later than the end of the summer after the student's sixth semester at the undergraduate institution, and no earlier than the end of the fourth semester.

Application Procedure

1. Meet with your current institution's 4+1 Adviser or designee. (Please note that you will need to obtain a letter of support per instructions on the application form, to be included with your application.)

2. Complete the 4+1 Application Form*

3. Obtain a sealed original transcript from your current institution, and include with your application.*

4. Obtain a sealed original faculty letter of support from your college's designated 4+1 Adviser, and include with your application.*

* Since an original transcript and an original faculty support letter are required, you must surface mail (or physically deliver) your completed application materials. Submit the above three items together to:

  • Graduate Admissions
    Office of Academic Programs
    School of Engineering & Applied Science
    University of Pennsylvania
    220 S. 33rd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104/6391
    Attn: 4+1 Submatriculation