The application for the 2018-19 Academic Year has closed. The deadline to apply was December 15, 2017.

YOU CAN fill out an Inquiry Form to receive more information about SPECIFIC programs.


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 academe, government, or industry. Our curricula are purposely designed to develop the intellectual skills essential for the rapidly changing character of research. You can review SEAS interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, the Faculty Research Directory, and additional research labs and groups can be found at the department level.

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

Please note that the deadline for all PhD applications for 2018-19 Academic Year is December 15, 2017. This is a change from previous years.

Program Deadline
Bioengineering December 15
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering December 15
Computer and Information Science December 15
Electrical and Systems Engineering December 15
Materials Science and Engineering December 15
Mechanical Engineering December 15



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.

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.