Submatriculation

Master's Programs Within Penn Engineering

Penn undergraduates may begin an engineering master's program while still completing their undergraduate program via the submatriculation application procedure. 

Rules:

  • The deadline for applying for submatriculation is before the beginning of the fall semester of the student's Senior Year (IPD programs: Deadline is Feb 1 of Junior Year).
  • As a submatriculant, you may take up to three graduate courses (or four courses in the Master of Biotechnology Program) while registered as an undergraduate student, to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements, subject to approval by both the undergraduate and graduate program Chairs.
  • These three graduate-level courses can be double-counted for undergraduate and master's degrees, regardless of when they were taken (i.e. before submatriculation).
  • Cross-listed courses taken at the 4XX level prior to submatriculation may be used for a master's degree if the course's content is identical to its 5XX level. (Students must obtain verification from the course's instructor via the Application for Submatriculation form.)
  • Note that after entering submatriculation, all courses for the master's must be taken at the 5XX level and above. 
  • No course may be triple counted, i.e., counted for more than two degrees/majors.
  • All coursework for a master's degree from Penn Engineering must be completed at Penn. No transfer, study abroad, or study away courses will be accepted.
  • The time to complete both undergraduate and master's degrees cannot extend beyond eight years.

Eligibility:

  • Both BSE and BAS degree students in Penn Engineering may apply for submatriculation into engineering master's programs. (Note that Engineering students are not permitted to submatriculate into the Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) program.)
  • Qualified undergraduates in Penn's other schools may apply to submatriculate into any of the Penn Engineering master's degree programs, subject to their home school's rules and regulations.
  • A minimum cum GPA of 3.0 is required in order to apply. Note that admission decisions are made by the respective Graduate Group on a selective basis.
  • The GRE is not required for those applying to submatriculate. However, students are strongly encouraged to take the GRE, especially those who have interests in pursuing a Ph.D. degree program.

Financial Aid:

 

 

As a sub-matriculate, your undergraduate financial aid applies as long as you have NOT graduated from your bachelor’s degree program. (Note that it does not matter whether you are enrolled in undergraduate OR graduate level courses in the final semester of your bachelor’s degree.) After you have graduated from the undergraduate degree program, you will be charged graduate school tuition, which is done on a per course unit basis. In order to be considered for financial aid, you must separately apply for graduate financial aid through Penn's Student Financial Services center.

 

Application procedures:

Helpful links:

Penn Engineering students interested in submatriculation into the Law School should click here.