Submatriculation: Master's Programs in Engineering

Penn undergraduates may begin an engineering master’s program while still completing their undergraduate program via the submatriculation application procedure. Penn Engineering students interested in submatriculation into the Law School should click here.

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 SEAS must be completed at Penn. No transfer, advanced standing , study abroad, or study away courses will be accepted.
  • The time to complete both undergraduate and master’s degrees cannot extend beyond eight years.
  • NOTE 1: Changing your undergraduate graduation exit for financial reasons changes your year of graduation for alumni purposes.
  • NOTE 2: If you choose NOT to pursue the Masters Degree after you submatriculated, please fill out and submit the Graduate Petition for Action to your graduate major administrator to end your graduate program.

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.
  • Please note that each Graduate Program may have additional requirements to apply. Please check with the program you would like to submatriculate into regarding any additional requirements.
  • 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-matriculant, if you consider extending your bachelor’s degree graduation you must have a conversation with SFS to make sure appropriate funding is available. Penn’s policy for undergraduate financial aid is only 8 semesters of Undergrad need-based Aid. (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

Accelerated Master's Programs in Engineering

Penn undergraduates entering Penn Fall 2018 or later may begin an engineering master’s program while still completing their undergraduate program via the accelerated master’s application procedure.

Rules

  • The application must be submitted by the drop deadline of the student’s seventh semester.  This is a HARD deadline. If missed, students can still apply for a Penn master’s program but will need to go through the regular admissions process as an external applicant following external application rules and requirements. This deadline is enforced for all degree students, whether they are pursuing single, coordinated, or dual degrees.
  • Student may double count up to three (3) graduate courses (four courses for Biotechnology) to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. This is subject to approval by both the undergraduate and graduate program chairs/directors.
  • Cross-listed courses taken at the 4XX level prior to the accelerated master’s may be used for the graduate degree if the course’s content is identical to its 5XX level.
  • No course may be triple counted, i.e. counted for more than two degrees/majors.
  • All coursework for a master’s degree from SEAS must be completed at Penn. Transfer, study abroad, or ‘credit away’ courses are not permitted.
  • For single degree students, the SEAS undergraduate degree must be completed in eight (8) semesters or the student will no longer be able to continue with the accelerated master’s degree.
    • Student will lose the privilege to double count courses and must apply to the master’s program through the external admissions pool and must submit all relevant application documents including, but not limited to, GRE scores, recommendation letters and personal statement.
    • Students pursuing a coordinated dual degree program must complete their SEAS Undergraduate degree in ten (10) semesters.

Eligibility

  • Both BSE and BAS degree students in Penn Engineering may apply for the accelerated master into engineering master’s programs. (Note: 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 for an accelerated master’s into any of the Penn Engineering master’s degree programs, subject to their home school’s rules and regulations.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
    • Some programs have additional requirements or may impose additional criteria.  Please find a brief list below.  Check with the program you would like to apply regarding any additional requirements.
      • CIS degree program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.2.
      • M:IPD and MSE: IPD application requires a personal statement, portfolio, and two letters of recommendation.
      • Master of Biotechnology application requires three letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s undergraduate faculty advisor, and a personal statement.
      • ROBO degree program requires a personal statement.

** Coordinated dual degree students in M&T and VIPER, who have ten semesters to complete their undergraduate degrees, must complete their undergraduate degree in their first ten semesters to be eligible for this degree program.  While there is no penalty for completing your undergraduate degree sooner, you will not be allowed to overload (7/7.5 CUs) to accomplish this.  Uncoordinated dual degree students are not eligible for the accelerated master’s degree by default.  However, they can submit a petition after their sophomore year, and we will consider the merits of each petition on a case-by-case basis based on the student’s academic progress.  Uncoordinated dual degree students are also welcome to apply to the traditional master’s program as an external applicant.**

 

Financial Aid

All financial aid related questions should be referred to SRFS . Find more details on institutional financial aid guidlines here.

Application Procedures

Applications will not be considered complete without the Study Form uploaded with your application.