COVID-19 Penn Engineering Master’s Information


All Penn Engineering courses will be offered online beginning March 23, 2020. This includes providing laboratory and project-based education in an online setting. Courses will be taught at the same time as previously scheduled and include virtual but live lectures and office hours, and will include recorded lectures that students can use as a backup. TA sessions will also occur at their regularly scheduled times. We expect to complete all courses on schedule to facilitate on-time graduation of seniors. The final exam schedule is unchanged.

Deadlines (as of 4/10/2020)

  • Classes start on March 23.
  • Advanced registration will happen between April 14-24.
  • April 29 is the final day to change a course to pass/fail. (FAQ page here.) However, we strongly encourage students to make their decision by April 27 so RAS has time to process all requests.
  • April 28 is the last date to withdraw from a course.

Laboratory Work

No student will have access to any laboratories or shops in Penn Engineering buildings. All laboratory-based activity will be moved to an online setting. If you were working on an independent study or master’s research that required you to access a laboratory or a physical facility, contact your advisor to see how you can complete the course remotely. Please look for communications from your instructor, program director, or graduate group chair for information on changes to the course material or procedures, and do reach out to them for clarifications.

Health and Wellness

We have received the following guidance with regard to student health support:

If you are experiencing any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), you should call Student Health at 215-746-3535 and discuss symptoms with a representative over the phone. You should not physically go to Student Health unless instructed over the phone by a Student Health representative. This is to minimize interaction with other students, some of whom may be ill, for your sake and theirs. Further University resources can be found here.

Boon Thau Loo, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Master’s and Professional Programs

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