Graduate Student Handbook

Welcome to Penn Engineering!

This handbook is for graduate students enrolled at the School of Engineering and Applied Science on the Philadelphia campus. This handbook is designed to guide students through their course of study and identify the academic requirements required to graduate. It is intended to be used with other departmental and program resources. In addition, faculty advisors, program directors, Graduate Chairs, department administrators, and senior graduate students are excellent sources of information.


A full list of degrees and links to the individual programs webpages can be found on our Graduate Programs page.
If you are an online master’s student, please refer to the online master’s student handbook as many of the policies listed here apply to on-campus master’s students only.


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Please note: policies and procedures are subject to change throughout the year at the discretion of the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The policies and procedures in this handbook are intended to provide guidelines for academic planning and to help students make informed decisions throughout their graduate degree(s) at Penn. Faculty advisors, academic advisors, program staff, and the graduate advisors in the Office of Academic Services (OAS) in Engineering are available to provide clarity and further information if needed.

Not an Engineering Graduate student but want to take a class?

Students enrolled at Penn looking to take a course within Engineering can view our Non-Engineering Student Course Registration Policy. (Please note only students enrolled in the Engineering Online programs may take an online course. No exceptions.)
The Engineering Alumni Program is designed for Penn Engineering Alumni who are interested in taking one course (one course unit or ‘CU’) in Penn Engineering.