Graduate Student Handbook

Welcome to Penn Engineering!

This handbook is for graduate students enrolled at the School of Engineering and Applied Science.  A full list of degrees and links to the individual programs webpages can be found on our Graduate Programs page. 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. If you are an online master’s student, please refer to the online master’s student handbook as some of the policies listed here apply to on-campus master’s students only.


Academic advising takes place in the program/department with the advisor(s) and/or graduate coordinator/administrator.  For additional advising, students may come to the Graduate Engineering Research and Academic Services Office (RAS) virtual zoom drop-in hours, Mondays/Thursdays from 1:00-3:00pm(EST), and Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm(EST) in the Fall and Spring terms. Summer advising is held on Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:00pm(EST). All graduate students receive the advising link via email at the beginning of, and during, each semester. Additional in-person advising may be available by appointment by emailing the graduate advisors.

Graduate Advisors:
Alyse Edwards, Director for Graduate Programs
Tori Frew, Assistant Director of Graduate Academic Affairs

Dr. Boon Thau Loo, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs,  can also be reached by appointment.


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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 Research and Academic Services (RAS) Office 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. Information on the policy, eligibility, and the form for requesting enrollment can be found on that page.
  • 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 for personal or professional reasons.
    **Please note only students enrolled in the Engineering Online programs may take an online course offered by them. No exceptions.