Graduate Student Handbook

Welcome to Penn Engineering!

This handbook is for 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. It is designed to guide students through their course of study and identify the academic requirements required to graduate.

This handbook is intended to be used with other references such as any individual departmental brochure(s) and handbook(s). In addition, faculty advisors, Graduate Chairs, department administrators, and senior graduate students are excellent sources of information.

Academic advising takes place in the program/department with the faculty advisor and/or graduate coordinator.  For additional advising, students may come to the Research and Academic Services Office  (RAS) in 109 Towne Building during walk in hours, Monday – Thursday from 2:00 – 4:00pm (Fall and Spring); Wednesday from 2:00-4:00pm (Summer). Additional hours are available by appointment. Walk in hours have been suspended due to COVID-19 and are held via zoom. All graduate students received the link at the beginning of the semester.

Graduate Advisors:
Alyse Edwards, Senior Associate 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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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.
**Please note these policies may not all apply to Online Engineering programs.

Students enrolled at Penn looking to take a course within Engineering can view our Non-Engineering Student Course Registration Policy. Information on the policy and the form for requesting enrollment can be found on that page.