In order to register for courses correctly, graduate students should understand the requirements of the program for which they are enrolled. Penn Engineering offers several programmatic options on the graduate level.
Ph.D. students are required to complete the academic requirements of their Graduate Group; (with approval, up to nine courses can be transferred from a prior graduate program), to pass specific general examinations as required by one’s graduate group, and to write a dissertation conforming to the rules of Penn’s Doctoral Dissertation Manual.
Note: A dissertation showing high attainment and power of independent research must be written upon some topic in the field of the major subject. This study must represent a definite contribution to human knowledge; it may be either positive or negative in character. Dissertations based on joint work with other researchers are allowed provided that in such cases a unique and separate dissertation is presented by each degree candidate. The candidate must include a concise account of his or her contribution to the whole work. Authorship of a dissertation by more than one degree candidate is not allowed. The dissertation shall be presented to the graduate group in complete form by the dates specified in the Degree Calendar.
Ph.D. candidates are placed on dissertation status (995) after their Dissertation Proposal is accepted and approved; they are Advanced to Candidacy. A 3.0 cumulative average must also be maintained as a Ph.D. student. All doctoral work for full-time and part-time candidates, including the dissertation, must be completed within ten years from the student’s matriculation as a graduate student at Penn.
Master’s students are required to complete the academic requirements of their degree program, (with approval, up to 2 courses can be transferred from a prior graduate program), which includes meeting the course distribution requirements, maintaining a 2.7 cumulative average, and, if choosing the thesis option for degree, writing a master’s thesis. (Thesis option requires eight courses and two research credits (597) for the completion of the master’s thesis, see deadline for submission on graduation calendar.) Full-time and part-time candidates must complete these requirements within seven years of their matriculation at Penn.
Note: A thesis or research paper based on joint work with other researchers is allowed provided that, in such cases, a unique and separate document is presented by each degree candidate. The candidate must include a concise account of his or her contribution to the whole work. Authorship of a master’s thesis or research paper by more than one degree candidate is not allowed. More information can be found here.
Degree Program Links
- Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- Computer Graphics and Game Technology
- Computer and Information Science
- Computer and Information Technology (MCIT)
- Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) Online
- Data Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Embedded Systems
- Integrated Product Design
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
- Scientific Computing
- Systems Engineering
Each degree program is managed through a Graduate Chairperson or Faculty Director. The Chair is assisted by a Graduate Coordinator, who is the first point of contact for questions about a program or major.
Note: For degree program websites, please use the lists above in their respective sections.
|BE: Master’s and Ph.D.||Kathy Venit
|Biotechnology (BIOT) Master’s||Courtney Johnson
|CBE: Master’s and Ph.D.||Tamika Easley
|Computer Graphics and Game Technology (CGGT) Master’s||Nicholas Mancuso
|CIS: Master’s and Ph.D.||Mike Felker
|Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) On-Campus Master’s||Mike Felker
|Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) Online Master’s||Erica van Zijll de Jong||Sampath Kannan and Chris Murphy, Co-Directors|
|Data Science (DATS) Master’s||Ammarah Aftab
|EE: Master’s; ESE: Ph.D.||Christina Burton
|Embedded Systems (EMBS) Master’s||Liz Wai Ping Ng
|Integrated Product Design (IPD) Master’s||Maryeileen B. Griffith
|MSE: Master’s and Ph.D.||Irene Clements
|MEAM: Master’s and Ph.D.||Maryeileen B. Griffith
|Nanotechnology (NANO) Master’s||Kristin Field
|Robotics (ROBO) Master’s||Charity Payne
|Camillo J. Taylor
|Scientific Computing (SCMP) Master’s||Ammarah Aftab
|Talid Sinno, Director
|Systems Engineering (SE) Master’s||Christina Burton