Penn LPS COVID-19 Update
LPS staff are not onsite, but we are still available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. by phone and online in case you need support: (215) 898-7326 or Visit, the University's dedicated coronavirus COVID-19 web page, for the latest updates. Penn LPS is ensuring that all students have access to the support they need. Visit our Current LPS Students page for more details.
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Welcome to the home of lifelong learning at Penn

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) offers ambitious students—from veterans and international scholars to high school students and working professionals—opportunities to develop the skills they need to thrive in a changing global society. Wherever you are in life or in the world, the power of Penn is open to you.

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Degree programs

Our bachelor’s and professional master’s degrees provide Ivy League academics, hands-on learning experiences, global connections, and expert advising to help you reach your goals.

Non-degree programs

From post-baccalaureate programs to guest student programs welcoming learners from around the world, LPS offers opportunities to earn academic credit without committing to a degree.


Designed to develop specialized skills or knowledge, these focused programs of study include standalone certificates as well as programs undertaken during the course of certain degrees.


Taught by world-class faculty and expert practitioners, LPS courses include dedicated programs of study as well as open admissions options for lifelong learners.

Professional Programming

Meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving global society through learning opportunities, programming, and services tailored to meet your organization’s needs.

Featured Program

The Penn LPS Online Certificate in Neuroscience invites you to earn academic credit as you explore the biological, psychological, and clinical approaches to understanding the nervous system as the biological basis of behavior. Enjoy the flexibility of this online certificate without committing to a degree.

Program Finder

What do you want to study?

Explore our programs by degree, subject area, delivery, and more—and discover how LPS can meet your academic and professional goals.

Program Finder

Penn LPS Online

Designed for working adults and other nontraditional students, Penn LPS Online offers courses, certificates, and even a bachelor's degree that can be completed on a schedule that fits your unique needs and busy life. Whether you already have an associate’s degree, some college, or a high school diploma or GED, Penn LPS Online brings the tradition of Penn’s academic excellence to you, wherever you are.

Penn Summer

Penn Summer has something for everyone: high school students, working adults, undergraduates at universities around the world, Penn alumni and staff, and other lifelong learners can all connect with Penn faculty and classmates in courses that suit your summer schedule—on campus, online, or abroad.


Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences Virtual Information Session
Master of Environmental Studies Virtual Café
Post-Baccalaureate Studies Virtual Information Session
Fels Institute of Government Virtual Information Session

Meet Our Students

Master of Science in Applied Geosciences ‘18

"In the scheme of our planet, we are working with the top one-half percent, but that’s where all of the people live and where all of the life is. That’s why you get into a field like this, because you care about the ultimate outcome of what you’re doing."

Master of Chemical Sciences, ’20

"My advisor helped guide me in the right direction and stay positive when the coursework has gotten challenging. It’s a supportive culture, it’s not ‘sink or swim,’ and that has made a huge difference for me.”

Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics '14

"As a practitioner, the program has helped me develop a more robust toolkit to use when I coach employees and engage with colleagues. Organizational Dynamics has also provided me with an enhanced view in which to observe education and life beyond my role and title.”

Master of Applied Positive Psychology ‘18

“Every individual in this program is doing something incredibly interesting, and the ability to sit down and talk with these people—to call them friends—was an unexpected and wonderful piece of the experience.”

Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences, University of Pennsylvania ‘18

“Penn walks the talk. It is the best place to be inspired to change the world. The MBDS program manages to tackle down the basic foundations of behavioral science and provides the toolkit you need to apply them in a responsible, rigorous way.”

Master of Applied Positive Psychology ‘18

“The knowledge that you will gain will not benefit you in your professional life only, but in your personal life. The world needs you. Whatever you learn from the MAPP program, it is a life-changing experience.”

Master of Chemical Sciences ’19

“I’ve always wanted a PhD, but I never had long-term lab exposure. While I do my capstone, I am in the lab five days a week, so it’s giving me an idea of what’s in store for a PhD.”

Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics '14

"Because of Organizational Dynamics, I know that it is possible to develop a highly effective organization that can co-exist in an environment that has high-risk for continuous challenges and need for change.”

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LPS News

Challenge accepted: For Penn's MBDS program, remote learning opened the door to global community

Pivoting to online learning during the pandemic presented opportunities to connect Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences students with alumni, international experts, and more.

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How one student discovered that the tech industry is not an ivory tower

Pivoting back to a long-time passion of coding, MaiAda Carpano found the Penn LPS Coding Boot Camp an accessible and rewarding path to a career in web development.

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A Master of Liberal Arts alumni pilots a virtual green consulting project for Galápagos businesses

Jesse Hamilton (MLA ’19), now a first-year philosophy doctoral student, led a project to help business owners increase their eco-friendliness and profitability.

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