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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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Explore undergraduate and graduate degrees

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.

LPS offers opportunities to earn academic credit without committing to a degree

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.

standalone certificates as well as programs undertaken during the course of certain degrees

Certificates

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.

courses include dedicated programs of study as well as open admissions options for lifelong learners

Courses

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

Increase your impact

Professional Programming

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

flexibility of this online certificate without committing to a degree

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

Choose your path at with online courses, certificates, and even a bachelor's degree

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.

Make your summer plans with Penn

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.

Events

Fels Institute of Government Virtual Information Session
MLA Digital Capstone Forum
Master of Environmental Studies Virtual Café
Master of Liberal Arts Virtual Information Session

Meet Our Students

LPS News

Kim Quick (Master of Environmental Studies ‘15
Looking on the bright side of sustainability with a Penn alumna and instructor

Sustainability and positive psychology go hand in hand, says alumna and instructor Kim Quick (MES ’15). It’s about doing the most good.

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Dr. Judith Mangelsdorf (MAPP ‘12)
Master of Applied Positive Psychology alumna earns first positive psychology professorship in German-speaking countries

Dr. Judith Mangelsdorf (MAPP ‘12) begins her role as faculty director of the master's program in positive psychology and coaching at the German University for Health and Sport this August.

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Martin E.P. Seligman
Master of Applied Positive Psychology’s Martin Seligman ranks #1 in Academic Influence’s top influential psychologists today

In addition to Seligman at the top spot, five others who have contributed to the MAPP program have also been recognized as stand-outs in the field of positive psychology.

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