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Nontraditional Graduate Studies

Non-Traditional Graduate Studies

Take non-degree graduate-level courses from an Ivy League institution

If you have completed a bachelor’s degree and want to take your education to the next level, the Nontraditional Graduate Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) allows you to enroll in graduate-level courses without committing to a degree program. With the guidance of the Nontraditional Graduate Studies program team, choose courses from more than 30 graduate programs in subjects including the arts and humanities, foreign languages, social sciences, physical and life sciences, and other scholarly fields. Whether your goal is to gauge your interest in advanced studies, prepare for a future graduate degree, or learn specialized skills to enhance your career, opportunities await you at Penn. 

Courses and Curriculum

In this flexible non-degree program, students can enroll in graduate-level courses in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences and other select programs across the University. With courses from more than 30 graduate programs or groups to choose from, Nontraditional Graduate Studies students can pursue advanced studies in the arts, cultural studies, humanities, languages, physical and life sciences, social sciences, and beyond.

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Fast facts

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30
Graduate programs available through the School of Arts and Sciences
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100%
Percentage of students studying part time
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8
Number of countries represented by current students (United States, China, Vietnam, India, Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, Pakistan)
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29
Average age of the current graduate student

Upcoming application deadline

The application deadline for spring 2021 is December 15, 2020.

Graduate groups at Penn

Learn about the many graduate groups in the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn.

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