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Admissions and Eligibility

The Nontraditional Graduate Studies program is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds and requires no specific prerequisite courses. However, applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements.

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution. International students should make sure that their degree is the equivalent of a four-year degree in the US. Successful applicants to the program should possess at least a 3.3 grade point average in previous academic work.

COVID-19 and admissions reviews 

Recognizing the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Penn’s admissions committees for graduate and professional programs will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/Fail and other grading options during the period of COVID-19 disruptions. An applicant will not be adversely affected in the admissions process if their academic institution implemented a mandatory pass/fail (or similar) system for the term or if the applicant chose to participate in an optional pass/fail (or similar) system for the term. Penn’s longstanding commitment remains to admit graduate and professional student cohorts composed of outstanding individuals who demonstrate the resilience and aptitude to succeed in their academic pursuits.

Application and deadlines

The first step toward entering the Nontraditional Graduate Studies program at Penn is reaching out to a member of the program team to discuss your goals. The Nontraditional Graduate Studies program team will help you determine whether the program is suited to help you accomplish your goals.

You will also need to complete the online application.

You may apply to begin the Nontraditional Graduate Studies program during the fall, spring or summer terms. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Term of Entry Deadline
Spring 2022 December 15, 2021
Summer 2022 May 1, 2022
Fall 2022 August 1, 2022

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