4+1 Master of Engineering Program with the University of Pennsylvania

This combined degree program enables qualified undergraduates from Bryn Mawr and Haverford to begin a master's degree program at Penn Engineering while still completing their undergraduate degree at their respective institution. A student admitted to this 4+1 program will complete studies at Bryn Mawr College, then enroll one additional year at Penn, and receive a Bachelor's of Arts from Bryn Mawr and a Master's in Engineering from Penn.

During your four years at Bryn Mawr, you may enroll in up to three undergraduate engineering courses (biotechnology master's students may count up to four) through reciprocal course exchange agreements with Penn and Swarthmore. Because completion of this combined degree program requires additional courses beyond those required for the BMC major, it is essential to begin taking appropriate science and math courses at Bryn Mawr in the first semester of your freshman year. It is also strongly recommended that you take an introductory engineering course at Penn or Swarthmore before applying to the program to help you decide whether this path of study is one you wish to pursue. Please consult with the Bryn Mawr faculty contact, listed in the table below, to learn more about the combined degree program that interests you.

Students formally apply to the 4+1 program during the first semester of their junior year. Application deadline is Feb. 1. A GPA of 3.0 in all courses and of 3.0 in science and math courses is required to apply. You must apply to a particular masters degree program. Application procedures are described on the Accelerated Masters Program.

After being accepted, and after completing any prerequisite undergraduate engineering and science courses, students take three graduate engineering courses at Penn while still enrolled at Bryn Mawr. (There is no additional financial charge for these courses.) During your four years at Bryn Mawr, you will also complete all graduation requirements, including the major. You graduate from Bryn Mawr at the normal time, along with your class.

The fifth year of the program is spent entirely at Penn. You will take seven additional graduate courses to complete the requirements for the Master’s degree. There is no financial aid available from Penn for the fifth year of the program, though you are eligible for federal student loans. The tuition is approximately $40,000 for the fifth year.

To find out more about the master's programs at Penn, the entry requirements, and/or graduation requirements, consult the list of programs. Additional questions may be directed to the Graduate Coordinators of each program or to Alyse Edwards, M.Ed, Associate Director, Professional Programs, University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering and Applied Science, at aedwards@seas.upenn.edu or 215-898-5877.

Master’s Degree

Required BMC Major

BMC Faculty Contact

Master’s Degree

Required BMC Major

BMC Faculty Contact

Bioengineering

Biology, or Chemistry with a Biochemistry Concentration

Lisa Watkins
(chemistry majors)

Jennifer Skirkanich (biology majors)

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemistry

Lisa Watkins
chemistry majors)

Computer and Information Science

Computer Science

Chris Murphy (comp. sci. majors)

Computer and Information Technology

Any Major

Jennifer Skirkanich (biology majors)

Lisa Watkins
(chemistry majors)

Arlo Weil (geology majors)

Leslie Cheng (mathematics majors)

Mark Matlin (physics majors)

Computer Graphics and Game Technology

Major in Computer Science, or any Major with a Minor in Computer Science

Chris Murphy (comp. sci. majors)
Data Science No specific major required, but this program targets students who have strong mathematical and statistical proficiency and some programming experience.

Chris Murphy (comp.sci. majors

Electrical Engineering

Physics or Interdisciplinary Physics

Mark Matlin (physics majors)

Materials Science and Engineering

Interdisciplinary Physics or Chemistry

Mark Matlin (physics majors)

Lisa Watkins (chemistry majors)

 

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Physics or Interdisciplinary Physics

Mark Matlin (physics majors)

Nanotechnology

Physics, Interdisciplinary Physics, Biology with a Biophysics Concentration, or Chemistry

Mark Matlin (physics majors)

Lisa Watkins
(chemistry majors)

Jennifer Skirkanich (biology majors)

Robotics

Computer Science, Physics, or Interdisciplinary Physics

Chris Murphy(comp. sci. majors)

Mark Matlin (physics majors)

Systems Engineering

Math, Computer Science, Physics, or Economics with Mathematical Economics Concentration

Mark Matlin (physics majors)

Lisa Watkins
(chemistry majors)

Chris Murphy (comp. sci. majors)

Leslie Cheng (mathematics majors)