MCIT Online Student Information

Enrollment — 1,162

MCIT Online launched in January 2019, and since then the population of our students, and graduating students, has grown immensely.

Enrollment by Gender — 37% Female, 63% Male

International Students — 18.1%

All other students are either US Citizens or have established Permanent Residency. MCIT Online students are learning from 46 different countries including the United States. If you are hiring for roles in China, Canada, Singapore, India, the UK, Japan, South Korea or another major international hub, we have local talent to introduce you to!

Diverse student backgrounds

Unlike most University programs, our students are positioned to fill every portion of your talent pipeline. MCIT Online students have a diverse range of career interests including: summer internships,
entry level roles, and moving into a more senior role. Some students joined MCIT Online directly from their undergraduate program and are interested in summer internships, others are positioning themselves for a career change and are searching for entry level roles, and part of our population is already working in the technology sector, but using this degree to help them move to a more senior role.

At the time MCIT Online students start the program, they have an average of 7 years of work experience across many different industry sectors such as business/finance, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering,  education, and health services. With MCIT Online you are tapping into a talent pool with rich transferable skills, industry knowledge, and core technical abilities.

Courses & Skillset

MCIT Online is the only online Ivy League master’s degree in Computer Science designed for students without a Computer Science background. Here is a list of the core courses and electives that make up the MCIT Online curriculum. Some of the key learning outcomes of the core courses include but are not limited to Java, Python, C, C++, object oriented programming, data structures, J-unit testing, logic, graph theory, low level code, operating systems programming, dynamic programming, network flows, hardware and algorithms.

Connecting with Our Students

Email the Associate Director of Professional Development and Networking, Emily Parry with all event requests (


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Career Fair

Save the date for our annual fall career fair on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. This event is free to all employer partners and will be hosted through the Handshake virtual career fair platform. Employer registration opens on May 17th.


**MCIT Online students are not permitted to attend on-campus career fairs. If you want to connect with this student population, our career fair or custom events are your best chance to meet this cohort!

Custom Events to Strengthen & Reinforce Your Brand

Hosting custom events with our students is a great way to pre-meet potential talent while highlighting your organization and/or any open positions you are sourcing. If you are new to virtual engagement, we are happy to walk you through some best practices and to brainstorm effective event strategies with you.

Below are some examples of different offerings to consider:

  • Information sessions
  • Small group networking with members of your technical team
  • Technical demos or Tech Talks
  • Feature one of your Penn alumni for “a day in the liffe” session
  • Resume Reviews
  • LinkedIn Profile Reviews
  • Mock Technical or Behavioral Interview Practice
  • Informal coffee chats

If you have central events prepared for multi-school audiences, please let us know so we can promote them with our students!

Recruiting Guidelines

See Penn’s recruiting guidelines and offer policies here.

Establishing a Timeline & Relationship Model

Do you have a specific role or roles you are trying to fill? Are you just starting an internship program? Is this your first time engaging with a virtual program? Are you interested in brand enhancement, expanding your talent pool, or reinforcing an existing recruiting relationship with Penn? All of these components help establish best practices for how and when you should connect with our students. If you are planning an event with MCIT Online, please plan to have all details finalized to allow for at least 10 days of lead time for promotion and advertising to our students.


Important Dates for Fall 2021

First day of classes —  August 30th
Labor Day (no classes) — September 6th
Thanksgiving Break (no classes) — November 22nd-28th
Last day of classes — December 12th
Final exams — December 16th-19th