• MCIT Online FAQs

MCIT Online FAQs

General

If I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, is this program right for me?

MCIT is intended for students with little or no recent CS experience. Applicants who have recent undergraduate degrees in CS or a related field may not find value in this program. If you would be able to test out of more than two core courses, it is likely that you are over-qualified. Our goal is to create a diverse cohort of students and during our evaluation process, we will consider whether an applicant’s background and experience make them an ideal fit for our program.

What is the degree earned at the end of the program? Is the program equivalent to an on-campus degree?

Students will receive the same high-quality instruction as the on-campus students, and will graduate with the same degree and same diploma.

The MCIT (Master of Information and Computer Technology) degree is a Master’s degree but not a Master of Science degree. MCIT is its own unique credential that has earned an excellent reputation on Penn’s campus over the last 17 years. It is considered a STEM degree by the US government and the knowledge gained is comparable to a Master of Science in Computer Science.

Will my diploma state that I was in an online program?

No, your diploma will not state that this is an online degree. Students will receive the same high-quality instruction as the on-campus students and will graduate with the same degree and same diploma.

I’m not interested in a full degree. Can I take a few courses?

Yes! We are offering a Computational Thinking for Problem Solving course on Coursera to help you decide whether the program is the right fit before you apply.

Can I earn Penn credit without applying to the degree program?

No, but we are offering a Computational Thinking for Problem Solving course on Coursera to help you decide whether the program is the right fit before you apply.

What career options will I have with this degree?

Graduates of MCIT have gone on to pursue careers in diverse industries including electronics and robotics, consumer technology, biotechnology, automotive, aerospace, nonprofits, education, chemical and biomedical engineering, computer graphics and game technology, electrical engineering, nanotechnology, embedded systems and more.

Can you point me to Penn’s most recent Clery Act Report?

Here is a link to Penn’s Clery Act and Crime Reporting information.

Is your program accredited?

The University of Pennsylvania is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Learn more about accreditation here.

What is the definition of part-time vs full-time?

Part-time status for MCIT Online is defined as taking 1-2 courses in a semester. Full-time status is defined as taking 3-4 courses per semester. It is easy to switch back and forth between part-time and full-time status.

Are there any guidelines/prompts/tips on Letters of Recommendation?

Yes – we have added a Letters of Recommendation section to our FAQ page.

What is the difference between MCIT and a Computer Science master’s degree?

The MCIT curriculum is designed so that students can quickly build a strong CS foundation and then be prepared to take graduate-level electives which are exactly the same as those taken by students in traditional CS Masters programs.

Many of the courses provide students the opportunities to engage in applied, industry-relevant projects that prepare them for the current CS job market, and that are built on a rigorous theoretical underpinning that ensures that they will be able to adapt along with the field as it changes over the years.

The main difference between a traditional CS Masters and MCIT is that MCIT students take more core courses, whereas traditional CS Master’s students can often take more electives which allows them to go deeper into a particular subject area or broader across various topics in their coursework.

Despite this, however, and as shown through Penn’s recent Career Services reports, the job placement results of MCIT students has been comparable to that of students completing our traditional CS Masters in terms of the types of companies, starting salary, and other compensation.

Is the MCIT degree a Master of Science?

No. The MCIT (Master of Information and Computer Technology) degree is a Master’s degree but not a Master of Science degree. MCIT is its own unique credential that has earned an excellent reputation on Penn’s campus over the last 17 years. It is considered a STEM degree by the US government and the knowledge gained is comparable to a Master of Science in Computer Science.

Letters of Recommendation

What is the process for soliciting the letters?

Within the application, you will have the opportunity to solicit letters of recommendation by entering the contact information for your references. Once you have done this, your references will receive a unique link that will take them to the application portal where they will answer a few questions and upload their letter of recommendation. Letters must be submitted through this online system – we do not accept paper recommendations or letters that are emailed to us.

What format should my letters be in?

Letters of recommendation should be written according to the following guidelines:

  • must be written in English
  • include the writer’s signature
  • range anywhere from 500 to 1,500 words

Where can I check on the status?

You can see the status of your letters of recommendation by looking at your application checklist. It will show you one of three status updates: Has not started yet, In progress, or Completed! The “Action” button next to the status will provide an opportunity for you to send your recommender a reminder. This will be available to you until the recommender submits the form.

How can I add another recommender?

Applicants can only initiate recommendation requests within the application form, so if you only send two requests before submitting the application, you cannot add a third. You do not have to send them all at once, but you do have to send them before submitting the application. We cannot add recommenders after submission.

Can I edit a recommender?

There is an “Edit/change this recommender” option under the “Action” button. You can select this option if you would like to add an alternate email address or change to a new recommender even if your application has already been submitted. This action cancels the existing request and issues a new one. This option is only available until the recommender starts the form. Edits cannot be made once a recommender has started to fill out the letter of recommendation.

The recommender questionnaire doesn’t apply to my recommender. What should they do?

Your references can answer the questionnaire by interpreting the questions through an industry lens. For example, instead of “How many students do you supervise?”, your recommender can answer as if the question was, “How many employees do you supervise?”, etc. They can also leave the questionnaire section blank.

Can I send you my recommendation letters via email or mail?

The letters of recommendation are collected exclusively online through the application portal.

Is it beneficial to have more than two letters?

We recommend soliciting three letters in case one of them is unable to submit their letter before the deadline. The more evidence you can provide that you will succeed in and benefit from MCIT Online, the better.

Can I re-use letters of recommendation?

The letters should be in reference to the MCIT Online program so it is not recommended that you use letters that you may have used to apply to another program.

If you are re-applying to MCIT Online, you may use the same letters again if you wish but the letters need to be resubmitted by your recommenders.

Is it possible to waive letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation are an important part of the evaluation process, and it is in applicants’ best interests to have strong letters supporting their application. Therefore, we do not allow applicants to waive the letters of recommendation.

Do I need to wait to submit my application until my letters of recommendation are in?

No! In fact, it’s better if you submit your application as soon as possible. We are only able to link letters of recommendation and English proficiency requirements to your application after it is submitted.

Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation for me?

We require two letters of recommendation from individuals who have evaluated you and can write objectively about your aptitudes and capabilities in an academic or work setting, preferably from an advisor, instructor or supervisor (current or former). The title or position of the recommender is not as important as his/her ability to comment knowledgeably and specifically about you. If you don’t have an academic reference or direct supervisor, consider others such as clients (if you own a business), military personnel or community leaders.

I am writing a letter of recommendation for an MCIT Online applicant. What guidelines should I follow?

Format:

Letters of recommendation should be written according to the following guidelines:

  • must be written in English
  • on official letterhead of the writer’s organization or institution whenever possible
  • include the writer’s signature
  • range from 500 to 1,500 words

Content:

Letters should reference the MCIT Online program and cannot be reused from a different program.

Letters should be written by individuals who have evaluated the applicant and can write objectively about their aptitudes and capabilities in an academic or work setting. Please note- recommenders should not be friends or family members.

The Questionnaire:

You can answer the questionnaire by interpreting the questions through an industry lens. For example, instead of “How many students do you supervise?”, you can answer as if the question was, “How many employees do you supervise?”, etc. You can also leave the questionnaire section blank.

Due Date:

All letters of recommendation are due by the application deadline. Late letters of recommendation will not be considered and may disqualify the applicant from the admissions process. Please be mindful of the application deadlines!

Insights from the Program Directors

What can I do to improve my application?

Admission to MCIT Online is extremely competitive and you’ll want your application to be as strong as it can be. We look for applicants who are likely to succeed in, benefit from, and contribute to the MCIT program and your application should emphasize those things as much as possible.

Although the GRE is optional for MCIT Online, very high scores, especially in the Quantitative section of the exam, will help demonstrate that you have an aptitude for quantitative subjects. If your undergraduate degree is not in a quantitative subject, or if you did not take or do well in many quantitative courses, then achieving a high GRE score will help your application.

Of course, you can’t go back and change things in your past like your undergraduate GPA, but if there are grades that you are not particularly proud of, address them in your personal statement and explain how you have learned from those experiences and why you’ll still be able to succeed in MCIT Online.

Your personal statement should also make it clear that you understand the MCIT Online curriculum and how it matches your career goals, explain your reasons for applying to the program, and give specific examples of things that you’ve done in the past that show that you will succeed in the future. You should also describe the ways in which you will contribute to the program and to the MCIT community.

Additionally, it is helpful to demonstrate that you have experience completing online courses because the online learning environment is unique and requires commitment, flexibility, and organizational and time management skills. If you have taken any online courses (regardless of subject area), please include them on your resume and/or in your personal statement and mention the platform (e.g., Coursera, edX, Blackboard, Moodle, etc).

Although you will not write your letters of recommendation, of course, we suggest that you speak to your letter writers about your motivation for applying to the program and what you consider your strengths to be, and ask your writers to reflect those in their letters.

Last, although MCIT Online does not have any specific prerequisites in terms of coursework or CS knowledge, taking and doing well in one or two introductory CS courses (whether online or on-campus at another institution) is a good way of showing interest and aptitude. If you’re looking for an online course to help you get ramped up, we recommend the Computational Thinking for Problem Solving course on Coursera.

Am I qualified for this program?

MCIT welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Aside from the application materials, the only qualification is a bachelor’s degree, regardless of the field, and we do not have any prerequisites in terms of computer science courses or programming language experience. If you have a strong interest in computing and are looking to start or advance a career in this area, then you are qualified to apply to MCIT!

Am I over-qualified for this program?

MCIT is intended for students with little or no recent CS experience. Applicants who have recent undergraduate degrees in CS or a related field may not find value in this program. If you would be able to test out of more than two core courses, it is likely that you are over-qualified. Our goal is to create a diverse cohort of students and during our evaluation process, we will consider whether an applicant’s background and experience make them an ideal fit for our program.

Advice regarding quantitative ability

MCIT Online is designed for people without a background in computer science. That being said, we need to see evidence of your quantitative abilities in your application. For example, we will take note of grades that you received in math, science, and engineering courses. If you have not taken courses in these areas, or if you received low grades in the past, there are other ways that you can demonstrate your quantitative abilities. The GRE is one option, as well as earning online certificates in STEM, computing or data science courses.

What is the difference between MCIT and a Computer Science master’s degree?

The MCIT curriculum is designed so that students can quickly build a strong CS foundation and then be prepared to take graduate-level electives which are exactly the same as those taken by students in traditional CS Masters programs.

Many of the courses provide students the opportunities to engage in applied, industry-relevant projects that prepare them for the current CS job market, and that are built on a rigorous theoretical underpinning that ensures that they will be able to adapt along with the field as it changes over the years.

The main difference between a traditional CS Masters and MCIT is that MCIT students take more core courses, whereas traditional CS Master’s students can often take more electives which allows them to go deeper into a particular subject area or broader across various topics in their coursework.

Despite this, however, and as shown through Penn’s recent Career Services reports, the job placement results of MCIT students has been comparable to that of students completing our traditional CS Masters in terms of the types of companies, starting salary, and other compensation.

International Students

Can international students take the program part-time?

Yes.

Can international online students get OPT/CPT after they graduate from this program?

No. However, this is available with our on-campus MCIT program.

What are the requirements for English proficiency?

All international applicants, non-US Citizens, and non-US Permanent Resident applicants for whom English is not the native language must submit official scores for the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will not be accepted in place of the TOEFL.

  • The institution code for the TOEFL exam is 2888. CS Major Code is 78.
  • We must receive your official TOEFL score directly from ETS by the application deadline.
  • Test must have been taken within 2 years of application submission.
  • A minimum score of 100 is recommended but it is not required.

This requirement can be waived if the candidate has completed a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree where the medium of instruction at the institution is English, by the time of matriculation. Applicants are required to submit documentation of the medium of instruction along with the waiver. Applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a waiver upon submission of their application.

What is needed with international transcripts?

Unofficial transcripts (translated to English if necessary) from all institutions where course credit was earned are required for admission. Official transcripts must be submitted before matriculation if an offer of admission is made.

Am I eligible for a student visa?

No, we are not able to sponsor visas for online students since the entire program is online.

Will I need to visit Penn/US at all in order to get this degree?

No.

Admissions

Is the GRE required for admission?

No, the GRE is optional. If submitted, exam results will be taken into consideration in the evaluation process and can have a favorable impact.

What are the application requirements?

-A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or university;
-A personal statement;
-Two letters of recommendation from industry or academia;
-Unofficial transcripts (translated to English if necessary) from all institutions where course credit was earned; official transcripts will be required if an offer of admission is made.
-Your resume;
-TOEFL scores for international applicants and non-U.S. citizens/permanent resident applicants if English is not your native language.
-GRE scores are optional. If submitted, exam results will be taken into consideration in the evaluation process and can have a favorable impact.

If I take classes from another university, how many of them can I transfer?

You may transfer up to two courses taken prior to matriculation at Penn, subject to faculty approval. Please see the Penn Engineering Graduate Handbook for further details.

Can I be accepted into the MCIT program if I don’t have an engineering background?

Absolutely! The MCIT program was designed for students without a STEM background. You’ll learn everything you need to know.

What are the requirements for English proficiency?

All international applicants, non-US Citizens, and non-US Permanent Resident applicants for whom English is not the native language must submit official scores for the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will not be accepted in place of the TOEFL.

  • The institution code for the TOEFL exam is 2888. CS Major Code is 78.
  • We must receive your official TOEFL score directly from ETS by the application deadline.
  • Test must have been taken within 2 years of application submission.
  • A minimum score of 100 is recommended but it is not required.

This requirement can be waived if the candidate has completed a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree where the medium of instruction at the institution is English, by the time of matriculation. Applicants are required to submit documentation of the medium of instruction along with the waiver. Applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a waiver upon submission of their application.

Are there any prerequisites?

MCIT was founded on the belief that rigorous computer science courses designed for people with non-technical undergraduate degrees can prepare graduates for rapid entry into the computing industry or improve and strengthen their working knowledge as an industry professional. There are no required prerequisite courses; however, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or university.

What if I don’t meet the admission requirements?

Unfortunately, we can’t make any exceptions to the admissions requirements. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or university.

Do I have to submit official transcripts to apply?

You may submit unofficial transcripts (translated to English if necessary) with the application. Official transcripts must be submitted before matriculation if an offer of admission is made.

Can I send unofficial documentation or does it have to be official documentation?

You may submit unofficial transcripts (translated to English if necessary) with the application. Official transcripts must be submitted before matriculation if an offer of admission is made. All other official documentation must be received before the application deadline in order to be considered (i.e., letters of recommendation, and, if applicable: GRE and TOEFL).

Are students expected to be proficient in a particular programming language?

No, no prior knowledge of computer science is required.

How will I receive a decision?

You will be notified by email that a decision is available to be viewed online. You will need to log into your application to view the actual decision.

I have been admitted but I would like to defer my admission. What should I do?

The first step is to accept our offer and pay the deposit. Next, send an email to the MCIT Online program which includes the specific reason for the deferral and the term that you are planning on attending.

The deadline to request a deferral is the last day before classes begin for your first graduate semester. If approved, you can defer for up to two semesters (one academic year) at a time, and for a total of four semesters (two academic years).

If I have an undergraduate engineering degree, is the MCIT the right degree for me?

Yes! In fact, the quantitative skills gained from your undergraduate degree will be useful as you progress through the MCIT curriculum.

Application

Is the GRE required for admission?

No, the GRE is optional. If submitted, exam results will be taken into consideration in the evaluation process and can have a favorable impact.

What are the application requirements?

-A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or university;
-A personal statement;
-Two letters of recommendation from industry or academia;
-Unofficial transcripts (translated to English if necessary) from all institutions where course credit was earned; official transcripts will be required if an offer of admission is made.
-Your resume;
-TOEFL scores for international applicants and non-U.S. citizens/permanent resident applicants if English is not your native language.
-GRE scores are optional. If submitted, exam results will be taken into consideration in the evaluation process and can have a favorable impact.

Do I have to submit official transcripts to apply?

You may submit unofficial transcripts (translated to English if necessary) with the application. Official transcripts must be submitted before matriculation if an offer of admission is made.

Can I send unofficial documentation or does it have to be official documentation?

You may submit unofficial transcripts (translated to English if necessary) with the application. Official transcripts must be submitted before matriculation if an offer of admission is made. All other official documentation must be received before the application deadline in order to be considered (i.e., letters of recommendation, and, if applicable: GRE and TOEFL).

Where and when should I send my official transcripts?

If you receive an offer of admission, you must submit your official transcripts before matriculation. We must receive an official, final transcript from each institution where you earned course credit. You must also send a graduation verification certificate, if it is not stated on the final transcript from your degree granting institution. If you are admitted to the MCIT Online program, we will contact you with instructions on how to submit your official transcripts.

Who should I contact if I have a technical problem with my CollegeNET application?

Please contact the CollegeNET HelpDesk.

How do I check the status of my application? (aka guide to your checklist)

To check the status of your application, please look at your application checklist. If your checklist reads “Materials Needed,” that indicates that we have not yet received one of the required documents: a letter of recommendation or official TOEFL test scores.

Your checklist status will say “Ready for Review” when we consider your application complete. Your checklist will remain as “Ready for Review” until you are sent an admissions decision.

Do I need to wait to submit my application until my letters of recommendation are in?

No! In fact, it’s better if you submit your application as soon as possible. We are only able to link letters of recommendation and English proficiency requirements to your application after it is submitted.

Can you confirm that my application is complete and my documents have been received?

You can check the status of your application by looking at the application checklist. When your application is complete, it will say “Ready for Review.” Your application status will remain “Ready for Review” until you receive an admissions decision.

We will reach out to you if we require any additional documents or information.

Curriculum

What topic areas are available?

All students are required to take the following courses:
-Introduction to Software Development
-Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
-Introduction to Computer Systems
-Data Structures & Software Design
-Computer Systems Programming
-Algorithms & Computation

Additionally, you’ll complete four electives in areas such as machine learning, data science, and computing systems.

If I take classes from another university, how many of them can I transfer?

You may transfer up to two courses taken prior to matriculation at Penn, subject to faculty approval. Please see the Penn Engineering Graduate Handbook for further details.

Are there any prerequisites?

MCIT was founded on the belief that rigorous computer science courses designed for people with non-technical undergraduate degrees can prepare graduates for rapid entry into the computing industry or improve and strengthen their working knowledge as an industry professional. There are no required prerequisite courses; however, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or university.

Can I take my exams online or do I need to come in person?

All exams and coursework are completed online.

Does MCIT Online require a thesis?

No, this is not available for MCIT Online students.

What programming languages will be taught?

The MCIT Online curriculum includes Java (including data structures), C and C++.

Although we focus only on these three languages, you will learn fundamental concepts that allow you to quickly learn many other languages — including Rust, Go, JavaScript, etc. — even though they are not explicitly taught in our curriculum.

If you are interested in learning Python, it will be taught in the Computational Thinking for Problem Solving course on Coursera, as well as in some of our elective courses such as Machine Learning and A.I.

Can MCIT Online students continue through the CIS/MSE dual degree?

Currently this is not an option for MCIT Online students.

What will the proctored exams look like?

Our exams will be online and proctored through a third-party company, ProctorU. You will be monitored throughout the exam via webcam.

Will there be a difference between the number and breadth of electives offered online vs. on-campus?

MCIT Online students will have access to electives that are comparable to the on-campus electives. Topics will be chosen according to the most popular areas of interest and course selection will increase over time.

What is the difference between MCIT and a Computer Science master’s degree?

The MCIT curriculum is designed so that students can quickly build a strong CS foundation and then be prepared to take graduate-level electives which are exactly the same as those taken by students in traditional CS Masters programs.

Many of the courses provide students the opportunities to engage in applied, industry-relevant projects that prepare them for the current CS job market, and that are built on a rigorous theoretical underpinning that ensures that they will be able to adapt along with the field as it changes over the years.

The main difference between a traditional CS Masters and MCIT is that MCIT students take more core courses, whereas traditional CS Master’s students can often take more electives which allows them to go deeper into a particular subject area or broader across various topics in their coursework.

Despite this, however, and as shown through Penn’s recent Career Services reports, the job placement results of MCIT students has been comparable to that of students completing our traditional CS Masters in terms of the types of companies, starting salary, and other compensation.

Financial Aid & Tuition

Is financial aid available?

Online students who are enrolled at least half-time (at least two courses) will be eligible to apply for federal student loans. International students’ eligibility may vary depending upon their international status.

Two federal funding options specifically allocated for graduate students are the Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan and Grad PLUS loan.

Please be mindful of the FAFSA deadlines in relation to the application deadlines.

What is the cost of the program?

The total cost of tuition and fees for the program is $26,300. You will pay per semester based on the number of courses you are taking. For example, if you take one course in Spring 2019, you will pay $2,630 ($2500 tuition + $130 fees).

For payment options please visit the Student Registration & Financial Services website.

Is the MCIT Online program eligible for Penn employee tuition remission benefits?

Yes! This program is tuition remission eligible for Penn employees. You can learn more at the Penn Benefits website: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay/tuition

If accepted into the program, how much will the enrollment deposit cost?

Applicants who are admitted and decide to join the program will need to submit a non-refundable $300 USD enrollment deposit, which will be applied towards tuition.

Do you offer any scholarships?

We do not plan to offer scholarships at this moment. Should we decide to do this in the future, such opportunities will be made known to prospective and enrolled students.

Program Experience

Can online students work as TAs?

Yes. The online application will be available here once the first cohort has completed their first semester.

How long is the program? What if I’m working while studying?

It’s very possible to participate in this program part-time while working full time. The program is made up of 10 courses and will take 20-40 months to complete.

What support will I receive in the program?

MCIT Online is about more than just the curriculum. Students in this program will have access to core services across the University to support their well-being and future career goals. Although MCIT Online students do not study on Penn’s campus, they are considered members of the Penn community.  Please click here to view our Student Services page.

Can I take a leave of absence?

Yes. For details, see the Penn Engineering Graduate Handbook.

Will there be a graduation ceremony?

Yes, MCIT Online students will be invited to campus to participate in Penn’s Commencement ceremonies in May. Attendance is optional.

Can I start the program on-campus and finish online? Or start online and finish on-campus?

In order to maintain the cohort experience and for capacity planning purposes, transferring between the on-campus and online MCIT programs is not permitted.

Can I attend on-campus office hours if I live in or near Philadelphia?

The majority of interactions with faculty will be virtual, e.g., during the weekly office hours via video conference. That said, we will likely schedule a few in-person meet-ups for local folks involved with MCIT Online as well.

Am I able to work full-time while enrolled in MCIT Online degree program?

Yes. MCIT Online is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate the needs of adult learners and working professionals. For example, there are no required synchronous (real-time) sessions.

How is the course content accessible to those with disabilities?

You can find information about Coursera’s accessibility policy here.

Can an MCIT Online student who is visiting or lives near Philadelphia take on-campus classes and have them count towards their degree?

In order to maintain the cohort experience and for capacity planning purposes, transferring between the on-campus and online MCIT programs is not permitted.

How much time will MCIT Online students need to commit each week?

MCIT Online students spend on average 13 hours per week for each course they are taking, but it varies widely.

What student services do MCIT Online students have access to?

Students in the MCIT Online program are considered to be University of Pennsylvania students—as long as they are enrolled in at least one course for academic credit at a given time—within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Upon graduation, students are considered alumni of the University of Pennsylvania.

Students in this program will have access to core services across the University to support their well-being and future career goals. Although MCIT Online students do not study on Penn’s campus, they are considered members of the Penn community.

MCIT Online students will have Penn email addresses and those who visit campus can pick up Penn ID cards. The online student services fee of $130 per course unit supports career services, many library services, learning resources, and other services not directly associated with specific courses. You can find more details on the services available to online students here.

Once in the degree, how flexible is it? For instance, if a student enrolls in three courses but needs to drop one after the semester starts, are there penalties involved?

Students will need to adhere to the same add/drop policies as other Penn graduate students. More information on those policies can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Admitted Students

I have been admitted but I would like to defer my admission. What should I do?

The first step is to accept our offer and pay the deposit. Next, send an email to the MCIT Online program which includes the specific reason for the deferral and the term that you are planning on attending.

The deadline to request a deferral is the last day before classes begin for your first graduate semester. If approved, you can defer for up to two semesters (one academic year) at a time, and for a total of four semesters (two academic years).

How do I self-identify a disability with the University?

Admitted students can use the Self-ID form on the Student Disabilities Services website to voluntarily register a disability with the University.

What can I do to prepare for the program?

We highly recommend our new course on Coursera called Computational Thinking for Problem Solving which will teach you some basic Python programming. Reviewing basic algebra, probabilities, and statistics would be helpful as well.

Current Students

Can current Penn students apply to the MCIT Online program? As a dual degree?

Current Penn students may not enroll in the MCIT Online program while they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree program on-campus. Current master’s students interested in MCIT should consider applying for the on-campus dual degree program instead.

Can current Penn students submatriculate into MCIT Online?

Current Penn students may not enroll in the MCIT Online program while they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree program on-campus. On-campus students can apply to submatriculate into the on-campus MCIT program.

I am currently an undergrad/master’s/PhD student at Penn. Can I take an online MCIT course?

Only students who have been admitted to the MCIT Online program are permitted to take online courses for credit.

Can current Penn students take one or just a few MCIT Online courses without applying to the program?

Only students who have been admitted to the MCIT Online program are permitted to take online courses for credit. We are offering a Computational Thinking for Problem Solving course on Coursera that is open to all learners. We will also offer more computer science electives on Coursera down the road, although they will not be for credit.

Can I start the program on-campus and finish online? Or start online and finish on-campus?

In order to maintain the cohort experience and for capacity planning purposes, transferring between the on-campus and online MCIT programs is not permitted.

Can current Penn students transfer into the MCIT Online program?

Current Penn students may not transfer into the MCIT Online program. Current master’s students interested in MCIT should consider applying for the dual degree program instead.