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Department of Computer and Information Science School of Engineering and Applied Science University of Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 24%76%
    student ratio
  • 344
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • June 1
    fall application deadline
  • 22%
    acceptance rate
  • 3 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


University of Pennsylvania-- the Nation's First Modern University

Founded by Benjamin Franklin with the principles of a modern liberal arts education, the University of Pennsylvania has been a world-renowned leader in research and education for over 250 years. Sitting on 279 acres in West Philadelphia, UPenn is home to the nation's first medical school, student union, and double-decked college stadium. Fifteen Penn scholars have received Nobel Prizes since 1923, mirroring the university's accomplishments.

Department of Computer and Information Science

Housed within Penn's School of Engineering, the Department of Computer and Information Science commits to quality education by improving itself as quickly as the technologies on which it focuses. Two master's programs have been created within the last decade to address new industry needs. Penn's claim to innovation, however, dates way back to its development of the world's first electronic, large-scale, general purpose computer, the ENIAC.

Well-Funded Computer Science Research

The University of Pennsylvania is a consistently nationally ranked research university, boasting 165 research centers and institutes with a combined research budget of $814 million. This commitment to research enhances the university's position as an institution that pursues knowledge and serves as a way to better understand the world. In the area of technology, Penn has been awarded $7.5 million from the National Science Foundation to build network architecture to support ''cloud computing.'' A collaboration with researchers at 11 other universities, the project focused on addressing the technical challenges in creating this new emerging network service model.

Master of Computer and Information Technology

The University of Pennsylvania offers a master's degree in computer and information technology that is specifically designed for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than computer science. The MCIT program targets students of all levels of computer experience who want to prepare for rapid entry into the IT industry or improve and strengthen their existing industry knowledge.

MCIT graduates are prime picks in the job market. Students that find internships during the summer between their first and second year of study are often offered full-time employment after graduating. Other graduates have found themselves in positions at the following prestigious companies: PayPal, GE Capital, GlaxoSmithKline, and Cornerstone Software Development.

Master of Science in Engineering in Computer and Information Science

The Master of Science in Engineering in Computer and Information Science (MSE) program offers students with strong undergraduate training in mathematics and computer science the opportunity for advanced study in this rapidly growing field. Students develop their knowledge base by completing advanced studies in a variety of focuses including artificial intelligence, databases, graphics, programming languages, robotics, or security. Interdisciplinary programs available for study include CIS and Telecommunications, CIS and Computational Linguistics, and CIS and Biomedical Computation.

MSE graduates are widely recognized as tomorrow's innovators, leaders, and visionaries. Microsoft, MIT, and Lockheed Martin are among the companies who have hired MSE grads.

Robotics Master of Science in Engineering

Administered by the GRASP Lab at Penn, the Robotics Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) program educates students in skills necessary to modern experts in robotics and intelligent systems, including in the areas of artificial intelligence, computer vision, control systems, dynamics, machine learning, and robotic systems. By offering subjects usually housed among different departments, the Robotics M.S.E. program offers interdisciplinary training, with flexibility of cross-departmental training and a balanced curriculum.

MSE in Computer Graphics and Game Technology

The master's program in Computer Graphics and Game Technology (CGGT) was initiated in Fall 2004 to expose students to state-of-the-art graphics and animation technologies, interactive media design principles, product development methodologies, and engineering entrepreneurship skills rarely found in students who enter the field straight out of school. Using equipment and resources from UPenn's Center for Human Modeling and Simulation, students can specialize in the areas of art and animation, creative design, animation and simulation technology, human/computer interfaces, and production management.

Since 1975, HMS has been a leader in training students in the multi-disciplinary skills sought by industry professionals. Nick Foster of PDI/DreamWorks, Academy Award winner for Technical Achievement (''Shrek'') counts himself among alumni of HMS.

MSE in Embedded Systems

First offered in Fall 2009, the embedded systems program is offered jointly by the Departments of Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Systems Engineering. This innovative program targets students with an academic background in computer science or electrical engineering, as well as practicing professionals looking to expand their knowledge. Core topics of the program include embedded control, implementation of embedded systems, model-based design and verification, and real-time operating systems.

University of Pennsylvania Faculty

The many award-winning faculty of the University of Pennsylvania only enhance the institution's already historic reputation. Professor emeritus Ruzena Bajcsy, current director of CITRIS, is one such faculty member. She was the founder and previous director of Penn's General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, and also served as Chair of Computer Science and Engineering and a member of the School of Medicine's Neurosciences Institute. Her research in tele-immersive environments, computer vision, AI, robotics, and sensor networks has been summarized in over 225 articles, 25 book chapters, and 66 technical reports.

Location & Contact

Department of Computer and Information Science

School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania

220 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Eduardo Glandt


Phone: 215-898-7244

School of Engineering and Applied Science Graduate Admissions

Phone: 215-898-4542

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT)
      Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 176
    • Doctoral Degrees 15
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 0
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,911
    • Accepted 431
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled 123
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $70
    • Application Fee - International $70
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableHealth Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students344
    • Female Percentage24%
    • Male Percentage76%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students344
    • Part-time Percentage18%
    • Full-time Percentage82%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian68%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian21%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown6%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty43
    • Full-time Percentage81%
    • Part-time Percentage19%
    • Female Percentage12%
    • Male Percentage88%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchArtificial intelligence, computer systems graphics, information management, robotics, software systems theory
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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