High achieving MCIT Online alumni

…may apply for the dual degree with MSE-DS Online. Eligible students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and be in good standing with the University at the time of application.

MCIT Online students that meet the eligibility criteria will graduate from MCIT Online and matriculate as a MSE-DS Online student, transferring four (4) electives from MCIT Online and taking six (6) additional MSE-DS Online courses resulting in two graduate degrees from Penn Engineering for a total of sixteen courses.


Highly motivated MCIT Online alumni may apply for the dual degree with MSE-DS Online.  Eligible students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and be in good standing with the University at the time of application.

Application Process

Students will submit a short personal statement explaining their interest in the MSE-DS Online program. There is no application fee. Students will receive confirmation of acceptance shortly after the application form closes.

Dual Degree Request Information Form


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Application Form Timeline

Summer 2023Fall 2023Spring 2024
Application Form OpensJanuary 3, 2023March 15, 2023August 2, 2023
Application Form ClosesFebruary 28, 2023July 5, 2023October 3, 2023
Decision NotificationMarch 14, 2023July 14, 2023November 10, 2023
Deposit DueApril 4, 2023July 21, 2023December 7, 2023
Orientation StartsApril 10, 2023July 24, 2023December 2023
Classes BeginMay 8, 2023August 28. 2023January 2024

Example Plan of Study

Course UnitsProgram Selections
6 CUsMCIT Online Core
4 CUsMCIT Online Electives*
6 CUsMSE-DS remaining requirements
16 CUs Total

*Make sure that 4 MCIT Online Elective CUs will fit in the MSE-DS Online curriculum. Consult an academic advisor about your plan of study.

** MCIT Online Courses transferred to MSE-DS Online must be completed within five (5) years from the start of the MSE-DS program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for the Dual Degree in the semester I am completing my final course requirement?

 Yes, current students may begin an application in the last term of their program and must graduate before becoming a Dual Degree student.

How do I know which courses to take if I am a dual-degree student?

Please reach out to the Student Affairs Team for advising assistance.

I have been admitted to the Dual Degree program and have graduated from MCIT Online, but I would like to defer my admission. What should I do?

The first step is to accept our offer and pay the deposit. After enrollment, please email the MSE-DS Online student affairs team to inquire about the deferral request instructions.

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 fall/spring semesters (one academic year) at a time.

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