High achieving MCIT Online students

…with a strong interest in data science can choose to continue on with a dual degree in the online Master of Science in Engineering in Data Science (MSE-DS Online).

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 students may apply for the dual degree with MSE-DS Online once they have completed any six (6) courses in the MCIT Online curriculum. 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 alumni may apply as well.

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.

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Application Form Timeline

 Spring 2023Summer 2023Fall 2023
Application Form OpensJuly 15, 2022
January 2023May 2023
Application Form ClosesNovember 1, 2022TBDTBD
Decision NotificationNovember 18, 2022TBDTBD
Orientation StartsDecember 12, 2022April 2023
July 2023
Classes Begin January 9, 2023May 2023August 2023

Example Plan of Study

Course UnitsProgram Selections
6 CUsMCIT Online Core
4 CUsMCIT Online Electives*
6 CUsMSE-DS remaining requirements
16 CUs TotalMCIT | MSE-DS Online Dual Degree Completion

*At least 2 Course Units must be designated as an MSE-DS Core Course or Technical Elective

Frequently Asked Questions

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

No, you must first complete six courses so that the GPA of those six courses can be calculated.

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.