A sunny day with puffy clouds in the sky and and intricate tech building with large glass windows juts out over the court year. The phrases, "No CS background, no problem. MCIT Online provides an affordable Ivy League education in the convenience of your home and enables you to enter the tech field without a CS undergraduate degree." written on the image.

How to Apply

To apply to the MCIT Online program, you’ll need to submit the following:

The Application

If you’re ready, you can start your online application today.

Professional Resume

Submit a one- to two-page (maximum five) resume in English. We look at your resume to learn more about:

  • Your functional job skills
  • The breadth and depth of your experience
  • Your demonstrated leadership
  • Your experiences (if any) with online learning

We are more interested in what you have learned in your professional journey than in the length of time you’ve been in the workplace.

Personal Statement

Write a 1,000–1,500 word essay that answers the following questions:

  • What makes you interested in the MCIT Online program?
  • How will you benefit from the program?
  • Describe your career goals and how the MCIT Online curriculum will help to achieve them.
  • Why will you succeed in the program?
  • How will you contribute to the MCIT Online community?
  • Given the time commitment required to successfully complete the program, how do you plan to incorporate an average of 15 hours per week per course of studies into your lifestyle?
  • Since the MCIT Online program is designed for people without a CS background, if you feel that your resume could be perceived as overqualified, please explain why MCIT Online is right for you.
  • Given the need for knowledge of math, if you feel that your resume or transcripts do not adequately speak to the strength of your math skills, please expand on your experience with discrete math.

Please provide detailed and specific examples from academia, industry, or research when possible.

If you are a reapplicant, please address this additional required question (250 words):

  • Discuss any updates to your candidacy since you last applied (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). If after reading our degree information, you think your application may have been perceived as overqualified, please explain why MCIT Online is right for you.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit official letters of recommendation from individuals who know you well and have evaluated you in an academic or work setting. Letters must be submitted through the online system. Letters of recommendation should not be from colleagues and/or friends. Applications with two or more such letters will be rejected.

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

  • a minimum of two letters are required; a third letter is optional
  • must be written in English
  • on official letterhead of the writer’s organization or institution whenever possible
  • include the writer’s signature/name and organization
  • range from 500 to 1,500 words

For additional details, see our Letters of Recommendation FAQs.


  • Upload unofficial transcripts from every university or college where you have earned academic credit.
  • Transcripts are to be uploaded in PDF format.
  • Transcripts must be in English.
  • Transcripts must include all courses taken, credit hours and grades earned.
  • Diplomas will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts.
  • If the grading is on a scale other than 4.0, please include documentation indicating the scale.
  • Applicants with international transcripts should strongly consider submitting a transcript evaluated by a NACES organization such as WES. Note that applicants should factor in additional time for third parties to evaluate transcripts before the final application deadline.

If you are admitted to the program, you will need to provide official transcripts to verify the information provided in the unofficial documents.

Application Fee

The $90 nonrefundable application fee is due with your online application.

GMAT or GRE Scores (Optional)

You don’t have to submit GRE or GMAT scores, but your scores could have a favorable impact on your application. If you want us to take your scores into consideration, submit your official test scores by the application deadline. Your scores are valid for five years.

  • GRE Codes
    • Institution Code: 2888 (2926 will also work)
    • Department Code: 1699
    • Major Code: 0402
  • GMAT Code: G56-1P-16

English Proficiency Exam

Submit your official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not your native language and you are an international applicant, a non-US citizen, or a non-US permanent resident. We do not accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in place of the TOEFL.

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. The degree must be completed before matriculation into the MCIT Online program. Applicants will have the opportunity to be waived from this requirement as part of the MCIT online application process.

  • We must receive your official TOEFL score directly from ETS by the application deadline.
  • Scores are valid for two years.
  • A minimum score of 100 is required.
  • TOEFL Codes:
    • Institution Code: 2888 (2926 will also work)
    • Department Code: 1699
    • Major Code: 78

Technical Requirements

  • Internet – MCIT Online is an online degree program and it is your responsibility to have and maintain internet access that permits you to receive and transmit information freely for the duration of the program. Penn is not responsible for any inability to access the program due to disruptions in your internet service, whether caused by technical problems, governmental or other third party actions.
  • Recommended Browsers and devices
  • Proctored ExamsA few times each semester, students will take proctored exams. Please see the system requirements for Honorlock the proctoring service used by the program.
  • We do not recommend using a computer provided by your work. Work computers may not provide students access to install important software and corporate firewalls may prevent activities required by the program.

If you are looking to purchase a laptop or notebook:  Laptop and Notebook Purchasing Guides

Important Dates and Deadlines

We offer both fall and spring start dates. Applications for the Fall term open at the start of January and are due on May 15. For Spring, the application opens in early June and is due mid October.

The MCIT | MSE-DS Online Dual Degree application timeline can be found here.

Degree Admission Cycles

Fall 2024Spring 2025
Application OpensJanuary 3, 2024
June 3, 2024
Early Admission Deadline March 1, 2024August 5, 2024
Early Decision Notification April 19, 2024September 13, 2024
Regular Admission DeadlineMay 15, 2024October 7, 2024
Early Decision Deposit DueMay 17, 2024October 15, 2024
Regular Decision Notification June 14, 2024November 8, 2024
Regular Decision Deposit DueJuly 12, 2024December 2, 2024
Orientation Begins July 2024December 4, 2024
Classes Start August 2024January 2025

Admissions Decisions

We base our decisions on our assessment of your ability to successfully complete the program and the compatibility of your interests with our program. 

You will be notified of your admissions decision through the online application system. We cannot reveal a decision over the telephone, and we don’t reconsider applications. You can choose to re-apply if your experience changes. 

We review all applications from a holistic perspective, taking into account everything from your grades to your personal statement and letters of recommendation. The application process is straightforward, and we’re here to help.

Request Info