Yes, MCIT Online students will be invited to campus to participate in Penn’s Commencement ceremonies in May. Attendance is optional.
Our exams will be online and proctored through a service called Honorlock. Students will be monitored via webcam.
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. View sample schedules for full-time and part-time status.
Currently this is not an option for MCIT Online students.
Internships are not a part of the MCIT Online curriculum, but our career services team can help prepare you for a successful internship search.
Yes! To apply for a teaching assistantship review current openings.
If you’re interested in being a research assistant, we encourage you to reach out to a faculty member who’s working in a field of interest. These positions are typically not posted publicly.
It depends on the course topic, your background, your learning style, and the particular assignments in a given week. In general, you can expect each course to require 15-18 hours per week. Some courses will take less time, while for others you might need to spend 25 hours on a particularly challenging programming assignment.
Every student in this program will have a different level of familiarity with the content in the MCIT Online core courses. Therefore, the 15 hours per week per course that our students have reported, are only an average estimate. In reality, these courses could take a little less or a lot more time than estimated based on your prior education or work experience. Not only that, one course can vary week to week: one course could take 10 hours one week and way more in the next!
A good thought exercise before the semester starts is to map out the extra time you typically have in your week and whether you can dedicate 15 hours of that time to your class. What if it was more than 15? Think critically about what would happen if you have a challenging assignment that took you 20-25 hours to complete. Be aware that some of our students spend this much time every week for one course.
No, students are not allowed to transfer between the on-campus and online MCIT programs.
No, MCIT Online students are not required to write a thesis.
It’s possible to go on to a PhD program, but you would likely need to supplement your studies with research to be prepared for a PhD program.
The MCIT Online curriculum includes Python, Java (including data structures), C and C++.
Specific course options may vary, but MCIT Online electives are comparable to the on-campus version. Course topics reflect the most popular areas of interest.
The MCIT Online program requires the successful completion of ten courses. The program was designed for working professionals, so a part-time schedule allows students to take 1-3 courses at a time. Depending on how many classes you take each semester, you can complete the program in 16 to 40 months.
Yes! MCIT Online is flexible enough to accommodate the needs of working professionals, and you can choose to take 1-3 courses at a time. There are no required synchronous (real-time) sessions, but students should dedicate time each week to watch lectures, complete assignments and participate in office hours or group sessions with professors, TAs, and fellow students.
The online Master of Computer and Information Technology program is offered by the University of Pennsylvania, which is authorized to confer degrees and certificates conferring academic credit under applicable laws of the United States. If you live in another country, we encourage you to investigate your jurisdiction’s treatment of foreign online programs to ensure that the program will meet your objectives.
Yes, the University of Pennsylvania is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The MCIT is not a master of science degree, but it covers comparable material. Our curriculum begins with a strong CS foundation and goes on to graduate-level electives that are exactly the same as those taken by students in traditional CS master’s programs.
Our graduates’ career outcome results are comparable to those of Penn’s traditional master’s in CS in terms of the types of companies, starting salary, and other compensation. See Penn’s most recent Career Services reports for details.
Yes! You’ll enjoy the high-quality instructors that Penn Engineering’s on-campus program is known for, and you’ll graduate with the same degree and same diploma.
Graduates of MCIT go on to rewarding careers in aerospace, consulting, education, finance, healthcare, and technology, to name a few. For details, see Alumni Outcomes.
No, the program is specifically designed for students with minimal or no prior computer science experience.
MCIT is intended for students with little or no recent CS experience. If you would be able to test out of more than two of our core courses, you are probably overqualified.