A graduate degree from Penn GSE opens up whole new worlds, intellectually as well as professionally. If you are a passionate, innovative, impactful leader—or aspire to be one—Penn GSE is the place for you.

Application Requirements and Deadlines by Program

It's never too early to start preparing your application. Application requirements vary based on the graduate degree program. Select your program of interest below to find out exactly what is needed. Please note that all application materials become the property of the University of Pennsylvania and will not be returned. Remember to retain a personal copy of your application materials. Penn GSE strongly prefers that recommenders submit letters of recommendation online. Please note that all letters must come directly from the letter writer's email account. All recommendation letters will be verified to ensure that the proper protocol is followed.
  • edent-ms | Education Entrepreneurship M.S.Ed.
  • ep-ms | Education Policy M.S.Ed.
  • ep-phd | Education Policy Ph.D.
  • ecs-ms | Education, Culture, and Society M.S.Ed.
  • ecs-phd | Education, Culture, and Society Ph.D.
  • elx-edd | Educational Linguistics Ed.D.
  • elx-phd | Educational Linguistics Ph.D.
  • esl-spec | ESL Specialist – Certification
  • hem-edd | Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management Ed.D.
  • GHEM-ms | Global Higher Education Management M.S.Ed. (Online)
  • hed-edd | Higher Education Ed.D.
  • hed-ms | Higher Education M.S.Ed.
  • hed-phd | Higher Education Ph.D.
  • istr-ms | Independent School Teaching Residency M.S.Ed.
  • ishd-ms | Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development M.S.Ed.
  • ishd-phd | Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development Ph.D.
  • iedp-ms | International Educational Development M.S.Ed.
  • lgis-ms | Language, Globalization, and Intercultural Studies M.S.Ed.
  • LAO-ms | Learning Analytics M.S.Ed. (Online)
  • lst-ms | Learning Sciences and Technologies M.S.Ed.
  • lst-phd | Learning Sciences and Technologies Ph.D.
  • rwl-edd | Literacy Studies Ed.D.
  • rwl-ms | Literacy Studies M.S.Ed.
  • rwl-phd | Literacy Studies Ph.D.
  • meded-ms | Medical Education M.S.Ed.
  • midcareer-edd | Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership Ed.D.
  • pennclo-edd | Penn Chief Learning Officer Ed.D.
  • pc-mphil | Professional Counseling, M.Phil.Ed.
  • qm-mphil | Quantitative Methods M.Phil.Ed.
  • qm-phd | Quantitative Methods Ph.D.
  • rwl-cert | Reading Specialist - Certification
  • smhc-ms | School and Mental Health Counseling M.S.Ed.
  • slp-cert | School Leadership - Principal Certification Only
  • slp-ms | School Leadership M.S.Ed.
  • smart-ms | Statistics, Measurement, Assessment, and Research Technology M.S.Ed.
  • tesol-ms | Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) M.S.Ed.
  • tll-ms | Teaching, Learning, and Leadership M.S.Ed.
  • tlte-edd | Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education Ed.D.
  • tlte-phd | Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education Ph.D.
  • utr-ms | Urban Education (Online) M.S.Ed.
  • utap-ms | Urban Teaching Apprenticeship M.S.Ed.
  • utr-cert | Urban Teaching Residency Certification(s) Only
  • utr-ms-cert | Urban Teaching Residency M.S.Ed. with Certification(s)

Application Fee

If you are applying between September 1 and March 1, the $75 application fee is automatically waived. If you apply outside the fee waiver period, your application may require a fee. Applicants with specific program affiliations may be eligible to receive a fee waiver.

Our Application Review Process

Our application review process is thorough and holistic, and we consider each application in its entirety. In selecting an incoming class of scholars and practitioners, we look for students who demonstrate a strong commitment to education and the potential for academic and personal success. Penn GSE is a dynamic and diverse learning community, and we welcome individuals with a wide range of life experiences and professional backgrounds to apply.

Deferral Requests

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid does not award deferrals to our incoming students* except in cases where there are truly extenuating circumstances. If you believe your situation is exceptional and warrants consideration, you are welcome to apply for a deferral at the appropriate time. Please note that the deferral application for the 2024 admissions cycle will open on May 1, 2024 and close on June 30, 2024.

*Deferrals are not considered or awarded to Executive Ed.D. students in any circumstances. Students are required to reapply for a future term. Application materials are kept on file.


Contact Information

Office of Admissions & Financial Aid
University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-6415