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.
  • icc-ms | Intercultural Communication 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.
  • 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-cert | Literacy Studies - Certification Only
  • 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.
  • 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 at an Ivy League institution. 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.

Admission to our doctoral programs is selective and highly competitive. We encourage doctoral applicants to research our faculty and their areas of interest, and to acquaint themselves with our research centers and projects and initiatives. 

Deferral Requests

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid does not award deferrals to our incoming master’s 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 is closed for the 2023 admissions cycle. 


Contact Information

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

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