How to Apply

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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



Statement of Purpose & Résumé

In essay format describe your education objectives, interest in the field, and personal background.


Letters of Recommendation

Identify and include references who can vouch for your professionalism, values, character, and interests.



Transcript(s) from prior undergraduate or graduate institution(s) are required.


Official Test Scores

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for most of our programs.


Application Fee

Penn GSE waives the application fee from Sept. 1 through March 1.


Online Application

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Please note that all application materials become property of the University of Pennsylvania and will not be returned. Remember to retain a personal copy of your application.

Our Application Review Process

Our holistic admission process means that we consider all components of your application. No one piece—such as your undergraduate GPA or GRE score—will cause us to deny you admission as long as you demonstrate the potential for academic and personal success at an Ivy League university. In addition to considering applicants’ individual qualities, we base our admissions decisions on incoming class capacity, the competitive nature of the entire applicant pool, the volume of competitive applications, and institutional priorities.

Admission to our doctoral programs is far more competitive than to our master’s programs. If you’re planning to apply to a doctoral program, we encourage you to research our faculty and their areas of interest, and get acquainted with our research centers and projects and initiatives. Because fit between applicants and faculty is key in doctoral admission, we invite a small number of Ed.D. and Ph.D. applicants to campus (all expenses paid) during the month of February to meet with faculty and learn more about our school and programs.


Contact Us

Office of Admissions & Financial Aid

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

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