Transferring from MSE to Ph.D.

It is generally not easy for a master’s student to join the doctoral program and no candidate should commence a CIS master’s program with the primary expectation of joining the doctoral program.

Click here for information re: the CIS doctoral program.

Here is a possible plan for a CIS MSE student to assay joining the doctoral program:

  1. Take the MSE/Ph.D. core course finals as the WPE I.
  2. Determine an area of research he/she is interested in and takes a course in that area, conducts independent studies and/or pursues a master’s thesis with the relevant faculty. This gives faculty the opportunity to assess the student’s research ability which may result in the faculty member being willing to take on the master’s student as an advisee for the doctoral program.
    1. Submit an online application for the doctoral program providing a new personal statement relevant to the doctoral program, three letters of recommendation – at least two of which should be from Penn faculty, and any other documents he/she wishes to submit – note that payment is by check but don’t pay the application fee. Once the doctoral application has been submitted, advise the CIS Graduate Coordinator so that transcripts, test scores, etc. from the master’s application dossier will be incorporated into the doctoral application file. Current students applying for the doctoral program can request an application fee waiver by sending a request to
Graduate Program:

Your CIS Contacts:

Redian Furxhiu
Graduate Coordinator for on-campus MCIT, CIS/MSE and CGGT programs
Office: 308 Levine
Phone: 215-898-1668

Staci Kaplan
Program Manager for DATS (Data Science MSE)
Office: 308 Levine
Phone: 215-573-2431

Britton Carnevali
Doctoral Program Manager
Office: 310 Levine
Phone: 215-898-5515

Mariel Celentano
Graduate Coordinator for ROBO
Office: 459 Levine
Phone: 215-573-4907

Liz Wai-Ping Ng
Associate Director for Embedded Systems MSE program
Office: 313 Levine
Phone: 215-898-8543

Julia Esposito
PICS Program Coordinator, SCMP Academic Coordinator
Office: 3401 Walnut, 5th Fl.
Phone: 215-573-6037