On-Campus MCIT Program Degree Requirements

Students are allowed a maximum of seven years to complete the MCIT degree program.

Course Requirements

It is expected that full-time MCIT students will take the six required courses during the first two semesters of enrollment and four electives during their second year.

The MCIT degree program requires the completion of ten course units comprising:

6 Required Courses

MCIT students must complete all six of the following courses:

CIT 5910, 5920, and 5930 are offered in the Fall semester only. They are the prerequisites for CIT 5940, 5950, and 5960, respectively, which are offered in the Spring semester only.

Courses can be waived or replaced only with the permission of the instructor. As of Fall 2016, students must pass a proficiency exam in order to waive a course. All MCIT courses must be completed (or waivers obtained) during the first semester that the course is offered during the student’s time in the program. Students may not waive or replace more than two required MCIT courses. Courses that are waived need to be replaced with a suitable alternative.  While students are allowed to waive at most 2 courses a semester, no student can take a course and then waive the course that this course is a prereq for. Therefore, if you take 5910, you will take 5940. If you take 5920, you will take 5960. If you take 5930, you are expected to take 5950.

4 Elective Courses

  • MCIT students must also complete four graduate-level (5000 or higher) electives. At least three must be a CIS course; one may be an approved non-CIS course

Click here for all CIS graduate course options.

One course from the list of pre-approved non CIS graduate courses, found here, may be used as an elective. Graduate courses offered in other departments may count as an elective with the prior approval of the MCIT program director; in general, such courses must have a strong technical component in order to be approved.

Cumulative GPA

A minimum GPA of 2.7 for master’s students must be maintained in order to be considered in good academic standing. If this minimum is not maintained, academic probation or dismissal from the program will be invoked. A 2.7 final GPA must be achieved to graduate in all situations.

No grade lower than a “C-” will be counted in courses designated as “core” courses.

The Academic Standing Requirements can be found here.

Continuing in the Master of Science in Engineering in Computer and Information Science (CIS/MSE) Program

MCIT students may apply to continue in the Master of Science in Engineering in Computer and Information (CIS/MSE) program. Students pursuing this dual degree route need to satisfy a minimum GPA requirement, have earned a high grade in at least one CIS elective, and have completed the majority of the MCIT requirements at the time of applying. In addition to the ten courses required for the MCIT program, students continuing in the CIS/MSE program need to take six additional CIS graduate courses for a total of sixteen credits; satisfactory completion results in the awarding of the MCIT and CIS/ MSE degrees. Click here to access the CIS/MSE degree requirements. Click here to access the MCIT-CIS/MSE dual degree application.

Dual Degree/Transfer for Current Master’s Engineering Students

New Fall 2022 Penn Engineering Students interested in the Dual-Degree/Transfer must submit their application between March – April 2023.

The results will come out sometime in June 2023 for the Fall 2023 enrollment.

Requirements for engineering masters students requesting consideration to transfer to or do a dual degree with the MCIT program:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Application for the Dual Master’s Degree Form /or Transfer to Another Master’s Program Form click here
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • MCIT Course Planning Form

Your application and documents should be submitted in one email to Redian Furxhiu, MCIT Program Manager redian@seas.upenn.edu

Such requests are evaluated with the same criteria used in evaluating candidates applying directly to our graduate programs; i.e. candidates should have the appropriate background, academic credentials, test scores, etc. Click here to access School of Engineering info re: dual degrees/transferring programs.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Program for Undergraduates 

Accelerated Masters information for current students can be accessed here.