Graduate & Professional Education

Penn’s doctoral and master’s programs enroll more than 10,000 students in 12 schools, engaging graduate faculty and students across disciplinary boundaries.

Penn prepares graduate students to teach, work, and do research that advances the frontiers of knowledge in their fields, across a wide range of innovative programs and graduate groups.

The university is especially committed to providing graduate students with the widest range of opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. Many of its unique graduate groups are interdisciplinary by design, including faculty across multiple departments and schools.

The University's extensive website for graduate students provides a comprehensive overview of the many benefits and programs that support graduate student life, research, career advancement, and work-life balance across campus. 

The Graduate Student Center is dedicated for the use of the University’s graduate and professional students. Located in the heart of campus on Locust Walk, the Center hosts a variety of programs designed by Graduate Fellows especially for graduate students. There is also a lounge and meeting, study, and event rooms.

The Fontaine Society supports the education of underrepresented students in PhD education. Currently, there are over 250 Fontaine Fellows at Penn, spanning a variety of disciplines. 

The Graduate Admissions website provides information for prospective students. In 2020, Penn is also hosting the PHD Symposium, which aims to attract under-represented students interested in learning more about graduate school.

Penn pioneered professional education in America and continues to set the pace today with outstanding professional degree programs that prepare students to become leading practitioners in their fields.