Deadlines

Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort open on January 2nd

The early application deadline is March 1st.

The final deadline to apply is May 1st.

Requirements

Who should apply

MCIT Online is for motivated students with little or no background in Computer Science who want to launch a rewarding career in the computing industry or use computer science to innovate in their current field.

In order to succeed in this rigorous and accelerated program, students should have both a passion for learning computer science and the ability to dedicate significant time and effort to their studies. Throughout our selective admissions process, we have found that successful applicants hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have a GPA above 3.0.

Take this quiz from Penn Engineering to see how this degree would fit into your life.

Note: This quiz will in no way factor into your application -- this is purely to inform your choice to pursue an online degree and to assess your ability to thrive in an accelerated online program. This blog post further describes ways to be successful when studying computer science online.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have a 3 or 4-year bachelor's degree from an accredited School or University prior to intended matriculation date.

Technology Requirements

  • MCIT Online is an online degree program and it is your responsibility to have and maintain internet access that permits you to receive and transmit information freely for the duration of the program. Penn is not responsible for any inability to access the program due to disruptions in your internet service, whether caused by technical problems, governmental or other third party actions.
  • Coursera’s Technical Requirements
  • Internal or external webcam
  • ProctorU Technical Requirements

Application Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or university
  • A personal statement
    • The personal statement should be a 500-1000 word essay that answers the questions below. Please provide detailed and specific examples from academia, industry or research when possible.
      • What makes you interested in the MCIT program?
      • How will you benefit from the program?
      • Why will you succeed in the program?
      • How will you contribute to the MCIT community?
      • Please describe your career goals and how MCIT Online will help to achieve them.
      • Given that the program is designed for people without a CS background, if you feel that your resume could be perceived as overqualified, please explain why MCIT Online is right for you.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts (translated to English if necessary)
    • From every university or college attended where course credit was earned, including transfer credit transcripts
    • Must include courses taken, credit hours and grades earned
  • Official transcripts will be required following an offer of admission.
  • Your resume
    • We recommend 1-2 pages in length (5 pages is the maximum).
    • We are interested in your functional job skills, breadth and depth of experience, demonstrated leadership, and any experiences with online learning. We are more concerned with what you have learned in your positions than we are with the length of time you’ve been in the workplace.
  • TOEFL scores for international applicants and non-U.S. citizens/permanent resident applicants if English is not your native language. More details can be found on the MCIT Online website.
  • GRE scores are optional. If submitted by the application deadline, official exam results will be taken into consideration in the evaluation process and can have a favorable impact. The test must have been taken within 5 years of application submission.

Total Tuition = $25,000 USD ($2,500 per course unit) Total Fees = $1,300 USD ($130 per course unit)

Admitted applicants interested in joining the program will need to submit a $300 USD enrollment deposit. Tuition varies depending upon the number of courses a student enrolls in each semester, please see table below for details.

Number of CoursesCost
1 Course$2,630 ($2,500 Tuition + $130 Fee)
2 Courses$5,260 ($5,000 Tuition + $260 Fee)
3 Courses$7,890 ($7,500 Tuition + $390 Fee)
4 Courses$10,520 ($10,000 Tuition + $520 Fee)

Students will be billed only for the courses they take each semester. If a student needs to take a term off, they won’t be charged during that term. The core courses must be taken in sequential order. Students may waive or transfer up to two required MCIT Online computer science courses.

For a sample tuition payment schedule, see the “Program Length” section on the Academics page.

Students may have the opportunity to seek tuition reimbursement from their employer. Connect with your manager or HR department to see what’s available to you as an employee.

Student Loans

Online students who are enrolled at least half-time will be eligible to apply for federal student loans. For the purposes of financial aid, half-time is at least two courses in a semester. International students’ eligibility may vary depending upon their international status.

Please be mindful of the FAFSA deadlines in relation to the application deadlines. You can find more information here.

Student Loan Options for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Students have access to non-need-based loan funding to cover expenses associated with their degree. Please note that a student's total financial aid (scholarships, fellowships, and all education loans) cannot exceed the financial aid budget for the academic year.

The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program is available to all U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who meet basic federal requirements (i.e. student has never defaulted on a federal loan, is not currently involved in filing bankruptcy, registered for Selective Service etc). Students can choose to borrow either Federal Direct Graduate PLUS or private student loan funds to supplement the Unsubsidized Loan annual maximum of $20,500. Students should research loan lenders to determine which option is best for their individual situation.

To apply for federal student loans, complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.gov.

Read more about Federal Direct Loans at the Department of Education website.

Your total financial aid (scholarships, fellowships, and all education loans) cannot exceed the estimated expenses plus tuition and fees.

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    $25,000 (tuition) + $1,300 (fees)
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    16-40 months
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    10 courses
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    Completely online

Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort open on January 2nd.

The early application deadline is March 1st.

The final application deadline is May 1st.

Coursera does not grant credit, and does not represent that any institution other than the degree granting institution will recognize the credit or credential awarded by the institution; the decision to grant, accept, or transfer credit is subject to the sole and absolute discretion of an educational institution.

We encourage you to investigate whether this degree meets your academic and/or professional needs before applying.

Try before you Apply

Penn Engineering offers an online Computational Thinking for Problem Solving course on Coursera to help you decide whether the program is the right fit before you apply.

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