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New Online Degrees Announced

July 25, 2018
By Online Learning Initiative

The University of Pennsylvania continues to embrace online learning technologies with its spirit of innovation and inclusion. Two new degrees, one from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the other from the School of Arts and Sciences, are the newest examples of these characteristics. Both degrees innovate with format and platform and both aim to bring Penn’s excellence in education to new populations of learners. The Online Learning Initiative is working closely with both teams to create programs that combine flexibility, affordability, and exceptional quality thereby advancing Penn’s leadership in the online space.

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is launching its first completely online master’s degree, a Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT). Delivered exclusively on Coursera, MCIT Online offers a more affordable and accessible path for students to break into the tech industry.

“Computer Science is now as fundamental to our future as math, reading or writing. And while we can’t predict the future, we can help people prepare for it by making a strong grounding in these fundamentals as easy to acquire as possible,” says Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering.

MCIT Online confers the same high quality degree as on-campus MCIT. Students will gain invaluable experience working on projects using different programming languages and computing environment to prepare them careers in bioinformatics, medicine, finance, and core software development industries.

"Not only is computing permeating our everyday lives, but there’s so much potential for it to help solve some of the world’s major problems and have significant social impact. This program will allow people from all backgrounds to participate in that," says Chris Murphy, Associate Professor of Practice in Penn Engineering’s Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) and co-director of MCIT Online. "We’ve spent the past 17 years refining the MCIT curriculum so that it prepares our students to be computer scientists, not just programmers.”

Applications are open now, and the first cohort of the ten-course program commences in January 2019. Visit Coursera to learn more about this opportunity.

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS), housed within the School of Arts and Sciences, will also launch the new Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree in fall 2019 through Penn LPS Online. The BAAS degree is designed for working adults and other nontraditional students who want to pursue an Ivy League education. The program is unique in that students can focus their concentrations to meet specific personal, professional, and academic goals. With minimal residency requirements, students can tailor the degree to best suit their schedules. Applications for Penn LPS Online’s new Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree open on September 12, 2018.

Penn LPS Online is an innovative new platform that gives working adult students greater flexibility to develop important workplace skills. Students enrolled in the Penn Alumni Program will be able to register for Penn LPS Courses individually. Penn LPS students can also pursue for-credit certificates in Creative WritingLeadership and Communication, or Professional Writing. Additional certificates in positive psychology and data analytics will also launch over the next year. Sign up to receive notifications about new courses and certificates from Penn LPS Online.

University of Pennsylvania Online Master of Computer and Information Technology