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An innovative Master of Chemical Sciences, offered by Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies, allows students to fine-tune their academic program and faculty-led research project to be relevant to their professional advancement or desire to pursue a PhD.

Because I work full-time, I wanted to take advantage of my tuition benefits. So I have been exploring all the courses that I missed out on as an undergraduate – hello, statistics! Others, I just did not have time to fit into my schedule or did not realize I was interested in the subject until after I graduated.

One of the Post-Baccalaureate Studies program greatest assets is the sheer number of courses offered in the evening. There are so many options to consider. And it was very helpful to be able to take classes that would not interfere with my work commitments.

It wasn’t until I was studying actuarial sciences for my MBA that I learned what an actuary actually does. Right away, I knew I wanted to switch careers and become an actuary. I have always loved math. When I was young, while other kids played, I found my greatest joy in solving math problems and teaching myself new concepts. With the heavily math-based actuarial science class I found myself once again staying up late solving problems and having to force myself away.

I was working in a clinical research program for Parkinson’s disease when I entered the Post-Baccalaureate Studies program. My initial hope was to take some classes – perhaps in Biology or Public Health – to complement my medically oriented job.

Faculty and staff of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies are pleased to announce their Spring 2015 lineup of on-campus and online information sessions. These engaging and informative events will provide prospective students with the opportunity to meet program directors and recruitment staff while learning about their program of interest.

Master of Applied Positive Psychology

  • Online Information Session: Thursday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Master of Chemical Sciences

Noise complaint

Wild creatures and their noises return to the land

When Mike Coll (Master of Environmental Studies ’08) felt unsatisfied with his work — as a woodworker and photographer in Philadelphia — he took a practical approach to figuring out what he should do next.

“I started looking at people who really enjoyed their jobs. The people who thought their job was important. And when I thought about what was important to me, I decided it was the environment.”

To transition into a new field, Mike considered a number of local graduate schools and decided on Penn.

We invite you to experience a "Taste of Penn" at the University of Pennsylvania's College of Liberal and Professional Studies Bachelor of Arts Program Team's open house event on Saturday, April 11th starting at 11:00 a.m.


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