Current Penn Employees FAQ
Yes, the University offers employees the opportunity to pursue knowledge and to advance their personal and professional development by providing tuition assistance for credit courses at the University of Pennsylvania. For full information on Penn tuition benefits, visit the Human Resources web site at www.hr.upenn.edu/benefits/tuition/.
Employees of the University of Pennsylvania Health System should check with their own Human Resources department at www.uphs.upenn.edu/hr/.
... be transferred if I am accepted into LPS?
Course credit evaluation can be completed once you have started your first semester. You complete the application for transfer credit online, supplying information about each course that you would like to have evaluated for credit.
You can apply to Post-Baccalaureate Studies. If you are accepted, this program allows you to take classes within the School of Arts and Sciences up through course level 599.
LPS offers the following graduate programs: Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Environmental Studies, Master of Science in Applied Geosciences, Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts, Master of Applied Positive Psychology, and Master of Medical Physics. The Master of Liberal Arts and Master of Environmental Studies are the most popular programs within the Penn employee population. All programs have different admissions requirements and prerequisites. Please visit our website for more information on each individual program: www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/graduate
...for credit toward a Penn master’s degree?
In most cases, courses taken at other colleges or universities are not accepted for transfer credit toward one of the LPS Master’s degrees, but it is best to check directly with the department or program that houses the master’s degree.
Visit: LPS Course Guides
The registrar's page also lists classes within the School of Arts and Sciences: www.upenn.edu/registrar/LPS
Students are eligible to take classes within the School of Arts and Sciences. LPS students are not allowed to register for any class offered outside the School of Arts and Sciences. For example, an LPS student would not be able to take a Wharton course because it does not fall within the School of Arts and Sciences. To view the departments that fall within the School of Arts & Sciences, follow this link: www.sas.upenn.edu/home/departments/depts.html
The College of Liberal and Professional Studies requires that students hold an "active" status in order to enroll in classes. Any LPS student who allows four consecutive terms to pass without officially enrolling in a course is considered to be an “inactive” student. This policy includes spring, summer, and fall terms. After the course selection period of the fourth consecutive term has passed without enrolling in a course, your status will change to inactive and you will not longer be eligible to enroll in courses. Should you decide that you would like to take courses after becoming an inactive student, you must reapply to the program.
As part of the application process, if you have taken courses elsewhere in the period after you originally applied to LPS, you must submit transcripts. In addition, new essays, an updated résumé, and an application fee are required for the new application. You may also need to submit original transcripts.