Post-Baccalaureate Studies

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 Post-Baccalaureate Studies

Your goals, your courses, on your schedule

Enter the inspiring academic atmosphere of the Ivy League with the Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bacc) Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS). If you have completed your baccalaureate studies and earned a bachelor’s degree, the Post-Bacc Studies program is a unique opportunity that allows you to accomplish your goals by enrolling in courses you choose at Penn.

The Post-Bacc Studies program offers you access to courses in over 50 areas of study, personal academic advising and the full range of the university's scholarly resources. Whether you’re preparing for another degree, expanding your professional knowledge or exploring an area of personal interest, Post-Bacc Studies offers the flexibility to handpick the courses you need to accomplish your goals.

A wealth of resources — and a rich experience

When you choose the Post-Bacc Studies program, you have full access to Penn's unparalleled academic resources, including nine on-campus libraries, the largest digital library commons in the world, tutoring resources and the opportunity to join clubs and organizations.

You will also be assigned a personal advisor for the duration of your studies with us. Your advisor will help you make the most of your Penn experience, guiding you through the myriad exciting activities and events occurring both inside and outside of the classroom.

Prepare for graduate or professional school

Are you considering graduate or professional school? Taking Penn classes through Post-Bacc Studies allows you to demonstrate your academic ability to future admissions committees. You can fulfill prerequisite courses that are required for entrance to your next degree or round out your background in an area you haven't previously studied.

Once you're on campus, you'll tap into a vibrant network of professors and fellow students who can support and challenge you on your journey to your next degree. Penn faculty recommendations can be invaluable assets to your graduate or professional school application portfolio. We’re here to help you make these connections throughout the University and assist you in navigating the many opportunities you’ll find at Penn.

Stay current in an evolving marketplace

To stay competitive today, professionals must constantly refresh and expand their expertise. Including Penn’s Post-Bacc Studies on your resume demonstrates your ongoing commitment to pursuing the very best intellectual and professional development. The flexible program model allows you access to the specific courses you need, when you need them.

You may enroll in the Post-Bacc Studies program as an opportunity to consider whether a master’s or professional degree is right for you, or to discover and explore an entirely new career path. Whatever your goals, our program advisors are available to help you determine how a Penn experience can help you refine and enrich your career development efforts.

Pursue your passion

You don't need to be pursuing a specific career goal or academic credential to be thirsty for knowledge, new ideas and the inspiration provided by a classroom full of highly motivated and passionate peers. The Post-Bacc Studies program is here—offering classes with some of the best professors, and students, in the world—if you'd like to brush up on a language or sample a new academic discipline. With Penn Post-Bacc Studies, you will affirm your love of learning, discover new confidence in your abilities after challenging yourself at Penn and be nourished by the atmosphere of intellectual rigor.

Learn how to get started 

We’re available to answer any questions that may arise as you explore the possibilities at Penn and consider how they might help you accomplish your personal and professional academic goals. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today. 

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Areas of Study

Fully Customizable

With access to over 50 areas of study, the Post-Baccalaureate program can be customized to meet your individual needs.

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Program Contacts

Personal Advising

The Post-Baccalaureate program team is here to advise, guide and coach you through the Penn experience.

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Upcoming Post-Bacc Info Session

Upcoming Post-Bacc Info Session

Join us July 15th for a Virtual Info Session, hosted live and online from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

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Course Guide

The Fall Course Guide is here! Find the classes you need and start getting ahead for the semester.

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