We’re thrilled you are considering pursuing graduate education at the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Graduate Division of Penn Arts & Sciences is a diverse community of dedicated scholars and teachers who are advancing knowledge and creating the future of their fields.

Explore our Graduate Groups

Learn about our 33 graduate groups in the humanities and social and natural sciences. 

The faculty at Penn offer a mix of a traditional theoretical approach as well as an interest in creative writing.

Joseph Earl Thomas,
award-winning creative writer and graduate student in English

While the Office of the Graduate Division serves as the processing center for all graduate admission applications to the School of Arts and Sciences, the best sources of information about our graduate programs are the graduate publications and the graduate groups themselves. Information about Non-Traditional Graduate Studies Programs can be obtained from the Office of Professional and Liberal Education. A good source for information about graduate student life in general is the Graduate Student Center.

2021-22 Penn Arts & Sciences Graduate Division Admissions Update

The School of Arts of Sciences (SAS) has made the difficult decision to pause school-funded PhD admissions for the 2021-22 academic year. In the wake of the pandemic, we believe that there are ethical and moral imperatives to support our current students who need extra time and funding to complete their degree. Some graduate groups regularly support students with external grants and so may be able to admit graduate students, albeit in smaller numbers. Please consult individual graduate group websites for specific admissions information.