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“I was working as an operations analyst for an internet marketing company, and decided I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in economics. Much to my chagrin, I lacked the necessary coursework to apply; so I decided to fill in those missing courses with Penn’s Post-Baccalaureate Studies program.

Personally, I have learned to be a better student. It was invaluable to be able to create my own curriculum. I enjoyed the freedom to explore different course offerings. It allowed me to strike a nice balance between exploration and completing my goals.

Partnership offers research and work experience to Penn graduate students

The Rivers Run Through Us

A new policy maker stewards the elements that connect us all

Rupal Prasad (Master of Environmental Studies ’13) had been working in a neurobiology lab as a research assistant for over five years when a chance conversation sparked a new train of thought.

“One day in the lab, I was talking to a friend who was a lawyer, and he told me he’d actually gone to school for biology first before ending up as a lawyer. That’s when I realized I could also change my career, which I just hadn’t considered before.”

When Chris Mustazza was researching poetry and poetics for his Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts degree, he discovered a collection of recordings of celebrated poets, including James Weldon Johnson, Vachel Lindsay and Gertrude Stein, reading their own work. Chris, who’s also a Penn employee, is digitizing this treasure trove so any one can listen to the poets on PennSound, a Web-based site. In a newsletter about research and scholarship, the master’s student in Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies shares more about the poetry recordings and their significance.

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.


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