About LPS

Through our programming and our community, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies proudly embodies the University of Pennsylvania's mission to encourage lifelong learning relevant to a changing global society.



Wherever you are in life, or in the world, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) offers ambitious students—from veterans and international scholars to high school students and working professionals—an opportunity to take full advantage of the Ivy League. Our renowned professors, global alumni network and state-of-the-art facilities guarantee an academic experience that can jumpstart your career, prepare you for post-graduate studies or help you achieve your goals. At LPS, the power of Penn is yours to create.

What LPS program is best for you?

Spring 2020 prospective student events

Considering applying to one of our programs? Check out our lineup of online and on-campus information sessions.


Walk-in enrollment counseling

Meet with the LPS enrollment and program teams every Wednesday, no appointment necessary.


Introducing Penn LPS Online

Designed for working adults and other non-traditional students, Penn LPS Online offers courses, certificates, and even a bachelor's degree that can be completed on a schedule that fits your unique needs and busy life. Whether you already have an associate’s degree, some college, or a high school diploma or GED, Penn LPS Online brings the tradition of Penn’s academic excellence to you, wherever you are.


Meet our students

Michelle Prince

Bachelor of Arts '17, Social Science

“You’re more focused when you go to school later in life. You know who you are and understand the dynamics of a career, and you know what’s needed to get to the next level. You see how the skills you’re learning are transferrable into your work life.”

Cynthia Latham

Master of Liberal Arts '13; Concentration: History and Writing

“The MLA staff was incredibly helpful and responsive. At first I thought, oh no, I can't do fiction! But Program Director Chris Pastore helped me visualize how my interest could be turned into a capstone project that would eventually help me earn my degree.”

Tom UyBarreta

Master of Environmental Studies ’04

“The MES program helped me get my career going. The broad perspective it gave me in policy and on-the-ground science focused my understanding of how the EPA does its work.”

LPS News

  • College of Liberal and Professional Studies announces the 2020 graduation speaker
    Al Filreis has been selected to address the Class of 2020 at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 17. View Story
  • Master of Environmental Studies student and professor present research findings
    Catherine Nabukalu (MES ‘17) and her former advisor, Dr. Reto Gieré, have an article in Resources about charcoal use in Uganda. View Story


College of Liberal and Professional Studies Office

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326
(215) 573-2053


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Penn LPS

The lifelong learning division of Penn Arts & Sciences

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326

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