4+1 Program with the University of Pennsylvania
Study for four years at Haverford, then one year at Penn (usually including two semesters and one or two summers), and receive a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts1 from Haverford and a Master's in Engineering from Penn. Haverford is the first liberal arts college in the world to enter into such an agreement with an Ivy League engineering program.
During your four years at Haverford, you will take between zero and four undergraduate engineering courses (depending on your field of interest) through our course exchange agreements with Penn and Swarthmore. Typically, you will start taking these during your sophomore year, but it is essential to begin taking appropriate science and math courses at Haverford in the first semester of your first year. Please consult with the Haverford faculty contact for the Master’s degree(s) that interest you most (see below).
You will formally apply to the 4+1 program during the second semester of your sophomore year or during your junior year; a GPA of 3.0 in all courses and of 3.0 in science and math courses is required to apply. However, few students who only barely meet those thresholds will be admitted; a GPA of at least 3.3 (preferably 3.5) in science and math courses will increase the probability of admission. You must apply to a particular master's degree program. Deadlines for application are November 15 and March 15; applications procedures are described on the University of Pennsylvania 4+1 Program site.
After being accepted, and after completing any prerequisite undergraduate engineering and science courses, you will take three graduate engineering courses at Penn while still enrolled at Haverford. (There is no additional financial charge for these courses.) During your four years at Haverford, you will also complete all graduation requirements, including the major. You graduate from Haverford at the normal time, along with your class.
The fifth year of the program is spent entirely at Penn. You will take seven additional graduate courses to complete the requirements for the Master’s degree. There is no financial aid available from Penn for the fifth year of the program, though you are eligible for federal student loans. The tuition is approximately $40,000 for the fifth year.