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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What undergraduate studies are eligible for the program?

Students with science and engineering undergraduate degrees are eligible for admission to the Nanotechnology Masters Degree program. In addition, students with technology oriented business backgrounds who have strong analytical skills and have taken science and engineering courses prior the application can apply.

Are scholarships or financial aid available?

The University of Pennsylvania does not provide fellowships or scholarships for the Nanotechnology Masters program.  You might find the following site useful in finding non Penn support:

Who hires people with nanotechnology backgrounds?

While there is not yet a Nanotechnologist as a job description, many large  and small companies actively recruit future employees with backgrounds in nanotechnology.  Jus a few  of the job titles are: Process Engineer, Microfluidics Engineer, Chemist, Micro and Nano Systems Engineer, Device Technician, Project Leader, Sales Engineer, Medical Device Engineer, etc.

Do the classes have laboratory components?

Some classes have laboratory components. Each student will meet with the course adviser to design curriculum that tailor to student’s educational goals.

Can I take part in a research project?

A research thesis is not a requirement of the Nantechnology Masters Degree. However, some students take advantage of the faculty affiliated with the Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC) to conduct independent research as an elective course unit.

Who are the professors associated with the program?

Please visit links below for faculty affiliate with the Nano/Bio Interface Center:

Can I do an Internship?

The Nanotechnology Masters program does not include an internship as a component of the degree.  But it is certainly allowed and in many cases advantageous  to take a semester off and work in a related field.   This would result in a longer time to finish the Masters Degree, but the benefit of work experience can make this a worthwhile option.  Again note that we do not provide an internship, students find these opportunities themselves or  through career services at the University.

In fact, some of our students attend part time, while they work full time.  The program is flexible.

How long does it take to finish the Nanotechnology Masters Degree?

The recommended course load limit  is 4 courses per term.  So it will take  3 semesters; 1 year  if research or courses are done in the summer  or 10 months if not. 

Do I need to have GRE test results to apply to the Nanotechnology Masters Degree?

GRE is required for completion of the application. But you can submit the application and have the Education Testing Services (ETS) send the official scores to us using the institution code to use for the GRE exam is 2888.

Do you offer conditional Admission?

We do not give conditional admission. We can evaluate your application through from the below link:

Can I transfer graduate courses into the program?

Engineering master's degree candidates are permitted to transfer two (2) courses from another university graduate program. Transfer credit must be approved by the Program Director and Associate Dean on a case by case basis. Courses counted towards an undergraduate degree will not be considered for graduate credit unless in an approved submatriculation program.

What is the requirement for admission to the Nanotechnology Masters program?

Admission depends on GRE scores, past academic performance and recommendations. The official score report for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)  is expected by all programs should have a minimum Quantitative score of 700 and minimum Verbal score of 400. In lieu of the GRE Verbal, all International Applicants must meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirement indicated below. (The institution code to use for the GRE exam is 2888)

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to satisfy our English language proficiency requirement by submitting:  an official score report for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* with the score of at least 600 (written test) or 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based test). The institution code for the TOEFL exam is 2888.


an official score report for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)* with the score of at least 7.5.

*This requirement can be waived if the candidate has completed at least three (3) years of academic work on a full-time basis at a university-level institution in the United States or in a country in which English is recognized as the official language or where the medium of instruction is English.

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