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Penn History

Modern research degrees offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science and awarded by the Graduate Council of the Faculties and its predecessors (1882-2003) in chronological order:

Name of Degree Abbreviation Years and Graduate Groups
(or analogous administrative structures) 
in which the degree was offered or awarded
Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. 1921-present

  • Bioengineering [originally Biomedical Electronic Engineering] (1961-present)
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering [originally Chemical Engineering] (1937-present)
  • Civil Engineering (1921-1990)
  • Computer and Information Science (1969-present)
  • Electrical and Systems Engineering [originally separate Graduate Groups of Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering] (1930-present)
  • Materials Science and Engineering [originally Metallurgy] (1946-present)
  • Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics [originally separate Graduate Groups of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics] (1937-present)
Master of Science M.S. 1921-1929

  • Chemical Engineering (1937-1953)
  • Civil Engineering (1921-1929)
  • Metallurgy (1946-1953)
  • Transportation (1985-1993)