For research master’s programs (M.A. or M.S.) in the School of Arts and Sciences, submatriculants obtain both the bachelor’s and the master's degree simultaneously, with the master’s level work continuous with the undergraduate major, which it extends and intensifies.

Please note that, in addition to the general Policies Governing Submatriculation, there are additional policies specific to the Bio-Dental Submatriculation and the B.A./J.D. Submatriculation.

Policies Governing Submatriculation

 college submatriculation form

Students are encouraged to apply for submatriculation during the fall semester of the junior year, though some programs may accept applications during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Generally, students will not be admitted to the submatriculation program after the end of the seventh semester.

  1. Email Dr. Niel McDowell in the College Office to schedule a preliminary discussion, including a review of how the proposed submatriculation program fits into the student's undergraduate curriculum. The College submatriculation form will also be discussed.
  2. See the graduate group chair of the proposed masters program to discuss interests and qualifications. Obtain the graduate chair's approval of the intended graduate course plan.
  3. See the undergraduate chair of the undergraduate major department (if the proposed graduate courses are to be used for the major) to obtain approval to proceed.
  4. In the case of Arts and Sciences, submit a copy of the approved College submatriculation form to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the Graduate Division Office. Obtain graduate admissions application materials and complete them as instructed. For other graduate schools, submit application materials as required by that school. The College submatriculation form may be required by some programs as part of the application. Note: Some programs may require certain graduate examinations be taken.

Financial Aid

Students on financial aid who are considering submatriculation are urged to consult with Student Registration and Financial Services (SRFS) before applying. The calculation of tuition and eligibility for undergraduate financial aid may be affected by enrolling in graduate courses, even during the regular eight semesters of the student’s undergraduate program. Some programs require students to become graduate students after their fourth year in the College, which is likely to mean that their tuition is no longer covered by undergraduate financial aid. Again, consultation with SRFS is essential.

Bio-Dental submatriculation is a seven-year joint program of the College and Penn's School of Dental Medicine for students who will major in biology and who wish to enroll in the Dental School during their senior year in the College. Application to the program must be made at the time of application to Penn. Applicants will be notified of their conditional acceptance into the program when they are notified of their admission to Penn. Full acceptance into the program is made after the student's junior year and is based on academic performance during those three years and meeting the admissions standards of the Dental School.

For details, see the Biology Department website.

The Bio-Dental submatriculation program is highly structured and may not allow students to pursue dual undergraduate degrees.

  • Students must apply to the seven-year Bio-Dental submatriculation program at the time of application to Penn. Their status will be reviewed at the end of their sophomore year when they declare the biology major. Admission into the program is conditional upon the student's academic performance in their three years of College, the g.p.a. in the sciences taken in the College, and the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score.
  • Students must apply to the Dental School again when they have completed 28 of the 36 c.u. required for the B.A. with a biology major. (All 28 c.u. must be College of Arts and Sciences courses, i.e., not Wharton, Engineering, etc.)
  • If admitted to the program, four Dental School courses will be counted toward the biology major and 4 c.u. will count as Electives in Arts and Sciences.
  • The student may elect to opt out of the program, in which case they may complete the undergraduate degree with a biology major or choose a different major.

For further information please contact Dr. Niel McDowell in the College Office.

This rigorous program offers an opportunity for highly qualified and motivated College students to apply to Penn Law School during what is generally the first semester of a student's junior year (between 16 and 23.99 c.u.). If accepted, the student will submatriculate into the J.D. program in their senior year. Applicants must be committed to the study of law in its theoretical and practical aspects.

Students interested in this option should contact Dr. Hocine Fetni in the College Office.

  • Prospective applicants to the B.A./J.D. program should have fulfilled most—if not all—of their undergraduate degree requirements by what is generally a student's junior year (between 16 and 23.99 c.u.).
  • A prospective applicant should have a g.p.a. of 3.4 or above to apply.
  • Students pursuing dual degrees or coordinated dual degrees are not eligible to apply for this program.
  • Following matriculation to the Law School, four College courses (4000-level or above) must be taken and will be counted toward both the B.A. and the J.D. These courses must be approved by a Law School advisor.
  • Up to four Law School courses may be counted toward the B.A., either as electives (as long as the student has taken the total required Arts and Sciences c.u. as determined by their major ) or as part of their major (as approved by the major advisor).
  • No more than 8 c.u. in all can be double counted toward both degrees. Students must satisfy all the requirements for the J.D. during their fourth, fifth and sixth years of study.
  • Students in the program must complete an advanced-level seminar or independent study in their major field of study by the time they have completed 23.99 c.u.


Students apply to the Law School for admission to this program in the fall semester of their junior year. The application includes an essay explaining the relationship between the student's experience in the College and the study of law and a proposed plan of study developed in consultation with the College advisor.

Please visit the how to apply page for more information.  Please note, either the LSAT, GRE or GMAT is required. 

Although the Law School makes the final decision about acceptance into the submatriculation program, the student's application must also be approved by the College committee.

Students who are serious about this program should contact Dr. Hocine Fetni for an appointment to discuss their plans.

Inquiries about the J.D. requirements should be addressed to the Penn Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid,