Academic Integrity

The standing of an educational institution and the value of a degree from that institution are dependent upon the integrity of study and research carried on at that institution and on the academic honesty of its students, faculty, and staff. The full text of the University's Code of Academic Integrity can be found here.


Personally identifiable information can only be disclosed to people outside the University with the written consent of the student or alumnus in question. Details of the University Confidentiality policy can be found here.

Academic Grievances

Students who have a concern about a matter related to the MBE program, whether it is about a course, instructor, or advising, are encouraged to contact the the MBE Program Director or the Director of Education (see MBE Leadership for contact information).

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice).

The Penn Book

The Penn Book, the ultimate source for Penn's policies and procedures, can be found here.

Timely Completion to Graduation

While you do not need to take a course every semester, you must complete the program within 5 years of matriculation. Please click here to read the University's time to degree policy.

Leave of Absence

A student who wishes a leave of absence must submit a written request to the Director of Education for initial approval. A written request will then be forwarded to the Associate Dean for Masters Programs in the Perelman School of Medicine for final approval. Students may go on leave for periods of one semester or one year. In unusual circumstances and at the written request of the student, such leaves may be extended for no longer than one additional year. Students who remain on leave longer than two years and who do not respond to the University's attempts to contact them may be withdrawn from active status. When a student wishes to return from a leave of absence, she must submit a written request to return at least one month prior to the start of the desired term.

A leave of absence de-activates the student's Pennkey and PennCard. Any student who wishes to retain access to Penn's online resources must pay a fee per semester of absence. Contact the MBE Program Director for more information.

Transfer Credit

MBE students may transfer in a maximum of 1 course (equivalent to 1 CU), either from another University OR from another department at Penn. Transfer credit from outside Penn is recorded without grades on the Penn transcript, and the grade is not computed in the cumulative GPA.

Dual degree students are not permitted to take courses outside the dual-degree course plan.

Please submit a petition, copy of syllabus, course description and a justification to AJ at You can download the justification below.

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