Admission to Engineering and Information Science Programs
International applicants: Before applying, please review this information.
Students are admitted to the program throughout the year. Courses are offered in 7 and 14-week formats. You may begin at the start of any session.
Application Requirements for Degree and Nondegree Admission
For admission to the Graduate School, applicants must hold either a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.
For information about submitting a nondegree application call 610-648-3243 or e-mail email@example.com. Up to 9 credits (3 courses) may be completed in nondegree status, and considered for transfer to a degree program. However, course work completed in nondegree status may not always be applicable to the degree program to which you apply. Note that some employers do not support nondegree course work. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be admitted to a degree program.
Degree Application Requirements
To apply, please submit the following online:
- Online application
- for Engineering Management, under major sought, enter Engineering Management; under degree sought, enter M E M;
- for Information Science, under major sought, enter Information Science; under degree sought, enter M S;
- for Software Engineering, under major sought, enter Software Engineering; under degree sought, enter M SE;
- for Systems Engineering, under major sought, enter Systems Engineering; under degree sought, enter M ENG;
NOTE: If you anticipate completing the Software Engineering or Systems Engineering degrees at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, please indicate "PNY" in the comments section before submitting your application.
- The employment history requested on the application is helpful in evaluating your application.
- Submit two official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Penn State students do not need to submit transcripts. more
- Upload to the online application:
- Résumé more
- Statement of intent (one page) more
- Enter name and contact information of the person who will provide your recommendation.
- Non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online or by check or money order payable to The Pennsylvania State University. more
Transcripts should be sent directly from each college or university attended to the Penn State Great Valley Admissions Office, Attention: JoAnn Kelly, 30 E. Swedesford Rd, Malvern, PA 19355. Applications will be reviewed after your application portfolio is complete.
For application requirements in all visa categories, click here. NOTE: International students are not eligible for nondegree admission.
Concurrent Degree Programs
Penn State offers an opportunity to pursue two degree programs on a concurrent basis.
Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Transcripts
The Admissions Committee will review an applicant's undergraduate and graduate transcript. Individuals with a combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale and appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission. An applicant's area of concentration and the balance of communication and analytical courses are also considered. Periodically, exceptions to the minimum grade-point average may be made for individuals with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.
A current résumé gives the committee information about an applicant's relevant work experience. An applicant's leadership skills, a desire to advance in the engineering or information science industry, and general knowledge of the business environment are also reviewed.
Statement of Intent
A one-page statement of intent should outline personal career goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in the program. This statement should be specific and include information about short- and long-term goals and how enrolling in the program may help achieve them. The statement of intent also offers applicants the opportunity to demonstrate writing and communication skills, specify examples of leadership, and provide pertinent information that will assist the committee in selecting candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the program.
One confidential recommendation provides a more complete personal understanding of an applicant's technical and leadership ability. The recommendation should specifically address: current employment or recent academic experience; examples of speaking, writing, quantitative, and analytical abilities; group interaction skills; and an applicant's potential to successfully complete the program.