Deadlines and Important Dates
The application deadline for fall 2017 has been extended. While applications are accepted year-round, students begin course work once per year in the fall semester. Your application, including receipt of all application materials, must be received by the following deadline to be considered complete:
- July 15 for fall semester admission
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
Applicants should have knowledge or experience in quantitative work such as science, engineering, or business. Applicants from other disciplines will be considered based on prior coursework and professional experience. All students are required to have prior knowledge of statistics by completing STAT 500 (Applied Statistics) at Penn State with a grade of B+ or better. An equivalent graduate-level statistics course or academic experience, or significant professional experience using statistics may be considered (as determined by admissions committee). In lieu of an appropriate statistics course or adequate professional experience, GMAT or GRE test scores will be considered.
Start Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
- Choose "Certificate Admission" as the enrollment type
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
- Choose "Business Analytics" as the certificate
Online Application Materials
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee.
You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Education — A copy of an official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history.
GPA and Test Scores — GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the final two years of undergraduate studies or in your most recent graduate degree is required.
GRE or GMAT test scores are NOT required, but are encouraged. Submit your official GMAT or GRE score report from the past five years using these codes:
- GMAT code: Pennsylvania State University – Smeal College of Business – Business Analytics Certificate, ZZ8-HD-04
- GRE code: 2660 for Penn State
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page.
Statement of Purpose — Describe how your professional experience and goals align with the Certificate in Business Analytics. Do not exceed 500 words. Upload to the online application.
Vita or Résumé — A one- to two-page listing of your professional experience. Upload to the online application.