Deadlines and Important Dates
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Admissions decisions are based on the quality of the applicant's credentials.
Classes may be taken in nondegree-seeking status prior to admission into the graduate certificate in geodesign program. For many students, completing one or more classes prior to applying for the geodesign certificate helps ensure that online learning is the right option.
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.
You should also be comfortable working online and have a strong working knowledge of basic computer software, along with excellent communication skills, a desire to know more about environmental policies, and additional training or experience in geography, engineering, social sciences, urban planning or landscape design if you wish to enroll in the geodesign graduate certificate.
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee.
You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
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.
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.
How to Apply
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus