Deadlines and Important Dates
Please plan to submit your degree application and transcripts by the following dates:
- July 15 for fall admission
- December 1 for spring admission
- March 15 for summer admission
Applications may be accepted beyond the dates listed as determined by the program.
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.
It is expected that students will have a bachelor of science degree in a suitable engineering field from an ABET–accredited institution. Admission decisions will also be based on relevant work experience and recommendation letters.
The program contains a number of courses requiring a solid background in mathematics typically found in an undergraduate program in engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or computer science, with at least two semesters of calculus. Students with other undergraduate majors who have a strong background in mathematics may apply. The admissions committee will consider the academic background, as evidenced by the transcript, as part of the overall application.
If you have not had a Radiation Detection Measurement Lab or training, you must complete the NUC E 497D Radiation Detection Measurement Lab or an equivalent course as part of the program requirements. NUC E 497D (1 cr) is offered biannually as a three day short course format at University Park campus.
All applicants are expected to have earned a junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
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:
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. Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
Official GRE test scores — All applicants must submit scores on the general aptitude tests of the GRE prior to admission consideration. A competitive score on the verbal and quantitative sections is required as well as a 4.0 on the analytical writing portion of the GRE. Scores may be submitted using the code 2660.
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 — a one- to two-page statement of purpose outlining personal career goals and reasons for wanting to enroll in the program. This statement should be specific and include information about your short- and long-term goals and how enrolling in the program may help to achieve them. The statement of purpose also offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your 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 mechanical engineering program.
Three recommendations — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email addresses of references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each recommender requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
You may be able to apply a maximum of 15 credits earned as a graduate nondegree student to the degree program. If you have taken courses as a nondegree student, you should email the College of Engineering at email@example.com to see if those credits may apply.
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Your computer must meet the general technical requirements, and have installed:
- Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer
- Windows Media Player version 11
To complete assignments, you will also need the ability to scan and upload assignments and projects, and upload and download files up to 500MB.
Note on Operating Systems:
- If you use Vista, please note that the Vista 64 bit OS does not support the Cisco VPN Client, which is required for completing online lab assignments.
- Mac OS computers are not supported in all courses.