Deadlines and Important Dates
Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts and letters of recommendation, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.
- April 1 for summer semester admission
- July 15 for fall semester admission
- November 15 for spring 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.
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.
Current résumé or curriculum vitae
Statement of purpose — 750 words or less explaining why you want to enter the master's program. This statement should include:
- your career goals and an explanation of how your prospective degree in LDT will help you to achieve your goals
- how your professional and academic backgrounds qualify you for acceptance to the program
- how your professional interests correspond with the curricula strands and faculty expertise
- your professional background and your reasons for seeking a graduate degree in LDT
- any other information that may help us to consider your application
Three letters of recommendation — 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.
Writing samples — Approximately 300-word review of an article or report published in a recent professional journal of your choice, and which deals with a contemporary educational issue related to your academic interests. Please be sure to include the article that is being reviewed.
Official GRE or MAT test scores — Official GRE or MAT test stores should be reported directly to Penn State University. Only scores from the past five calendar years (from date of application) can be accepted. Requests to waive the GRE requirement may be submitted by applicants to the MEd who have successfully completed coursework for the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Educational Technology Integration and hold a GPA greater than 3.5.
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.
When all materials have been received, we will notify you about your status and provide guidance about the next steps in becoming a Penn State student.
How to Apply
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Applying as a Nondegree Graduate Student
To begin taking courses right away, apply as a "nondegree" graduate student. You may take up to 15 credits in nondegree status before submitting your application portfolio.
Note: If you apply as a nondegree graduate student, you must re-apply to the master's degree to be considered for admission into the Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology degree program.
To apply as a nondegree graduate student:
- Begin the application process
- Select "Nondegree Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus