Deadlines and Important Dates
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once we receive your application portfolio, we will review it and notify you of a decision.
Deadline for admission in spring 2018:
November 6, 2017
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.
The 12-credit graduate certificate in project management is embedded in the master's degree program, sharing the same course offerings and tuition rates. If you apply and are accepted into the Master of Project Management program, the 12 credits you earn toward this certificate may be applied to the master's program.
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 "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
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 & Test Scores — Postsecondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required.
GMAT or GRE test scores are only required if your cumulative GPA is less than 3.0 (on a 4.0) scale in the final two years of undergraduate studies or in your most recent graduate degree. Test scores must be from within the past five years.
Submit your official score report using the GMAT code listed as: Pennsylvania State University - Erie - School of Business - Online Project Management, or the GRE code: 2660 for Penn State. You may upload an unofficial GMAT/GRE score report to the online application in the Program-Specific Questions section since it takes about 20 days for the admissions staff to access the official school copies. The unofficial report allows the admissions process to continue.
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.
References — Each applicant who is not an employee of a sponsoring partner (Rolls Royce) is required to provide recommendations from academic or professional sources. You will initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email addresses of two references. Those individuals will receive an email asking them to complete a brief online recommendation form.
Statement of purpose uploaded to the online application. The statement should be one to two pages and answer the following questions:
- Why have you chosen to participate in Penn State's project management program? Describe how your previous or current work experience will enable you to apply course concepts to project management situations you have experienced.
- How will these studies help you attain your career goals?
- How will your participation contribute to the program?
Official GMAT Test Score Details
Compute the required minimum GMAT test score necessary for your application portfolio to be considered by following these steps: multiply your cumulative GPA by 200, subtract 1050, then round the difference to the nearest multiple of ten. For example: 2.86 GPA x 200 = 572 – 1050 = 478. In this example, the required minimum GMAT score for the applicant's portfolio to be considered is 480.