Deadlines and Important Dates
Admissions decisions are based on the quality of the applicants' credentials. A portfolio will be developed for an assessment of each applicant to the program. Your application will not be reviewed until all of your portfolio items have been submitted.
The application deadlines for this program are:
- May 20 for fall semester admission
- October 20 for spring semester admission
- February 20 for summer semester admission
Classes may be taken in nondegree-seeking status prior to admission into the master’s degree in RESS program. For many students, completing one or more classes prior to applying for the iMPS-RESS degree helps ensure that online learning is the right option, and your academic record from those courses provides an additional source of information that can be taken into account when the iMPS-RESS admissions board considers your application.
Thank you for your interest in continuing your renewable energy and sustainability education through Penn State World Campus. If you have any questions throughout the admissions process, please contact an admissions counselor.
Penn State's online iMPS-RESS solar energy program is suitable for individuals of diverse backgrounds and requires no prerequisite course work. However, for your admission to the program, it is preferred that you have a technical mindset and are interested in focusing on solar systems project development and advancing the solar energy sector.
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.
Application Portfolio 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.
Statement of Purpose — You should submit a personal statement not to exceed two single-spaced pages, which should describe your specific career goals and objectives, prior experience relevant to the decision to pursue an advanced degree, and other information that may be useful to the admissions committee.
Vita or Résumé — A listing of your professional experience
Three References — 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.
Official Test Scores — GRE scores are required. Applicants who are at least five years removed from a baccalaureate degree or already have an advanced degree may request that GRE scores be waived. If you wish to request a waiver of this requirement, include with your application a brief statement explaining exactly why you are requesting the waiver and provide information regarding how many years you may have been removed from formal education, the number of years of related professional experience you have, any education you have received beyond the undergraduate level, and any other information you think would be applicable.
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.
Applying to the Master's Degree
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus