How to Apply - Master of Professional Studies in Turfgrass Management

Deadlines and Important Dates

Your degree application, including receipt of all application materials, must be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.

  • June 30 for fall semester admission
  • October 31 for spring semester admission
  • March 15 for summer semester admission

Admissions Help

If you have general program questions or would like to speak with an admissions counselor, please send an email to or call 800-252-3592 (toll free within the United States) or 814-865-5403 (local and international).


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.

Students who do not have a GPA of 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the quality of their overall application. Applicants who are still completing their baccalaureate requirements at the time of application may be admitted to the Graduate School, conditional on the awarding of the baccalaureate degree. Students are also expected to have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience prior to admission.

Application Materials

Completed application (including a nonrefundable application fee) submitted electronically. All institutions previously attended (including Penn State) should be listed on the application as part of your academic history, regardless of time that has passed, grades earned, semesters completed, or the accreditation of the institution.

1- to 2-page letter of professional introduction in which you describe your professional experiences and education, delineate your career goals, and discuss how the MPS-TM program will enable you to meet your objectives

Two 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.  

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 "How to Apply" page.

Two official transcripts 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. Mail transcripts to: 

Dianne Petrunak
The Pennsylvania State University
242 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building
University Park PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-0139
Fax: 814-863-7043

When all materials have been received and reviewed, we will notify you about your status and provide guidance about the next steps.

How to Apply

  1. Review the Requirements for Graduate School Admissions
  2. Begin the graduate school application
    1. Select "Degree Admission"
    2. On the "Campus, Major, Degree & Semester" page:
      1. Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
      2. Choose "TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT" as the major
      3. Choose "M P S" as the degree

Technical Requirements

Review the technical requirements for this degree program.