Deadlines and Important Dates
Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.
- August 12 for fall admission
- January 1 for spring 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.
To apply to the program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. A background in biology, computer science, or statistics is highly encouraged.
What You Need
For admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics program, the online certificate application, the nonrefundable application fee, and English proficiency requirement are all that is required. You do not have to provide transcripts, a cover letter, letters of recommendation, GMAT/GRE test scores, nor any other documentation with your application.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
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 Enrollment Type: "Certificate Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
- Choose "Applied Bioinformatics" as the certificate
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.