Admissions Help

If you need assistance in selecting the path that is best for you, or would like to inquire how you can take a single course as a nondegree-seeking student, please contact our program office directly at [email protected].  

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact our admissions counselors.


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.

What You Need

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of 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.

The specific requirements for each course will be outlined in its syllabus, along with the grading policy and other information.

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.

Begin the Graduate School application

  • Choose Enrollment Type: "Certificate Admission" 
  • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
  • Choose "Bioenergy" as the certificate

Applying as a Nondegree Graduate Student

Apply as a "nondegree" graduate student to begin taking courses right away. If you are taking courses as a nondegree graduate student, you must apply to the master's degree to be considered for admission into the Bioenergy program. In the graduate school application:

  • Select "Nondegree Admission"
  • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus

Classes may be taken in nondegree-seeking status prior to admission into the graduate certificate in bioenergy program. For many students, completing one or more classes prior to applying for the bioenergy certificate helps ensure that online learning is the right option. 

Checking Your Status

You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.

Technical Requirements 

Review the technical requirements for this degree program.