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How to Apply

Deadlines and Important Dates

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Admissions decisions are based on the quality of the applicant's credentials.

  • Spring DeadlineApply by January 3 to start January 9
  • Summer DeadlineApply by April 27 to start May 8
  • Fall DeadlineApply by August 3, 2023, to start August 14, 2023

The above start dates reflect the earliest possible date that a course may begin for that semester. Most Geodesign courses are 8 weeks in length, allowing students to schedule more than one course per semester. Geodesign course start dates vary.

Admissions Help

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

Admission Requirements

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.

You should also be comfortable working online and have a strong working knowledge of basic computer software, along with excellent communication skills, a desire to know more about environmental policies, and additional training or experience in geography, engineering, social sciences, urban planning or landscape design if you wish to enroll in the geodesign graduate certificate.

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:

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. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.

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.

Begin the graduate school application

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

Applying as a Nondegree Graduate Student

Classes may be taken in nondegree-seeking status prior to admission into the graduate certificate in geodesign program. For many students, completing one or more classes prior to applying for the geodesign 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.

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