For admission to the Graduate School, you 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.
Admission as a Degree Student
Students intending to earn the M.Eng. in Acoustics should hold a bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or a closely related field that would provide substantial preparation in mathematics. All students applying for degree status must have a minimum of four semesters of calculus (Calculus I: derivatives, Calculus II: integrals, Calculus III: multivariable, and Differential Equations) and a minimum of two semesters of calculus-based physics. An undergraduate knowledge of statics and dynamics, linear algebra, and electronic circuit analysis and the ability to use mathematical analysis software is also expected. Students with a 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale), and with B+ or better average in mathematics, physical science, and engineering courses, will be considered for application.
Students with nontechnical degrees may also apply (provided you meet the minimum math and physics requirements), but acceptance into the program will depend significantly on your undergraduate background and motives to pursue advanced study in acoustics.
Admission as a Nondegree Student
You may enroll in graduate courses in acoustics as a nondegree student-at-large without being admitted into the master’s degree program. However, it is still expected that you have met the minimum math and physics requirements in order to succeed in graduate-level courses in acoustics. You may complete 15 credits (5 acoustics courses) from Penn State as a nondegree student before applying for degree status. Those 15 credits of acoustics courses taken under nondegree status may be transferred into the M.Eng. degree program upon your acceptance as a degree student.
To register as a nondegree student, please visit the College of Engineering's Graduate Program in Acoustics website.
What You Need to Apply as a Degree Student
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. If you are applying to the Master of Engineering program as a degree student, 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.
GPA and Test Scores — All applicants are expected to have earned a junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
GRE or GMAT scores are NOT required for admission but will be considered if provided.
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.
References (2) — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of two references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment to success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application.
Cover Letter — The letter should be addressed to the program chair, stating your current status, general background, degree sought, and an explanation of any deficiencies or requests for consideration.
Statement of Purpose — Provide a one-page summary of your academic goals (Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in acoustics? What areas of acoustics are you hoping to pursue? What do you hope to do with your degree afterward?)
How to Apply
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: "Degree Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.
Review the technical requirements for this degree program.