Deadlines and Important Dates

Your degree application, including receipt of all materials, must be received by the dates below to be considered complete. You may apply several months in advance and indicate your planned semester start date in the application. 

  • July 1 for fall admission
  • November 1 for spring admission
  • April 1 for summer admission

Space is limited, and you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be reviewed until all seats are filled.

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.

It is expected that students have an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) with a GPA of at least 3.0 in the final two years of school.  Admission decisions will also be based on relevant transcripts, personal statement, work experience, and recommendation letters.     

Those applying for admission as a master of engineering candidate without an ABET accredited bachelor of science in electrical engineering (BSEE) degree may be admitted with a few stipulations: fewer than two deficiencies in background, which must be remedied in the first two semesters of the program; these prerequisite courses will be in addition to the required number of credits for the degree; the student must also maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in all prerequisite courses; the student must have a strong background in mathematics to apply.  Note: The online MENG EE program does not offer online prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite courses for students who have not earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree are: Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III (Multivariate calculus), Differential Equations, Probability/Statistics, Electromagnetics, Electrical Communications, Control System Design, Digital Signal Processing, Power/Machines, Signal and Systems (Fourier and Laplace transforms), Physics (Calculus based), Computer Programming (C,C++ or equivalent), Electrical Circuits (Calculus based) and Electronic Circuits.  It is also very helpful to have some experience in MATLAB programming.

Note: Technology degrees in electrical engineering, (for example, BSEET) are generally not an equivalent BSEE degree and therefore not accepted; applicants with a technology degree must meet all deficiency requirements and prerequisites to be considered.

The program contains many courses requiring a solid background in mathematics with at least three semesters of calculus including multivariate calculus, differential equations and probability/statistics.  Students with a strong background in mathematics may apply. The admissions committee will consider the academic background, as evidenced by the transcript, as part of the overall application.

All applicants are expected to have earned a junior/senior grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

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.

GPA  — postsecondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required.

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 (3) — you will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference 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.  

Program-Specific Questions/Materials

Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application.

Personal Statement —  A one- to two-page statement of purpose outlining personal career goals and reasons for wanting to enroll in the program. This statement should be specific and include information about your short- and long-term goals and how enrolling in the program may help to achieve them. The statement of purpose also offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your writing and communication skills, specify examples of leadership, and provide pertinent information that will assist the committee in selecting candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the electrical engineering program.

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: "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.

Technical Requirements 

Review the technical requirements for this degree program.