Deadlines and Important Dates
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For planning purposes, all application and supporting material should be submitted one month prior to your intended starting date.
For current and future course registration deadlines, visit the Registrar's website to view the academic calendar by semester. For information on which courses are currently being offered for this certificate, view the Course Schedule.
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.
Admissions decisions for this program are based on the quality of the applicant's credentials and review of the complete application portfolio. During the admission process, students who appear to be better suited for another graduate-level program will be encouraged to apply to the appropriate program.
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 and Test Scores — For admission to the certificate program, a 3.0 GPA (or equivalent) is needed. Exceptions to the minimum 3.0 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests. A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is recommended.
GRE scores are not required.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page.
References (2) — you will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email 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 for 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.
Personal Statement — a 2–3 page essay demonstrating your written communication skills, which includes the following information:
- Statement of purpose (career and educational goals)
- Narrative describing your professional experience in an engineering position (or equivalent) to meet the one-year requirement. Students wishing to enter the program directly from an undergraduate degree can fulfill the one-year requirement for engineering experience through internships, employment, or co-op experiences plus additional experience within professional societies.
- Narrative describing your leadership and innovation experiences through internships, employment, co-op experiences, community engagement, professional societies, etc.
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 "Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management" 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.