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.
Applicants may come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines and typically have about 10 years of post-undergraduate, professional work experience. We recommend that applicants have at least 5 years of current managerial or team leadership experience. Extensive leadership experience in the military will also be considered. Exceptional students that fall outside of these general guidelines may be considered.
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. Applicants who are in the military qualify for an application fee waiver. Contact us to request the military fee waiver code. 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 their academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GRE/GMAT scores are NOT required.
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. References must be able to attest to your readiness for graduate study.
Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete. Recent work or military supervisors are preferred.
Vita or Résumé — A one- to two-page listing of your professional experience and education.
Personal Statement OR Statement of Purpose — A two- to three-page essay articulating career and educational goals that demonstrate your written communication skills.
Video Interview – Some candidates may be asked to participate in a video interview as part of the admissions process.
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 "Degree Admission" as the enrollment type
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
- Choose "Strategic Management and Executive Leadership" as the degree
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 general technical requirements for this program.