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.
The 12-credit graduate certificate in project management is embedded in the master's degree program, sharing the same course offerings and tuition rates. If you apply and are accepted into the Master of Project Management program, the 12 credits you earn toward this certificate may be applied to the master's 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 — Postsecondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required.
GMAT or GRE test scores are only required if your cumulative GPA is less than 3.0 (on a 4.0) scale in the final two years of undergraduate studies or in your most recent graduate degree. Test scores must be from within the past five years.
Official GMAT Test Score Details
Compute the required minimum GMAT test score necessary for your application portfolio to be considered by following these steps: multiply your cumulative GPA by 200, subtract 1050, then round the difference to the nearest multiple of ten. For example: 2.86 GPA x 200 = 572 – 1050 = 478. In this example, the required minimum GMAT score for the applicant's portfolio to be considered is 480.
Submit your official score report using the GMAT code listed as: Pennsylvania State University - Erie - School of Business - Online Project Management, or the GRE code: 2660 for Penn State. You may upload an unofficial GMAT/GRE score report to the online application in the Program-Specific Questions section since it takes about 20 days for the admissions staff to access the official school copies. The unofficial report allows the admissions process to continue.
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) — Each applicant who is not an employee of a sponsoring partner (Rolls Royce) is required to provide recommendations from academic or professional sources. 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.
Statement of Purpose — The statement should be one to two pages and answer the following questions:
- Why have you chosen to participate in Penn State's project management program? Describe how your previous or current work experience will enable you to apply course concepts to project management situations you have experienced.
- How will these studies help you attain your career goals?
- How will your participation contribute to the 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.
- Choose Enrollment Type: "Certificate Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
- Choose "Project 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.
Review the technical requirements for this program.