Deadlines and Important Dates
Your application portfolio must be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.
For admission in spring 2016:
November 9, 2015
For admission in summer 2016:
March 28, 2016
For admission in fall 2016:
June 13, 2016
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once we receive your application portfolio, we will review it and notify you of a decision.
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.
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 "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Online Application Materials
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Education — A copy of an official transcript 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. Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GPA & Test Scores — post-secondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required.
GMAT scores are the preferred means to assess each applicant against a common standard. GRE scores may be considered as an acceptable substitute. Test scores must be from within the past five years. Submit official GMAT/GRE scores directly from the testing center using the following codes:
GMAT: Pennsylvania State University - Erie - School of Business - Online Project Management
GRE: 2660 for Pennsylvania State University
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.
GMAT/GRE scores may be waived for applicants with a JD, MD, or PhD, or for those with over 5 years of relevant project management professional experience. If you are seeking a waiver for the GMAT/GRE requirement, indicate the reason for your request in the Program-Specific Questions section of the graduate application. Requests are reviewed on an individual basis by the program director.
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 (3) — Applicants (except those who are employees of sponsoring partner Rolls-Royce) 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 recommender 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 — addressing these points:
- Why have you chosen to participate in the online project management degree 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?
Details on GMAT Test Score
The project management program requires a minimum GMAT score of 450 for individuals whose GPA (undergraduate or a completed master's degree) is 3.0 or higher. Average GMAT scores for accepted project management degree students are: 554 on the exam, and 4.5 on the analytical writing assessment. The GMAT score range is from 200 to 800. To determine the minimum total score needed, multiply your GPA by 200 and subtract the total from 1050. The remaining number, rounded to the next highest tenth, is what you are required to obtain to be admissible to the program. Example: 1050 – (GPA x 200) = GMAT Score Needed.
The writing requirement can be fulfilled by obtaining at least a 4.0 (out of 6.0) on the analytical writing assessment portion of the GMAT, or earning a grade of B or higher in an English composition course. GPA conversions to a 4.0 scale will be made for those institutions whose grading systems are not based on a 4.0. Scanned documents can be emailed to PSBehrendMPM@psu.edu for conversions.
To find out more about the GMAT or to register to take the exam, visit the GMAT website. A number of GMAT preparation courses are available online. Penn State neither endorses any specific site nor guarantees that following the site's advice will improve your score.