Deadlines and Important Dates

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 in spring 2020:
November 4, 2019

For admission in summer 2020:
March 16, 2020

For admission in fall 2020:
June 8, 2020

Admissions Help

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact our admissions counselors.

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.

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 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. GMAT/GRE scores may be waived for applicants who:

1. hold PMP certification, or
2. have obtained a JD,  MD, or PhD, or
3. have 5 or more years of relevant project management experience 

To request a GMAT waiver - refer to the Program-Specific Questions section below.

To 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.

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. 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 [email protected] for conversions.

Rolls-Royce employee applicants: Submit a statement of purpose explaining qualifications for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

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 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.  

Rolls-Royce employee applicants: Enter your own name and email address in all reference fields. You will receive emails (you can ignore) as if you are a reference.

Program-Specific Questions/Materials

Request for a GMAT/GRE waiver - upload a statement into the Program Specific Questions section of the application

• If you have 5 or more years of project management experience, provide thorough details of all roles and responsibilities.
• If you obtained PMP certification, indicate this along with date granted
• If you have a JD, MD, or PhD, indicate this as you will be exempt without further review of your background.

Statement of Purpose  - upload your statement, 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?

Rolls-Royce employee applicants: A statement of purpose is not required but a request for a GMAT waiver is required.

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.