How to Apply

The Graduate School online application requires the following to be uploaded:

  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL scores or IELTS scores:
    • International applicants must take and submit official scores for either the TOEFL or the IELTS with the exceptions noted below. Submit TOEFL scores to “Penn State University” using institution code 2660. These scores must be reported through ETS. Penn State does not accept copies. Official IELTS scores can be sent electronically or by mail (hard copy). If sending by mail, request that official IELTS scores (hard copy) be sent directly to: The Pennsylvania State University, Graduate Enrollment Services, 114 Kern Building, University Park, PA 16802. Order test scores early; they may take up to one month to arrive.
  • Official GRE Scores: GRE scores are required of all MS applications. GRE scores are optional for PhD applications. The GRE Institution code is 2660, Department code is 1301.
  • Transcripts: Upload a scanned copy of your “official” transcripts for review purposes within the Graduate School system. If accepted, you will be required to mail a sealed official transcript to Graduate Enrollment Services. Please be sure to include an English translation if your transcripts are in another language. If your degree has been conferred at the time of your application submission, please include a scanned copy of your degree certificate or provisional degree certificate.


  • Please do not include materials that are not necessary with transcripts. (Examples of unnecessary documents include: bank statements, copies of passports, copies of ID cards, etc.) Submission of unnecessary documents may delay the admissions process.
  • Applicants may edit or check the status of an existing application on the Graduate School website.
  • Admissions decisions are made via email.
  • Complete information on application requirements can be found on the Graduate School website.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for fall admission to the M.S. program and the Ph.D. programs is December 1 of the previous year. The application deadline for spring admission is September 1 of the previous year.

Admissions Criteria

Note: Requirements are applicable for both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

To be admitted into the program, an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Graduates in engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics who present a 3.00 grade-point average will be considered for admission.

All international applicants must submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the Internet-based test (iBT). The minimum composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

Exemption from TOEFL/IELTS requirement: International applicants who have received a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college, university, or institution in any of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Ghana, Grenda, Guyana, Jamica, Kenya, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United States, U.S. Virgin Island, or Wales.

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