Penn State Harrisburg

Graduate Admissions

Prerequisites

Master's Programs

  • An applicant must have received, from a regionally accredited institution, a baccalaureate degree earned under residence and credit conditions substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State. Applicants who are still completing their baccalaureate requirements at the time of application may be admitted to the Graduate School conditional on the awarding of the baccalaureate degree.

  • Ordinarily, entering students must have completed in a satisfactory manner, a minimum of course work in designated areas, the specific courses and amount of work depending upon the intended field of advanced study.

Doctoral Programs

  • Applicants to the doctoral program must have received a master's degree from an accredited college or university prior to starting the doctoral program. Some programs require specific fields of study for this master's degree; see each progam's page for details.

Application Process

  1. Select the program

  2. Determine the supporting materials your program requires.
     
  3. Review this page fully as well as the Graduate School's Requirements for Graduate Admission before completing your application online,




    Application Notes

    • Applicants should determine application deadlines by contacting the individual graduate program.
    • Applications should be submitted as early as possible.
    • Disregard instructions to send application materials to the Graduate School at University Park.
    • Educational certification and endorsement applicants: in the online application, after selecting "Harrisburg" as the Campus, select "Teaching and Curriculum" as the Major. Next, select "Pennsylvania Educators Level I Certification" from the Degree dropdown. Finally, indicate the type of certification or endorsement (English, social studies, reading specialist, etc. ) in the Special Notes box.
  4. Submit two (2) official transcripts from each college or university attended (with the exception of Penn State University), including an explanation of the grading system used.

  5. Send the following to Penn State Harrisburg:

    • transcripts
    • supporting materials that were not uploaded in the Portal
    • application fee (if not paid online)

    Mail to:

    Penn State Harrisburg
    Graduate Admissions
    Swatara Building
    777 West Harrisburg Pike
    Middletown, PA 17057

Additional International Student Requirements

  1. Completed International application materials must be submitted by the following deadlines. Applications received after the deadlines will be processed for the following semester.

    Semester Deadline
    Fall May 31
    Spring September 30
    Summer February 28

    Note: Each graduate program reserves the right to set earlier deadlines than those shown above.

  2. Complete an application for Visa Document.

  3. International applicants must submit two copies of all official, attested transcripts and/or attested diplomas in both English and the language of original, official documents.

  4. Carefully review TOEFL score information and follow the Graduate School's requirements regarding English proficiency.

Certificate Students

A certificate student is one who is engaged in a program of study leading to a certificate or equivalent recognition of accomplishment rather than a graduate degree program at Penn State Harrisburg. Certificate students have the same privileges and responsibilities as graduate degree students.

Institution codes for standardized tests

Test name Test abbreviation Code
Graduate Record Examination GRE 2660
Graduate Management Admission Test GMAT BN6F487
Miller Analogies Test MAT 1651
Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL 2660