Program Requirements for Admission

Program Requirements for Admission

Students apply to the program via the Graduate School application for admission, and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the admission requirements for the M.B.A., listed above. Students should mention in the notes section that the application is for the IUG program in Business Administration. Students must submit a resume, a personal statement including career goals and how the M.B.A. will enhance their career goals, official transcripts of all post-secondary courses taken outside Penn State, two letters of recommendation, with at least one from the School of Business Administration faculty, and a plan of study that integrates both undergraduate and graduate requirements. The plan should cover the entire time period of the integrated program, and it should be reviewed periodically with an adviser as the student advances through the program. A graduate faculty adviser in collaboration with the Director of M.B.A. Program will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the program; however, if students are interested in a graduate assistantship, GMAT or GRE scores must be submitted by the end of the eighth semester.

The number of openings in the IUG program is limited. Applicants to the IUG program must have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Students must be admitted to an IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree. In addition, the applicants must earn a minimum of cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete the following Entry to Major courses or equivalent:

  • ACCTG 211 [4]
  • ECON 102 [3]
  • ENGL 015 or 030 [3]
  • FIN 301 [3]
  • MATH 110 or 140 [4]
  • MGMT 301 [3]
  • MKTG 301 [3]
  • STAT 200 [4] or SCM 200 [4]

Student applications will be evaluated based on their overall portfolio, in addition to the above requirements. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee in Business Administration.


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