Program Requirements for Admission

Program Requirements for Admission

Note: In addition to the general prerequisites for admission to the Graduate School, the following is required by this degree program:

Applications from prospective students with business or non-business degrees are welcome. Applicants are evaluated for their potential to be successful in a quality M.B.A. program based on their entire admission portfolio consisting of undergraduate degree, GMAT or GRE scores, work experience and letters of recommendation.

Applicants with significant work experience may be admitted with a lower GMAT score while applicants with limited work experience may be admitted with a higher GMAT score and an outstanding undergraduate background. Students accepted to our M.B.A. program have, on average, a 3.4 undergraduate GPA, 540 GMAT score, and five years of work experience.
 

Requirements More Information
GPA

Decisions are based primarily on undergraduate junior/senior grade-point average and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores.

Supporting Materials
  • A copy of official transcripts (email to: hbg-gradadmit@lists.psu.edu)

  • GMAT or GRE* test scores (the test must have been taken within the past five years)

  • Résumé 

  • Two letters of recommendation
    The letter should cover the following: (a) a candidate’s qualities that contribute to success of his/her graduate study and career advancement, (b) weaknesses, (c) time management skills, and (d) ability to handle pressure. References submitted via the online application will receive an e-mail providing uploading instructions.

 

* GMAT/GRE Waiver 

The GMAT or GRE requirement may be waived for: 
  • Graduates from business, engineering, science or related fields with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 from accredited U.S. schools.
  • Members of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honors society.
  • Ph.D., J.D., M.D., or Master’s degree holders in business, engineering, science or related fields from accredited U.S. schools.
To request a GMAT/GRE waiver, please send your request with a copy of transcripts and resume to mbahbg@psu.edu.
 
Note: There is no GMAT/GRE waiver for applicants seeking a graduate assistantship.

Application Fee Waiver for BGS Members

For Beta Gamma Sigma members, to receive an application fee waiver, choose “Check or money order” for payment option when you submit your application. Then, send a copy of your Beta Gamma Sigma certificate to hbg-gradadmit@lists.psu.edu for verification. For further questions, call the Admissions Office at 717-948-6250.

 

Deadline for Domestic Students

Semester Deadline
Fall July 18  (April 30 for candidates seeking a graduate assistantship)
Spring November 18
Summer April 18

Deadline for International Students (needing I-20)

Semester Deadline
Fall May 31
Spring September 30
Summer February 28