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The Graduate School at Penn State is one of the largest in the nation with more than 14,000 graduate students enrolled at the University Park campus, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; Penn State Great Valley; Penn State Harrisburg; Penn State College of Medicine; and the Penn State World Campus.

We take pride in being one of the largest graduate schools in the nation and in our exemplary faculty and high-quality degree programs, many of which are nationally ranked.

Application Process

Before applying to the Graduate School at Penn State, applicants are encouraged to first review the Graduate Bulletin and contact the graduate program they are interested in applying to. Graduate programs set their own application deadlines and timeline for review.

Throughout the application process, applicants will interact with the graduate program and the Graduate School's Office of Graduate Enrollment Services (GES). All applications to the Graduate School at Penn State are reviewed by GES to verify academic credentials (transcripts, diplomas, and other educational documents), ensuring eligibility requirements established by the Graduate Council are met.

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Browse Graduate Programs

The Graduate School at Penn State offers over 160 graduate degree programs, including doctorates and both academic and professional master's degrees. Additionally, the Graduate School offers a multitude of postbaccalaureate and graduate credit certificates.

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Requirements for Graduate Admissions

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold a degree from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

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Current and Previous Graduate Students

Individuals looking to resume academic study, change of major/degree or add a certificate must submit an application.