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Enrollment Types

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New Applicant Pursuing a Degree
(Includes PDE Certification)


New applicant applying for a postbaccalaureate/Graduate certificate


New applicant requesting to take
individual course(s)


Degree Admission

Admission to the Graduate School at Penn State to pursue a graduate degree requires that prospective students select a specific graduate program (field of study) and graduate degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.S., M.Ed., M.B.A., etc.), and submit all application materials required for that graduate degree program, in addition to the University-wide requirements of the Graduate School.  

An applicant may apply to only one graduate degree program and campus at a time. If more than one degree application is submitted, only the most recently submitted application will be reviewed. The Graduate School will not consider concurrent applications for admission to more than one graduate degree program and does not act upon an application without a program's recommendation to offer admission. Individuals who already hold a doctorate are discouraged from applying for a second doctoral degree (see GCAC-307 Concurrent or Second Doctorates).

To apply to a graduate degree program at Penn State, review the instructions on the respective program's website. A list of degree program websites may be found on the Graduate Programs of Study webpage. The website of each graduate program will direct you to the Graduate School online application.

Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Certification

Individuals applying for Level I Instructional, Supervisory, Educational Specialist, and Administrative certification issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education upon the recommendation of the University must apply using the degree application and choose "Pennsylvania Educators Level I Certification" as the degree selection. Additional information regarding certification may be found at The Penn State College of Education or by calling (814) 865-0488.

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