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How to Apply

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Thank you for your interest in applying for graduate study at Penn State. Before applying, check out the following resources designed to help you throughout the application process.

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Returning Graduate Students

For more information on how to submit an application to resume your graduate academic study, change your major and/or degree, or add a certificate program, please visit this site: Resume Study, Change of Major/Degree, and/or Add a Certificate.

Intent to graduate

If you have completed all course requirements and are only resuming in order to submit your intent to graduate it is not necessary to complete an application to resume study. Please contact your plan of study to have your record activated in order to submit your intent to graduate.

Penn State provided me with wonderful faculty mentors dedicated to guiding student research. My advisor and committee consistently supported my research and career goals, which has helped tremendously in the job market. My mentors also modeled ways to teach effectively in the college classroom, consistently demonstrating kindness toward students in need. These opportunities at Penn State allowed me to grow as an educator and a person.”

Maria Rovito
Doctoral candidate in American Studies, Penn State Harrisburg