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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Graduate Admissions
The Graduate School at Penn State is continuously monitoring developments related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, and doing everything possible to support applicants who may be affected.
We understand that many testing services have suspended standard operations. The Graduate School has released admission standards for the new, at-home tests being offered by these testing services.
Graduate programs at Penn State have been encouraged to extend their deadlines for applicants who may have been impacted by the suspension of testing services and other restrictions caused by the outbreak.
Graduate Enrollment Services is taking this and other extenuating circumstances into consideration as we review applications and work with our admitted students. For applicants who have been admitted and are impacted by the outbreak, we encourage you to contact your graduate program regarding your specific situation, and to monitor Penn State’s Coronavirus Updates website for more information as it becomes available.
The Graduate School offers its sympathy, and our thoughts are with those of you, and those most important to you, including family members or friends, who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
Preparing to Apply
- Enrollment types (Degree, Postbaccalaureate/Graduate Certificate Admission, Nondegree Admission)
- Graduate Degree Programs
- Requirements for Graduate Admissions
- Graduate School Funding
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Returning Graduate Students
To resume your graduate academic study, change your major and/or degree, or add a certificate program, you must submit an application.
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.
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