Admission: MBA Programs
International applicants: Before applying, please review this information.
New students are admitted to the program at the start of each 7-week session. Applications should be submitted at least 2 months prior to the start of the session in which you wish to enroll.
The program requires degree application. Nondegree enrollment is not permitted.
For application requirements in all visa categories, click here.
Degree Application Requirements for Degree and Nondegree Admission
For admission to the Graduate School, you must hold either a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.
Admission is granted jointly by the Penn State Graduate School and the academic program at Penn State Great Valley. The Admissions Committee reviews applications and makes decisions based on the quality of an applicant's credentials relative to other applicants.
To apply, please submit the following:
- Online application
- under major sought, enter Business Administration; under degree sought, enter MBA
- NOTE: if you are applying to the MBA program at the Penn State Berks Campus, indicate "Berks" in the Notes section
- Non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online or by check or money order payable to The Pennsylvania State University. more
- Two official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Penn State students do not need to submit transcripts. more
- Upload to the online application:
- Résumé more
- Statement of intent or career objective (one page) more
- Enter name and contact information of the two people who will provide your recommendations more
- GMAT or GRE score more. Applicants holding a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., J.D.) are not required to submit standardized test scores.
Learn more about how to apply.
Transcripts should be sent directly from each college or university you have attended to the Penn State Great Valley Admissions Office, Attention: JoAnn Kelly, 30 E. Swedesford Rd, Malvern, PA 19355. Your admission will be reviewed after your application portfolio is complete.
Penn State offers an opportunity to pursue two degree programs on a concurrent basis.
Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Transcripts
The Admissions Committee will review an applicant's undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Individuals with a combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale and appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission. An applicant's area of concentration and the balance of communication and analytical courses are also considered. Periodically, exceptions to the minimum grade-point average may be made for individuals with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.
A current résumé gives the committee information about an applicant's relevant work experience. Penn State Great Valley generally considers candidates with a minimum of one year of professional experience. An applicant's leadership skills, aptitude for a management career, and general knowledge of the business environment are also reviewed.
Statement of Intent
A one-page statement of intent should outline personal career goals and reasons for applying to the program. This statement should be specific and include information about short- and long-term goals and how enrolling in the program may help achieve them. The statement of intent also offers applicants the opportunity to demonstrate writing and communication skills, specify examples of leadership, and provide pertinent information to help the committee select candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the program.
Two current confidential recommendations provide a more complete personal understanding of an applicant's technical and leadership abilities. The recommendation should specifically address current employment or recent academic experience, as well as an applicant's potential to successfully complete the program. Evaluations should cite examples of speaking, writing, quantitative, and analytical abilities, as well as how an individual interacts in a group setting.
GMAT and GRE
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), used by approximately 1,300 graduate management programs around the world, helps assess the qualifications of applicants by measuring the general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills associated with success in the first year of study.
To register and prepare for the test, read the GMAT Bulletin. When evaluating GMAT scores, the admissions committee looks for a balance between verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing strengths. Typically, applicants with a minimum score of 500 will be considered for admission. Tests taken within five years of application will be considered. Test scores are to be supplied by the Educational Testing Service and sent directly to Penn State Great Valley (Code CTG-GV-42).
A GMAT preparation course is offered by Penn State Great Valley's Continuing Professional Education Department.
The Graduate Record Admission Test (GRE) measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE gauges undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study and is often required for admisson into a master's degree program. To register and prepare for the test, visit www.ets.org/gre.