How to Apply

NOTE APPLICATION DEADLINES:

University Park

D.Ed./Ph.D.
Fall Admissions: December 1

M.Ed.
Fall Admissions: January 11
Spring Admissions: October 1

World Campus

M.Ed Only
Fall Admissions: June 15
Spring Admissions: October 15
Summer Admissions: February 15

Students applying for admission to any of the Higher Education graduate programs at Penn State must electronically submit all application materials to the Graduate School at Penn State. The Graduate School confirms eligibility for admission of all applicants. The Higher Education Program will select and recommend applicants for offers of admission.

Applying to the Graduate School

Complete the Admission Application to The Graduate School.

As part of The Graduate School application, you will be asked to upload/supply the following documents/information:

M.Ed. Applicants

  1. A copy of official transcripts/documents from all post-secondary institutions of higher education attended.  International applicants must upload university records in the language of instruction (and copies of an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction).
  2. Official GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MAT test scores that are no more than five (5) years old.  For GRE/MAT, please request that the testing agency submit an original score report using the institution code for Penn State, 2660; for the GMAT, select Penn State, then select campus, then select Higher Education).  Test scores are not required for M.Ed. applicants who have fulfilled at least one of the following: a) worked full-time for a minimum of three years in an administrative role in a college or university; b) completed a Master’s degree; c) completed the Institutional Research (IR) Certificate Program at Penn State. 
  3. An essay that highlights your strengths, skills, and experiences and that examines the ways in which further education in the field of higher education will assist you in pursuing your professional goals.  (NOTE: If your interest is to complete the M.Ed. degree while serving in a graduate assistantship, please be sure to include that in your essay, including particular areas of service that may be of particular interest to you).
  4. Resume
  5. Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be an academic reference and at least one of which must be a professional reference.  You will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of your referents.  Then, each referent will be sent an email message directing them to the appropriate site to upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  You will be notified by email when each recommendation letter is submitted, but you will not be able to view the letter.  (NOTE: All recommendation letters must be submitted before the application deadline to be considered for admission).

Doctoral (Ph.D. and D.Ed.) Applicants

  1. A copy of official transcripts/documents from all post-secondary institutions of higher education attended.  International applicants must upload university records in the language of instruction (and copies of an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction).
  2. Official GRE/GMAT/LSAT test scores that are no more than five (5) years old.  For GRE, please request that the testing agency submit an original score report using the institution code for Penn State, 2660; for the GMAT, select Penn State, then select campus, then select Higher Education.   
  3. An essay that highlights: a) Strengths, skills, and experiences; b) particular research interests; c) particular faculty members with whom you may be interested to collaborate; and, d) specific ways in which doctoral education in the field of higher education may assist you in pursuing professional goals.
  4. Resume
  5. Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be an academic reference and at least one of which must be a professional reference.  You will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of your referents.  Then, each referent will be sent an email message directing them to the appropriate site to upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  You will be notified by email when each recommendation letter is submitted, but you will not be able to view the letter.  (NOTE: All recommendation letters must be submitted before the application deadline to be considered for admission).
  6. Doctoral Assistantship Application (if applicable)

Applicants recommended for admission to any of the Higher Education graduate programs will be notified via the online graduate admission system. Once a student accepts a program recommendation for admission, the Graduate School will request official/original transcripts/documents that must be sent from the originating institutions in the official language of the institution(s) attended (and if the language of instruction is not English, an official English translation must also be sent). The Graduate School will review and confirm all official documents before finalizing the offer of admission.

International Applicants Only:

  • Official TOEFL score report, if applicable.
  • Applicants should contact the University Office of Global Programs to learn about requirements for VISAs, registration, etc.