How to Apply to the MBA Program



To be considered for enrollment in the MBA program at Penn State Behrend, you must have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution under residence and credit conditions substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State. International applicants must hold the equivalent of an American four-year baccalaureate degree and must submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Admission decisions are based on undergraduate grade-point average, Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, recommendations, and our assessment of how well the applicant's objectives match those of the program. Admission to the MBA program is granted jointly by The Graduate School of Penn State University and Penn State Behrend's Black School of Business.

Check out the new GMAT waiver policies below that now allow an exemption for individuals with significant work experience and/or strong GPAs.

To Apply:

You may apply for admission to Penn State Behrend's MBA program in each of the three semesters of the academic year (fall, spring, and summer). Click here for important application deadlines and semester dates.  You can submit the online application prior to taking the GMAT.


Applicants to both the Pittsburgh and Erie programs:

  • Summer 2016 - Apply now; your entire application portfolio is due April 4.  Take the GMAT before or by April 2
  • Fall 2016 - Apply now; your entire application portfolio is due June 20. Take the GMAT before or by June 18
  • Spring 2017 - Apply now; your entire application portfolio is due Nov. 14.  Take the GMAT before or by Nov. 12
  • Individuals who require a student visa have an application deadline of February 15, 2016, for fall 2016 admission.


1. Submit Penn State’s Graduate School Online Application.

If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website.

If you have read both the Graduate School requirements and the Black School of Business MBA requirements (below) and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application.

Note that once you submit your application, you can still access it to upload documents.

  • Skip questions you don't know such as Jr./Sr. GPA, GMAT scores, etc.
  • If you previously submitted a Penn State Graduate School degree application, you don't need to submit another one. Contact Behrend's Graduate Admissions for a Change of Major application.


2. Submit a Statement of Purpose: The statement should address the following:

  • Why have you chosen to pursue the Penn State Behrend MBA?
  • How will these studies help you achieve your personal and professional goals?
  • How will your participation contribute to the Penn State Behrend MBA program?
  • Indicate your current, or most recent, work responsibilities.

* Once completed, upload to the online application.

3. Upload a copy of your official transcripts. 

  • Transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned  at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history.
  • Upload a copy of an official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.  Uploaded transcripts should not have UNOFFICIAL markings on them.
  • Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official (sealed) transcript. You will receive instructions at that time, directly from the Graduate School.

4. Submit contact information for three individuals who will complete the online references/recommendation form.

The MBA program requires three references from academic or professional sources. Current undergraduate students are required to have faculty within their academic school submit all three recommendations. Register each individual and their email addresses on the online application; they will receive an email directing them to complete a web-based form. Recommenders will not be sent an email until you have submitted the application; allow them plenty of time to meet the application deadline.

5. Submit GMAT scores, if applicable.

New policies for Spring 2016 applicants and beyond: The GMAT is required for admission unless an applicant:

  • has completed a master's degree or higher from an accredited institution, OR
  • has demonstrated professional, post-baccalaureate work experience of 7 years or more, OR
  • has demonstrated 3 to 7 years of professional, post-baccalaureate work experience AND an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or above, OR
  • has obtained an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a 3.6 or above GPA, and has up to 3 years of professional, post-baccalaureate work experience.

 If you have questions about the above requirements, please contact Dr. Al Warner, MBA Academic Chair, at 

The GMAT must have been taken within five years of applying to the MBA program.  The GMAT score that is required is based on each applicant's GPA.  Individuals who have obtained a GPA of 3.0 or greater will be required to provide a minimum, total GMAT score of 450.

On the day of GMAT testing, do two things:

  1. Select Pennsylvania State University (School Code: 2660) as a score recipient. Graduate Admissions will be able to view your scores within 10 days.
  2. Scan and email or fax your unofficial score report to the Penn State Behrend Graduate Admissions Office at 814-898-6740; this allows us to continue processing your application for admission.

Click here for more information on the GMAT exam and GMAT workshops on campus and in Pittsburgh.

6. Individuals with international credentials, click here for additional requirements.