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.
Please note that if you are an international student who requires an I-20 visa, you cannot enroll in our MBA program as our 75% online delivery doesn't allow for a student visa to be issued. If you are in the U.S. on a work visa, you will need to submit additional information for your application to be complete. Individuals with international credentials 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.
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:
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.
2. Submit a Statement of Purpose: The statement should address the following:
* Once completed, upload to the online application.
3A. Transcripts for the application.
3B. Transcripts for the Graduate School.
Initially, upload an official transcript (with a recent request date) - do not upload advising transcripts or transcripts with UNOFFICIAL marked on them.
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: The GMAT is required for admission unless an applicant:
If you have questions about the above requirements, please contact Dr. Al Warner, MBA Academic Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
6. Individuals with international credentials, click here for additional requirements.