Graduate Admissions

Penn State Behrend Named Best Value in Northwest Pennsylvania

An aerial view of Penn State BehrendPenn State Erie, The Behrend College, offers the best value of any college or university in northwestern Pennsylvania, according to new rankings by PayScale Inc., a data company that tracks employee salaries. In the western 33 counties of Pennsylvania, only Carnegie Mellon University does better.

U.S. News Ranks Online MBA among the Nation's Best

U.S. News & World Report ranks Penn State’s online master of business administration program the seventh-best in the nation, sharing a position with Carnegie Mellon University. U.S. News evaluated the programs using four criteria: faculty credentials, student engagement, admissions selectivity and student services and technology.

Black School of Business Ranked Among Nation's Best for 7th Consecutive Year

The Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is featured in “The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition,” published this month by Princeton Review Books.

The school’s MBA program “provides the best value for a working student in the local area,” according to the Princeton Review, which ranks schools based on academics, job-placement rates and admissions selectivity.

RSVP for Graduate Program Events

Behrend Section: 
Graduate Admissions

The schools of Business, Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences, together with the Graduate Admissions Office, will host several events for prospective students throughout the year. If you plan to pursue an advanced degree in the next three semesters, this is a great time to research our programs and plan out the steps in the application process. 

MPAcc Tuition and Costs

​Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016

Tuition adjustments take effect each fall semester.  The fee structure for summer semesters may increase.


TUITION cost per credit

  • PA resident: $ 805   
  • Non-PA resident: $ 1,064


MPAcc Semester Dates and Application Deadlines

  • Applications for full-time admission are being processed now for fall 2016.
  • Applications are processed on a rolling basis.
  • A complete application portfolio must be submitted by the deadline date.
  • Penn State's academic calendar indicates begin and end dates for each semester.
  • Penn State's schedule of courses –  Select: ACCTG, B LAW, FIN, B ADM courses.
  • The program offers fall-only admission.

MPAcc How to Apply

Academic Eligibility Requirements

For admission to the Graduate School of Penn State, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.


Academic Background

Penn State Behrend to Offer Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has developed the region’s first master’s degree in professional accounting. The 30-credit program will satisfy the educational requirements that are needed to become a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and most neighboring states.

Master's in Project Management Program Ranked Among Nation's Best

Penn State’s online master's in project management program is one of the top five programs of its kind, according to new rankings by The national rankings were based on each program’s academic reputation, tuition value and track record of student satisfaction.