Admissions Criteria and Application Materials
Applications are submitted electronically and include a non-refundable application fee. You will need to include the following items as part of your application:
- Bachelor of Science or four-year Associate’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, engineering technology, manufacturing, materials science, or a related field.
- GPA – An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the final two years of undergraduate studies.
- Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. 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. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time from the Graduate School.
- Test Scores – All applicants must submit scores on the general aptitude tests of the GRE prior to admission consideration. Official test scores can be submitted using institution code 2660. GRE scores will be waived for applicants who have significant work experience (5 years) or completed an existing master’s degree.
- References (3)– You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting they complete a recommendation. Letters of reference should be from a previous professor or supervisor who can attest to the applicants academic potential.
- English Proficiency– The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found on the Graduate School website. Official test scores can be submitted using institution code 2660.
- Statement of Purpose– One-to two-page statement of purpose outlining personal career goals and reasons for wanting to enroll in the program. This statement should be specific and include information about your short-and long-term goals and how enrolling in the program may help to achieve them. The statement of purpose also offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your writing and communication skills, specify examples of leadership, and provide pertinent information that will assist the committee in selecting candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the additive manufacturing and design program.
- Resume– One-to two-page listing of your professional experience and education.
How to Apply
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
Your application, including receipt of transcripts, official test scores and letters of recommendation, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.
- Fall 2018: July 15, 2018
- Spring 2019: November 1, 2018
- Summer 2019: March 1, 2019
- Spring 2019: September 1, 2018
- Fall 2019: December 15, 2018