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Application Instructions

We will still accept applications for Fall 2015 on an individual basis*
(*domestic and U.S. permanent resident applicants only)
Our application for Fall 2016 will be available August 1

Apply now for Fall 2015

All parts of the application to the Penn State Smeal MBA program including recommendation letters and essay must be received by the applicable deadline to consider the application complete.

Part 1: The Application

  • Please use the Penn State Graduate School Application portal to access the application. You can return to this portal anytime during the process.
  • After you begin your application, you will be asked to select the desired program. Your selections for the full-time residential Smeal MBA program at Penn State should be:

A screen shot of what options you should select on the Penn State Graduate School application to assure you apply to the Smeal MBA Program.

    • Complete application including program specific questions and upload resume, essay, and transcripts as prompted. Pay the application fee of $65 unless you have a fee waiver code.

    Part 2: Essay, Resume, and Transcripts

      • Format: Please complete the following essay and upload it to the application in .pdf or .rtf format.
      • Length: Please limit your essay to the word limit provided.
      • Academic Integrity: Please follow academic integrity guidelines regarding plagiarism - "using someone else's words or ideas without properly giving credit." Plagiarism includes use of material from sample essays and any website. To ensure academic integrity, all essays will be confirmed through Turnitin for Admissions authenticity software. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in a deny decision.

    Essay Question

    • What are your short-term and long-term career goals? What is your plan for achieving these goals? Please be as specific as possible, including industry and function. How do you see your experience at Smeal fitting into this plan? (600 word limit)

    Resume & Transcripts

          • Resume: Please submit a current version of your resume, including all work experience and secondary education up until the date of application. The sample PDF posted here is the format in which we require our students to complete their resume. While this format is NOT required for application, you may find it to be a useful resource when preparing your resume.
          • Transcripts: The application will ask you to upload a copy of your undergraduate transcripts for the initial review of your application. The Graduate School asks that these copies uploaded to the application for initial review be scans of the official copies. If you are admitted and enroll, the hard copy original/official copies of these transcripts from your undergraduate institution will be required.

          Part 3: Video Application Questions

          • In addition to your written essay, we also require each applicant to complete the Video Application Questions portion of our application.  The video will allow the admissions committee to both evaluate your communication skills and get to know you better. Your application will not be considered complete or evaluated by the committee until you have completed this requirement.
          • You will be asked to answer three randomly generated questions. Each question will allow you 45 seconds to respond. Before the official questions are asked, applicants will be walked through a brief registration process, short software demo, and a technology test. Applicants will also be required to do a practice run through before recording the official video. The entire process should take no more than 30 minutes, assuming there are no technical difficulties.

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          Visit the LikeLive website to record your video. Should a problem arise, LikeLive offers 24/7 technical support through the “Need Help?” button once you are in the platform. They also offer a list of tips and advice for recording your video.

              Part 4: Letters of Recommendation

              • Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter from a current or previous supervisor is preferred.
              • The online application "References" section may be left blank and saved, as the site below will register your two references.
              • Use the following link to register yourself. After creating your account in the recommendation system, login and submit your two recommenders. Upon submission, they will be sent access to a webform to complete their recommendations. You may go back to the registration page to change recommenders.
              • If your recommenders are unable to use the electronic form above, please have them fill out and mail the following form.
                Recommendation Form
              • Additional recommendation letters may be submitted as supplements, however, we prefer that only the form is used. This allows us to most equitably compare candidates and ensures that candidates' assessments rely on specific ratings rather than their references' varied language and writing styles. There will be an option in the system to add a 3rd letter of recommendation.

              Additional Information

              Materials Mailing Address

              Penn State Smeal MBA Program
              Admissions Office
              220 Business Building
              University Park, PA 16802