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Admissions Process and Applications

Admission to a Smeal College of Business Ph.D. Program is highly competitive. You will be expected to have a strong academic background, a strong interest in doing research, and a career goal of obtaining a position as a professor at a leading business school. Your academic background will be assessed in terms of your grades in your previous college work. In addition, we will look at your GMAT or GRE scores for evidence that you are among the very best in terms of academic promise.

Deadlines for Fall 2015 Admissions

The deadline for completed applications for Fall 2015 admissions is:

  • December 10 for Management and Organization
  • December 15 for Marketing
  • January 15 Supply Chain & Information Systems
  • February 1 for all other fields (Accounting, Finance)

Please note that Real Estate is not accepting applications for Fall 2015

Offers of admission are typically given in March and April. Most departments will not accept late applications and the graduate degree application fee is non-refundable. Any late applications for fall 2015 will be automatically moved to the next admission period (application fees will not be refunded).

Financial Aid

Ph.D. students receive a 20 hour/week Research/Teaching Assistantship that includes a tuition waiver, a subsidized student health plan, and a stipend for living expenses. There are also a limited number of scholarships and fellowships available. Please check with the Ph.D. adviser of the field you are interested in for the up-to-date information concerning the financial aid package. For estimated living expenses, check the information provided by the Bursar's office.


The admissions application and payment is online. Applications without fees cannot be processed. Please refer to the graduate school website for the current application fee.

Please note that the Master of Science (M.S.) degree at Smeal College of Business is not offered as a stand-alone degree program, but only as an option for Ph.D. students.  If you are interested in applying for an M.S. program at Penn State, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page under Other Penn State Graduate Programs for additional information.

If you are ready to apply, please select the appropriate link below:

International Applicants residing outside the U.S.: Preliminary/Full Application for Ph.D.

U.S. Applicants and International Applicants residing in the U.S.: Full Application for Ph.D.