Apply to Penn State Smeal One-Year Residential Master's

Information on how to apply to Penn State Smeal One-Year Residential Master's programs.

Thank you for your interest in a Penn State Smeal One-Year residential master's program! During our multi-step application process, you will be asked to submit the following:

  • Online Penn State Graduate School Application
    • Admissions Essay: What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How does your past experience enable you to achieve these goals? How do you see your degree experience fitting into this plan? (600-word limit)
    • Resume
    • Educational Transcripts
    • Letters of Recommendation (2): Academic recommendations preferred
    • Official English Language Proficiency Exam Scores (International candidates)
    • GMAT or GRE Scores for the following programs: Master of Accounting, Master's in Business Analytics
  • Video Application Response

Start Your Application

To begin, use the Penn State Graduate School Application portal to start or access the application. You can return to this portal anytime during the process.

For specific program information and to access the unique video application, use the table below.

Penn State Smeal One-Year Master's Degrees
Program  Desired Program Details Video Application
  • Campus: University Park
  • Major: Accounting
  • Degree: Master of Accounting (MACC)
  • Semester: Fall 2023
Access the MACC video application
Accounting Analytics
  • Campus: University Park
  • Major: Accounting Analytics
  • Degree: Master of Accounting (MACC)
  • Semester: Fall 2023
Access the MAA video application
Business Analytics
  • Campus: University Park
  • Major: Business Analytics
  • Degree: Master of Business Analytics (MBAN)
  • Semester: Fall 2023
Access the MBAN video application
  • Campus: University Park
  • Major: Finance
  • Degree: Master of Finance (MFIN)
  • Semester: Fall 2023
Access the MFIN video application 
One-Year MBA
  • Campus: University Park
  • Major: Business Administration - M.B.A., D.B.A.
  • Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Semester: Fall 2023
Access the One-Year MBA video application
Real Estate Analysis & Development 
  • Campus: University Park
  • Major: Real Estate Analysis & Development 
  • Degree: Master of Real Estate (MRE)
  • Semester: Fall 2023 
Access the MRE video application

All components including the online application, video application response, and letters of recommendation must be received by the applicable deadline to be considered for admission. As part of the online application, you will be asked to pay the fee of $65. Once your application has been submitted to the Graduate School, the only accurate way to check the status of your application and whether or not your materials have been received is to contact us at

Application Deadlines 

Deadlines for Fall 2023 Intake Submit Your Application By Expect a Decision By
1st Round October 1 December 1
2nd Round December 1 February 1
3rd Round February 1 April 1
4th Round *April 1 June 1

*Deadline Extended: Due to increased interest, the final deadline to apply for Fall 2023 has been extended to June 1, 2023.