Graduate Admission  

Persons with the proper credentials may be admitted to the Graduate School. Admission requires a bachelor's degree with a grade-point average of at least a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must complete a Graduate School Application and submit an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution or from an international institution with equal accreditation from the appropriate government agencies. The official transcript must be received by the Graduate School via postal service directly from the institution. The transcript must provide a listing of the individual course titles, credit hours and assigned grade and, if completed at the time of application, the degree earned and date conferred.

Each academic area of study may also have additional requirements for admission. To determine if your program of interest has additional requirements, go to the Graduate School website ( and click on Graduate Programs, then select the program of your choice.


Degree Seeking Students

Students applying for admission to a degree program must meet the standards set by the Graduate School, the academic department and the degree program. Students can be admitted conditionally or fully. Fully admitted students meet all of the application requirements and do not have any deficiencies. Conditionally admitted students are admitted on probation pending the fulfillment of deficiencies, grade point average, or incomplete application requirements. Students admitted as conditional must meet all requirements and be fully admitted by the completion of 12 graduate hours.


Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who are not seeking to complete a graduate degree may request admission as a non-degree seeking student. Students admitted under this category must meet the standards set by the Graduate School. Non-degree seeking students who later want to become degree seeking may have academic work completed as non-degree seeking approved by their academic advisor to be applied towards their degree program.


International Students

International students must complete a Graduate International Application, submit official transcripts from previous colleges/universities attended and proof of Language Proficiency. To satisfy the proof of Language Proficiency, international students can either submit a TOEFL or IELTS score result or provide official documentation that the undergraduate degree was taught in the English language (for countries that do not require the TOEFL). Students can also choose to complete our Intensive English Program (IEP). Most graduate programs accept IEP to meet the language requirement. Students should review information at their department's website to verify that they accept IEP in place of a language test. The minimum test scores required for admission are different depending on the program the student is applying to. Students can check degree program TOEFL/IELTS requirements at the Graduate School website ( under International Graduate Student Admission then click on the TOEFL or IELTS link.

Admission requirements and procedures for international students are subject to change according to the recognized needs of students and the university. All international students are required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to be full-time students.

The USCIS requires graduate students to complete at least 9 semester hours each fall and spring semester to maintain their student status.


Senior Graduate Students

Seniors at PSU may apply to take graduate work and receive graduate credit during their last semester of their undergraduate program. To qualify as a Senior Graduate, students must be admitted to the Graduate School, in good academic standing in their undergraduate work, and must have completed the undergraduate paperwork to graduate in the same semester as Senior Graduate status is approved. Senior Graduates cannot exceed nine hours of graduate work and 16 overall hours of credit. Students requesting to be considered as Senior Graduates must apply to the Dean of the Graduate School.

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