The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
Smeal College of Business
210 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802

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2017 Business Week Ranking: Full-time MBA: 25th
2017 Forbes Ranking: Full-time, 2-year MBA: 29th
2017 Economist Ranking: Full-time MBA: 66th
2018 Financial Times Ranking: Full-time MBA: 75th


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Residential MBA

State College
2-year, full-time program
A program that starts in August of each year and spans two academic years on the Penn State University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. Each MBA semester is divided into seven-week modules.
SpecializationFinance, Management Consulting, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Application fee$65
Application Checklist
  • Penn State Graduate School Application
  • GMAT or GRE Scores
  • Admissions Essay
  • Response
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official English Language Proficiency Exam Scores (International Candidates)

Executive MBA

Lafayette Hill
Executive MBA program
17-month program run on alternating weekends in metropolitan Philadelphia. It features two six-day residencies, each taking place at the start of the first and second year, as well as one 3-day weekend on the Penn State University Park campus.
  • Twice Monthly
  • Typical classes are held at the Chubb Hotel & Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania and begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoons and conclude at 5:15 p.m. on Saturdays with an overnight stay in between.
Application Checklist
  • Current Resume
  • One-page essay
  • Two Recommendations
  • One official transcript from each institution attended

online MBA

Online program
The online program features a five-day residency held at University Park, Pennsylvania, at the start of the program.
SpecializationAccounting Foundations, Advanced Accounting, Business Analytics, Business Architecture, Business Sustainability Strategy, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, Management Consulting, Marketing Analytics, Negotiation and Influence, Project Management, Strategic Leadership, Supply Chain Management
IntakeFall, Spring, Summer
Admission Requirements
  • Hold either a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
  • English Proficiency
Application Checklist
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • Postsecondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA
  • GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years
  • With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Two references
  • Résumé
  • Essay Response
  • Application Portfolio Evaluation
  • Online Interview


State College, PA; Carlisle, PA
Dual program
A four-year program in which students typically begin the first year of study at one of Penn State's two law schools: Dickinson Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, or Penn State Law on the University Park campus.
Admission Requirements
  • Students must apply to and be admitted to each program independently


State College
Dual program
A five-year program in which students spend the first three years on coursework within the College of Medicine at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Students begin Smeal MBA coursework at University Park in year four, before concluding with a combination of MD and MBA coursework at Smeal and clinical rotations in year five.
Admission Requirements
  • Candidates must apply to and meet admission requirements for both colleges separately

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