How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Admission to the certificate program will require:
1. a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting institution,

2. completion and submission of The Graduate School's online application,

3. one letter of recommendation, and

4. a personal statement addressing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a certificate in international affairs and discussing the applicant’s plans and goals.

International Students -  Applying to a certificate program requires pre-approval from our Global Programs Office.  If you are interested in applying, please email our admissions office to begin the process.

Applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language will submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.  TOEFL scores are sent directly to Penn State by supplying the testing agency with Penn State's institutional code number, 2660. No secondary departmental code is necessary.  The minimum TOEFL requirement is 550 for the paper test or 80 for the computer-based test.  

IELTS scores should be mailed to the address below. The minimum IELTS requirement is 6.5. 

The Pennsylvania State University
Graduate Enrollment Services
114 Kern Building
University Park, PA  16802

Letters of recommendation, resumes, statements of purpose, and transcripts are uploaded via The Graduate School's online application

For fall admission, please apply by March 21.  For spring admission, please apply by September 21.  

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You will find information regarding application fees and detailed how-to-apply information on the Graduate School website.

As part of the online application process, applicants are required to electronically upload copies of transcripts (or equivalent documents for institutions outside the U.S., e.g., degree/study certificates, diplomas, etc.) from all post-secondary institutions attended, in the language of instruction (and copies of an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction).  Applicants recommended for admission who accept an offer through the online graduate admission system will be notified by the Graduate School that official/original transcripts/documents must be sent from the originating institutions in the official language of the institution(s) attended (and if the language of instruction is not English, an official English translation must also be sent).  The Graduate School will review all official documents to finalize the offer of admission. An offer of admission will be revoked if official/original documents are not received by the Graduate School within specified deadlines, or if official/original documents differ from the copies uploaded by the applicant prior to the offer of admission.  For applicants whose degree conferral is in progress at the time of uploading copies, the deadline specified for receipt of official/original documents will allow for the passage of the reported date of degree conferral, and that conferral must be confirmed on the official/original documents received by the Graduate School, in order for the offer of admission to be finalized.