Penn State Smeal MBA Application Process

Summary of the application process for the Penn State Smeal MBA Program.

The Penn State Smeal MBA Program features a multi-step application process, during which you will be asked to submit the following:

Completed applications will be reviewed and candidates selected to move forward in the process will be invited for an interview. We invite you to start your application today.


Application reviews and decisions for the Penn State Smeal MBA Program are made on a rolling basis. All aspects of the application process must be completed, submitted, and received by the applicable deadline to be considered for admission.

Deadlines for Fall 2017 IntakeSubmit Your Application ByExpect a Decision By
Early Decision October 1 December 1
Priority for all applicants seeking merit-based financial aid December 1 February 1
Final deadline for all applicants seeking merit-based financial aid February 1 April 1
Final deadline for applicants not seeking merit-based financial aid April 1 June 1

Admission Decisions

All applications will be reviewed by the Penn State Smeal MBA Program Admissions Office (MBA requirements and admissions criteria) and the Penn State Graduate School (verification of educational documentation and credentials, and international visa requirements). You may be contacted by parties from either area.

Admission is granted first by the MBA Program and then by the Penn State Graduate School. The Graduate School does not act on your application without a recommendation from the MBA Admissions Office. 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

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has a strong commitment to ethics and integrity as reflected in our Honor Code. The admissions committee will not tolerate any form of plagiarism or appearance of impropriety in an applicant’s materials. To ensure academic integrity, all essays will be confirmed through iThenticate authenticity software. Plagiarism Includes:

  • Copying sentences, phrases, or paragraphs exactly as they appear in the original source (this includes using sample essays)
  • Copying sentences and putting them in a different order
  • Copying sentences and replacing a few words with synonyms
  • Copying sentences and adding a few of your own

 Paraphrasing Includes:

  • Re-stating the author’s idea in your own words, using your own voice
  • Summarizing the author’s main points in your own words

 Source: Plagiarism & You. Email with questions. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in a deny decision.

Agents and Consultants

Penn State recognizes that agents or consultants are retained in many parts of the world to assist students in applying to colleges and universities in the United States. However, Penn State does not partner with agents to recruit students nor administer the application process. Agents or consultants retained by students to help with the application process are not recognized as representatives of the University and do not have a contractual agreement or partnership to represent Penn State.

Please ensure that any agent or consultant engaged adheres to principles of ethics in the admission process, including guidelines regarding academic integrity. To ensure academic integrity, all essays will be confirmed through iThenticate authenticity software.

Additional Information

For more information on the Admissions process and to learn the prospective of our Admissions team, view our blog site.