Graduate Program in Acoustics

 


How to Apply for Admission to an Acoustics Degree program

Prospective students who wish to be admitted to the Graduate School at Penn State to pursue a graduate degree must select a specific graduate program field of study (e.g. Acoustics) and the specific graduate degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.S., M.Ed.), and submit all application materials required for that graduate degree program, in addition to the University-wide requirements of the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

The Graduate Program in Acoustics has a rolling admissions process - that is, we accept applications year round. However, students who wish to be considered for financial assistance through funded research assistantships and international students will need to meet the following application deadlines in order to be fully considered for admission to begin in a Fall semester:

  • Students who are applying for admission to the Ph.D. program or as the traditional M.S. program and who wish to be considered for funded research assistantship positions must submit their completed applications no later than March 1st for Fall admission.
  • International students who are applying for admission to the 1-year M.S. degree program must submit a completed application no later than April 1st for Fall admission.
  • Domestic U.S. students who are applying for admission to the 1-year M.S. degree program must submit a completed application no later than May 1st for Fall admission.
  • Students who are applying for admission to the resident M.Eng. degree program must submit a completed application no later than May 1st for Fall admission.
  • Distance Education students who are applying for admission to the Distance Education M.Eng. program may submit their applications at any time.

The following is to be submitted directly to the Graduate School:

  • submission of a completed, online Graduate School Application for Admission
  • payment of the non-refundable graduate application fee
  • upload of copies of transcripts/documents from all post-secondary institutions attended (and official English translation if the language of instruction is not English)
  • submission of official TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants (with the exceptions noted; http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/prospective-students/requirements/). A minimum TOEFL score of 25 is required for admission.
  • if offered admission and the offer is accepted, receipt by the Graduate School of official/original transcripts/documents from all post-secondary institutions attended (and official English translation, if the language of instruction is not English)

The following documents are to be sent to the Acoustics Program:

  • Two (2) letters of reference from people who are in a position to comment on the candidate's education and/or abilities. These letters should be sent directly from the author to the Program (see address below).
  • Cover Letter - addressed to the program chair stating your current status, general background, degree sought and an explanation of any deficiencies or requests for consideration
  • Statement of Goals - A one page summary of your academic goals (Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in acoustics? What areas of acoustics are you hoping to pursue? What do you hope to do with your degree afterward?)
  • Current Resume
  • The above materials can be sent via email or USPS to the address listed below:
      • email:
        acoustics@psu.edu
        OR
      • USPS:
        Graduate Program in Acoustics
        The Pennsylvania State University
        201 Applied Science Building
        University Park, PA 16802

    The Graduate School confirms eligibility for admission of all graduate degree applicants, and programs select and recommend applicants for offers of admission, with final approval of admission to all graduate degree programs by the Graduate School. For more information please visit the Graduate School web site.

    For any further questions about applying to the Acoustics Program, please contact our department.