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Student Classification for Distance Education: Degree or Non-degree

Degree students are applicants who have applied and been admitted to graduate degree status by the Graduate School. Students in this category must satisfy all Graduate School and Acoustics Program requirements for the degree they are seeking.

Non-degree students are those who have applied to and been accepted by the Graduate School into this category. They are permitted to take courses but are not considered to be pursuing a degree at Penn State. Non-degree students with a grade point 3.0 or higher in courses taken as a non-degree student may apply at any time for admission to degree student status. Upon acceptance, the student may transfer a maximum of 15 credits, earned within five years prior to admission, into the degree program.



Founded in 1965, Penn State's Graduate Program in Acoustics has become the leading resource for graduate education in acoustics in the United States. The interdisciplinary program leads to the degrees: Master of Engineering in Acoustics (M.Eng.), Master of Science in Acoustics (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Acoustics (Ph.D.)

Graduate Program in Acoustics

College of Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

201 Applied Science Building

University Park, PA 16802