Course Registration

The maximum number of credits for which students holding assistantships may register is restricted by the Graduate School. Half-time assistants, in particular, may not register for more than 11 credits, and this rule has been strictly enforced. Consequently, students wishing to maximize their progress toward meeting course requirements should do careful planning well in advance.

It is the Program's policy that students planning to visit a course without formally taking it for a letter grade register for that course as an auditor and that they not ask the instructor for permission to avoid registration. The reason for this is that the ability of the Program to offer a substantial number of advanced courses in acoustics requires that the overall enrollments be above university-established thresholds.

Due to the sequencing of course work, students are admitted only to the Fall Semester to begin their studies. Because the student body consists of a diverse blend of undergraduate majors, the first two semesters of course work contain little flexibility. The sequence of courses per semester follows.

Fall Semester

  • ACS 597A Fundamentals of Acoustics - 3 credits
  • ACS 597B Introduction to Acoustics and Fluid Media - 3 credits
  • ACS 513 Digital Signal Processing - 3 credits
  • EMCH 524A Advanced Engineering Mathematics - 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • ACS 505 Experimental Techniques in Acoustics (Lab) - 2 credits
  • ACS 515 Acoustics in Fluid Media - 3 credits
  • EMCH 524B Advanced Engineering Mathematics II - 3 credits
  • Plus one other course as determined in consultation with adviser - 2 or 3 credits


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