Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Acoustics. We are a unique graduate-only program for Acoustics education in the United States. We have more than 650 graduates around the world, and we have been teaching acoustics courses for more than 50 years. In addition to offering our graduate courses at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, PA, we broadcast most of our courses for delivery to distance education students via the internet. We hope we can offer the opportunity to learn about acoustics, vibrations, and their applications from some amazing faculty members, regardless of whether you come to University Park or you partake of our courses remotely.

Acoustics is tremendously broad and interdisciplinary. Some areas of interest for us include noise control, architectural acoustics, structural acoustics, ocean acoustics, medical ultrasound imaging and therapy, and transducers. We also have experts in the areas of computational acoustics, signal processing, audio, musical acoustics, speech, psychoacoustics, and the vibrations of sports equipment.

We offer three degrees: Master of Engineering in Acoustics, Master of Science in Acoustics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Acoustics. The Master of Engineering is the only degree that can be achieved by students at a distance. Residence is required for the masters of science and doctor of philosophy degrees.

We certainly hope you like what you see, and if you do, please visit. Contact us if you would like to schedule an on-campus visit. If you have specific suggestions on how we can improve this website, please contact us at acoustics@psu.edu.

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Victor W. Sparrow
Director, Graduate Program in Acoustics
United Technologies Corporation Professor of Acoustics

Victor Sparrow, Program Director

Victor Sparrow
Program Director
Professor of Acoustics
Graduate Program in Acoustics

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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