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 grow that number each year! We have been teaching acoustics courses for more than 50 years. In addition to offering our graduate courses at Penn State University Park campus, we broadcast most of our courses, simultaneously, for delivery to distance education students via the web. 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 participate in our courses online.

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 College of Engineering also offers a distance Doctor of Engineering in Engineering degree that can be completed with an Acoustics focus. The Master of Engineering and the Doctor of Engineering can be achieved by students at a distance. Residence students can also achieve the Master of Engineering, which is an interesting option for those looking to complete a graduate degree in three semesters. Residence is required for the Master 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.

Thanks again for visiting! Stay up to date with the Acoustics Program’s everyday activities through our Facebook page.

Andrew R. Barnard, INCE Bd. Cert.
Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Acoustics


Andrew R. Barnard
Professor and Director
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