Graduate Program in Acoustics


NOTE: Distance Education students do not have to be admitted into the M.Eng. in Acoustics Degree program in order to be able to take acoustics courses. Students can take up to 15 credits as a nondegree student before applying for admission to the degree program. To apply for Nondedgree status, see the Graduate School Enrollment Process.

How to Apply for Admission to a Degree program

Admission to the Graduate School at Penn State to pursue a graduate degree requires that prospective students select a specific graduate program field of study (e.g. Acoustics) and 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

The following should 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; )
  • 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 list of documents should 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 by the author directly 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 address to send these materials is:
    • 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.