Graduate Program in Energy and Mineral Engineering

How to Apply

THE PETROLEUM & NATURAL GAS ENGINEERING PROGRAM WILL NOT BE CONSIDERING ANY NEW APPLICANTS IN 2013 UNLESS THE APPLICANT:

  • Meets/Exceeds the academic credentials listed below, and
  • Provides a fully documented funding source either through faculty member sponsorship or government/corporate sponsorship

Admission to the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program is an ongoing process and applications are accepted at any time. Target dates of March 31 and October 31 are suggested for admission in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. For international students requiring entry visas to the United States, the earlier target dates of February 1 for the fall semester and September 15 for the spring semester, are suggested.

Students with a 3.00 junior/senior average and with appropriate course backgrounds in engineering and/or physical science will be considered for admission. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE DEPARTMENT CONSIDER APPLICANTS FOR PROVISIONAL ADMISSION.

Application Requirements

In order to apply to our graduate program, you are required to send application materials to two different locations at Penn State. Follow the instructions below on what materials need to be sent to each place.

Materials to Send to the Penn State Graduate School:

The process of applying for admission to graduate school at Penn State requires an applicant to complete the Electronic Application (including remitting a fee, payable by credit card, check, or money order).

If you do not wish to pay the application fee by credit card, please download the Application Fee Form and mail it along with your non-refundable application fee to:

Graduate Enrollment Services
The Pennsylvania State University
114 Kern Building
University Park, PA 16802

Applications without fee payment cannot be processed.

As part of your electronic application, you must upload the following additional materials through the Graduate School's Electronic Application Portal:

  1. Three letters of recommendation.
  2. Statement of purpose.
  3. CV or Resume.

In addition, you must submit the following items to the university:

  1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores. Please inform ETS to send official score reports to institution code 2660.
    • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE) are required for admission for all applicants. GREs MUST be taken or scheduled BEFORE applying. A minimum score of 159 on the Quantitative portion with a minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical Writing portion must be obtained. A minimum score of 146 on the Verbal portion is required. Meeting the minimum GRE requirements may not guarantee admission.
  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) Scores. Please inform ETS to send official score reports to institution code 2660. (International Students Only).
    • All international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not received baccalaureate or master's degrees from an approved institution in which the language of instruction is English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) examination. A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test, a score of 213 on the computer-based test, or a total score of 80 on the Internet test is required for admission. On the Internet version, a minimum score of 19 is required on the speaking portion. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5. International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from the following approved institutions: Australia, Belize, British Carribean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, United States, and Wales.
  3. Note that the International Office requires and processes the Application for Visa Document and Financial Certification Form (International Students Only), which includes the following two items:
    • Proof of financial certification must accompany these two documents in the form of original bank statements, affidavits of support, etc.
    • These documents can be submitted after you receive an acceptance letter, but can be submitted with the other application materials.

Materials to Send to the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering:

Once you have completed the graduate school application process above, mail the following to:

Graduate Program Coordinator
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
103 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802-5000

  1. Two official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, both undergraduate and graduate. Photo copies and uncertified transcripts are NOT ACCEPTED.
    • A Transcript Request Form is provided for your convenience.
    • International applicants must submit two sets of official transcripts: one set in your native language and one set in English.
    • International applicants must submit the Degree and Graduation Certificates issued by the university (official or attested university records), with certified translations if the records are not in English.
    • Notarized copies are not sufficient.
    • Applications WILL NOT be reviewed without official transcripts. Photo copies and uncertified transcripts are not accepted.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT INFORMATION WITH YOUR APPLICATION THAT CANNOT BE USED IN THE ADMISSION DECISION PROCESS. THIS INCLUDES CERTIFICATES, HIGH SCHOOL AND OTHER SECONDARY EDUCATION MATERIALS AND TRANSCRIPTS, AWARD CERTIFICATES, INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLANS (IEPS), MEDICAL RECORDS, STATEMENTS FROM PHYSICIANS OR PSYCHOLOGISTS, OR LEGAL DOCUMENTS. SUCH INFORMATION WILL BE DISCARDED.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Tatyana Kalinchuk, Graduate Program Coordinator, at: tol5002@psu.edu.