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Graduate and Professional Education for Working Professionals

Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies is specifically designed for working professionals as part of the Penn State University education system. Graduate degrees in business, engineering management, finance, information science, leadership development, management, software engineering, and systems engineering, as well as continuing education courses and certificate programs, are offered in year-round, part-time and full-time sessions that start every seven weeks.

The New Deal in Graduate Education

Get a master's degree at Penn State Great Valley and become eligible for the New Deal in Graduate Education: Professional Development Opportunities. This program is designed to complement your classroom experience by helping you craft a Personal Development Plan.

Personal Development Opportunities

As a student, you receive professional development classes and workshops at no extra cost through this unique plan.

Here’s how it works: With every graduate course you complete toward your degree, you earn one (1) Professional Development Opportunity (PDO). PDO courses can cost hundreds even thousands of dollars, but as a student you receive them at no extra cost. (NOTE: This offer does not include books and course materials and is valid for two (2) years post graduation.)

Almost all Continuing Professional Eduction courses are PDO eligible. See a list courses, descriptions and PDO levels. Also view our schedule of additional PDO eligible workshops currently being offered.

Student Testimonial

"The PDO's that I earned for each class taken at Penn State Great Valley are a great opportunity for additional learning and professional certification. I recently received my Certified ScrumMaster and Certified ScrumProduct Owner certifications using my PDOs and I have already seen results in my job search. The classes are interesting, dynamic and interactive and the instruction is top notch."
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James Dzomba