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Penn State is a public research university serving Pennsylvania as well as the world. While Penn State has a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff across the state, we are one university.

Live Chat for International Applicants

If you are an international student and are considering applying to Penn State Great Valley, join the Admissions Team for a Live Chat!

We will be happy to answer your questions about our graduate degree programs, classes, campus life, or anything else on your mind.

Please check back for future dates this spring.

Penn State Quality:

Penn State is in the top one percent of universities worldwide with the largest alumni network in the nation. Founded in 1855, it combines academic rigor with a vibrant campus life. A nationally recognized Research-I institution, Penn State teaches students to be leaders with global perspectives.

With locations throughout the state, Pennsylvania is Penn State's campus

With 24 locations across the state of Pennsylvania, Penn State serves many students and communities, carrying out the University mission of teaching, research, and service.

Students can choose the Penn State location that best meets their needs - We are all Penn State! While you have a choice of 24 campuses at Penn State, you'll be part of one university working together to give you an excellent education and a head start on a successful future.

Penn State's School of Graduate Professional Studies at Great Valley offers you a variety of professionally oriented master's degree programs taught in a dynamic business environment. The University strategically developed its School of Graduate Professional Studies to be located close to the largest city in Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia, a global center for finance, health care, business, technology, and engineering.

A Famous Brand

Think of the opportunities you will have with a degree from one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the world.

Every student who successfully finishes a degree program at one of Penn State's 24 campuses will receive a diploma from "The Pennsylvania State University." The Penn State diploma is the same, regardless of where you complete your studies. That's because we are one university.

When you complete a master's degree through Penn State's School of Graduate Professional Studies, your degree will have the same look and wording as the degrees that students enrolled in other Penn State academic units receive.

View the sample wording of a Penn State diploma

Penn State's School of Graduate Professional Studies at Great Valley welcomes the richness international students bring to its University.

We are located in the Great Valley Corporate Center in a suburb of the great city of Philadelphia with easy access to numerous financial, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and R&D enterprises and facilities, as well as various historical sites and tourist and scenic attractions.

At Penn State's School of Graduate Professional Studies, you will study in the same classroom with engineers from Lockheed Martin and Boeing; information specialists from Siemens; financial analysts and mutual fund managers from Vanguard; sales and marketing executives and merchandisers from QVC; chemists and research scientists from Merck and Pfizer; executives from government and public sector organizations; and many other professionals who bring a wealth of experience to the classroom that you can rarely find in other graduate programs.

Your professors conduct high-quality research; are well-known and regarded in their fields; and have substantial practical experience in various industries. Our staff is the most helpful and friendly you can find at any university.

We welcome international students and value the diversity and cultures you bring to Penn State. We understand what it takes to adjust to a new cultural environment as you come to the United States and our campus to pursue your graduate study, and we are here to help. We will make sure you have pleasant transition to your new school and a most rewarding experience.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

STEM-Designated Programs

Our master’s degrees in data analytics, engineering management, information science, software engineering, and systems engineering are STEM-designated programs. Our STEM designated programs allow international students to qualify for a 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) work permit extension in addition to the 12-month post completion work permit. A STEM designated degree from Penn State Great Valley allows 36 months total of OPT compared to 12 months for non-STEM degrees.

Courses are offered in seven-week sessions and meet weekday evenings or on Saturdays to give students added convenience and flexibility.

The Chancellor's Scholarship for Graduate Study

When you apply for admission, you will automatically be considered for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, which is a merit-based scholarship offered to qualified international students who are planning to pursue a graduate program at Penn State Great Valley beginning in the 2016 Fall Semester, taking 12 credits per semester.

Applicants who are offered admission for the 2016 Fall Semester and who have demonstrated excellent academic performance in undergraduate and/or graduate school and who show future academic promise, as based on information submitted in support of their admission application, including undergraduate and graduate transcripts, previous work experience, and standardized test scores (if applicable), will be automatically considered. Applicants must be planning to enroll in a graduate degree program offered at Penn State Great Valley on a resident instruction basis.

Scholarships are competitive and will be for $10,000 or $15,000. The scholarship will be applied to tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year (one academic year).

Scholarship recipients must enroll in 12 credits in each of their first and second semesters in order to receive and maintain this scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded over two semesters; disbursement of the award in the second semester will be conditional on the student maintaining at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.25/4.0 and completing a course load of 12 credits in each semester of the award. The deadline to apply for admission and receive consideration for the scholarship is April 30. Early application is encouraged.

It is designed to support newly-enrolling, first-time students. Unlike other scholarships at Penn State Great Valley, a Chancellor's Scholarship is offered only at the time of a selected student's formal offer of admission to a graduate degree program. It does not require submission of the Campus Scholarship Applications or a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For more information, contact an Admissions Counselor at gvadmiss@psu.edu.


Orientation Program for New International Students

Penn State Great Valley offers an orientation program for new international students in August for students who begin their studies in the fall semester.

All new international students are requested to participate in the orientation program, which is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of life at Penn State and in the United States. Through this program, you will have a chance to get to know the faculty, meet other students, enhance your English conversation skills, and enjoy the Greater Philadelphia area. It's a great way to get acclimated to your new surroundings.

Students are responsible for their housing costs, some meals, entertainment, and incidentals.

On-Campus Employment

Looking to work on-campus while attending Penn State Great Valley?  The campus offers a limited number of part-time employment and research opportunities for students in the academic departments and various administrative and student service offices.  Enrolled students may be considered for positions as early as their first semester. When positions are available, they are posted on the Penn State University employment website. Students interested in a particular position should apply through that portal; interviews are competitive and are arranged by the hiring department.  New students will learn more about possible on-campus employment opportunities during the Student Orientation.

Penn State Great Valley International Applicant Guidelines

International applicants follow the same application procedures as other Graduate School applicants. New International Students are admitted once a year in the fall semester. Degree application is required. Non-degree enrollment is not permitted.

Requirements for Graduate Admissions

All newly admitted international students are required to complete the International Student Visa Documentation process in order to receive visa-eligibility documentation (I-20/DS-2019) and/or clearance to enroll at Penn State.

How to Request Certificate of Eligibility to Obtain Student Visa

Questions can be directed to the admissions office at gvadmiss@psu.edu.

Mandatory Medical Insurance
Sickness and accident medical/hospital insurance that meets guidelines established by Penn State is mandatory for all incoming international students and accompanying dependents (spouse and/or dependents) during their entire program of study at Penn State. Students who do not abide by this requirement will not be allowed to continue registration. For more information, visit http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/services/insurance/accidentSickness.shtml

Permanent Residents
Follow guidelines for U.S. citizens and present your original green card to the Admissions Office, along with transcripts and diploma from international universities, for review. Note: We cannot accept notarized copies. You must submit original documents.


SWENG student Nana

Nana Yaw Essuman, '15
Master of Software Engineering
Comcast NBCUniversal

"At PSU Great Valley, there is value everywhere - inside the classroom and out. The professors bring out the best in you by challenging you with real-life complex problems."