Application Process

An overview of the application process for the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia.

To apply for admission to the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program, please complete the steps below. Once submitted, our admissions team will preliminarily review your application materials. Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an admissions interview as the next step in the process. International applicants may be required to submit scores for the TOEFL or IELTS to the Graduate School. Further information is available via the Penn State Graduate School.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling-admissions basis. Please contact us if you have questions about the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA program, the application process, or the status of your application.

1. Fill out your Qualification Survey

Complete the short qualification survey to see if you qualify for the Smeal Executive MBA Program. 

2. Complete the Graduate School Application

Visit the Graduate School at Penn State application page to complete your application. Click here to download an instructional PowerPoint to assist you. 

3. Schedule Your Class Visit

Get a taste of the Smeal Executive MBA experience by attending a portion of a class and meeting with current students and faculty. Select the date that best works for you on our Visits & Events page.

4. Submit Your Resume and Essay

Send a current resume and your one-page essay response to the topic below to emba@smeal.psu.edu.

Topic: What are your short-term and long-term goals? How will an MBA from the Smeal College of Business help you to attain them?

5. Request Educational Transcripts

Request one official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. Arrange for transcripts to be mailed to:

Penn State University
Smeal College of Business Executive MBA
Attention: Christa Stofferahn
220 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802

When requesting digital transcripts please have them sent to .

6. Schedule Your Interview with EMBA Managing Director