Military Applicants

An overview of highlights for military applicants to the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia.

The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program takes great pride in the diversity of our program and values the contributions veterans bring to the classroom. The discipline, team orientation, and practical skill building required as an EMBA student compliments your abilities honed through military service. A Penn State Smeal EMBA provides the strategic leadership skills necessary to take those competencies to the next level in a civilian professional career.

Highlights

  • Nearly every U.S. military branch is represented in the Penn State Smeal EMBA program. Many of the veterans who enter the program are graduates of federal service academies.
  • Our dedicated Office of Veterans Programs at Penn State supports your application, transition, and tenure here at the University.
  • Penn State offers a vast array of resources and opportunities to support more than 40,000 students, yet each Smeal EMBA class is only about 30 members. We are tight-knit and individually focused.
  • Our culture is team oriented with a philosophy of competing outside and collaborating inside. We help each other develop and count on each other for support. This is a network built for a lifetime.
  • Smeal participates in the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) "military-friendly" school program. We are also a member of, and listed on the MilitaryMBA website.
  • In funding, research, and support, Penn State is military and veteran focused:
    • Our Office of Military and Security Programs supports the Homeland Security Initiative and aims to "position Penn State in the lead among academic institutions for military, homeland security and defense, and information operations research and technology development."
    • Penn State conducts more than $355 million in military research. Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory is one of the U.S. Navy's top civilian research facilities, as well as Penn State's single largest research unit with well over 1,000 employees.

Application Fee

Your application fee of $65 will be waived. Contact us to request the military fee waiver.

Post 9/11 GI Bill and The Yellow Ribbon Program

Fully qualified U.S. veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, and who wish to attend Penn State are eligible for assistance with tuition costs, thanks to Smeal's participation in the U.S. Government Yellow Ribbon Program, part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

"Penn State recognizes the tremendous contributions being made by our servicemen and women and wants to ensure they have access to a Penn State education, regardless of their state of origin," said Brian Clark, director of Penn State's Office of Veterans Programs. For more information, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs.