Q. Do I need to apply before I take a class?
A: Yes, all applicants must apply to the graduate degree of choice or submit a nondegree application before taking courses.
Q. Is there someone with whom I can meet to review my application and be sure I have all the necessary material completed before I apply to a degree program?
A: Yes, the academic program manager will meet with you, and assist you in the application process.
Q. What is the format of the program? Will you be offering flexibility due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?
A: Our courses are offered in seven-week sessions and our program is not a cohort program, giving you the flexibility to take classes whenever is most convenient. Due to COVID-19, we offer flexible instructional modes designed to help you reach key learning outcomes and allow you to engage with faculty, peers, and course content.
Remote Synchronous Instruction: Students attend all classes remotely at the scheduled time. Faculty will identify the communication and collaboration tools appropriate for real-time interaction and engagement.
Mixed-Mode Instruction: A combination of instructional modes is used to meet social distancing requirements in physical spaces, while also providing students with opportunities for face-to-face interaction and access to specialized on-campus spaces and equipment.
Q. Do I need a GRE or GMAT to apply to an engineering/information science degree program?
A: No, the GMAT or GRE is not required. These tests are only recommended if you do not have strong academic credentials - usually a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Q. What background is necessary to apply to the Engineering Management Degree?
A: The program contains a number of courses requiring a solid background in engineering, mathematics, physics, or science so participants are able to demonstrate the skills required for the management of complex engineering projects, products, and services within a typical engineering organization. At least one semester of college-level calculus is required.
Q. I hold a Penn State undergraduate degree, will some of my classes count?
A: No, classes count only toward one degree and upon completion of an undergraduate degree, classes cannot be applied to another degree.
Q: Do you allow students to transfer credits into the program?
A: A maximum of 10 graduate credits earned at an accredited institution may be applied toward the requirements for a master's degree at Penn State Great Valley. Approval to apply any transferred credits toward a degree program must be granted by the division head. Courses considered for transfer must have been completed within five years prior to the date of enrollment at Penn State, and must have a grade of at least a B.
Q: I've been out of school 15 years. Will I feel out of place taking classes after all that time?
A: The average age of our students is mid-thirties. You will find most of our students share the same concern about not having taken classes in quite some time, and how to juggle graduate school with an already busy life. Penn State Great Valley was designed for your needs, and we are ready to accommodate your busy schedule.
Q: What is the tuition?
A: Each course is three credits. Find more tuition information.