Application Process

Detailed information related to the application process and required criteria of the Master's in Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) program offered by the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Admission Criteria

IN FOCUS: Employer Testimonial

Himark Logo"[The MOL graduate] demonstrated professional maturity, teaming, and leadership skills that far outweigh that of a similar professional at this stage of their career. He was also able to quickly apply techniques such as statistics, ethics, finance, and strategy directly into his work – which I can tell was a product of this program."
– Chris Muller, Director of Learning and Development at Highmark Health

The Penn State Smeal MOL Program is designed for students from STEM-related disciplines with less than 18 months of post-undergraduate full-time work experience. The program features a multi-step application process, during which you will be asked to submit the following:

  • Penn State Graduate School Application
  • Admissions Essay
    • What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How does your past experience enable you to achieve these goals? How do you see your MOL experience fitting into this plan? (600 word limit)
  • Resume
  • Copies of Official Educational Transcripts
  • Video Application Response
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
    • Professional recommendations preferred
  • Official English Language Proficiency Exam Scores (International Candidates)
  • Application Fee: $65

Application Deadlines

The Penn State Smeal MOL features multiple application deadlines throughout the year. Application reviews and decisions are made on a rolling basis. All aspects of the application process must be completed, submitted, and received by the applicable deadline to be considered for admission.

Deadlines for Fall 2021 Intake Submit Your Application By Expect a Decision By
Early decision deadline October 1 December 1
Priority deadline for all applicants December 1 February 1
Third round deadline [Extended] February 15 April 1
Final deadline for all applicants Rolling admission through June 1 June 1

Admission Decisions

All applications will be reviewed by both the Penn State Smeal MOL Program Admissions Office (MOL requirements and admissions criteria) and the Penn State Graduate School (verification of educational documentation and credentials and international visa requirements). You may be contacted by parties from either area.

Admission is granted first by the Smeal MOL Program and then by the Penn State Graduate School. The Graduate School does not act on your application without a recommendation from the MOL Admissions Office. The only accurate way to confirm receipt of your application materials and to check the status of your application is to contact the Smeal MOL Admissions Office at

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has a strong commitment to ethics and integrity as reflected in our Honor Code. The admissions committee will not tolerate any form of plagiarism or appearance of impropriety in an applicant’s materials. To ensure academic integrity, all essays will be confirmed through iThenticate authenticity software. 

Plagiarism includes:

  • Copying sentences, phrases, or paragraphs exactly as they appear in the original source (this includes using sample essays)
  • Copying sentences and putting them in a different order
  • Copying sentences and replacing a few words with synonyms
  • Copying sentences and adding a few of your own

Paraphrasing includes:

  • Re-stating the author’s idea in your own words, using your own voice
  • Summarizing the author’s main points in your own words

Source: "Defining Plagiarism and Academic Integrity" from "Plagiarism Tutorial for Students"

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in a deny decision. Email with questions.