Application Process

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

Admission Criteria

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:

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 2018 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
Final deadline for all international applicants February 1 April 1
Final deadline for all applicants. April 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 mol@smeal.psu.edu.

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 mol@smeal.psu.edu with questions.