Apply to the Penn State Smeal One-Year MBA

Information on how to apply to the Penn State Smeal One-Year MBA program

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Currently accepting applications for Fall 2023 cohort. Apply by April 1 to receive a decision by June 1 for the final round deadline. Visit the One-Year MBA Admissions page to review admissions criteria and other application deadlines. 

Thank you for your interest in the Penn State Smeal One-Year MBA. All components of the online application must be received by the applicable deadline to be considered for admission. As part of the online application, you will be asked to pay a $65 fee. Application fees cannot be reimbursed after an application has been submitted. The only accurate way to check the status of your application and whether or not your materials have been received is to contact us at

Part 1: Online Application 

Use the Penn State Graduate School Application portal to access the application. You can return to this portal anytime during the process.

Desired Program 

You will be asked to select the desired program within the online application. Your selections for the Penn State Smeal One-Year MBA should be:

  • Campus: University Park
  • Major: Business Administration – M.B.A., D.B.A.
  • Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Semester: Fall of 2023

Essay Question

What are your short-term and long-term career goals? Please be as specific as possible, including industry and function. How does your past experience enable you to achieve these goals? How do you see your MBA experience fitting into this plan?

  • Format: Upload your essay to the application in .pdf or .docx format.
  • Length: Limit your essay to 600 words.
  • Academic Integrity: Follow academic integrity guidelines regarding plagiarism – "using someone else's words or ideas without properly giving credit." Plagiarism includes use of material from sample essays and any website without properly citing the source. To ensure academic integrity, all essays will be confirmed through iThenticate authenticity software. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in a deny decision.


Submit a current version of your resume or CV including all work experience and secondary education until the date of application.


The Penn State Graduate School application will ask you to upload copies of official transcripts/records from all institutions attended. All transcripts and academic records uploaded to the application are considered “unofficial”. Official/original transcripts are required for any degree or diploma earned. If you are recommended for admission to a graduate degree program, you will be notified with detailed instructions on how to submit the official/original documents.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required, preferably from individuals that can speak to your leadership ability or work ethic. The Penn State Graduate School application will ask for the email addresses of your recommenders and send out automated requests to fill out their recommendation using our standard form.

If your recommenders are unable to complete their recommendations online, or if you would like to submit additional recommendations, please email us at

Part 2: Video Application Response

You will be asked to respond to a series of interview questions using a webcam. For each question, you will have limited time to consider your response and a set amount of time to respond as the system records. The system allows for unlimited practice sessions but once you start the formal video interview process, you will only have one chance to respond to each question. Your application will not be considered complete or evaluated by the committee until you have completed this part of the process, which is separate from the Penn State Graduate School application.

  • Technical Requirements: Visit the video application website to get started. You will need an internet-connected computer with a functioning webcam and microphone.
  • Time Required: 15 to 20 minutes to respond to all the questions. You can register within the system beforehand and complete your interview later at your convenience.