How to Apply to the MMM Program

How to Apply to the MMM Program

Academic Eligibility Requirements

For admission to the Graduate School at Penn State, an applicant must hold either: (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

Academic Background

Applicants to the MMM program should have an academic background in engineering, science, business administration, or interdisciplinary business with engineering studies. Applicants who expect to graduate with a bachelor's degree in engineering, science, business administration or interdisciplinary business with engineering studies may apply for admission to the program in their senior year.

All applicants must have taken the prerequisite mathematics, computer science, and statistics courses or equivalent, prior to starting the program. Applicants cannot register until they have completed these courses. Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to the program directors for review.

QMM/MMM Application Information

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis by MMM Program Directors Dr. Dipo Onipede, associate director of Academics in the School of Engineering and Dr. Diane Parente, professor of management in the Black School of Business. Admission decisions will be based on the entire application portfolio, which will include academic and employment background, undergraduate grade-point average, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, recommendations, and an assessment of how well the Statement of Purpose matches the program’s objectives. Admission to the MMM program is granted jointly by the Graduate School at Penn State and Penn State Behrend’s MMM program.

The majority of new students will be required to begin the program in the Summer II session as the first required courses are offered only in the summer. Students should apply for fall, only if the program directors have guided you in this manner.

The MMM will be offered on both a part-time and a full-time basis. The program is accepting applications now for the Summer 2018 semester. Applicants should be aware of and adhere to domestic and international application deadlines.

For Summer 2018 admission, domestic applications are being processed now through May 7, 2018. Interested applicants for 2018 will select “Summer 2018” as the semester of application. Summer II semester runs from June 27 through August 10, 2018.

QMM/MMM Admissions Requirements

To Apply:

You can submit the online application prior to taking the GRE/GMAT so that recommenders have ample time to submit the online form. Once submitted, Graduate Admissions will begin assembling your application portfolio and send you a confirmation email.

1. Submit Penn State’s Graduate School Online Application and Application Fee

If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT yet reviewed the Requirements for Graduate Admission, please do so.

If you have read both the Graduate School requirements and the MMM application requirements (below) and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application portal.

  • Be prepared to submit the application fee of $65 at the time of submission or your application cannot be viewed or acted upon by Graduate Admissions or the MMM Program.
  • Note that once you submit your application, you can still access it to upload documents.
  • Skip questions you don't know such as Jr./Sr. GPA, GRE/GMAT scores, etc.
  • Select Summer 2018 for the semester of application unless the Program Chairs recommend you to begin in the Fall semester.

2. Upload a Statement of Purpose. The statement should address the following questions and should be a page to a page and a half in length. Once completed, upload to the online application.

  1. Why have you chosen to pursue the Penn State Behrend MMM degree?
  2. How will these studies help you achieve your personal and professional goals?
  3. How will your participation contribute to the Penn State Behrend MMM program?
  4. Indicate your current, or most recent, work or internship responsibilities.

3. Upload a current resume that includes a comprehensive outline of employers and work experiences.

4. Upload a copy of your Official transcripts - this must be a recently-obtained and sealed, "official" transcript.

  • Don't upload unofficial or advising copies as there is only one place to upload and they cannot be deleted.
  • Request two, sealed envelopes; upload one, postal mail the other one, when requested via email by the Graduate School.  They are located at the University Park campus.
  • Transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned  at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history.
  • Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official (sealed) transcript. You will receive instructions at that time, directly from the Graduate School.

5. Submit contact information for two professional colleagues/supervisors who will complete the brief, online references/recommendation form.

Register each individual on the application; they will receive an email directing them to complete a web-based form. Recommenders will not be sent an email until you have submitted the application; allow them plenty of time to meet the application deadline.

6. Submit a GRE or a GMAT score. 
A GRE or a GMAT (your preference) is required of all applicants; individuals who have completed a master's degree, J.D. or Ph.D. from a regionally-accredited institution can contact the program directors regarding the possibility of a waiver. The GRE/GMAT must have been taken within five years of applying to the MMM program.

At this time, there are no established minimum score requirements for the GRE or the GMAT; applicants’ work experience and academic background will be taken into consideration, along with the remainder of the application portfolio. Emphasis is placed on the Quantitative and Writing sections of the GRE/GMAT.

GMAT Test Takers: On the day of testing, do two things:

  1. Select Pennsylvania State University (School Code: 2660) as a score recipient. Graduate Admissions will be able to access your official scores in ten days.
  2. Print your unofficial GMAT score report.
  3. Take the GMAT at least two business days prior to the application deadline.

GRE Test Takers - On the day of testing:

  1. Select Pennsylvania State University – School Code 2660.

    • Scores from ETS are electronically uploaded into a central student database for all Penn State campuses.
    • Take the GRE fourteen (14) days prior to the application deadline to allow time for official scores to be accessible.

7. Individuals with international credentials, please see the additional requirements.

Contact info: 

QMM Program (MMM Degree), School of Engineering, 5101 Jordan Road, 242 Burke Center, Erie, PA 16563-1701

Fax 814-898-6125