Application Process

The application process for the Penn State Smeal M-BAN program.

Admission Criteria

The Penn State Smeal M-BAN 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 M-BAN experience fitting into this plan? (600-word limit)
  • Resume
  • Copies of Official Educational Transcripts
  • Video Application Response
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
    • Academic recommendations preferred
  • Official English Language Proficiency Exam Scores (International Candidates)
  • GMAT Score (Waiver Available - See Below for Details)
  • Application Fee: $65

Application Deadlines

The Penn State Smeal M-BAN 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 2023 Intake Submit Your Application By Expect a Decision By
1st Round October 1 December 1
2nd Round December 1 February 1
3rd Round February 1 April 1
4th Round April 1 June 1

Admission Decisions

All applications will be reviewed by both the Penn State Smeal M-BAN Program Admissions Office (M-BAN 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 M-BAN Program and then by the Penn State Graduate School. The Graduate School does not act on your application without a recommendation from the M-BAN 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 M-BAN Admissions Office at


Prospective students with a solid GPA leading to a quantitative/technical undergraduate or graduate degree, or significant work experience in quantitative/technical fields may apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver by submitting a written request on the optional essay provided in the application explaining in detail why they feel they qualify for a waiver.  All waivers will be considered on merit and on a case-by-case basis.

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. 

For more information on academic integrity and plagiarism: "Academic Integrity" and "Academic Integrity, Plagiarism, and Copyright"

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

Ready to begin your application? Visit our Apply page to take the next step.