Graduate Program in Energy and Mineral Engineering

How to Apply

Completed applications with all required documentation must be submitted before the following deadlines:

Spring Semester: August 15
Fall Semester: December 20*
students with especially strong credentials are encouraged to apply by November 15 to be considered for prestigious Penn State Graduate Fellowships (UGFs). Strong applications received after November 15 and before December 20 will still be eligible for consideration for Departmental support.

These deadlines apply to international students, U.S. citizens, and U.S. permanent residents. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students. Applications received after these deadlines may be reviewed but will not be considered eligible for graduate awards or funding opportunities through departmental assistantships. Please note that international students seeking to pursue careers in energy who are citizens of countries subject to U.S. sanctions and U.S. VISA restrictions may not be eligible for admission into the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program.

Application Requirements

If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website at:

If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application at:

Materials to Send to the Penn State Graduate School:

The process of applying for admission to graduate school at Penn State requires an applicant to complete the Electronic Application (including remitting a fee, payable by credit card, check, or money order).

If you do not wish to pay the application fee by credit card, please download the Application Fee Form and mail it along with your non-refundable application fee to:

Graduate Enrollment Services
The Pennsylvania State University
114 Kern Building
University Park, PA 16802

Applications without fee payment cannot be processed.

As part of your electronic application, the following materials must be uploaded through the Graduate School's Electronic Application Portal:

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) as a single document.
  2. Statement of Purpose. Important: Within your statement of purpose, please identify up to three (3) EME faculty members with whom your academic interests most closely align. This identification may help in expediting and streamlining the review process of your application.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. Letters must be uploaded by each of your referees via the GRADS electronic portal. Reference letters can come from a mix of letters from individuals in academia and/or industry who can elaborate on your potential to be successful in the EME research environment. A Letter of Evaluation Form may also be filled out by the referee and submitted electronically within the Reference Submission Portal.
  4. When applicable, please upload copies of proof of financial support (corporate, government or personal sponsorship or scholarship) along with your statement of purpose (as a single PDF file).
  5. Transcripts: Applicants are required to electronically upload copies of transcripts (or equivalent documents for institutions outside the U.S., e.g., degree/study certificates, diplomas, etc.) from all post-secondary institutions attended, in the language of instruction (and copies of an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction).  Applicants recommended for admission who accept an offer through the online graduate admission system will be notified by the Graduate School that official/original transcripts/documents must be sent from the originating institutions in the official language of the institution(s) attended (and if the language of instruction is not English, an official English translation must also be sent).  The Graduate School will review all official documents to finalize the offer of admission.  An offer of admission will be revoked if official/original documents are not received by the Graduate School within specified deadlines, or if official/original documents differ from the copies uploaded by the applicant prior to the offer of admission.  For applicants whose degree conferral is in progress at the time of uploading copies, the deadline specified for receipt of official/original documents will allow for the passage of the reported date of degree conferral, and that conferral must be confirmed on the official/original documents received by the Graduate School, in order for the offer of admission to be finalized.

In addition, you must submit the following items to the university:

  1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores. Please inform ETS to send official score reports to institution code 2660.
    • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE) are required for admission for all applicants. GREs MUST be taken or scheduled BEFORE applying. A minimum score of 159 on the Quantitative portion with a minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical Writing portion must be obtained. A minimum score of 146 on the Verbal portion is required. Meeting the minimum GRE requirements may not guarantee admission.
  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) Scores. Please inform ETS to send official score reports to institution code 2660. (International Students Only).
    • All international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not received baccalaureate or master's degrees from an approved institution in which the language of instruction is English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) examination. A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test, a score of 213 on the computer-based test, or a total score of 80 on the Internet test is required for admission. On the Internet version, a minimum score of 19 is required on the speaking portion. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5. International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from the following approved institutions: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, United States, and Wales.


If you have questions, please contact Sue Hyde, Graduate Program Coordinator, at: or 814-863-0373.