Application Process

Information about the Penn State Smeal Master of Corporate Finance application process

COVID-19 Response
Smeal has extended application deadlines in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The college is waiving the original April 1 deadline and will now accept applications on a rolling basis for its five residential, one-year master’s programs, all which are held at University Park.

Since Penn State has transitioned to virtual instruction and staff are operating remotely, the Smeal graduate admissions team and ambassadors are available to meet with prospective students virtually. The team will be expediting reviews received after April 1 to ensure applicants have sufficient time to obtain the necessary transcripts, exam scores, and travel visas.

If a student is unable to submit test scores due to the closing of testing centers, applications will still undergo review; however, test scores will be required before a final decision can be made. Domestic students who are unable to complete the exam can apply for a testing waiver.

Admission Criteria

The Penn State Smeal MCF 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 MCF experience fitting into this plan? (600-word limit)
  • Resume
  • Copies of Official Educational Transcripts
  • Video Application Response
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
    • Professional recommendations preferred
  • Official English Language Proficiency Exam Scores (International Candidates)
  • Application Fee: $65

Application Deadlines

The Penn State Smeal MCF 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 Summer 2021 Intake Submit Your Application By Expect a Decision By
Early decision deadline August 1 October 1
Priority deadline for all applicants October 1 December 1
Third round deadline for all applicants December 1 February 1
Final deadline for all applicants   Rolling admission through June 1 June 1

Admission Decisions

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

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.