How to Apply

Application Process

The Department of Architectural Engineering accepts online applications only.

Graduate School Online Application

Effective October 1, 2015, the following are required items that must be uploaded as part of the Graduate School Application:

  1. Statement of intent
    • The statement of intent is used to decide who will review your application for admission and whether Penn State architectural engineering is a good match for you. The statement of intent is also considered in funding decisions.
    • The statement should clearly identify one of the four option areas (construction, lighting, mechanical, or structural systems) as your primary area of focus. 
  2. Résumé
    • Applicants are encouraged to include: education, research experience, professional experience, military experience, publications, conference attendance, honors/awards/scholarships, professional society memberships, leadership roles, etc.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
    • Applicants must enter the contact information for three recommendation references.
    • The references will then be electronically notified by the Graduate School regarding how to submit/upload their individual reference evaluation form and reference letter to the applicant’s application.
  4. GRE Scores for M.Eng., M.S., and Ph.D. applicants
    • Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE), or from a comparable substitute examination accepted by the AE department and authorized by the Dean of the Graduate School, are required for admission.
    • In special circumstances, a student may be admitted provisionally for graduate study without these scores.
    • The department has no established minimum GRE score requirement.
    • Penn State’s institution code is 2660. A department code is not required.
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for international applicants only
    • All international applicants must take and officially submit scores for the TOEFL or the IELTS.
    • A minimum overall score of 80 on the TOEFL is required, with a minimum score of 19 on the speaking section.
    • A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required.
    • Exception: International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a master’s degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following:
      • Australia
      • Belize
      • British Caribbean
      • British West Indies
      • Canada (except Quebec)
      • England
      • Guyana
      • Republic of Ireland
      • Liberia
      • New Zealand
      • Northern Ireland
      • Scotland
      • United States
  6. Transcripts
    • Copies of transcripts, degree/study certificates and diplomas in the language of instruction from all institutions attended, both undergraduate and graduate, should be uploaded


A completed application must be submitted by January 31 to be considered for fall scholarship opportunities.

A completed application must be submitted by March 15 for fall admission consideration.

A completed graduate application must be submitted by September 30 for spring admission consideration.

Incomplete applications lacking any of the above-listed application items will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will not be considered for funding.


Applications completed by the posted March deadline will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and decisions will be mailed after a completed review. Applicants should keep their contact information up to date in the Graduate School Admission Portal. Funding offers are sent separately from the admission decision notification. A majority of these decisions occur in February or March, or perhaps later in the case of a late research award.

Applications completed by the posted September deadline (for spring admission) will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and decisions mailed during early October. Applicants completed after the posted September deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis with decisions mailed as the reviews are completed.

When an application is approved by the Admissions Committee, the following occurs through different Penn State offices.

  • A letter of recommended acceptance is sent to applicants by electronic mail. An admission recommendation is also forwarded to the Penn State Graduate School by the architectural engineering department head.
  • The Graduate School must approve the department recommendation of acceptance. If approved, applicants will be notified by the Graduate School.
  • International applicants will then be notified by the office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), which will issue an I-20 form. Any questions regarding visas, I-20, etc., must be directed to the OISS Office. The Department of Architectural Engineering is unable to assist with international student visas.
  • All applicants are considered for research or teaching assistantships and applicable fellowships. Applicants will be notified by the Department of any assistantship offers or fellowships at the time of admission.

The Admissions Committee carefully reviews each application and discusses the potential of each applicant. As such, the decisions of the Admissions Committee are final and not subject to further review.

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Who to Contact

  • Richelle Weiger
    Graduate Program and Placement Coordinator
    104 Engineering Unit A
    University Park, PA 16802



Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394