Penn State University World Campus

Penn State World Campus was launched in 1998 as an online education division of Pennsylvania State University. They strive to provide a high-quality education to everyone, even if you have a job and a family and are unable to attend a physical classroom. Penn State World Campus is a highly awarded online institution. They were awarded “Honor Roll” recognition in the U.S. News & World Report “2012 Top Online Education Program Ranking” report. In 2011, Penn State World Campus was granted the Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education Award and the Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by the Sloan Consortium.

Programs Offered.

Penn State World Campus offers degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. The associate degree programs include business administration, information sciences and technology, and turfgrass science and management, which is a program that not many online institutions provide. The bachelor’s degree programs include criminal justice, nursing, psychology, and organizational leadership. The master’s degree programs include art education, health administration, nuclear engineering, and homeland security with five different concentrations. The undergraduate certificates include digital arts, nursing management, and weather forecasting. The graduate certificates include children’s literature, project management, and applied behavior analysis.


Penn State University gained institutional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 1921. Several of their individual programs, such as nursing, art and design, and psychology, have gained specialized accreditation from nationally recognized accrediting organizations.


Penn State World Campus has rolling deadlines and specific application requirements for each program. For example, applicants for the associate of science degree in business administration must submit an application, their high school transcripts or GED scores, and the application fee. Applicants for the master of education degree in Earth sciences must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a GPA of 3.0, and must submit an essay describing their professional experience and career goals, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and their GRE or GMAT scores. To determine the requirements for the program you are interested in, contact the admissions office or visit the school’s website.

Admissions Contacts.

Penn State University World Campus
Admissions Office
128 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802

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