Students with the following qualifications will be considered for admission to the Science BS/MBA Program:
- successful applicants typically will have an SAT score of at least 1950;
- a rank in the highest 10 percent of their high school class; and
- an ability to communicate effectively, an advanced level of maturity, and high motivation to pursue a joint science/business educational program.
Applicants’ secondary education must have included four units of English, one and one-half units of algebra, one unit of plane geometry, one-half unit of trigonometry, three units of science, and five units from arts, humanities, social studies, and/or foreign languages.
Program admission decisions are made jointly by the Eberly College of Science and the Smeal College of Business. The decision to extend an invitation to join the program will be reached by a three-step process. First, applicants meeting the criteria are included in the initial application review. From that review, a limited number of top candidates are selected for on-campus interviews with representatives of the Eberly College of Science and the Smeal College of Business. Approximately 12 offers of admission to the program will be made each year.
Students in the BS/MBA program take the same courses and have schedules similar to students in the various science majors within the Eberly College, depending on the student’s area of science focus. They are expected to perform at an A/B level in all courses. Students will complete an application to the MBA program in the final year of undergraduate study, comprising: essays, recommendation letters, and an interview. Students are expected to score a 650 or higher on the GMAT exam.
If students are not performing at a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) level, or if they do not earn a 650 or higher GMAT scores and display the maturity necessary for acceptance into the MBA program, they may be asked to withdraw from the BS/MBA program. Typically, such a student would be eligible to remain at Penn State in another program of study.