How to Apply

Before you begin

If you are ready to apply to Penn State but have NOT read the Penn State Graduate School's requirements, please visit that website at before continuing through the steps below.  This website will give you information about the application fee and other general application information. Applications that are submitted without the fee being paid will not be processed.  The application fee is non-refundable.  When you are done reviewing this page, please come back here and follow the steps below. 

Deadlines for application and Department decisions


Transcript tips for your application submission

View frequently asked questions for the submission of transcripts with your application.

TOEFL code that you will need on your application (international students) 

     TOEFL Code:   2660 (Institution Code)   60 (Departmental Code)

In order to apply to the Graduate Program in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science:

  1. Complete the online application through The Penn State Graduate School by visiting  If you are contemplating pursuing a Ph.D., but plan to get an M.S. along the way (this is the most common track), it is best to check the "Ph.D." box on the application where you are asked which program you are applying to.   *Deadline is January 15 for entry in the fall semester of that same year.  This deadline applies to all domestic and international students. However, if Ph.D. applicants want to be considered for prestigious Penn State Graduate School Fellowships, which provide a larger monthly stipend than an assistantship, the application needs to be submitted by December 31.  
  2. As part of the online application process, you are required to upload electronically copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (or equivalent documents for institutions outside the U.S., e.g. degree/study certificates, diplomas, etc.) in the language of instruction, as well as copies of an official English translation, if English is not the language of instruction.  (For those offered admission, Penn State's Graduate School will request official transcripts by postal mail.  Note:  Offers of admission will be revoked if original, official documents to not arrive by specified deadlines, or if official documents do not match electronic copies provided prior to the offer of admission.)
  3. Provide official TOEFL scores to Penn State.  TOEFL scores can be submitted electronically to Penn State by the administering agency.  All international applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not received a baccalaureate or master's degree from an institution in which the language of instruction is English, must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination. A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test is required for admission.  If you take the iBT (internet-based TOEFL test), the minimum scores are 80 (total score) and 19 (speaking).

Note that your application will not be considered complete until you have filed your online application AND we have received the TOEFL by official electronic submission to Penn State from the administering agency.  (As of spring 2020, the GRE is no longer required.)   

We will not be reviewing applications until AFTER the January 15 deadline, so please wait until a few weeks after that date before contacting the department for your application status.