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Admission Requirements

To pursue a dual-title intercollege degree under this program, the student must first apply and be admitted through one of the existing graduate programs that offers the dual-title degree in HDNRE.

Requirements for admittance into these programs varies. Please contact the department of interest for more information:

HDNRE admissions requirements include:

  • A minimum baccalaureate Jr/Sr grade point average of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale
  • A statement of professional goals, natural resource management philosophy, and reasons for applying to the program
  • Three letters of reference from individuals capable of evaluating the applicant's potential for graduate work in transdisciplinary natural resource management. TOEFL scores are required of all students for whom English is a second language.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. 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) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and submit the results of that test with the application for admission. A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test, a score of 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 points on the new Internet-based Test with a minimum of 20 points on the speaking portion; or the IELTS module with a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required for admission.