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How to Apply

Information on how to apply for an IR Certification through the Penn State College of Education.


Fall Admissions: June 15
Spring Admissions: October 15
Summer Admissions: February 15

Students applying for admission to the Institutional Research Certificate Program must electronically submit all application materials to the Graduate School at Penn State. The Graduate School confirms eligibility for admission of all applicants. The Institutional Research Certificate Program will select and recommend applicants for offers of admission.

Applying to the Graduate School

Complete the Admission Application to The Graduate School.

As part of The Graduate School application, you will be asked to upload/supply the following documents/information:

  • One letter of recommendation: You will be asked to submit the name and email address of your referent.  The referent will be sent an email message directing them to the appropriate site to upload their letter of recommendation. You will be notified via email when the reference letter is submitted, but you will not be able to view the letter;
  • A copy of official transcripts from the institution awarding your highest degree

After the required documents are received, the IR Certificate faculty committee will review the application, make a decision and send a letter to the applicant. The committee will then assign a faculty adviser. Once admitted into the program, please follow the directions on the registration page to register for courses. More information can be found on the World Campus page, or you can contact us at .

International Applicants Only: