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Overview

Penn State World Campus is the online education division of Pennsylvania State University. With over 150 accredited online degrees, they make learning accessible to people around the world. In 2017, Penn State World Campus was the most recognized institution in U.S. News seven World Report’s online program rankings. One of the first major accredited institutions to offer online degree programs, Penn State World Campus is an innovator in the effort to make higher education affordable and more accessible. At Penn State World Campus, you can learn from the same world-renowned faculty who teach on campus, all without stepping into a classroom.

The asynchronous format of Penn State World Campus’s online courses is designed to let you learn at your own pace and convenience. With more than 125 of the most in-demand degree and certificate programs, Penn State World Campus is sure to have one that meets your career and educational needs. According to a survey by the Wall Street Journal, Penn State is ranked the best institution in the nation for producing the best-prepared graduates who are most able to succeed once hired.

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL
I chose an online degree over a traditional degree program for several reasons. An online program allows me the flexibility to study from anywhere there is an internet connection. I currently travel between Pennsylvania and Ohio to visit family. A traditional degree program would limit when I could travel. I have connected to my classes at Penn State in my home, at the bus station, and in all of the coffee shops in my town. This is a major advantage for me as an adult student trying to juggle personal responsibilities. Another reason for choosing an online program is the total immersion in technology. As an online student, I get to use the latest in networking, collaboration, and cloud computing technologies.
 — Fermi, S., BS in Information Security and Risk Analysis , Penn State University

Penn State World Campus Online Degrees

Penn State World Campus Recognized as an Online College Leader

TBS has recognized PSWC as a leader of online education in the areas of business & management, computers & technology, criminal justice & legal, and education & technology for having several ranking online programs in these areas, offered through the following schools, colleges, and departments:

School of Business Administration

The School of Business Administration, part of the Penn State Harrisburg satellite campus, offers undergraduate offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and certificates in various business fields. Students may pursue topics of study such as accounting, finance, information systems, business administration, and marketing. Through curricula that balance theory and practice, the programs prepare entry-level students and seasoned professionals for career advancement in business. With online degree programs, professional experience opportunities, and research labs and centers the department provides flexible opportunities for students to grow and advance. The School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Through Penn State World Campus, the School of Business Administration offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

Black School of Business

The Black School of Business, part of the Penn State Behrend satellite campus, offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and certificates in a variety of business fields. Students seeking professional success as leaders in business may pursue topics such as finance, economics, international business, management information systems, and marketing. The school prepares students to pursue or advance careers through professional experience opportunities, flexible online degrees, access to research and outreach programs, and student and professional organizations. The Black School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Through Penn State World Campus, the Black School of Business offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

Smeal College of Business

The Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree and certificate programs. The college consists of six departments, covering topics including accounting, finance, management and organization, marketing, risk management, and supply chain and information systems. Busy, working students seeking to advance their careers enjoy flexible, professionally-focused programs in a wide array of key business areas, including accelerated and online MBA programs, and dual degrees. Business executives benefit from specialized executive education programs designed to meet the needs of people juggling earning and education with leading a company. Additionally, the college provides access to centers and labs, such as the Institute for the Study of Business Markets, and professional experience opportunities. The Smeal College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Through Penn State World Campus, the Smeal College of Business offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

The Smeal College of Business, in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the Eberly College of Science, also offers an online degree program that appears in the following ranking:

School of Visual Arts

The School of Visual Arts, part of the College of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University, provides undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree and certificate programs for students seeking to hone their skills and build careers in diverse areas of the visual arts. Building on curricula that blend theory and practice, students may pursue topics of study such as art, art education, digital studio, professional photography, and digital multimedia design. Students may earn fine arts degrees, as well as degrees combining critical areas of study, including women's and gender studies, and African-American and diaspora studies. With outreach programs and online degree, the department provides students with flexible options for advancement and enrichment.

The School of Visual Arts, in collaboration with the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and the Bellisario College of Communications, offers an online degree program through Penn State World Campus featured in the following ranking:

Department of Economics

The Department of Economics, one of 24 departments in the College of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University, offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in the field of economics. The department's programs blend a liberal arts core with courses geared toward specific, key areas of economics, investigating economic theories and their applications, research methods and analysis, and the state of the field today. The programs prepare entry-level students and seasoned professionals for career advancement in a wide range of economics professions, in private or public sector settings. With online degree programs, professional experience opportunities, and research labs and centers the department provides flexible opportunities for students to grow and advance.

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Economics offers an online degree program featured in the following ranking:

University College

Penn State University College, consisting of 14 campuses (including Penn State World Campus) offers undergraduate degrees and certificates in a variety of professional and general education fields. Students seeking professional success, or just to develop the foundation of their education, may choose from topics such as psychology, business administration, supply chain management, English, liberal arts, administration of justice, and communications. The school prepares students to pursue careers and further study through professional experience opportunities, flexible online degrees, access to research labs and centers, and student and professional organizations.

Through Penn State World Campus, Penn State University College offers an online degree program featured in the following ranking:

School of Labor and Employment Relations

The School of Labor and Employment Relations, one of 24 schools and departments in the College of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University, offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in human resources and labor relations fields. The school's programs blend a liberal arts core with courses geared toward general and niche areas of labor relations, preparing students with knowledge about ethics, conflict resolution, labor law, benefits management, and workers rights. With online degree programs, professional experience opportunities, and research labs and centers the department provides flexible opportunities for entry-level students and busy professionals.

Through Penn State World Campus, the School of Labor and Employment Relations offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

Department of Management

The Department of Management, part of the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University, offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and concentrations in the management field, including entrepreneurship. Through curricula that balance theory and practice, the programs prepare entry-level students and seasoned professionals for career advancement as managers and leaders. With online degree programs, professional experience opportunities, and research labs and centers the department provides flexible opportunities for students to grow and advance. The Smeal College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Management offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

Department of Marketing

The Department of Marketing, part of the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University, offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees and certificates in the marketing field. Students seeking roles are marketing managers, directors, and consultants enjoy curricula that blend marketing and administration theory with practice and experience. The department prepares students to pursue or advance careers through professional experience opportunities, flexible online degrees, access to research labs and centers, and student and professional organizations. The Smeal College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Marketing offers an online degree program featured in the following ranking:

Department of Finance

The Department of Finance, one of six departments in the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business, provides students with undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree and certificate program options to study the field of finance. Whether just entering the study, or already employed in the field and working their way up, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for leading roles in banking, investment, insurance, corporations, and government agencies. With online degree options, including an online MBA concentration, and professional experience opportunities, the department also serves busy, non-traditional students. The Smeal College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Finance offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

School of Public Affairs

The School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg, offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree and certificate programs. Students seeking to enter or advance careers in diverse public affairs settings may pursue degrees in topics including public administration, health administration, homeland security, criminal justice, and political science. Additionally, the school provides a joint degree option combining a master of public administration and a juris doctor. Students benefit from flexible accelerated and online degree programs, access to centers and labs, and professional experience opportunities. The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Through Penn State World Campus, the School of Public Affairs offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

Department of Advertising and Public relations

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations, part of the Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and in advertising and public relations fields. Students seeking professional success in business, communications, and mass media develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in roles including market researcher, advertising analyst, media planner, and public relations director. The school prepares students to pursue or advance careers through professional experience opportunities, flexible online degrees, access to research labs and centers including the media Effects Research Lab, and student organizations.

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Advertising and Public Relations offers an online degree program featured in the following ranking:

Department of Learning and Performance Systems

The Department of Learning and Performance Systems, part of the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University, provides students with undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree and certificate program options. Building on curricula that blend theory and practice, students may pursue topics of study in education outside of the traditional classroom, including adult education, organization development and change, workforce education, and learning, design, and technology. The department serves busy, nontraditional students who in turn seek to serve busy, nontraditional students themselves, through accelerated and online degree programs, access to research centers such as the Institute for Research in Training and Development, and professional experience opportunities. The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Learning and Performance Systems offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems

The Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems, part of the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University, offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree and certificate programs. Entry-level students and busy, working professionals seeking to advance their careers enjoy flexible, professionally-focused programs in the fields of supply chain and information systems, and management information systems. Students benefit from accelerated and online degree programs (including an online MBA), access to centers and labs such as the Center for Supply Chain Research, and professional experience opportunities. The Smeal College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)..

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems offers an online degree program featured in the following ranking:

College of Information Sciences at Technology

The College of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in emerging technological fields. Students may pursue topics of study such as information sciences, security and risk analysis, data sciences, cybersecurity, and informatics. Through curricula that balance theory and practice, the programs prepare entry-level students and seasoned professionals for advancement in a variety of professional roles in rapidly growing fields, including cybersecurity and data science. With online degree programs, professional experience opportunities, and research labs and centers such as the Center for Big Data and Discovery Informatics, the department provides flexible opportunities for students to grow and advance alongside growing fields. The college is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Through Penn State World Campus, the College of Information Sciences and Technology offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend, offers a variety of undergraduate, and graduate degree and certificate programs in a diverse selection of engineering fields. Students may select from topics such as computer engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and industrial engineering. The school provides numerous benefits for traditional and non-traditional students alike, including online degree programs, professional experience opportunities, outreach programs and research centers such as the Applied Research and Design Center, and student organizations.

Through Penn State World Campus, the School of Engineering offers an online degree program featured in the following ranking:

College of Education

The College of Education at Pennsylvania State University offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and certificates in a wide range of education fields. The college consists of four departments, providing students with opportunities for study in curriculum and instruction, education policy studies, special education, school counseling and psychology, and elementary, middle, secondary, and postsecondary education. Through curricula that balance theory and practice, the programs prepare entry-level students and seasoned professionals for career advancement in careers as educators, administrators, counselors, advocates, and policy makers. With online degree programs, professional experience opportunities, and research labs and centers like the Center for Education and Civil Rights, the college provides flexible opportunities for students to grow and advance. The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Through Penn State World Campus, the offers online degree programs featured in the following ranking:

Department of Education Policy Studies

The Department of Education Policy Studies, part of the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University, offers graduate and doctoral degrees and certificates in a variety of educational leadership fields. Students may pursue topics of study including educational leadership, educational policy, higher education, and comparative and international education. Dedicated to meeting the needs of working professionals in educational leadership, the department prepares students to advance their careers through professional experience opportunities, flexible online degrees, access to research labs and centers, and student and professional organizations. The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Education Policy Studies offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, part of the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University, provides students with undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree and certificate program options. Building on curricula that blend theory and practice, students may pursue a wide topics of study in education, including elementary, middle grades, and secondary education, world languages education, early childhood education, and curriculum and instruction. With online degree options and professional experience opportunities, the department serves busy, non-traditional students alongside traditional students. The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers online degree programs featured in the following rankings:

Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

The Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education, part of the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University, offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree and certificate programs in a variety of specialized areas. Students seeking to help other develop and grow may pursue degrees in counselor education, educational psychology, rehabilitation and human services, school psychology, and special education. Entry-level students as well as busy professionals may advance their careers through programs that blend theory and practice, with accelerated and online degree programs, access to centers and labs, and professional experience opportunities. The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education offers an online degree program featured in the following ranking:

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies, part of the College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University, offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in the field. For students interested in entering human development careers, or advancing them through the highest level of education, the department provides thorough, balanced programs of study, with options to specialize in areas including individual and family problems, health, wellness, and prevention, advocacy and policy, and business, technology, and service innovation. With online degree programs, professional experience opportunities, and research labs and centers such as the Child Development Lab, the department provides flexible opportunities for students to grow and advance.

Through Penn State World Campus, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers an online degree program featured in the following ranking:

Penn State World Campus Accreditation, Tuition, and Admissions Info:

Accreditation:

Penn State World Campus is regionally accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Penn State’s Smeal College of Business has additional accreditation by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Business Schools (AACBS).

The Penn State College of Nursing holds additional accreditation by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Approved in every state.

Tuition:

Undergraduate = $555/credit; Graduate = $886-$1185
Plus information technology fee each semester.

Admissions:

Acceptance Rate: 67%

Admissions requirements vary by program.

Undergraduate degrees: require a high school transcript or GED transcript, plus transcripts from any institution of higher education and/or official military transcripts. SAT scores are not required for online adult learners.

Graduate degrees typically require official transcripts from each institution attended, GPA, references, and a personal statement. Certain programs may provide GMAT/GRE waivers for highly qualified candidates.

There is no application deadline.

Transfer Credits: There is no limit to the number of credits that can be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. However, it is up to the specific degree program in which you are enrolled to decide what credits will be accepted towards your degree.

At least one third of the credits required to complete your degree must be earned from Penn State.

Transfer of graduate credit is considered on a case-by-case basis.

School Profile

Other Statistics:

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL
I had been used to having administrative hours end at 5:00 pm. I had a question about my registration and was able to talk to someone at 7:00 p.m. This may sound like a small event, but to me it showed the school understands my situation. I have been treated as if I was an incoming traditional student. All of my question and problems have been addressed. I feel like I am a part of something big, even from behind my computer screen.
 — Fermi, S., BS in Information Security and Risk Analysis , Penn State University

Online Degrees at Penn State World Campus

Significant Penn State World Campus online degree rankings:

Online Associate Degree Programs

  • AS in Information Sciences and Technology: Generalized Business
  • AS in Information Sciences and Technology: Individualized
  • AS in Information Sciences and Technology: Networking
  • AS in Labor and Employment Relations
  • AS in Turfgrass Science and Management

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs

  • BA in Advertising/Public Relations: Strategic Communications
  • BA in Digital Journalism and Media
  • BA in Digital Journalism and Media: Digital Journalism
  • BA in Digital Journalism and Media: Individualized
  • BA in Digital Journalism and Media: Media Management
  • BA in Digital Journalism and Media: Visual Media
  • BA in Economics
  • BA in Energy and Sustainability Policy
  • BA in International Politics
  • BA in International Politics: International Political Economy
  • BA in International Politics: International Relations
  • BA in International Politics: National Security Studies
  • BA in Labor and Employment Relations
  • BA in Law and Society
  • BA in Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • BA in Organizational Leadership
  • BA in Political Science
  • BA in Psychology
  • BD in Digital Multimedia Design
  • BS in Accounting
  • BS in Agribusiness Management
  • BS in Biobehavioral Health

Online Master’s Degree Programs

Online Doctorate Degree Program

Online Undergraduate Certificate Programs

  • Adult Development and Aging Services
  • Children, Youth, and Family Services
  • Digital Arts
  • Earth Sustainability
  • ERP Certificate with SAP
  • Financial Planning
  • Information Sciences and Technology
  • Labor Studies and Employment Relations
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nursing Forensics
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Management
  • Organizational Communications
  • Security and Risk Analysis
  • Turfgrass Management: Advanced
  • Turfgrass Management: Basic
  • Weather Forecasting

Online Graduate Certificate Programs

  • Principalship
  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Bioinformatics
  • Applied Demography
  • Applied Statistics
  • Bioenergy
  • Business Analytics
  • Children’s Literature
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Earth Science Education
  • Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Enterprise Information and Security Technology Architecture
  • Geodesign
  • GeoSpatial Intelligence Analytics
  • Geriatric Nursing Education
  • Homeland Security
  • Hospital and Health System Preparedness
  • Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics
  • Institutional Research
  • International Human Resources and Employment Relation
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Organization Development and Change Analytics
  • Organization Development and Change Consulting Skills
  • Organization Development and Change Essentials
  • Organization Development and Change Occupational Safety and Health
  • Organization Development and Change Operational Excellence
  • Project Management
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Public Health
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Public Sector Human Resources Management
  • Remote Sensing and Earth Observation
  • Solar Energy
  • Special Education Supervisory Program for PDE Certification
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability Management and Policy
  • Wind Energy

Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

  • Adult Basic Education
  • E-Learning Design
  • Educating Individuals with Autism
  • Educational Technology Integration
  • Family Literacy
  • Fundraising Leadership
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geospatial Intelligence Applications
  • Information Systems Cyber Security
  • Teaching and Learning Online in K-12 Settings
  • Distance Education

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