World Campus Online Penn State University Park

World Campus Online Penn State University Park

University Park, PA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
21 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


About Penn State World Campus

Penn State World Campus is the online campus of Penn State University. The idea of distance education is not a new concept for Penn State. The University has been offering courses at a distance for more than 100 years. In 1892, Penn State founded one of the nation's first correspondence courses and in 1998, it was one of the first major accredited universities to provide online education. Today, Penn State World Campus offers more than 100 of the most in-demand graduate and undergraduate degree and certificate programs in education, business, engineering, technology, health care, and more.

At Penn State World Campus, the mission is to make sure that students have access to a quality academic experience, even if they have jobs and family obligations to fulfill. If students can't come to one of the brick-and-mortar campuses, Penn State World Campus will bring the campus to them. The online courses offered by World Campus are the same courses that are offered on campus. Therefore, a diploma earned through World Campus will look no different from the one earned by students on a physical campus. It will not differentiate the method of delivery or state that the degree was earned online. The programs offered by World Campus are accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and many of the individual programs have additional accreditations through governing bodies in those particular fields of study.

Degree and Certificate Programs

The Penn State online graduate degree programs enable students to upgrade their knowledge and achieve advanced educational credentials on their own time and from any location. Penn State World Campus delivers more than 30 online master's degrees that provide students with opportunities to learn from world-class Penn State graduate faculty members and study with other career-focused students with diverse backgrounds. Earning a respected and recognized accredited master's degree online from Penn State, a nationally recognized institution, will benefit students' careers and professional advancement.

Penn State's online graduate and postbaccalaureate certificates are discipline-specific, graduate-level programs designed for professionals who are looking to continue their educations at the graduate level with the convenience and flexibility of an online learning delivery format. Online certificate programs offered by Penn State World Campus are designed and taught by Penn State professors who combine their academic expertise with real-world experience. Most of the more than 30 World Campus graduate and postbaccalaureate certificate programs are 12 to 15 credits. Earning a Penn State online graduate certificate provides a respected, stand-alone credential, and a valuable way to further career advancement, increase professional development, or explore a career change.

Student Experience

World Campus students are supported by a team of knowledgeable and compassionate staff members who understand the complexities of balancing work and life while a person learns online. To help students complete their work when it is most convenient for them, the technical support and academic advising staff members are available through extended work hours. And they are easy to access by email, phone, and instant messaging.

Students at Penn State World Campus have a variety of other services available to them, such as online resources including advising, tutoring, exam proctoring, and career counseling; use of the University Libraries system, the 8th largest research library in North America, with a collection of more than 662 online research databases, 386,000 e-books, 105,000 scholarly journals, and 7.3 million print materials available for check-out; and links to communities and special services for military members and veterans, international students, alumni, corporate education, students with disabilities, and those transferring from other universities and colleges.

Financing and Tuition

World Campus tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program chosen and the number of credits for which a student registers. In addition to the cost-per-credit, students are responsible for the information technology fee each semester of enrollment, as well as indirect costs such as books, DVDs, and other course materials.

Tuition is due when students register for classes, typically a month before the semester begins. However, a deferred payment plan is available for some programs. Penn State World Campus also provides other options for tuition payment such as third-party payments, tuition assistance for unemployed members of the workforce, and several military payment options.

Location & Contact

World Campus Online

Penn State University Park

201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
United States

Dr. Regina Vasilatos-Younken

Interim Dean

Phone: 814-865-2516
Fax: 814-863-4627

Ms. Lori Stania

Director, Graduate Student Services

Phone: 814-867-5278
Fax: 814-863-4627

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Accounting Master's
    • Applied Statistics Master's
    • Architectural Engineering Master's
    • Architecture Master's
    • Biotechnology Master's
    • Business Administration And Management--General Master's
    • Education--General Master's
    • Engineering Management Master's
    • Environmental Management And Policy Master's
    • Geographic Information Systems Master's
    • International Affairs Master's
    • Landscape Architecture Master's
    • Music Master's
    • Music Education Master's
    • Nursing And Healthcare Administration Master's
    • Nursing--General Master's
    • Philosophy Doctorate
    • Science Education Master's
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1180
    • Doctoral Degrees 615
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 14,987
    • Accepted 3,311
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled 1,602
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students6065
    • Female Percentage45%
    • Male Percentage55%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students6065
    • Part-time Percentage11%
    • Full-time Percentage89%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian77%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown5%