Minors Program

A graduate minor may be taken in one of the approved graduate degree programs offered at Penn State. For details on approved programs, click here. A minor at the graduate level must represent curriculum and study that reflect graduate-level concepts and scholarship, with a preponderance of courses at the 500 level.

A student seeking a minor must have the approval of the student's major program of study, the minor program, and the Graduate School. A student may not pursue more than three minors at one time. If a student pursues more than one minor, each minor must have a separate group of courses to support it (i.e., none of the courses may be used concurrently).

A doctoral minor consists of no fewer than 15 graduate credits of integrated or articulated work in one field related to, but different from, that of the major with a preponderance of courses at the 500 level; however, at a minimum, 6 credits must be at the 500 level. Official requests to add a minor to a doctoral candidate's academic record must be submitted to Graduate Enrollment Services prior to establishing the doctoral committee and prior to scheduling the comprehensive examination.

A master's minor consists of no fewer than 6 credits of integrated or articulated work in one field related to, but different from, that of the major; however, at a minimum, 3 credits must be at the 500 level. Official requests to add a master's minor to a student's academic record must be submitted to Graduate Enrollment Services at least one semester prior to the semester the student intends to graduate.

Graduate Minor Form