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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems, via Penn State Online

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Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems

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DAVID HUFF, Director of Online Graduate Programs in Supply Chain Management
Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems

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The Graduate Faculty – MPS Programs

The Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (MPS/SCM) is awarded to students who demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, problem-solving competencies, and leadership skills that are critical to leading business transformation through integrated supply chain planning and execution. The program emphasizes problem-based learning coupled with integrative, collaborative learning experiences to develop the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for effective supply chain management. Instruction is delivered online and in a short residency course at an on- or off-campus location, so that working professionals can complete the degree as part-time students working largely or entirely, off campus.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission.

Students applying to the professional MPS/SCM degree program must be admitted by both the MPS/SCM program and the Graduate School at The Pennsylvania State University.

Admission to the graduate program in Supply Chain Management requires:

  • A completed application for graduate study, including Graduate School application fee
  • A current resume, along with a statement of professional experience and goals. This statement of approximately two pages must describe the applicant's professional goals, experience, and responsibilities. The statement must also indicate why the applicant is applying to the professional MPS/SCM program at Penn State
  • One letter of recommendation relevant to the applicant's professional capabilities, preferably from the employee's immediate supervisor, which should address the applicant's readiness for graduate study
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or grade average of "B" or better in graduate courses completed since the first bachelor's degree, with at least 6 credits of graduate courses completed to qualify under this option. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may be admitted in limited circumstances at the discretion of the program, where the applicant demonstrates an exceptional record of professional achievement. In such circumstances, the program may require, as a condition of admission, completion of course work to make up deficiencies or fill in gaps in prior education.
  • Official Graduate Management Admission Test scores reported directly from the testing center to Penn State

A committee of SC&IS Department faculty meet periodically to review applications and identify applicants qualified for admission. Admissions decisions are based on a review of a complete admission portfolio, including the application, the statement of professional experience and goals, the current resume, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, the letter of recommendation, and the GMAT scores.

Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Students earn the professional MPS/SCM degree by successfully completing a minimum of 30 credits including 26 credits of required courses and 4 credits of approved electives. The required courses are: SCM 530(3), SCM 800(4), SCM 801(1), SCM 812(2), SCM 822(2), SCM 842(2), SCM 850(4), SCM 860(4), B A 803(1), and the capstone course SCM 594(3). Elective credits will be chosen from a list of approved courses maintained by the program office.

Students must complete a high-quality research project as the culminating experience for the degree, while enrolled in the capstone course SCM 594(3). The research project demonstrates the student's ability to apply advanced supply chain management knowledge to a supply chain-related problem or situation in a way that makes a substantial contribution to the student's professional development.

The program requires a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 and no course grade below a C. All requirements for the professional MPS/SCM degree, including acceptance of the research project must be met within eight years of admission to degree status. Students are expected to make continuous progress toward the degree. Leaves of absence, however, may be granted under exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the program.

Penn State allows a maximum of 10 transfer credits of high-quality graduate work to be applied toward the requirements for a graduate degree, subject to restrictions outlined in the Transfer Courses section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Student Aid

Refer to the Student Aid section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students in this program are not eligible for graduate assistantships.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.



Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-000

Review Date: 8/23/16



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