How to Apply - Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management

Deadlines and Important Dates

While applications are accepted year-round for the master's program in supply chain management, students begin course work once per year in the fall semester. The deadline to apply for admission in fall 2014 is June 16, 2014.

Admissions Help

Students applying to the Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (MPS/SCM) degree program must be admitted by both the MPS/SCM program and the Graduate School at Penn State. The Graduate School will notify the applicant whether or not they meet the Graduate School requirement for a baccalaureate degree. Please note, however, that acceptance to the Graduate School is not the same as acceptance to the MPS/SCM program. Separate correspondence will be sent from the MPS/SCM program office, indicating whether or not an applicant has been accepted to the MPS/SCM program.


For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

The MPS/SCM curriculum is designed for working supply chain management professionals. Accordingly, successful applicants will normally have, before the start of their first semester, at least two years' postbaccalaureate work experience in supply chain management or a closely aligned field. Additionally, prospective students should also be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of skill with Microsoft Office Excel, business statistics (quantitative methods), mathematics for management, and/or financial accounting.

Students who require additional training are encouraged to enroll in preparatory courses prior to entrance into the MPS/SCM program.

For more information on prerequisites, please email Tami Barnes at or call 814-865-0073.

Application Materials

Completed application (including a nonrefundable application fee) submitted electronically. All institutions previously attended (including Penn State) should be listed on the application as part of your academic history, regardless of time that has passed, grades earned, semesters completed, or the accreditation of the institution.

A short, one- to two-page résumé. Submit by uploading to the electronic application.

A statement (two-page maximum) that describes your professional goals, experience, and responsibilities. Submit by uploading to the electronic application.

One recommendation that addresses the applicant's professional capabilities and readiness for graduate study. Recent work or military supervisors are preferred. Submit by uploading to the electronic application. (Please note that the Graduate School application indicates that three letters of recommendation are to be submitted. However, only one letter of recommendation is required.)

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): Applicants to our program represent diverse educational and employment backgrounds, and the GMAT provides a common assessment standard. Requiring the GMAT helps ensure that all master's degree students are well qualified. The GMAT must be taken no more than 5 years prior to application. Applicants must take the official GMAT and have scores reported directly from the testing center to Penn State using the GMAT program code for the Smeal College of Business Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management: ZZ8-HD-64. To learn about test centers and schedules, or to request that a previously taken GMAT score be reported to Penn State, please visit the official GMAT website.

English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School "How to Apply" page.

Two official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. Mail transcripts to: 

MPS/SCM Program Director
Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems
Smeal College of Business
489B Business Building
University Park PA 16802

How to Apply

  1. Review the Requirements for Graduate School Admissions
  2. Begin the graduate school application
    1. Select "Degree Admission"
    2. On the "Campus, Major, Degree & Semester" page:
      1. Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
      2. Choose "SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT" as the major
      3. Choose "M P S" as the degree

Technical Requirements

Review the technical requirements for this degree program.