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 2015 is June 16, 2015.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-865-0073.
Start Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
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Online Application Materials
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Education — A copy of an official transcript 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. Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GPA & Test Scores — Post-secondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required.
Official GMAT or GRE test scores from within the past five years are required. Submit your official score report as follows:
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test): Pennsylvania State University - Smeal College of Business Administration - Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management: ZZ8-HD-64
GRE (Graduate Record Examination): Code 2660 for Penn State
Because applicants come from a variety of educational and employment backgrounds, the GMAT provides a means to assess each applicant against a common standard. Requiring the GMAT helps ensure that all master's degree students are well qualified. 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.
Reference — You will initiate the process through the online application by entering the name and email address of one reference. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to the recommender requesting him/her to complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment to success in an online program and addressing your professional capabilities and readiness for graduate study. Recent work or military supervisors are preferred. Recommenders must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Résumé — Upload your short, one- to two-page résumé to the online application.
Personal Statement — Describe your professional goals, experience, and responsibilities (two-page maximum).