Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management

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Growing Complexities in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Supply chain managers oversee some of the most essential business processes affecting the profitability of corporations today. These managers are responsible for synchronizing the flow of products, information, and funds between their organizations and both their suppliers and customers in a way that adds value for the end consumers of their products. In today’s turbocharged competitive environment, supply chain managers are increasingly part of their organization’s strategic management teams that work to competitively position their organization and their supply chain in a global marketplace.

As logistics and supply chain networks become increasingly complex, with tighter deadlines and greater financial risks from disruptions, supply chain professionals can benefit from additional education and credentials to assist them in their current position or to advance their careers in logistics or supply chain management. A master’s degree in supply chain management can give you the higher-order skills and abilities to think in tandem about the people, processes, and technologies required for world-class integrated supply chain management.

Why Supply Chain Management at Penn State

Penn State World Campus has partnered with Penn State's Smeal College of Business — top ranked in supply chain education — to offer this 2-year, 30-credit online master’s degree in supply chain management. As a student in the Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management degree program, you will study proven theory, industry best practices, and new technologies in supply chain management. Upon graduation, you can be prepared to:

  • design and manage an effective supply chain
  • improve the operational efficiencies of a supply chain
  • understand and apply supply chain analytics
  • conduct demand forecasting, aggregate planning, and sales and operations planning for a supply chain
  • apply project management techniques in a logistics context
  • understand the implications of supply chain initiatives in terms of key financial performance metrics
  • recognize and evaluate supply chain vulnerabilities and formulate approaches to mitigate supply chain risk
  • assess fundamental dimensions of logistics strategy, innovation, transformation, and organizational leadership

AACSB AccreditedIn 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Penn State Smeal College of Business supply chain/logistics graduate program as the third best in the nation. Additionally, a comprehensive industry report released by Gartner in 2011 ranked Penn State’s supply chain program as the leading graduate supply chain program in the United States based on industry value, program depth, and scope. Penn State’s Smeal College of Business is AACSB accredited and employers consistently recognize the very high quality of this master’s degree program.

Because the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management consists of the first three courses of the master's program, you may also apply for the certificate if you would like to add this quality credential to your transcript even before you complete the full master’s.

Who Should Apply?

The Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management degree program is designed for  professionals who want to attain an advanced degree while continuing to work for their respective organizations. Although many individuals in the program have supply chain experience, the program is also appropriate if your education and/or experience may be in disciplines such as the sciences, engineering, or the liberal arts.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Organizations in virtually every industry, including nonprofit and government sectors, use supply chains in their daily operations. As a graduate of this degree program you can be prepared for a variety of upper-level supply chain management positions such as:

  • director of supply chain operations
  • senior supply chain management analyst
  • performance improvement senior manager
  • supply chain technical analyst
  • director of purchasing
  • logistics management analyst
  • commodity manager

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus