Credits and costs
Complete your Penn State course work at your own pace and 100% online.
Excel in the Fields of Supply Chain and Project Management
- Develop vital project management skills including scheduling, resource coordination, and risk control.
- Learn integrated supply chain management skills including operations, logistics, purchasing, and distribution.
- Gain analytical and people skills needed to design and operate complex management systems.
- Attain a hands-on working knowledge of SAP processes, transactions, and terminology, as they relate to data, operations planning and control, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), purchasing, and materials management.
Project Management and Supply Chain Certification
Graduates of this program can be prepared to obtain one or more of the following certifications after experience leading projects and/or completing a qualifying exam:
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
- Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
- Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM)
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
Gain Broad Business and Management Knowledge
In order to succeed, businesses must hire skilled and versatile professionals who can effectively manage their supply chains as well as their projects. Penn State’s online project and supply chain management bachelor’s degree program covers foundational skills and knowledge that can position you to succeed in a wide variety of positions in almost any field. Prepare for a rewarding career by learning:
- business communications
- resource management
- project management
- supply chain management
A Trusted Leader in Online Education
Penn State has a history of more than 100 years of distance education, and World Campus has been a leader in online learning for more than two decades. This program’s convenient online format gives you the flexibility you need to study around your busy schedule. You can skip the lengthy commute without sacrificing the quality of your education and prepare yourself for more rewarding career opportunities without leaving your home.
Note: This program is under review for GI Bill® eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
All prescribed courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Additional Courses (36 credits)
All additional courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Additional Business Courses (select 3 credits)
Supporting Courses and Related Areas (select 14 credits)
General Education Requirements
Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.
- Arts (GA): 6 credits
- Humanities (GH): 6 credits
- Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
- Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
- Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits
A student must receive a grade of C or better in GWS courses.
- Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
A student must receive a grade of C or better in GQ courses.
- Integrative Studies: 6 credits
This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Integrative Studies credits may be completed within the thirty Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.
Among the degree requirements, students should incorporate at least:
- 3 credits in U.S. cultures
- 3 credits in international (IL) cultures
- 3 credits in writing-across-the-curriculum courses
This course list includes only courses offered by World Campus. An official degree audit or the recommended academic plan for this program may include additional course options and detailed requirements. All students are expected to complete at least 36 Penn State credits to earn this degree. Please consult an academic adviser for details.
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register and the number of total credits you have accrued at or transferred to Penn State. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||If you have 59 or fewer credits||If you have 60 or more credits|
|11 or fewer||$620 per credit||$664 per credit|
|12 or more||$7,527 per semester||$8,125 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
How to Apply
Deadlines and Important Dates
Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.
- Fall Deadline: Apply by June 30 to start August 31
- Spring Deadline: Apply by October 31 to start January 8
New students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by March 1. Please visit the Office of Student Aid website for more information about applying for financial aid and recommended deadlines.
Thank you for your interest in applying to this program. Contact an admissions counselor to discuss your educational goals, financial aid options, and application deadlines.
To apply for this program, you must be a high school graduate or have completed your GED.
For students transferring directly into the major:
- Completion of 29.1 credits or higher
- Successful completion of 5 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211, ECON 102, ENGL 015 or ENGL 030, MATH 110 or MATH 140, and SCM 200 or STAT 200, or their equivalents. Each course requires a C or better grade for successful completion.
A Behrend campus dean's review is required for all students in order to enter the major directly as well as for all students who have earned 45 or more transferable credits.
Note: A current Penn State student needs a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher to enter the major. Transfer students require a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade-point average to enter the major.
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Official high school transcripts or GED transcripts along with records from high school. High school and GED records are required regardless of the length of time that has passed.
Official college or university transcripts, if you attended another institution, and/or official military transcripts (if applicable). All college or university transcripts are required regardless of the length of time that has passed, the grades earned, or the accreditation of the institutions attended. Acceptance of transfer credit toward your degree is subject to final approval by the academic department. For detailed information, see the Transfer Students page.
Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Please send your transcripts by mail or electronically through Parchment, eScrip-Safe, or the National Student Clearinghouse directly to Penn State from the college/university where coursework was attempted.
Submit official documents by mail to:
Undergraduate Admissions Office
The Pennsylvania State University
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Language Proficiency section on the Undergraduate Admissions International Requirements page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
Start Your Application
Former Penn State students may not need to complete the admissions application. Please visit our Returning Students page for instructions.
If this is your first time applying to Penn State, you'll need to complete the following steps:
- Review the application instructions before beginning.
- Complete the online application and submit all official documents.
- Pay the application fee.
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form and choosing "MyPennState — Check Application Status." Your decision letter (confirming your acceptance or denial) will be mailed four to six weeks after receipt of all application materials. An admissions counselor will contact you if additional information is required.
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World Campus Admissions Counselors
Ozgun Caliskan Demirag
DegreePh.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
DegreeM.S., Operations Research, Georgia Institute of Technology
DegreeM.S., Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Ozgun C. Demirag is a professor of operations and supply chain management at the Penn State Behrend Black School of Business. She teaches courses in the areas of supply chain management, operations planning and control, and quantitative methods for business at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research has been published at leading journals in operations and supply chain management. She is a recipient of the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Faculty Research Award and the Penn State Excellence in Advising Award.
DegreeDoctor of Engineering, Engineering Management, George Washington University
DegreeM.S., Computer Science, Pratt Institute
DegreeB.S., Computer Science, Missouri State University
Dr. Muhammad Odeh is an assistant teaching professor of project and supply chain management. He has worked as a management consultant, senior program manager, and director of professional services for 30 years at EMC, HP, and Dell Technologies. His research interests include innovation in project management and PMOs, as well as emerging and disruptive technology’s impact on project management.
DegreePh.D., Systems Science/Engineering Management, Portland State University
DegreeM.S., Engineering Management, Portland State University
Dr. Peerasit Patanakul is a professor of management at Penn State Behrend. His research interests include project portfolio management, managing multiple projects, human aspects of project management, and managing government programs. He has published three books and multiple book chapters. His works also appear in Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, International Journal of Project Management, and Project Management Journal. He has received several research grants from the Project Management Institute.
DegreePh.D., Management Science, The University of North Texas
DegreeMBA, Operations Management & Supply Chain Management, The University of Texas at Dallas
DegreeB.E., Information Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Dr. Richard Peng is an associate professor of project and supply chain management at Penn State Behrend. His research articles have been published in journals including IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Cleaner Production, Quality Management Journal, and Resources, Conservation & Recycling. His research and teaching interests include health care operations, operations management, project management, quality management, supply chain management, and technology management.
DegreePh.D., Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology
DegreeM.S., Industrial Engineering and Management, Karlstad University
Dr. Hafez Shurrab's research focuses on supply chain planning processes (e.g., capacity planning, demand planning, S&OP, MRP) and digitalization (e.g., extended reality).
Ray VenkataramanDegreePh.D., Management Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
Dr. Ray Venkataraman is a professor and department chair of project and supply chain management and marketing at Penn State Behrend. He has more than forty years of teaching experience and has taught a variety of courses in project management and supply chain management. He has several research publications in top-tier operations and supply chain management journals and has co-authored four books.