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Graduate Certificate in
Supply Chain Risk Management

How to Apply

Deadlines and Important Dates

Applications are accepted year-round for the Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Risk Management program. Students may begin the program in either the fall or spring semester.

  • Spring DeadlineApply by November 1 to start January 9
  • Fall DeadlineApply by July 1, 2023, to start August 21, 2023

Admissions Help

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact our admissions counselors.

Admission Requirements

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 certificate program curriculum is designed for working supply chain management professionals. Accordingly, successful applicants will have, before the start of their first semester, at least two years' post-baccalaureate work experience in supply chain management or a closely allied field.

Students who require additional training are encouraged to enroll in preparatory courses prior to entrance into the program. For more information on prerequisites, please email [email protected].

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 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. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.

Grade Point Average (GPA) — Applicants are expected to have maintained a junior-senior (3rd-4th years) GPA of at least 3.00 based on a grading scale of A (4.00) to D (1.00).

GMAT/GRE test scores are not required.

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 Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.

Program-Specific Questions/Materials

Vita or Résumé — Upload your résumé (one to two-page pdf) to the online application.

Statement of purpose — applicants must describe how their professional experience and goals align with the supply chain risk management certificate, not to exceed 500 words.

Begin the graduate school application

  • Choose Enrollment Type: "Certificate Admission"
  • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
  • Choose "Supply Chain Risk Management" as the certificate (Please be sure to select Supply Chain Risk Management. A Supply Chain Management Certificate is also offered.)

Checking Your Status

You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.

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