Supply Chain professional
Master of
Supply Chain Management

How to Apply


Begin the graduate school application

Applicants who are in the military qualify for an application fee waiver. Please contact the program office at [email protected] to request the military waiver code.

Deadlines and Important Dates

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

  • Fall DeadlineApply by July 1 to start August 21
  • Spring DeadlineApply by November 1, 2023, to start January 8, 2024

Admissions Help

Students applying to the Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) degree program must be admitted by both the MSCM 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 MSCM program. Separate correspondence will be sent from the program office, indicating whether or not an applicant has been accepted into the MSCM program.

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 master's degree curriculum is designed for working professionals with at least two years of post-baccalaureate work experience in business, engineering, or science. Applicants must possess a strong quantitative background. Professionals could also consider the Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management.

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.

GPA An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a grade average of “B” or better in at least six credits of graduate coursework. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be admitted under limited circumstances; however, that student may be asked to complete additional coursework to fill in gaps in prior education.

GRE/GMAT 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.

References (2) — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering the names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of two references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent requesting that they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your professional capabilities and readiness for graduate study. Please inform your recommenders that they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete. Recent work or military supervisors are preferred.

Program-Specific Questions/Materials

Vita or Résumé — A one- to two-page listing of your professional experience and education. Applicants should have at least 2 years of relevant work experience.

Statement of Purpose — Describe how your professional experience and goals align with the Master of Supply Chain Management program. This statement should be approximately two pages in length and indicate why the applicant is applying to the program.

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.

Begin the graduate school application

  • Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
  • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
  • Choose "Master of Supply Chain Management" as the degree

Checking Your Status

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

Technical Requirements 

Review the technical requirements for this degree program.

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