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. To begin classes in fall, you must complete your application by June 15.
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 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 — Undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) GPAs are required.
Test Scores and Waiver Policy — Official GMAT or GRE test scores from within the past five years are required. Highly qualified applicants may request a test waiver if at least one of the following conditions applies:
- Applicants with at least 5 years of relevant, post-baccalaureate work experience.
- Penn State Smeal College of Business alumni with at least two years of relevant work experience.
- Students currently pursuing the Penn State Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management through Penn State World Campus.
- Students who hold a master’s degree from an AACSB-accredited business school.
Request for waiver consideration should be sent to [email protected]. Please include your résumé and academic transcripts with your request. All waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Typical GMAT scores accepted are 550 and above. 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
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.
Reference — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering name and email address of one reference. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent requesting that they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform your recommender that they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete. Recent work or military supervisors are preferred.
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 MPS in Supply Chain Management. Please do not exceed 500 words.
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.
- Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.