The online Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management degree is a 30-credit graduate program that working professionals can complete in two years on a part-time basis.
The MPS/SCM Program spans the typical academic calendar across fall, spring, and summer semesters. Courses are entirely online with the exception of the required one-time, four-day residency on Penn State's University Park campus in August following the first year of courses.
Practical Supply Chain Skills
This interdisciplinary master's degree curriculum can give you an in-depth understanding of today's complex supply chain and how to manage it to improve efficiency and create a competitive advantage in your organization. You can gain the knowledge, problem-solving skills, and leadership techniques that are critical to advancing a business's goals through integrated supply chain planning and execution.
Each course in the degree program includes small-group projects to encourage peer interaction and to build a learning community among the online students. These projects simulate real-world business environments, where individuals frequently work in small teams to solve problems. Message boards are created for each project and team to facilitate interaction.
Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management
|Business Ethics*||B A 803||A study of ethical conduct in organizations and how cultural differences and personal conduct impact business decisions.||1 credit|
|Supply Chain Management*||SCM 800||Introduction to the strategic framework, issues, and methods for integrating supply and demand management within and across companies.||4 credits|
|Supply Chain Performance Metrics and Financial Analysis*||SCM 801||Performance metrics used in supply chain management, both within the enterprise and across the extended enterprise.||1 credit|
|Demand Fulfillment*||SCM 812||This course covers the forecasting and inventory management activities involved in the fulfillment of demand for finished goods.||2 credits|
|Supply Management*||SCM 822||An overview of the strategic role that supply management has in effective supply, demand, and value chain operations.||2 credits|
|Manufacturing and Service Operations Planning*||SCM 842||Planning strategies for managing manufacturing and service operations within supply chains.||2 credits|
*Because the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management consists of the first courses of the master's program (indicated by an asterisk*), 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.
|Supply Chain Analysis||SCM 530||Methods and tools to support supply chain decision making with emphasis on forecasting, inventory analysis, and demand planning.||3 credits|
|Research Topics||SCM 594||Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.||1 credit each semester (fall, spring, and summer)|
|Logistics and Transportation Management**||SCM 814||The role of logistics and transportation in matching supply with demand.||4 credits|
|Strategic Procurement**||SCM 824||Alignment of suppliers with the strategic needs and direction of the organization.||4 credits|
|Global Manufacturing and Service Operations**||SCM 844||A detailed review of concepts, tools, and strategies for managing global manufacturing and service operations.||4 credits|
|Supply Chain Design and Strategy||SCM 850||Design and management of supply chain networks, emphasizing the alignment of supply chain networks with corporate competitive strategy.||4 credits|
|Supply Chain Transformation and Innovation||SCM 860||Strategic supply chain transformation and innovation with emphasis on (re)configuration of key capabilities to achieve competitive advantages.||4 credits|
**Elective courses: choose one (course numbers/titles may be modified)
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