Program Summary

Study proven theory, industry best practices, and new technologies in supply chain management. For the past decade, this program has been ranked as the No. 1 graduate supply chain program in the U.S. by Gartner, Inc. This program offers GMAT/GRE waivers for highly qualified candidates.

How To Apply
Apply by December 1 to start January 19

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

30 Credits $1,121 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

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Online Master of Supply Chain Management - #1 in the Country

Tighter deadlines, fear of disruptions, globalization, changing technology, and more. As logistics and supply chain networks become increasingly complex, professionals like you are enhancing their skills hoping to earn their place at the strategic leadership table.

With the Penn State Master of Supply Chain Management, you can gain the higher-order skills and abilities to think in tandem about the people, processes, and technologies required for world-class integrated supply chain management.

For the last decade, Gartner, Inc. consistently ranks Penn State’s supply chain program as the #1 graduate supply chain program in the United States.  Led by the internationally ranked Smeal College of Business, this convenient online program is designed to fit your busy lifestyle and career goals.

Why Penn State's Supply Chain Management Program?

This program is AACSB Accredited

Nationally Recognized. Penn State is also top ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and is AACSB accredited, an honor reserved for the top 5% of business schools worldwide. Recruiters seek out our graduates.

Top Value. This online program is competitively priced compared to other AACSB accredited programs.

New GMAT/GRE Waivers. Waivers are now available for highly qualified candidates. Please see our How-to-Apply page for details.

Unparallel Connections to Industry. Between our strong alumni network and corporate connections with top companies and practitioners, you will have access to a wealth of resources who can help move your career forward.

Your Online Curriculum

The Penn State Master of Supply Chain Management allows for a high degree of customization. You may select elective courses, both in supply chain management as well as other business-related fields, to create a degree that caters to your unique career goals.

You will do more than explore best practices and new technologies in supply chain management. The program uniquely focuses on the practical applications of knowledge and the analytical techniques you need to effectively solve complex supply chain-related problems. 

  • design and manage an effective supply chain
  • understand and apply supply chain analytics
  • conduct demand forecasting, aggregate planning, and sales and operations planning for a supply chain
  • understand the implications of supply chain initiatives in terms of key financial performance metrics
  • recognize and evaluate supply chain vulnerabilities and formulate approaches to mitigate supply chain risk
  • assess fundamental dimensions of logistics strategy, innovation, transformation, and organizational leadership
  • develop the cross-functional business savvy needed for business success

Because the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management consists of four courses in the master's program, 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.

Global Immersion Experience

Beginning in spring 2021, students will have the opportunity to participate in an optional Global Immersion trip. For one week, you will join up with fellow Penn Staters from the Smeal College of Business to visit a pivotal global business region in order to develop a critical awareness of international business practices and diverse cultures. Visit our courses page to learn more.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Organizations in virtually every industry, including nonprofit and government sectors, use supply chains in their daily operations. As a graduate of this degree program you can be prepared for a variety of upper-level supply chain management positions such as:

  • director of supply chain operations
  • senior supply chain management analyst
  • performance improvement senior manager
  • supply chain technical analyst
  • director of purchasing
  • logistics management analyst
  • commodity manager
  • transportation or distribution center manager
  • procurement, sourcing, or merchandise manager

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

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 Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.