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Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (MPS/SCM)

The Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (MPS/SCM) is a 30 credit, two-year online degree program designed to fit the schedules of working professionals. Students conveniently utilize a digital classroom, unconstrained by a set time and place, to interact with fellow students and experienced faculty members in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems in Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. The curriculum - grounded in proven theory, best business practices, and emerging innovation - enables students to examine supply chain processes from managing information technology enabled logistics to crafting supply chain strategy. Graduates will be prepared to design and lead the future's most effective supply chains.

Program Overview

The Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (MPS/SCM) at the Penn State Smeal College of Business is a 30-credit, two-year online degree. The program is offered in conjunction with Penn State’s World Campus, which offers more than 80 career-enhancing programs to support the needs of working professionals.

The Smeal ColleThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Sealge is also accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International, the leading business school accrediting body.  Recognized quality, comprehensive curriculum taught by experience faculty, and the accessibility of an online program combine to meet your management development needs.

Smeal ranks No. 1 in the nation for undergraduate and graduate supply chain education according to Gartner, Inc.

The MPS/SCM program serves the needs of its students by offering a convenient digital learning space, unconstrained by a set time and place, to interact with fellow students and experienced faculty in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems (SC&IS) at Smeal.

Content covered in the MPS/SCM program improves the student’s ability to manage industry challenges including:
› The flow of goods, information, and funds
› Critical cost and service tradeoffs under uncertainty
› Cost and higher quality customer service
› Integration of supply chain components
› Supply chain as a component of corporate strategy
› Organizational change

Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management

smeal.psu.edu/mps/gradcert

Penn State also offers a 12-credit, one-year online Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management focused on building competence across the foundations of supply chain management. Students attain new skill sets to help manage and enhance the value of today’s complex supply chains. Credits earned through the certificate program may then be applied to the MPS/SCM degree, provided the student applies within five years of completing the certificate.

MPS/SCM Course Requirements

The following is a typical plan of study for the MPS/SCM degree program:

First Year Courses
SemesterCourse NamesCreditsCourse
Fall Supply Chain Management* 4 credits SCM 800
Spring Transportation and Distribution* 4 credits SCM 810
Summer Strategic Procurement* 4 credits SCM 820
August Supply Chain Analysis 3 credits SCM 530

*Because the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management consists of the first three courses of the master's program (SCM 800, SCM 810, and SCM 820), 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.

Second Year Courses
SemesterCourse NameCreditsCourse
Fall Supply Chain Project Management 4 credits SCM 840
Fall Professional Paper 1 credit SCM 594
Spring Supply Chain Design and Strategy 4 credits SCM 850
Spring Professional Paper (Continued) 1 credit SCM 594
Summer Supply Chain Transformation and Innovation 4 credits SCM 860
Summer Professional Paper (Continued) 1 credit SCM 594

MPS/SCM Curriculum Overview

The curriculum—grounded in proven theory, best business practices, and emerging innovation—enables students to examine supply chain processes, manage information technology enabled logistics, and craft supply chain strategies. Graduates will be prepared to design and lead the future’s most effective supply chains.

MPS/SCM students master the knowledge and skills critical to leading business transformations through integrated supply chain education. Students engage in problem-based learning, coupled with integrated, collaborative learning experiences proven to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities for effective supply chain management.