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Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate application for Fall 2016 admission will be available in January 2016.

The Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management is a three-semester (one year), 12 credit online professional development program focused on building  competence across the foundations of supply chain management. In this program, students attain new skill sets to help them manage and enhance the value of today's complex supply chains.

The three-course certificate program is offered entirely online, providing students the flexibility of learning from their homes or offices on their own time while forging connections with supply chain peers around the world. Each course is 13 to 14 weeks in duration. The course calendar approximates the University's resident instruction across the fall, spring, and summer semesters:

Our curriculum is undergoing revision for the 2016-2017 academic year. Details will be posted soon.

Certificate Program Courses Per Semester

(September – December):

SCM 800 Supply Chain Management
(4 credits)

(January – April):

SCM 810 Transportation and Distribution
(4 credits)

(May – July):

SCM 820 Strategic Procurement
(4 credits)

The certificate program courses are also part of the first year of study in the Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management Program. Students interested in furthering their supply chain education beyond the certificate may apply to the master’s degree program either while taking the certificate courses or after completing the certificate. If accepted to the master’s program, certificate students will receive full credit toward the master's degree credit requirements for all certificate courses they have completed with at least a letter grade of B, provided they enroll in the master’s program within five years of completing the certificate.


For admission to the Graduate School, U.S. applicants must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution earned under residence and credit conditions substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State (Penn State is accredited by the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools). International applicants must have a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree to apply for admission. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates

The certificate program curriculum is designed for working supply chain management professionals. Accordingly, successful applicants will ideally have, before the start of their first semester, at least two years' post baccalaureate work experience in supply chain management or a closely allied field.

To assure a smooth transition to the certificate program curriculum, prospective students should have Microsoft Office Excel skills, knowledge of business statistics, and an understanding of basic accounting and microeconomic terms and principles. Prospective students who need to develop or improve Microsoft Office Excel skills, business statistics (quantitative methods), and/or financial accounting skills may benefit from the self-paced, individual eLearning courses offered by Harvard Business School Publishing. You can register for these courses by following the links below and receive a substantial discount.

Coursepack Name: 2015: Quantitative Methods
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Coursepack Name: 2015: Excel 2007 Spreadsheet Modeling Online Course Excel 2007
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Coursepack Name: 2015: Excel 2013 Spreadsheet Modeling Online Course Excel 2013
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If you experience technical difficulty, please contact Harvard's Technical Support Group via phone at 1-800-810-8858 (outside the U.S. and Canada, 1-617-783-7700) or at Prospective students may also gain prerequisite skill and knowledge by taking appropriate course work at local colleges or universities or online via Penn State's World Campus.

Application Process and Deadlines

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management should complete and submit all the items listed in the application checklist given below. Students applying to the Certificate program must be admitted by both the certificate program office and the Graduate School at Penn State. The Graduate School will notify the applicant whether or not they meet the Graduate School’s baccalaureate degree requirement.

Please note however, that acceptance to the Graduate School is not the same as acceptance to the certificate program. Separate correspondence will be sent from the certificate program office indicating whether or not an applicant has been accepted to the certificate program.

For Fall 2016 applicants, the deadline for all application checklist materials (please see below) is June 15, 2016. Application materials received after June 15, 2016 cannot be assured full consideration for Fall 2016 admission.

Please note, we have one intake every year in the fall semester only.

Application Checklist

  • A complete Application for the Certificate in Supply Chain Management (including $65 application fee): This application is to be submitted electronically, following the instructions in the application form. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.
  • A short, one to two page resume: The resume may be submitted by email to Tami Barnes at Please use the following format for the subject line of the email: “Resume for the Certificate Program – your last name, your first name”. 
  • One official transcript for EACH institution previously attended: Applicants should mail transcripts (or equivalent documents for institutions outside the U.S., e.g., degree/study certificates, diplomas, etc.) from all post-secondary institutions attended, in the language of instruction (and a copy of an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction) to:
    The Pennsylvania State University
    MPS/SCM Program

    ATTN: Tami Barnes
    489 Business Building
    University Park, PA 16802
  • English proficiency: The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below.  Please see the information on registering for exams and for reporting scores. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the Internet-based test (iBT). The minimum composite score for the IELTS is 6.5. International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a master's degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.