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Application Process and Checklist

To apply for the Penn State Smeal College of Business Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management, all items listed in the application checklist, other than official transcripts, should be submitted electronically via the application link above. Deadlines for all materials are on the Tuition and Deadlines portion of the website.

Our programs have one intake per year in the fall semester.

Application Checklist

Please submit each of the following items:

  • A complete application for the Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (including $65 Graduate School application fee): The application must be submitted electronically following the directions provided in the application.
  • A short, one-to-two page resume: Submit by uploading to the electronic application.
  • A personal statement (two page maximum): This statement should describe your professional goals, experience, and responsibilities. Submit by uploading to the electronic application.
  • One letter of recommendation: The recommendation letter should address the applicant’s professional capabilities and readiness for graduate study. Recent work or military supervisors are preferred. Submit by uploading to the electronic application. (Please note that the Graduate School application indicates 3 letters of recommendation are to be submitted. However, only one letter of recommendation is required.)
  • Two official transcripts for each institution previously attended: Graduate and undergraduate coursework completed at an accredited institution with English translation (literal) of records not in English. You may request that transcripts are sent directly from the institution to the Penn State address given above. We recommend you also request to be notified when the transcripts are actually sent. Official transcripts should be mailed to the following address:
  • Tami Barnes
    Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems
    Smeal College of Business
    489A Business Building
    University Park, PA 16802
  • Applicants must take the Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and have scores reported directly from the testing center to Penn State: The GMAT must be taken no more than five years prior to the application. Applicants to our program represent diverse educational and employment backgrounds, and the GMAT provides a common assessment standard. Requiring the GMAT for Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management applicants helps assure that all master's degree students are well qualified. To learn about test centers and schedules, or to request that a previously taken GMAT score be reported to Penn State, please go to The GMAT program code for the Smeal College of Business Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management is ZZ8-HD-64.
  • English Proficiency: The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit official scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the 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.

While it is preferred that all items except the official transcripts are submitted electronically via the World Campus on-line application process, occasionally applicants have had difficulty uploading their resume, statement of professional goals, or letter of recommendation to the electronic application. If you run into this difficulty, then please email the items to Tami Barnes at or send the items by surface mail to the address given above. If you email the items, then please use the following format for the subject line of the email: Application materials for the MPS program – Your last name, your first name. In the body of the email, please be certain to indicate the items that are attached to the email.

Acceptance Process

Students applying to the MPS/SCM Program must be admitted by both the MPS/SCM Program and the Graduate School at Penn State. The Graduate School requires U.S. applicants to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution earned under residence and credit conditions substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State. (Penn State is accredited by the 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 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.

Review of applications for Fall 2015 admission will begin February 2015. All applications and required materials must be submitted no later than June 16th, 2015.