Application and Admissions
The MPS/SCM Program curriculum is designed for working supply chain management professionals. Accordingly, successful applicants will normally 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. Additionally, the applicant's baccalaureate degree should be in business, engineering, economics, information sciences, or a related field.
To assure a smooth transition into the 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), mathematics for management, and/or financial accounting skills may benefit from the self-paced, individual eLearning courses offered by Harvard Business School Publishing. You can register for Online SCM 2014 Quantitative Methods & Spreadsheet Modeling and receive a substantial discount. If you experience technical difficulty, contact Harvard's Technical Support Group via phone: 1-800-810-8858 (outside the U.S. and Canada, 1-617-783-7700) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective students may also gain prerequisite skill and knowledge by taking appropriate course work at local colleges or universities or online via Penn State World Campus.
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 should be submitted electronically via the application link above. Deadlines for all materials can be found on the Tuition and Deadlines portion of the website.
Please Note: Our programs have one intake per year in the fall semester.
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.)
- Official transcripts for each institution previously attended: Applicants are required to electronically upload copies of 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 copies of an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction). Applicants recommended for admission who accept an offer through the online graduate admission system will be notified by the Graduate School that official/original transcripts/documents must be sent from the originating institutions in the official language of the institution(s) attended (and if the language of instruction is not English, an official English translation must also be sent). The Graduate School will review all official documents to finalize the offer of admission. An offer of admission will be revoked if official/original documents are not received by the Graduate School within specified deadlines, or if official/original documents differ from the copies uploaded by the applicant prior to the offer of admission.
- 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 www.mba.com. 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.
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.