MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES IN SUPPLY CHAIN

Expanding your capabilities and advancing your career as part of an online program with the nation's No. 1 supply chain institution.

Prospective Students

Two key descriptors for the Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (MPS/SCM) from the Penn State Smeal College of Business and Penn State World Campus are quality and convenience. You can expect the same high-quality, academically challenging courses as those taught in an on-campus classroom. In fact, the credits you earn through World Campus are identical to those earned at our traditional campuses.

World Campus also gives you the flexibility to study wherever you are. As job responsibilities grow increasingly complex and family schedules become more hectic, online education enables you to study at times and places that are convenient for you.

The course calendar approximates the University's resident instruction across fall, spring and summer semesters. With one exception, individual courses are 13 to 14 weeks in duration and are entirely online. SCM 530, Supply Chain Analysis, taken at the end of the first year of courses, includes a  required four-day residency on the Penn State University Park campus, typically from Sunday to Wednesday during the second or third week of August. The residency includes a challenging experiential supply chain simulation as well as the opportunity for face-to-face fellowship among students and faculty to conclude the first year of the program. The following outlines the course sequence and schedule for the entire MPS/SCM degree program:

First Year Courses
Year One Courses 15 Credits
Fall
(September – December)
SCM 800 Supply Chain Management*
(4 credits)
Spring
(January – April)
SCM 810 Transportation and Distribution*
(4 credits)
Summer
(May – July)
SCM 820 Strategic Procurement*
(4 credits)
Fall
(August)
SCM 530 Supply Chain Analysis
(3 credits)

*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
Year Two Courses 15 Credits
Fall
(September – December)

SCM 840 Supply Chain Project Management
(4 credits)

SCM 594 Professional Paper
(1 credit)

Spring
(January – April)

SCM 850 Supply Chain Design and Strategy
(4 credits)

SCM 594 Professional Paper
(1 credit)

Summer
(May – July)

SCM 860 Supply Chain Transformation and Innovation
(4 credits)

SCM 594 Professional Paper
(1 credit)

Each course syllabus is designed to integrate rigorous learning objectives, reading assignments, developmental activities and performance evaluations expected in a top-tier master's program. Well-defined, web-based instructional modules enable each student to craft a flexible schedule that meets the demands of graduate school while pursuing a career.