Degree Programs

Undergraduate and Graduate level degree programs within the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department at Penn State

Undergraduate

The department offers two undergraduate majors in Supply Chain and Information Systems (SC&IS) and Management Information Systems (MIS).

The SC&IS program integrates source (strategic procurement and supply management), make (manufacturing and service operations), deliver (demand fulfillment), and return (reverse logistics, recycle, and remanufacture) processes, along with information systems as the critical enabler of supply chain efficiencies and responsiveness.

The MIS major offers students the opportunity to develop technical knowledge, skills, and abilities in the information systems area, where applications are presented in the context of supply chain processes. The core areas of study include algorithmic programming, database concepts, system design and analysis, data communications and networks, Internet technologies, and enterprise information systems.

The department also houses the following undergraduate minors:

  • Information Systems Management (ISM) Minor: interdisciplinary minor is designed for students of other majors interested in the study of technology-supported techniques for exploring, analyzing, integrating, and reporting business data to facilitate fact-based decisions. The coursework enables students to study basic concepts, principles, and methods for business analytics and to gain an understanding of the best practices for aligning IT-supported analytics with business strategy.

Graduate

At the graduate level, Smeal offers a full-time, resident MBA Program with various concentration options including supply chain management. The college also offers an Executive MBA Program with coursework covering areas such as supply chain leadership, as well as a Ph.D. Program emphasis in Supply Chain and Information Systems.

Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management

Through our partnership with Penn State's World Campus, this online program integrates strategic procurement and supply management, demand fulfillment, supply chain planning, and network design processes, along with information systems as the critical enabler of supply chain efficiencies and responsiveness. The Smeal College of Business and World Campus also offer a Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management.