Admission Requirements

Admission requirements to the Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (MPS/SCM) from the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

The Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (MPS/SCM) from the Penn State Smeal College of Business is designed for working supply chain professionals. Accordingly, successful applicants must have:

  • At least two years of post-baccalaureate work experience in supply chain management or a closely allied field
  • A baccalaureate degree in business, engineering, economics, information sciences, or a related field
  • Microsoft Office Excel skills
  • Knowledge of business statistics
  • An understanding of basic accounting and microeconomic terms and principles

Students who require additional training are encouraged to enroll in preparatory courses prior to entrance into the MPS/SCM program.

For more information on prerequisites, please email Tami Barnes Confer at tbconfer@psu.edu or call 814-865-0073.

Start Your Application

You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.

Begin the graduate school application

  • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
  • Applicants who are in the military qualify for an application fee waiver. Contact us at scm-mps@psu.edu to request the military waiver code.

Online Application Materials

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:

  1. Education — A copy of an official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
  2. Test Scores and Waiver Policy — Official GMAT or GRE test scores from within the past five years are required. Highly qualified applicants may request a test waiver if at least one of the following conditions applies:

    1. Applicants with at least 5 years of relevant, post-baccalaureate work experience.
    2. Penn State Smeal College of Business alumni with at least two years of relevant work experience.
    3. Students currently pursuing the Penn State Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management through Penn State World Campus.
    4.  Students who hold a master’s degree from an AACSB-accredited business school.

    Request for waiver consideration should be sent to tbconfer@psu.edu. Please include your résumé and academic transcripts with your request. All waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    Typical GMAT scores accepted are 550 and above. GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test): Pennsylvania State University - Smeal College of Business Administration - Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management: ZZ8-HD-64
    -or-
    GRE (Graduate Record Examination): Code 2660 for Penn State

  3. English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page.
  4. Reference — You will initiate the process through the online application by entering the name and email address of one reference. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to the recommender requesting him/her to complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment to success in an online program and addressing your professional capabilities and readiness for graduate study. Recent work or military supervisors are preferred. Recommenders must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
  5. Résumé — Upload your short, one- to two-page résumé to the online application.
  6. Personal Statement — Describe your professional goals, experience, and responsibilities (two-page maximum).

Technical Requirements

Review the technical requirements for this degree program.