The Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University offers highly ranked undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, Ph.D., and executive education opportunities to more than 5,000 students at all levels. Smeal is among the largest business schools in the United States, and is accredited in business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Featuring academic departments of Accounting, Finance, Management and Organization, Marketing, Risk Management, and Supply Chain and Information Systems, the college is also home to major research centers in areas such as supply chain management, business-to-business marketing, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, and other disciplines.
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:
Supply Chain and Information Sciences and Technology (SCIST) Minor: The minor in SCIST is structured to provide students not majoring in SC&IS or MIS with the opportunity to develop working knowledge of information technology, supply chain management, and their interdisciplinary synergies.
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.
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.