Penn State Smeal retains No. 1 rank in graduate supply chain education

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Gartner, Inc., has once again ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business as No. 1 in North American graduate supply chain programs in a recent report.

This marks the fifth time Penn State has earned the top spot in Gartner’s published rankings since 2008.

New this year is that Penn State, alone, achieved the highest score in all three major categories used to compile the rankings, which include: program scope, industry value and program size.

“Retaining the No. 1 ranking for graduate supply chain education provides great affirmation for the rigor, relevance, and impact of our professional supply chain programs,” said Nicholas C. Petruzzi, chair of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems.

The No. 1 graduate rankings news comes on the heels of earning the No. 1 rank in supply chain undergraduate education back in June.

“We take pride in this news, and being recognized as a leader in supply chain education is a testament to the dedicated and tireless efforts of our faculty and staff, students, alumni and recruiters,” Petruzzi said.

Gartner compared 46 universities in its study. Program scope measured for best curricula that prepares students for supply chain careers. For industry value, Gartner surveyed university programs and supply chain practitioners on program reputation and recruitment. Finally, program size was evaluated using the number of full- and part-time supply chain students with full-time faculty.

The Gartner report is intended to help supply chain leaders identify university partners best equipped to help them recruit the right talent.

About supply chain education at Smeal

The Penn State Smeal College of Business offers a comprehensive suite of supply chain offerings, beginning at the undergraduate level with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain and information systems. In conjunction with Penn State World Campus, students can earn a master of professional studies or a graduate certificate in supply chain management. The Penn State Smeal MBA Program and the Penn State Online MBA offer concentrations in supply chain management and the college also offers a doctorate in supply chain. Smeal’s Center for Supply Chain Research and Penn State Executive Programs offer certificate programs in supply chain management and supply chain leadership.

Last Updated November 05, 2020