Gartner ranks Penn State supply chain courses No. 1

By Freddie Pierce
Want your child to secure a nice job in the supply chain industry in the future? You might want to start considering sending your kid to a Big 10 schoo...

Want your child to secure a nice job in the supply chain industry in the future? You might want to start considering sending your kid to a Big 10 school.

Gartner ranked Penn State’s Smeal College of Business as the No. 1 undergraduate and graduate program for supply chain management in the country. Gartner asked more than 400 supply chain practitioners and academics to rate supply chain schools based on industry value (40 percent), program scope (40 percent) and program size (20 percent).

Gartner also took in information from the school regarding enrollment statistics and program and faculty size.

"The Smeal supply chain faculty's leading-edge research combined with our industry partnerships allow us to keep our classrooms reflective of the latest trends and developments in the supply chain industry," James B. Thomas, dean of Smeal, said on the Penn State website. "It's nice to be recognized for these efforts by our peers and the industry leaders surveyed by Gartner."

Penn State was ranked No. 1 in supply chain management in the 2009 school rankings by Gartner as well.


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Smeal offers highly regarded supply chain programs at every educational level. For undergraduates, the college offers a bachelor's degree in supply chain and information systems.

At the graduate level, the Smeal MBA Program offers a concentration in supply chain management and, together with Penn State World Campus, Smeal offers an online, 30-credit professional master's program in supply chain management.

The college also offers a Ph.D. in supply chain, and Smeal's Center for Supply Chain Research and Penn State Executive Programs offer three certificate programs in supply chain management.

For more on Smeal's supply chain offerings, visit and online.


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