Professional master's program helps alumna take career to next level

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Stacy Mumm, a 2001 West Point graduate, served as an active duty U.S. Army Logistics Officer for seven years, including two deployments in Iraq. In civilian life, she wanted a career in supply chain management. To boost her marketability, she turned to the Penn State Smeal College of Business Master of Professional Studies program in supply chain management, a 30-credit program delivered fully online in partnership with Penn State World Campus.

“A standard MBA didn’t appeal to me,” said Mumm. “When I discussed this with one of my supervisors, he mentioned supply chain management as a good fit, and he was right.”

She graduated from the program in August, and now she works as a project manager for strategic end-to-end supply chain operations for Under Armour, an athletic apparel brand.

“I’m incredibly excited about the field, as my current company is experiencing explosive growth and rapid globalization, and I get to be part of designing the supply chain that supports this.”

                           -- Stacy Mumm, 2013 graduate 

“The degree gave me an advantage over other candidates applying for my current job because it allowed me to be very well-rounded,” she said.

Mumm said she chose the Penn State program in Supply Chain Management because of its top ranking. She also wanted to continue to work full-time while completing the degree, so the online program was ideal.

“Faculty members were extremely supportive in quickly responding to all my questions,” said Mumm, “and the group work with other students was one of my favorite aspects of the program.” She communicated with team members through Skype and over email.

Supply chain management is a growing field, and according to Mumm, the continuing increase in economic globalization will only make it more important in the future.

“Competitive advantage among companies all pursuing the same consumers is achieved by those who find a better way to serve customers while reducing the costs associated with doing so,” she said. “I’m incredibly excited about the field, as my current company is experiencing explosive growth and rapid globalization, and I get to be part of designing the supply chain that supports this.”

About the master of professional studies in supply chain management
The Smeal College of Business master of professional studies in supply chain management enables students to accelerate their careers with the institution ranked No. 1 by Gartner for supply chain education. The online 30-credit, two-year degree program, delivered in partnership with Penn State World Campus, is designed for schedules of working professionals. Students utilize a digital classroom, unconstrained by a set time or place, to interact with fellow students and program faculty. The online supply chain curriculum also includes a one year, 12-credit graduate certificate transferable to the master's degree if desired. Learn more at www.smeal.psu.edu/mps.

About supply chain at the Smeal College of Business
Smeal’s No. 1-ranked supply chain program offers a comprehensive suite of supply chain education, beginning at the undergraduate level with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain and information systems. The Penn State Smeal MBA Program offers a concentration 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.

Contacts: 

Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management

Work Phone: 
814-865-1875

The Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management is directed by Gary Gittings, instructor in supply chain and information systems.

Last Updated November 18, 2013