Military Partnership with Penn State University Produces New Graduates

A new partnership between the military and Penn State University has enabled a dozen members of the U.S. military to earn master’s degrees from the flagship university over the weekend.

The students graduated  on Saturday with a master of supply chain management after completing their degrees through a special program between the Marine Corps, Penn State World Campus and the Smeal College of Business.

“There’s some overlap in what you learn, but you get exposed to different things than you’d get from a military-run graduate school,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Jason Schneider, who is stationed in Quantico, Virginia. “The biggest takeaway was all of the exposure to innovation in supply chain management. That’s huge for the Marine Corps to see how academia and industry can work together for us to pull into whatever we’re doing.”

Schneider completed the Marines Corps Logistics Fellowship Program at Penn State, which condenses the two-year supply chain management program offered online through the World Campus into a hybrid program that combines online courses with classes master of business administration students take at the University Park campus.