MS in Supply Chain Management

Over the past half century, the area of supply chain management has grown from improving labor-intensive processes to managing complex global networks. Today, overseeing a modern, global supply chain means developing and mobilizing complex international networks—putting a premium on professionals who have the knowledge and capability to navigate these geographically and culturally dispersed entities efficiently, while exhibiting a solid command of supply chain theory, logistics, and international trade.

The master’s degree program in Supply Chain Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College examines the design, optimization, and operation of a global supply chain. It employs a curriculum that covers the essentials of lean production, global supply chain coordination, risk mitigation, strategic logistics management, and import-export operations.

Graduates of the program will be able to analyze and improve business process flows and become confident decision-makers who will lead change and offer creative solutions that ensure prompt delivery of goods and services in an ever-changing global environment.

Students in the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management must select a concentration in Logistics Management, Quantitative Approaches, or Global Business.

Students who complete the master’s degree in Supply Chain Management will be able to:

  • Develop enterprise business strategies with an understanding of the importance of supply chain management decisions.
  • Select supply chain management solutions that contribute to the improvement of the business competitive edge.
  • Implement in real-life situations the supply chain management knowledge of its core pillars, such as logistics management, operations management, and international trade and logistics.
  • Analyze and solve supply chain decision issues by applying key supply chain management tools.

Degree Requirements

A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required. Students must complete the Degree Core Courses and the requirements of their chosen concentration, as well as an elective and a capstone project.

Degree Core Courses (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 605 Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals
  • MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
  • MET AD 680 Global Supply Chains
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making

Concentration Requirements (three courses/12 credits)

Choose one concentration from the following:

Logistics Management Concentration

Students completing the concentration in logistics management will gain a solid understanding of the logistics-related issues in the management of complex global supply chains.

Select three from the following list:

  • MET AD 642 Project Management
  • MET AD 690 Strategic Logistics Management
  • MET AD 734 Quality Management
  • MET AD 760 International Trade and Logistics

Quantitative Approaches Concentration

The goal of this concentration is to equip students with advanced quantitative skills needed to analyze and manage complex supply chains.

Prerequisite for MET AD 616: AD 100 Pre-Analytics Laboratory

Select three from the following list:

  • MET AD 510 Mathematics and Statistics in Management
  • MET AD 616 Enterprise Risk Analytics
  • MET AD 724 Quantitative Approaches in Management
  • MET AD 734 Quality Management

Global Business Concentration

Students completing this concentration develop an understanding of the issues that arise when managing global business structures, and have an opportunity to obtain fundamental knowledge in the areas of international trade and logistics and multinational finance and trade.

  • MET AD 755 Doing Business in North America
  • MET AD 760 International Trade and Logistics
  • MET AD 763 Multinational Finance and Trade

Elective Course (two courses/8 credits)

Select two graduate-level courses. These courses can be selected from other Administrative Sciences department offerings or Metropolitan College departments as well as from other schools and colleges within Boston University, with an advisor’s approval.

Capstone Project (one course/4 credits)

MET AD 804 Supply Chain Management Capstone Project