Master of Science in Supply Chain Management concentration in Global Business

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management concentration in Global Business provides an understanding of the issues that arise when managing global business structures, including decision-making competency in the areas of international trade, logistics, and multinational finance. Program components include principles and techniques that concern the economic, social, political, market, technological, and environmental context of global business. The concentration is ideal for those who seek to learn how strategic leaders, senior professionals, and business practitioners plan, organize, manage, and lead global business organizations. The program examines different responses of American, European, and Asian firms to a global economy within an historic and evolving context. Various conflicting demands of national governments, interest groups, corporations, unions, NGOs, and consumers are often expressed in terms of ethical and social responsibility.

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

  • Articulate the major international trade mechanisms and purposes of key international institutions.
  • Assess the major political economies and the requirements for doing business internationally, including in developed and developing countries.
  • Understand the cultural differences in doing business in international settings, including the most critical laws, directives, and regulations.
  • Direct the preparation of a strategic plan to make a foreign direct investment or some alternative form for doing business in an international market.
  • Develop a framework for incorporating stakeholder engagement, including a code of conduct and ethical standards for the company.
  • Conduct a due diligence audit of a potential acquisition of a supply chain partner.

A total of ten 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)

This course helps students to develop an understanding of the impact of business processes on the organization's performance and provides students the key tools to analyze and improve processes in both manufacturing and service sectors.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Maleyeff KCB 106 T 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
D1 IND Cashton CAS 226 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Maleyeff ARR

Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Mcgue CAS 226 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Mcgue SHA 202 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Cohen ARR
BHA IND Mcgue ARR

This course analyzes the managerial activities required to support manufacturing and service industry international strategies to assure that the products/services are delivered/provided in the quality and timely manner expected through the use of global supply chains, outsourcing relationships, and multi-country operations. The course focuses on contemporary strategic issues that affect both large and small corporations and includes: the strategic role of the internet, international trade and logistics, cross cultural teaming, supply chain dynamics, information management, inventory scheduling and control, international coordination, and transportation and customer service. 4cr.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Gunes Corlu CAS 203 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Page CAS 237 R 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
O1 IND Rainey ARR

Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Zlatev PHO 203 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
B2 IND Zlatev FLR 134 T 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
O1 IND Zlatev ARR

Concentration Requirements
(Three courses/12 credits)

Students are introduced to the latest requirements, techniques, procedures, and practices for successfully 'Doing Business in North America'. Emphasis is placed on managing in the most competitive business environment in the world; preparing, implementing, and maintaining sustainable international business transactions and operations. We begin with a description of driving forces and starting conditions for being a competitive and sustainable business enterprise including the role of the market integration in the NAFTA region. Included is consideration of corporate market entry strategies such as import and export agreements and transactions, contractual agreements, strategic alliances, and direct foreign investments. Factors of risk management, business continuity management, and performance management (on project and corporate levels) are considered. Regional policies, international trade development, opportunities in international trade development, and forward- looking challenges are examined. All participants attend live online lectures, partake in discussion boards and complete a group term project involving business simulation. The project is developed in stages (decision rounds) throughout the term and teams compete during each stage.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Willson ARR

Techniques and procedures for conducting international trade. The course focus is practical. Topics include operations, government agencies and import/export channel networks, and the evaluation of international opportunities. Designed to provide students with the skills and tools necessary for international trade.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Park KCB 104 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Park ARR

Prereq: MET AD731
Applies the concepts of corporate finance to the problems of multinational financial management. Major topics include private and public institutions, foreign exchange rates, capital flows, speculation, analysis of alternative foreign investments, analysis of sources and uses of corporate funds abroad, multinational tax and profit planning, international risk analysis, and capital budgeting.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Visdomini CAS B25B W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Capstone Project 

(One course/4 credits)

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Concentration Electives
(Two courses/8 credits)

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

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