Online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Degree

Over the past half-century, the area of supply chain management has grown from improving labor-intensive processes to managing complex global networks. Overseeing a modern, global supply chain means developing and mobilizing complex international networks—putting a premium on professionals who have the expertise in supply chain theory, logistics, and international trade, along with the capability to navigate these geographically and culturally dispersed entities efficiently. According to international trade association MHI, in 2014 there were currently six to eight management jobs per applicant—and by 2018, the industry will need to fill about 1.4 million jobs, or roughly 270,000 per year. In addition, the 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report finds that 63 percent of industry leaders see hiring and retaining a skilled workforce as a top challenge. Now is the time to prepare for a career in supply chain management.

The online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) degree program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College examines the design, optimization, and operation of a global supply chain. Available online, on campus, or in a blended format, the curriculum 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 who complete the master’s degree in Supply Chain Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the importance of supply chain management decisions in developing a business strategy for a firm.
  • An understanding of how supply chain management strategies contribute to the overall competitive strategies of a firm.
  • Foundational knowledge in supply chain management and its core pillars, including logistics management, operations management, and international trade and logistics.
  • Knowledge of key supply chain management issues and tools vital in analyzing supply chain decision problems.

Degree Concentrations

Students in the Supply Chain Management graduate degree program must select one of the following concentrations:

Awards & Accreditations


AACSB AccreditationAccredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Why Choose BU’s Master of Science in Supply Chain Management?

  • The Supply Chain Management program offers the flexibility of online, on-campus, or blended study formats, ensuring that students can earn their degree the way that suits them the best.
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs Grad Business 2017In 2018, Metropolitan College’s online master’s degrees in management were ranked #9 among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBAs) by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Learning from expert faculty from MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, students benefit from a unique combination of dynamic academic curricula, with the latest educational technologies, and direct professional contact with industry leaders in the supply chain management area.
  • Focus on design, optimization, and operation of a global supply chain process, while gaining expertise in efficient production, global supply chain coordination, risk mitigation, strategic logistics management, and import-export operations.
  • Our professional programs, developed by full-time faculty, rely on strong academic and industrial experience and are ranked at the very top of the best online programs in IT and business by U.S. News & World Report.
  • We utilize advanced pedagogy and the latest digital-learning concepts introduced in the online environment, such as video conferencing, live lectures and seminars, proctored assessments, access to proprietary software applications within virtual labs and cloud servers/technologies, creative learning, teamwork, and competitive games offered with the help of advanced business simulations.

Very often when you see a program like this put together at a university, unfortunately, a lot of times it’s just the collective of courses that exist. And they’re brought together into a structure and say, “Okay that’s our supply chain management degree program.”

What we’ve done is we started with a clean piece of paper and we brought the faculty together with expertise in this area and we say, “What do professionals need today to operate a global supply chain, to manage a global supply chain, to play a role in supply chain management decision making.”

We want people to know to really have a good fundamental standing of global supply chains, operations management, logistics, international trade. At the end of this program, I think that I really hope that we can accomplish the goal of having students that are multi-facetted, someone who can embrace this complexity.

You will be able to separate yourself from the people who have a similar background that you have.

Career Outlook

Sales Managers

5% increase in jobs through 2024

$113,860 median annual pay in 2014

Management Analysts

14% increase in jobs through 2024

$81,320 median annual pay in 2015

Operations Research Analysts

30% increase in jobs through 2024

$78,630 median annual pay in 2015

Logisticians

2% increase in jobs through 2024

$74,620 median annual pay in 2015

Market Research Analysts

19% increase in jobs through 2024

$62,150 median annual pay in 2015

Industry Trends

The logistics business will be looking to fill about 1.4 million jobs, or roughly 270,000 per year, by 2018.

Fortune Magazine,”Wanted: 1.4 million new supply chain workers by 2018″

“The data shows not only that foundational skills in planning, procurement, manufacturing and logistics are important, but that general management and even leadership skills are critical to success.”

SCM World Future of Supply Chain Report, 2016

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

Select one of the master’s in Supply Chain Management concentrations to view degree requirements:

Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must provide a personal statement and three letters of recommendation.

Faculty

Canan Gunes Corlu

Canan Gunes Corlu

Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences; Faculty Coordinator for Applied Business Analytics Programs
PhD, MS, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; BS, Koc University

Roger D. H. Warburton

Roger D. H. Warburton

Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences; Academic Coordinator for Project Management Programs
PhD, MS, University of Pennsylvania; BSc, Sussex University; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

Vladimir Zlatev

Vladimir Zlatev

Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences
PhD, MS, BS, Dresden University of Technology

Getting Started

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