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 expertise in supply chain theory, logistics, and international trade knowledge, along with the capability to navigate these geographically and culturally dispersed entities efficiently.

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College examines the design, optimization, and operation of a global supply chain. 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 in the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management must select a concentration in Global Business, Logistics Management, or Quantitative Approaches.

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:

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

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

Elective Courses (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 Capstone Project for Supply Chain Management

Good Standing

No grade lower than B– may be applied toward degree, certificate, or diploma requirements. Students earning below a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) will be placed on academic probation status. Students on academic probation must make satisfactory progress toward achieving a minimum of 3.0 by the following semester, and must be in a position to graduate with a 3.0 or better within the remaining program courses. While grades of B or B– are considered passing, these grades will not assist in raising an unsatisfactory GPA to a satisfactory level. Therefore, students must obtain a minimum grade of B+ during a probation period.

Students who, in the determination of the department and based on past student performance, are not in a position to raise their GPA to the necessary level to graduate within the remaining courses will be dismissed from the program. Students who have not removed themselves from academic probation status after one semester for full-time status or three courses for part-time status will be dismissed from the program.