My undergraduate field of study was not in a field related to supply chain management. Can I still apply for the MS in Supply Chain Management?

Yes! Students come to our Supply Chain Management master’s program from all kinds of backgrounds. We offer free laboratories to help you brush up necessary analytical skills for courses that you will take in the program.

How do you support your students in the program?

In addition to the industry-relevant courses that we offer to our students, we support our students in a number of ways so that they are prepared for the job market after they graduate. For example, we have several events such as CV workshops (where industry professionals meet you to go over your CV), career panel sessions (where professionals offer advice on landing your first job and succeeding in a supply chain career), and several networking events where you will get a chance to get to know your colleagues in the program, your professors, and industry professionals working in several companies in the Boston area.

Does the curriculum allow for joint work with a real company?

Yes! We have a capstone project course where our students have the opportunity to work on a real problem offered by a company. Throughout the course, students get the opportunity to work closely with an industrial mentor and often times to visit the company.

Are students in the program ever able to serve as Teaching Assistants or Graduate Research Assistants?

Yes—many of our top students serve as Teaching Assistants or Graduate Research Assistants. This can be a good way to gain valuable leadership experience, work closely with a professor, and earn some extra money during your time as a student.

What about Curricular Practical Training (CPT)? Can I use this while enrolled in the program?

BU MET students can use CPT while enrolled in the program. Some of our students have used CPT for summer work performed at companies (i.e., internships) in the Greater Boston area.

Are your courses taught by people with industry experience?

The majority of our courses are taught by full-time faculty, all of whom have acquired relevant professional experience prior to entering academia. Nearly one-fifth of our classes are taught by adjunct instructors who work full-time in Boston for Fortune 100 corporations. We have found that a mix of full-time and adjunct faculty is ideal—our adjunct faculty bring knowledge of cutting-edge, real-world data applications into the classroom, whereas our full-time faculty are completely immersed in teaching and advising our students.

Are the online course offerings the same as the face-to-face offerings?

Yes. All of the SCM specialization courses are offered in both the online and face-to-face formats. The material covered in both formats is the same, as is the high instructional quality.

Do I need to submit GRE or GMAT scores in order to apply?

No. Neither test is required for your application.

If I’ve already taken the GRE or GMAT, should I submit my score when I apply?

If you have already taken one of these standardized tests, then yes, it will generally work in your favor to submit it. Since the test is not a requirement, a relatively weak score will not be counted against you. A strong score, however, could offset a weakness somewhere else in your application.

I am looking at the online version of your program as well as the on-campus version of your program? The requirements look similar. Are the degrees the same?

Yes, the degrees are identical. The Boston University degree earned by an online student is exactly the same as one earned by an on-campus student.

I am interested in the Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management. If I complete the requirements for the graduate certificate, and then decide that I want to pursue the master’s, do I have to start over again and reapply? How does that work?

If you have completed the graduate certificate requirements, and then decide to pursue the Supply Chain Management master’s, you do not need to reapply. At that point, you have already been accepted into a Supply Chain Management program, and you have already proven yourself, so your decision to continue on towards the master’s is just an administrative matter (your enrollment in additional classes). Best of all, the four certificate courses can be counted towards the master’s, so you are already 40 percent of the way there!