Develop Expertise in Global Supply Chain Analytics

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) concentration in Analytics at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) will prepare you to apply descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytical methods to supply networks using R programming language and other specialized programming languages. Focused on the needs of supply chain decision-makers who must navigate the ever-changing and increasingly complex networks of facilities, partners, suppliers, and other domestic and international stakeholders, the MSSCM Analytics concentration will prepare you to utilize mathematical modeling and optimization theory by choosing the appropriate quantitative tools to support supply chain operations, while applying systematic process-oriented approaches to evaluate supply chain performance using statistical modeling with Six Sigma principles and techniques.

By applying analytics to operations such sourcing, manufacturing, warehousing, and transportation, supply chain managers can improve efficiency in their organizations. The ability to analyze data also provides a clearer understanding of risk, increased accuracy in planning, enhanced end-to-end visibility, and a means of achieving a leaner supply chain.

In addition, those with supply chain-related analytics experience are well-positioned to fill a significant skills gap—a 2017 Teradata survey showed that 48 percent of enterprises faced a shortage of big data analytics talent. Meanwhile, a report by Grand View Research projects that the global supply chain analytics market—valued at $4.55 billion in 2020—will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 17.3 percent through 2028. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of operations research analysts will grow 25 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, with an annual median wage of $86,200 in 2020.

Program at a Glance

  • Top 10 Online Program
  • Online, On Campus, and Blended
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • 40 Credits
  • 12–20 Months to Completion
  • 12 Core Faculty
  • Tuition & Fees Range—Part-Time Study*: $35,900–$37,600

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.

Advance Your Career in Supply Chain Management

Offered online and on campus, BU MET’s Analytics concentration in the Supply Chain Management master’s degree program covers supply chain strategies, analysis and mitigation of supply chain risks, management of performance, quality control, inventory and capacity management, and all other operations-related analyses. Analytical techniques include statistical analysis, probabilistic decision-tree analysis, control charting, process capability analysis, and Monte Carlo simulation and optimization techniques. Capstone projects provide an opportunity to work on real-world business problems for prominent client firms while resources such as the Decision Sciences Research Laboratory connect you to the supply chain industry through collaborative applied research.

According to the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), supply chain jobs—including high-tech roles in data analysis, cloud solutions, supply chain planning, and risk management—are projected to grow in line with the national average of 9 percent over the course of the next decade. In their 2021 career and salary survey, the ASCM found that the annual median salary for supply chain professionals with a master’s degree is $99,900, and that 95 percent kept their jobs during the pandemic. In addition, one third of respondents reported finding a job in less than a month.

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Supply Chain Management program courses Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals (MET AD 605) and Quality Management (MET AD 734) may qualify you for Green Belt Training accredited by the Council for Six Sigma Certification—an Official Industry Standard of Six Sigma Accreditation for Six Sigma training providers worldwide.

Why BU’s Supply Chain Management Degree is Ranked in the Top 10

  • Capstone Project: Student teams tackle a real-world project from a company and benefit from practical experience and opportunities to network, with the potential for internships and jobs. Each project is executed by a diverse team of students under the guidance of a BU professor in liaison with the client firm. Clients that have partnered with us as part of capstone projects include the City of Boston, Construction Specialties, Henkel Corporation, LEGO, Loctite, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Raytheon Technologies, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, SharkNinja, and Waters Corporation, among others. View completed projects as well as capstone projects in progress.
  • DSLab Research Projects: BU MET’s Decision Sciences Research Laboratory (DSLab) offers opportunities to engage in applied collaborative research with professors and industry practitioners, while applying your analytical skills to solve current problems facing organizations. Most projects involve decision-making in the context of manufacturing and service supply chains and healthcare organizations, with the role of risk and uncertainty comprising an important aspect of our work. In all DSLab projects, we seek opportunities to disseminate results through local, regional, and international conference presentations, poster presentations, and academic journal articles.
  • Certification: Successfully complete Quality Management (MET AD 734) and you may qualify to earn a Six Sigma Green Belt accredited by the Council for Six Sigma Certification. By also completing Business Process Fundamentals (MET AD 605) you are eligible to earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. A Six Sigma certificate can help you increase productivity and decrease costs, enhancing your ability to deliver top-quality products and services to consumers in a limited amount of time. Eligibility is determined by satisfactory performance on final examinations in each course.
  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Supply Chain Management program focuses on practical, hands-on education, ensuring you are immersed in all aspects of the supply chain—education you can apply on the job.
  • Career Counseling: MET’s Career Development office and BU’s Center for Career Development offer a variety of job-hunting resources, including one-on-one career counseling by appointment for both online and on-campus students.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Supply Chain Management master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as global supply chains, operations management, logistics management, quality and production management, enterprise risk analytics, international business and trade, ecommerce, data mining, econometrics, and more.
  • Extensive Network: Study principles of Supply Chain Management alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable business contacts, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections. The Supply Chain Club and other resources provide access to networking events, panels, and facility tours designed to connect you with peers and supply chain experts.
  • Complimentary Labs: Students have access to the following free self-paced laboratories: MwAM: Mathematics with Applications in Management and SwAM: Statistics with Applications in Management. Additionally, two levels of preparatory analytics laboratories offer access to advanced tools and provide opportunities to hone analytics skills using cases that are populated with realistic data.
  • OPT and CPT Designated: Eligible graduates on student visas have access to an Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT) of 12 months.
  • 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus or fully online. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—since 2014, BU MET’s part-time master’s programs in business and management have been ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Merit Scholarships: US citizens and permanent residents are automatically considered during the application process and nominated based on eligibility. Learn more.

Master the Principles of Supply Chain Management

The Analytics concentration is part of BU MET’s MS in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) degree program, which provides a solid academic foundation in the design, optimization, and operation of a global supply chain. The MSSCM offers a curriculum that is ideal for professionals who want to advance up the job ladder and mid-career leaders who need better skills in the area of supply chain management to improve their decision-making, as well as applicants with no work experience.

All students in the BU MET Supply Chain Management degree program have an opportunity to engage with an actual supply chain challenge faced by a firm. Many of these capstone projects are proposed by our industrial advisory group, who also provide feedback on curriculum and individual courses. Experiences such as these ensure that graduates of the program are capable, confident, and courageous professionals who lead change and offer creative solutions that ensure prompt delivery of goods and services in an ever-changing global environment.

Graduate with Supply Chain Expertise

Metropolitan College’s Supply Chain Management master’s degree concentration in Analytics will equip you to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use interlinked data inputs, analytics, and systems to support decision-making in a supply chain that is geographically dispersed and culturally diverse.
  • Utilize financial statements, create performance metrics, develop inspection systems, and evaluate performance in manufacturing, service, and business processes using statistical calculations and displays.
  • Apply descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytical methods to supply networks, including optimization, simulation, forecasting, risk analysis, queuing models, using R programming language and other specialized programming languages.
  • Utilize mathematical modeling and optimization theory by choosing the appropriate quantitative tools to support supply chain operations.
  • Apply a systematic process-oriented approach to evaluating supply chain quality using statistical modeling with Six Sigma principles and techniques.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management and Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics share specific courses with the master’s in Supply Chain Management concentration in Analytics, giving you the option to take one or more certificate programs on your path to a master’s degree. Students currently enrolled in a graduate certificate who are interested in transitioning into a master’s degree should contact their academic advisor to declare their interest in this pathway. A new master’s degree application is not required. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at to learn more about this option.

A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required.

Students must complete the degree core courses, Analytics concentration requirements, as well as an elective and a capstone project. Students who take MET AD 734 and meet certain performance standards will earn Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Students who take both MET AD 605 and MET AD 734 and meet certain performance standards will earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Each student enrolling in the program is required to take Mathematics and Statistics in Management (MET AD 510) in their first semester. This foundation course may be counted towards one of the electives. Students who have already taken both a math and a statistics course with a B+ or higher may petition to waive MET AD 510. Additionally, students have access to the following free self-paced laboratories: MwAM: Mathematics with Applications in Management and SwAM: Statistics with Applications in Management.

Degree Core Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

Analytics Concentration Requirements

(Three courses/12 credits)

Note that MET AD 571 is a prerequisite to MET AD 616.

Capstone Project

(One course/4 credits)

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.

The following are some of the elective courses allowed with advisor approval:

Degree requirements may vary for those students transferring credits from previous coursework at Boston University or receiving course waivers due to professional designations.

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BU MET programs offer the flexibility of part-time or full-time study, either on campus or online. Tuition, fees, and total program cost are determined by enrollment status. If you enroll in 1–2 courses (4–8 credits) in a semester, you are charged the part-time per-credit rate. If you enroll in 3–4 courses (12–16 credits) in a semester, you are charged the full-time semester rate.

MS in Supply Chain Management, Analytics Concentration (Online and On Campus)

Enrollment Status Part Time Full Time
Courses per Semester 2 courses
(8 credits)
4 courses
(16 credits)
3 courses
(12 credits)
Time to Degree 5 semesters
(20 months)
3 semesters
(12-16 months)***
4 semesters
(16-20 months)***
Tuition* $550-$975
per credit**
per semester
per semester
Fees per Semester* $60 $478 $478
Total Degree Cost* $35,900–
$75,486 $105,399

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition & fee rates.
**Cost per credit is determined by course number (100–599 = $550/credit, 600–999 = $975/credit).
***Summer semester enrollment is not required for international students to maintain F-1 visa status. Enrollment in summer semester coursework will expedite completion of program and reduce total program cost.

International students seeking an F-1 visa for on-campus study must enroll full time and demonstrate availability of funds to cover the Estimated Cost of Graduate Study; those who wish to study online may enroll part-time but are not eligible for a visa. Learn more about International Student Tuition & Fees.

Questions? Please contact us to hear from an Admissions Advisor who can help you determine the best enrollment pathway. For information regarding financial aid, visit BU MET’s Financial Aid page.

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