Develop a Strategic Approach to Managing Supply Chains
Prepare to meet the challenges of today’s supply chains with the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) degree program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET).
Over the past half century, the area of supply chain management has evolved from improving labor-intensive processes to developing, mobilizing, and managing complex global networks—driving growth and putting a premium on professionals with expertise in management of suppliers, acquisition of raw materials, transportation of goods, financial management, inventory planning, warehouse management, and managing flow of information.
At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic—and its disruptive effect on global commerce and the supply chains that support it—has underscored the need for robust, data analytics-driven supply chains that are agile, resilient, and sustainable.
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.
Students in the Supply Chain Management master’s program have the option to select one of the following concentrations:
- Logistics Management
- Risk Management
- Global Business (Not Currently Accepting Applications)
Program at a Glance
- Top 10 Online Program
- Online, On Campus, and Blended
- Part-Time or Full-Time Study
- 40 Credits
- 12–24 Months to Completion
- 12 Core Faculty
- No GRE/GMAT
Advance Your Career in Supply Chain Management
Offered online and on campus, the Supply Chain Management master’s degree program examines the design, optimization, and operation of a global supply chain. The curriculum explores the essentials of lean production, six-sigma methodology, global supply chain coordination, risk mitigation, sustainable supply chains, strategic logistics management, and import-export operations. As a graduate of the MSSCM program, you will be able to analyze and improve business process flows and become a confident decision-maker who will lead change and offer creative solutions that ensure prompt delivery of goods and services in an ever-changing global environment.
Corporations such as McDonalds, Starbucks, Cisco, Coca Cola, Intel, Walmart, Nestle, BMW, Nike, Unilever, and Johnson & Johnson rely on sophisticated, expertly managed supply chains, as do startups and smaller firms. Whether you specialize in procurement, analytics, logistics, import/export operations, risk management and business continuity, or demand planning, BU MET’s Supply Chain Management master’s prepares you for a wealth of different roles, job opportunities, and career paths. Boston-area companies hiring supply chain managers include P&G, Boston Dynamics, Amazon, Wayfair, Converse, Takeda, Biogen, McKinsey & Company, IBM, RSM, Gooch & Housego, UPS, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bayer, 3M, American Tower, and DHL.
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Supply Chain Management program courses Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals (MET AD 605) and Quality Management (MET AD 734) are accredited by the Council for Six Sigma Certification—an Official Industry Standard of Six Sigma Accreditation for Six Sigma training providers worldwide.
“I am constantly using concepts from the MS in Supply Chain Management program in my current job as a supply chain manager for Dune Sciences. Most recently, I have leaned heavily on methods I learned from lectures on forecasting and quality in Dr. Corlu’s Global Supply Chains (MET AD 680) and Dr. Maleyeff’s Quality Management (MET AD 734) courses, aiming to better analyze the throughput of suppliers, allowing for more reliable expectations of lead times.”—Scott Miller (MET’19), Supply Chain Manager, Dune Sciences, Inc.
Explore Careers in Supply Chain Management
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Why BU’s Supply Chain Management Degree is Ranked in the Top 10
- Accreditation: The Council for Six Sigma Certification—an Official Industry Standard of Six Sigma Accreditation for Six Sigma training providers worldwide—has accredited two Supply Chain Management program courses at BU MET: Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals (MET AD 605) and Quality Management (MET AD 734) for Six Sigma Green Belt Training.
- Certification: Take the Quality Management (MET AD 734) course and earn a Six Sigma Green Belt. Complete both MET AD 605 and MET AD 734 and you will be eligible earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. These courses develop the skills needed to improve organizational performance and do away with challenges that affect consumer loyalty. 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. Distinguish yourself from the competition with a Six Sigma credential that equips you with the skills employers rely on.
- 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. In addition, BU MET’s Decision Sciences Research Laboratory offers opportunities to collaborate with professors and industrial practitioners, while applying your analytical skills to solve current problems facing industrial organizations. Lab research focuses on decision-making under uncertainty, applying analytical modeling, simulations, and data analysis to global supply chain operations, and can culminate in a conference presentation.
- 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, 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.
- Capstone Project: Student teams tackle a real-world project from a company (past examples include MBTA, Henkel Corporation, LEGO, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, and Waters Corporation) and benefit from practical experience and opportunities to network, with the potential for internships and jobs.
- Complementary 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, 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 S. News & World Report.
- Merit Scholarships: All applicants are automatically considered, and admitted students are nominated based on eligibility.
Master the Principles of Supply Chain Management
Offered through BU MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, the MS in Supply Chain Management core curriculum provides a solid academic foundation in the design, optimization, and operation of a global supply chain. The BU MET program 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 will equip you with:
- An understanding of the importance of supply chain management decisions in developing a business strategy for a firm.
- Foundational knowledge in supply chain management and the core principles necessary to integrate supply chain operations with marketing strategies.
- Knowledge of key supply chain management issues and tools vital in analyzing supply chain decision problems.
BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management shares specific courses with the master’s in Supply Chain Management program, giving you the option to take the certificate on your path to a master’s degree. Other graduate certificate programs that share courses include Applied Business Analytics, Enterprise Risk Management, and Project Management. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Consult with a graduate admissions advisor to learn more about this option.
At BU MET, we recognize the importance of maintaining advisory boards that will provide an important link between industry, students, and faculty with the goal of improving the quality and relevance of our programs. The main goal of the Supply Chain Management Advisory Board is to establish a link between industry and BU MET students and faculty. Our advisory board is composed of a diverse mix of industry practitioners who are the leaders in various aspects of supply chain management, and represent organizations that encompass consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and services:
Temi Balogun, MS (MET’20)
Supplier Quality Engineer, Walmart
Steve Cashton, MBA
Lecturer, Metropolitan College, Boston University
John Cocco, PhD
Corporate Vice President, Innovation, Henkel Corporation, General Industrial Division
Amy A. Elmore
Global Logistics Leader, Bob’s Discount Furniture
Anthony Ganci, MBA, MS
Director, Sales Operations, Analog Devices, Inc.
Barry K. Lynn, MBA, CPM
President and Founder, Supply Chain 411 Corp.
Dan McCarthy, CPM, CPIM
Operations Leader, Amazon Lab 126
Kathryn Oczkowski, MS (MET’20)
Supply Chain Analyst, Adhesive Technologies
Li-Chung Pan, MS (MET’14)
Senior Global Transportation Manager, Waters Corporation
Kevin Umlauf, MS
Global Process Owner – Supply Chain, Sanofi Genzyme
Harsh Vardhan, MEng
Supply Chain R&D Specialist, Ahold Delhaize
Bud Wilkes, MBA, CPIM
Director of US Customer Planning, Lego Systems, Inc.
Muching (Emily) Zhang, MEng, PMP, CSCP
Consultant – Supply Chain Practice, Converge Consulting, LLC
Master’s in Supply Chain Management Curriculum
A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required.
Students who are not choosing a concentration must complete the degree core courses, three specialization courses, a capstone project, and two electives. 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)
MET AD 605 Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals
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. ]Fall 2021
|A1||IND||Maleyeff||MET 101||M||9:05 am – 11:50 am|
|A2||IND||Cocco||CAS 233||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Cashton||KCB 107||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A4||IND||Maleyeff||KCB 107||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A5||IND||Cashton||CAS 237||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A1||IND||Cocco||KCB 107||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Staff||EPC 208||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Maleyeff||STH 113||W||9:00 am – 11:45 am|
|A4||IND||Cashton||EPC 204||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
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. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Noorian||MCS B29||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Mcgue||HAR 222||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Mcgue||MET 122||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Mcgue||MET 101||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Mcgue||CGS 527||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
|A7||IND||Kanza||EPC 204||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Mcgue||MCS B29||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Mendlinger||SOC B57||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A3||IND||Staff||STH 113||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A4||IND||Mcgue||MCS B37||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Mcgue||STH 113||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
MET AD 680 Global Supply Chains
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. ]Fall 2021
|A1||IND||Ganci||HAR 212||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Gunes Corlu||MET 122||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Ganci||CAS 237||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Gunes Corlu||CAS 237||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
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. ]Fall 2021
|A1||IND||Harris||CGS 525||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Dickson||PSY B51||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Zlatev||MET 101||W||9:05 am – 11:50 am|
|A4||IND||Dickson||CAS 226||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Zlatev||MET 101||R||9:00 am – 11:45 am|
|A6||IND||Maltzman||EPC 208||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Dickson||CAS 237||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Dickson||EPC 208||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Staff||FLR 123||T||9:00 am – 11:45 am|
|A4||IND||Zlatev||MET 122||W||9:00 am – 11:45 am|
|A5||IND||Staff||EPC 208||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
(Three courses/12 credits)
Note that MET AD 571 is a prerequisite to MET AD 616.
MET AD 571 Business Analytics Foundations
Prereq: AD100 Pre-Analytics Laboratory
This course presents fundamental knowledge and skills for applying business analytics to managerial decision-making in corporate environments. Topics include descriptive analytics (techniques for categorizing, characterizing, consolidation, and classifying data for conversion into useful information for the purposes of understanding and analyzing business performance), predictive analytics (techniques for detection of hidden patterns in large quantities of data to segment and group data into coherent sets in order to predict behavior and trends), prescriptive analytics (techniques for identification of best alternatives for maximizing or minimizing business objectives). Students will learn how to use data effectively to drive rapid, precise, and profitable analytics-based decisions. The framework of using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools will be applied within a proprietary business analytics shell and demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Ritt||CAS 216||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Orunkhanov||CAS 237||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Dickson||HAR 326||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Kim||CAS 235||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Harris||HAR 310||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A1||IND||Harris||MCS B29||M||9:00 am – 11:45 am|
|A2||IND||Orunkhanov||KCB 107||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Dickson||CAS 233||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A4||IND||Ritt||EPC 208||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Kim||KCB 107||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
This overview course examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of operational and technological risk assessment and operational continuity using a project management framework and quantitative risk metrics. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include: the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; information security; an overview of the system-wide structure; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. [ 4 cr. ]Fall 2021
|A1||IND||Carroll||CAS 326||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Weidman||HAR 212||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Carroll||CAS 326||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 616 Enterprise Risk Analytics
The course offers an overview of the key current and emerging enterprise risk analytical approaches used by corporations and governmental institutions and is focused on understanding and implementing the enterprise risk management framework on how to leverage the opportunities around a firm to increase firm value. The major risk categories of the enterprise risk management such as financial risk, strategic risk and operational risk will be discussed and risk analytics approaches for each of these risks will be covered. Students will learn how to use interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, business statistics, optimization techniques, simulation, and decision-support tools. An integrated enterprise risk analytics approach will be demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Kim||FLR 152||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Ritt||CAS 201||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Ritt||CAS 203||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Kim||FLR 123||R||9:00 am – 11:45 am|
|A3||IND||Ritt||SHA 210||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
Prereq: MET AD642
This course introduces students to macro and micro approaches to project cost estimation. Case studies of both pre-project and in- process estimating examine some of the more common perils of human irrationality associated with project estimation to help develop more sensible, achievable project outcomes. Students learn how to manage both project cost and schedule objectives throughout their projects using the Earned Value and Earned Schedule Measurement Systems. Students then study risk management through an examination of both individual and overall project risk and apply their learnings using advanced risk management software in an actual case study. Students also study project quality management, procurement/contract management, and project ethics and professional conduct using case study scenarios. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Belack||PHO 201||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Belack||HAR 322||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 690 Strategic Logistics Management
The course will provide students the qualitative and quantitative methods and tools used by today's logistics and transportation managers, and will use an applied problem-solving approach. Specifically, the course will emphasize decision-making in the areas of transportation management, warehouse and distribution center operations, and logistics network design that includes an understanding of key tradeoffs and the effect of variance in a logistics system. [ 4 cr. ]Fall 2021
|A1||IND||Glass||SOC B63||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 734 Quality Management
Course participants will be exposed to the fundamental principles involved in the analysis and management of quality for enterprises and their supply chain. Quality is defined in the broadest sense, encompassing all performance components that drive customer satisfaction. The course focuses on management principles, statistical modeling and analysis, and their application in a variety of industrial, service, healthcare, and educational environments. Topics include the Deming philosophy of management, Six Sigma and the DMAIC project framework, quality certification systems, statistical data analysis & presentation, statistical modeling using control charts, and statistical analysis of process capability. Students will earn a Six Sigma Green Belt based on satisfactory performance on the final examination. [ 4 cr. ]Fall 2021
|A1||IND||Maleyeff||CAS 222||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Maleyeff||CAS 235||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 760 International Trade and Logistics
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. ]
|A1||IND||Staff||CAS 216||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
(One course/4 credits)
MET AD 804 Capstone Project for Supply Chain Management
This course is one of the last courses that a student in the supply chain management program is required to take. Students are expected to carry out independent research on a relevant topic in the area of supply chain management under the supervision of the instructor for the course. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||DRS||Maleyeff||FLR 152||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
(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.
Degree requirements may vary for those students transferring credits from previous coursework at Boston University or receiving course waivers due to professional designations.
Supply Chain Management Faculty
Canan Gunes Corlu
Associate Professor, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Supply Chain Management
Associate Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Enterprise Risk Management
Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
Associate Professor of the Practice Director of Digital Learning, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Applied Business Analytics
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MS, Boston University; BS, Saint Michael’s College
MBA, MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; BE, Manhattan College
MBA, Suffolk University; BS, Boston College
PhD, MBA, MS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; BS, Northeastern University
MS, Industrial Engineering, MBA; Boston University
MBA, Rider University; BA, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Muching (Emily) Zhang
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BA, George Washington University