Master of Science in Supply Chain Management
Over the past half-century, the area of supply chain management has grown from outsourcing 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 knowledge and capability to navigate these geographically and culturally dispersed entities efficiently, while exhibiting a solid command of supply chain theory, logistics, and international trade. 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.
Offered online and on campus, the 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. 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.
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.
Select a concentration to view degree requirements:
MS in Supply Chain Management Program Options
Available on campus and in the following format:
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 it’s, “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 global supply chain decision making.”
We want people to really have a good fundamental understanding of global supply chains, operations management, logistics, international trade. At the end of this program, I really hope that we can accomplish the goal of having students that are multifaceted, someone who can embrace this complexity.
You will be able to separate yourself from the people who have a similar background as you have.
MET prioritizes the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in the rolling admission process. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible and no later than the priority application deadlines for each term.
Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree, in any field of study, from a regionally accredited college/university (or the international equivalent) prior to enrollment at Metropolitan College. The following materials are required for a complete application:
- Completed Application for Graduate Admission and application fee
- All college transcripts
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official English proficiency exam results (International students)
Transfer of Credits
A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits), completed with a grade of B+ or better and not used toward another degree, may be transferred from an accredited university with approval from the Administrative Sciences department. The courses must have been completed no more than two years prior to matriculation. To request transfer of credits, students must fill out a transfer of credit form and attach all pertinent information.
Part-time students who hold a bachelor’s degree, but have not yet applied as degree candidates, may enroll in a maximum of two courses on a space-available basis. Before registering in any of our graduate courses (600 level or higher) you will need to provide the department with an undergraduate transcript confirming your degree from an accredited university. Please note that only two courses taken prior to acceptance into the program will be counted toward the degree.
No grade lower than B– may be applied toward degree, certificate, or diploma requirements. Students with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA will be placed on academic probation. 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 normally 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 academic 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 after one semester for full-time status (three semesters for part-time status) will be dismissed from the program.
International students studying on campus are required to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English skills, and must complete the following course unless waived by the department:
MET AD 501 Business Communication for International Students
Techniques for effective written and verbal communications. This course is a special offering for students for whom English is a second language. Prerequisite course: credits can not be used toward the MSAS degree. [ 4 cr. ]
Prerequisites cannot be applied toward degree requirements. Students are expected to satisfy the program prerequisites in their first semester.
Second Master's Degree & Concentration Options
Dual Concentration Option
The dual concentration allows students to obtain additional specialized knowledge by completing two Supply Chain Management concentrations. Students qualify for a second concentration by completing the requirements for both concentrations with a minimum of 14 total courses. The exact number of courses needed may be more than 14 depending on the student’s concentrations and the courses required.
Second Master’s Degree Option
In appreciation of the converging nature of management skills and technology, the Administrative Sciences department collaborates with Metropolitan College’s departments of Actuarial Science and Computer Science. Degree candidates in either program may apply 8 credits from one degree toward a second degree in one of these disciplines, thereby reducing their work by two courses.
Interested students apply for a second master’s degree after enrollment at MET. Students who apply for a second master’s degree are eligible for an application fee waiver, and may also request that application materials (including references and transcripts) be forwarded from the first application to the second. Upon acceptance to the second master’s degree, credit transfer may be applied for up to 8 credits.
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