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

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 say, “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 supply chain management decision making.”

We want people to know to really have a good fundamental standing of global supply chains, operations management, logistics, international trade. At the end of this program, I think that I really hope that we can accomplish the goal of having students that are multi-facetted, someone who can embrace this complexity.

You will be able to separate yourself from the people who have a similar background that you have.

Offered online, on campus, and in a blended format, 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.

MSSCM Concentrations

Select a concentration to view degree requirements:

MS in Supply Chain Management Program Options

Available on campus and in the following format:

  • Online
  • Blended: By combining the convenience of online study and the dynamic of face-to-face learning, the blended format provides added flexibility and new avenues of opportunity for those with demanding schedules.

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.

Dual 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. Students must be accepted by both departments, but they may request that application materials such as references and transcripts be forwarded from the first program to the second.

 The department reviews each student’s prior academic background in relation to their current professional standing to determine suitability. Candidates for admission to the degree program are selected on the basis of academic transcripts, academic and professional references, and often interviews. Degree candidates have six years to complete the program from the date of their first course.

Part-time students who hold a bachelor’s degree but have not applied as degree candidates may enroll in the department’s classes on a space-available basis for a maximum of two courses prior to obtaining acceptance to the program. Students should consult prerequisite requirements for the program to determine what courses would be appropriate in this situation. It is important to note that a maximum of one course (four credit hours) with a grade of B+ or better completed prior to acceptance, not used toward another degree, and taken no more than four years prior to matriculation, may be credited toward degree requirements with department approval. A written request on the appropriate department form must accompany the student’s application. Students requesting full-time admission are expected to have completed a minimum of one year of work experience.

[H2] International Applicants

Applicants who require an I-20 visa from Boston University must submit an International Student Data Form (ISDF), along with financial and other documentation as required by the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO). Since financial aid is not available to foreign students, each international applicant will be asked to provide a financial declaration showing adequate funding for both tuition and living expenses for the duration of the program. All credentials must be submitted in English. International students must submit copies of current or recently issued visa or I-20 documentation. Boston University will not issue an I-20 without this information. Additional information may be obtained at bu.edu/isso.

International students must demonstrate an understanding of English, including the ability to read and write with proficiency. Students whose native language is not English must submit results from the following:

For TOEFL, the institutional code for Metropolitan College graduate programs is 3087. There is no institutional code required for the IELTS.

Applicants are exempt from language testing if they:

  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university in a country where English is the standard language: Australia, The Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Province of Québec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

For information on these tests, visit the TOEFL website at www.toefl.org or the IELTS website at ielts.org. Information may also be obtained at United States embassies or consulates.

Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement may wish to contact Boston University’s Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP) for further information.

All application materials must be submitted in English. A copy of the original document must accompany translations of academic records and other materials. Records of university study should show courses, grades, type of degree received, and exact or approximate rank in class.

[H2] 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 to the MSSCM, 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 MSSCM program will be counted toward the degree.

[H2] Academic Standing

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.

Select one of the master’s in Supply Chain Management concentrations to view degree requirements:

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