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.

MSSCM Concentrations

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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.

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