Master of Science in Supply Chain Management concentration in Quantitative Approaches

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management concentration in Quantitative Approaches will equip students with the advanced quantitative skills needed to analyze and manage complex supply chains. It is 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. Decisions concerning the determination of 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 will be stressed. Analytical techniques include statistical analysis, probabilistic decision-tree analysis, control charting, process capability analysis, Monte Carlo simulation and optimization techniques.

Students who complete the Supply Chain Management master’s degree concentration in Quantitative Approaches will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to better utilize available information in operational, tactical, and strategic decision-making in supply chains.
  • An understanding of how organizations are using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools to better understand their operations, customers, and markets.
  • An ability to describe a manufacturing, service, or business process using appropriate statistical calculations and displays.
  • How to make quality-related decisions based on information (e.g., performance metrics, survey results, or inspections) while appreciating the existence of random variation and its effect on the statistical behavior of the data.
  • An ability to implement a quality system that uses a process-oriented approach to controlling and improving processes.
  • Accuracy in the application of analytical methods in their own analysis, and the ability to recognize misapplications in the works of others, by presenting performance results in ways that inform, rather than confuse or mislead, a management audience.

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Scott Miller

MS in Supply Chain Management (MET’19); BS in Industrial Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Scott Miller
Supply Chain Manager, Dune Sciences, Inc.

“Returning to school provided me the opportunity to learn about a subject I am genuinely interested in, while gaining new skills to help me progress in my career.“

What attracted you to BU over other schools? Particularly, why did you choose MET?

For me, the biggest draw to Boston, BU, and MET was the diversity. Growing up, I was not part of a very diverse community. This is something that I felt held me back, especially going into a field like supply chain management. By joining BU’s diverse student population, I was able to learn new things about several cultures while completing projects with peers from around the world. Even walking around the city of Boston, I might hear three different languages spoken on every block. It is truly a melting pot of a city, and that offered additional value to my education.