Online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Degree
Over the past half-century, the area of supply chain management has grown from improving 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.
The online 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. Available online, on campus, or in a blended format, 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 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.
Students in the Supply Chain Management graduate degree program must select one of the following concentrations:
Awards & Accreditations
Accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Boston University 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.
Why Choose BU’s Master of Science in Supply Chain Management?
- The Supply Chain Management program offers the flexibility of online or on-campus study formats, ensuring that students can earn their degree the way that suits them the best.
- In 2021, Metropolitan College’s online master’s degrees in management were ranked #6 among the Best Online Master's in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.
- MET’s program was ranked #6 among the Best Online Master’s in Supply Chain Management Programs by BestColleges.com (2019).
- 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) for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training and Quality Management (MET AD 734) for Six Sigma Green Belt Training.
- Learning from expert faculty from MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, students benefit from a unique combination of dynamic academic curricula, with the latest educational technologies, and direct professional contact with industry leaders in the supply chain management area.
- Focus on design, optimization, and operation of a global supply chain process, while gaining expertise in efficient production, global supply chain coordination, risk mitigation, strategic logistics management, and import-export operations.
- Our professional programs, developed by full-time faculty, rely on strong academic and industrial experience and are ranked at the very top of the best online programs in IT and business by U.S. News & World Report.
- We utilize advanced pedagogy and the latest digital-learning concepts introduced in the online environment, such as video conferencing, live lectures and seminars, proctored assessments, access to proprietary software applications within virtual labs and cloud servers/technologies, creative learning, teamwork, and competitive games offered with the help of advanced business simulations.
7% increase in jobs through 2026
$121,060 median annual pay in 2017
14% increase in jobs through 2026
$82,450 median annual pay in 2017
Operations Research Analysts
27% increase in jobs through 2026
$81,390 median annual pay in 2017
7% increase in jobs through 2026
$74,590 median annual pay in 2017
Market Research Analysts
23% increase in jobs through 2026
$63,230 median annual pay in 2017
The logistics business will be looking to fill about 1.4 million jobs, or roughly 270,000 per year, by 2018.
Fortune Magazine,”Wanted: 1.4 million new supply chain workers by 2018″
“The data shows not only that foundational skills in planning, procurement, manufacturing and logistics are important, but that general management and even leadership skills are critical to success.”
SCM World Future of Supply Chain Report, 2016
Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.
Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.
Select one of the master’s in Supply Chain Management concentrations to view degree requirements:
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:
Canan Gunes Corlu
Associate Professor, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Supply Chain Management
PhD, MS, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; BS, Koc University
Associate Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Enterprise Risk Management
PhD, MS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
BA, East Stroudsburg State College
Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Innovation
PhD, SM, MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BA, Harvard University
David L. Rainey
Visiting Professor of the Practice
PhD, MS, MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MBA,
Western New England College; BS, University of Connecticut
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