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—driving growth and putting a premium on professionals with expertise in management of suppliers, acquisition of raw materials, transportation of goods, financial management, inventory planning, warehouse management, and managing flow of information. In addition, the disruptive effect of COVID-19 on commerce and the supply chains that support it has underscored the need for robust, data analytics-driven supply chains that are agile, resilient, and sustainable.
During this transformative era, international trade association MHI reports that the biggest labor challenge for organizations is finding and retaining qualified skilled workers—and this need is expected to increase over the next few decades. Meanwhile, Supply chain jobs, including high-tech roles in data analysis, cloud solutions, supply chain planning, and risk management, are projected to grow in line with the national average of 9 percent over the course of the next decade, according to the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).
Those with a master’s degree in supply chain management are well positioned. In their 2021 career and salary survey, the ASCM finds that the annual median salary for supply chain professionals with a master’s degree is $99,900. In addition, one third of job-seeking respondents reported that they found employment in less than a month.
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 operations analytics, 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.
- Foundational knowledge in supply chain management and its core principles that are necessary to integrate supply chain operations with marketing strategies.
- 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 have the option of choosing a concentration in:
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 #3 among the Best Online Master’s in Supply Chain Management Programs by BestColleges.com (2020).
- Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
- 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.
- Learn from expert faculty from MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, and benefit from a unique combination of dynamic academic curricula, 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.
- Collaborate with professors and industrial practitioners in BU MET’s Decision Sciences Research Laboratory, while applying your analytical skills to solve current problems facing industrial organizations.
- Benefit from 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.
Operations Research Analysts
25% increase in jobs through 2029
$86,200 median annual pay in 2020
Market Research Analysts
18% increase in jobs through 2029
$65,810 median annual pay in 2021
11% increase in jobs through 2029
$87,660 median annual pay in 2020
4% increase in jobs through 2029
$132,290 median annual pay in 2020
4% increase in jobs through 2029
$76,270 median annual pay in 2020
The supply chain analytics market size exceeded $4 billion in 2020 and is projected to register gains at over 16% CAGR from 2021 to 2027.
—Global Market Insights Report, 2021
69% of supply chain organizations expect a decrease in consumer willingness to visit stores over the next five years.
—Future of Supply Chain, Gartner 2021
The global logistics market is expected to grow by 4.7% through to 2024.
—Total Logistics 2021, ResearchandMarkets
A combined $1 trillion at risk in the supply chains of 125 large corporate buyers is linked to environmental issues, reported the Carbon Disclosure Project, a non-profit clearinghouse of sustainability data.
—Supply Chain Resilience for an Era of Turbulence, The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2020
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.
Students who are not choosing a concentration must complete the degree core courses, three specialization courses, a capstone project, and two electives. Students who take MET AD 734 and meet certain performance standards will earn Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Students who take both MET AD 605 and MET AD 734 and meet certain performance standards will earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Each student enrolling in the program is required to take Mathematics and Statistics in Management (MET AD 510) in their first semester. This foundation course may be counted towards one of the electives. Students who have already taken both a math and a statistics course with a B+ or higher may petition to waive MET AD 510. Additionally, students have access to the following free self-paced laboratories: MwAM: Mathematics with Applications in Management and SwAM: Statistics with Applications in Management.
A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required.
Degree Core Courses
(Four courses/16 credits)
METAD605 Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals
This course helps students to develop an understanding of the impact of business processes on the organization's performance and provides students the key tools to analyze and improve processes in both manufacturing and service sectors. [4 credits]
METAD632 Financial Concepts
Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking. [4 credits]
METAD680 Global Supply Chains
This course analyzes the managerial activities required to support manufacturing and service industry international strategies to assure that the products/services are delivered/provided in the quality and timely manner expected through the use of global supply chains, outsourcing relationships, and multi-country operations. The course focuses on contemporary strategic issues that affect both large and small corporations and includes: the strategic role of the internet, international trade and logistics, cross cultural teaming, supply chain dynamics, information management, inventory scheduling and control, international coordination, and transportation and customer service. 4cr. [4 credits]
METAD715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes. [4 credits]
(Three courses/12 credits)
Note that MET AD 571 is a prerequisite to MET AD 616.
METAD571 Business Analytics Foundations
Prereq: AD100 Pre-Analytics Laboratory
This course presents fundamental knowledge and skills for applying business analytics to managerial decision-making in corporate environments. Topics include descriptive analytics (techniques for categorizing, characterizing, consolidation, and classifying data for conversion into useful information for the purposes of understanding and analyzing business performance), predictive analytics (techniques for detection of hidden patterns in large quantities of data to segment and group data into coherent sets in order to predict behavior and trends), prescriptive analytics (techniques for identification of best alternatives for maximizing or minimizing business objectives). Students will learn how to use data effectively to drive rapid, precise, and profitable analytics-based decisions. The framework of using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools will be applied within a proprietary business analytics shell and demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise. [4 credits]
METAD610 Enterprise Risk Management
This overview course examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of operational and technological risk assessment and operational continuity using a project management framework and quantitative risk metrics. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include: the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; information security; an overview of the system-wide structure; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. [4 credits]
METAD616 Enterprise Risk Analytics
The course offers an overview of the key current and emerging enterprise risk analytical approaches used by corporations and governmental institutions and is focused on understanding and implementing the enterprise risk management framework on how to leverage the opportunities around a firm to increase firm value. The major risk categories of the enterprise risk management such as financial risk, strategic risk and operational risk will be discussed and risk analytics approaches for each of these risks will be covered. Students will learn how to use interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, business statistics, optimization techniques, simulation, and decision-support tools. An integrated enterprise risk analytics approach will be demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise. [4 credits]
METAD644 Project Risk and Cost Management
Prereq: MET AD642
This course introduces students to macro and micro approaches to project cost estimation. Case studies of both pre-project and in- process estimating examine some of the more common perils of human irrationality associated with project estimation to help develop more sensible, achievable project outcomes. Students learn how to manage both project cost and schedule objectives throughout their projects using the Earned Value and Earned Schedule Measurement Systems. Students then study risk management through an examination of both individual and overall project risk and apply their learnings using advanced risk management software in an actual case study. Students also study project quality management, procurement/contract management, and project ethics and professional conduct using case study scenarios. [4 credits]
METAD690 Strategic Logistics Management
The course will provide students the qualitative and quantitative methods and tools used by today's logistics and transportation managers, and will use an applied problem-solving approach. Specifically, the course will emphasize decision-making in the areas of transportation management, warehouse and distribution center operations, and logistics network design that includes an understanding of key tradeoffs and the effect of variance in a logistics system. [4 credits]
METAD734 Quality Management
Course participants will be exposed to the fundamental principles involved in the analysis and management of quality for enterprises and their supply chain. Quality is defined in the broadest sense, encompassing all performance components that drive customer satisfaction. The course focuses on management principles, statistical modeling and analysis, and their application in a variety of industrial, service, healthcare, and educational environments. Topics include the Deming philosophy of management, Six Sigma and the DMAIC project framework, quality certification systems, statistical data analysis & presentation, statistical modeling using control charts, and statistical analysis of process capability. Students will earn a Six Sigma Green Belt based on satisfactory performance on the final examination. [4 credits]
METAD760 International Trade and Logistics
Techniques and procedures for conducting international trade. The course focus is practical. Topics include operations, government agencies and import/export channel networks, and the evaluation of international opportunities. Designed to provide students with the skills and tools necessary for international trade. [4 credits]
(One course/4 credits)
METAD804 Capstone Project for Supply Chain Management
This course is one of the last courses that a student in the supply chain management program is required to take. Students are expected to carry out independent research on a relevant topic in the area of supply chain management under the supervision of the instructor for the course. [4 credits]
(Two courses/8 credits)
Select two graduate level courses. These courses can be selected from other Administrative Sciences offerings or Metropolitan College departments, as well as from other Boston University schools and colleges, with an advisor’s approval.
Degree requirements may vary for those students transferring credits from previous coursework at Boston University or receiving course waivers due to professional designations.
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
Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
MS, Boston University; BA, University of Chicago
Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Digital Learning, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Applied Business Analytics
PhD, MS, BS, Dresden University of Technology
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