Online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Concentration in Global Business
The online MS in Supply Chain Management concentration in Global Business provides an understanding of the issues that arise when managing global business structures, including decision-making competency in the areas of international trade, logistics, and multinational finance. Program components include principles and techniques that concern the economic, social, political, market, technological, and environmental context of global business. The concentration is ideal for those who seek to learn how strategic leaders, senior professionals, and business practitioners plan, organize, manage, and lead global business organizations. The program examines different responses of American, European, and Asian firms to a global economy within an historic and evolving context. Various conflicting demands of national governments, interest groups, corporations, unions, NGOs, and consumers are often expressed in terms of ethical and social responsibility.
Students who complete the Supply Chain Management master’s degree concentration in Global Business will be able to:
- Articulate the major international trade mechanisms and purposes of key international institutions.
- Assess the major political economies and the requirements for doing business internationally, including in developed and developing countries.
- Understand the cultural differences in doing business in international settings, including the most critical laws, directives, and regulations.
- Direct the preparation of a strategic plan to make a foreign direct investment or some alternative form for doing business in an international market.
- Develop a framework for incorporating stakeholder engagement, including a code of conduct and ethical standards for the company.
- Conduct a due diligence audit of a potential acquisition of a supply chain partner.
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.
- 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.
- In 2020, Metropolitan College’s online master’s degrees in management were ranked #10 among the Best Online Graduate 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.
- Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
- 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.
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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.
Students must complete the Supply Chain Management degree core courses and the requirements of their chosen concentration, as well as an elective and a capstone project.
A total of ten 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. [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)
METAD755 Doing Business in North America
Students are introduced to the latest requirements, techniques, procedures, and practices for successfully 'Doing Business in North America'. Emphasis is placed on managing in the most competitive business environment in the world; preparing, implementing, and maintaining sustainable international business transactions and operations. We begin with a description of driving forces and starting conditions for being a competitive and sustainable business enterprise including the role of the market integration in the NAFTA region. Included is consideration of corporate market entry strategies such as import and export agreements and transactions, contractual agreements, strategic alliances, and direct foreign investments. Factors of risk management, business continuity management, and performance management (on project and corporate levels) are considered. Regional policies, international trade development, opportunities in international trade development, and forward- looking challenges are examined. All participants attend live online lectures, partake in discussion boards and complete a group term project involving business simulation. The project is developed in stages (decision rounds) throughout the term and teams compete during each stage. [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]
METAD763 Multinational Finance and Trade
Prereq: MET AD731
Applies the concepts of corporate finance to the problems of multinational financial management. Major topics include private and public institutions, foreign exchange rates, capital flows, speculation, analysis of alternative foreign investments, analysis of sources and uses of corporate funds abroad, multinational tax and profit planning, international risk analysis, and capital budgeting. [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)
Or choose any other graduate-level course 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.
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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