Online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Concentration in Risk Management

The online MS in Supply Chain Management concentration in Risk Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) will provide you with a solid understanding of risk-related issues in managing global supply chains. Learn to evaluate cost and resource requirements associated with major supply chain initiatives that require careful project planning, including statistical analysis of uncertainties that create operational risks; quantify supply chain risks in terms of their likelihood and impacts so that appropriate mitigation strategies can be implemented; and develop systematic process-oriented approaches to evaluate supply chain performance using statistical modeling with Six Sigma principles and techniques.

The focus of the Risk Management concentration of the MSSCM is to ensure that you are prepared for the wide variety of global events that can disrupt a supply chain. These can encompass financial, reputational, and geopolitical risks, as well as natural and man-made disasters, cyberattacks, and “black swan” events such as the COVID-19 pandemic or the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Sixty-two percent of supply chain leaders surveyed in the 2021 Deloitte Global Resilience Report believe similar large-scale disruptions are likely to occur in the future.

Deloitte’s report also highlights the need for risk managers, with only 30 percent of those surveyed saying their organizations can quickly adapt and pivot in response to disruptive events—and just 34 percent confident that they can lead their organizations through future disruptions. A 2020 supply chain survey by the Capgemini Research Institute reveals that 57 percent of organizations plan to increase investment in supply chain resilience, and 84 percent view “increasing crisis-preparedness using simulations” as a key post-pandemic priority.

To avoid major upheavals to normal supply chain operations, the industry requires talented supply chain managers who have the state-of-the-art skills to implement solid risk-mitigation plans, establish end-to-end supply chain visibility, and offer data-driven, agile solutions. With a master’s degree, your opportunities increase: In their 2021 career and salary survey, the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) found that the annual median salary for supply chain professionals with a master’s degree is $99,900.

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to use interlinked data inputs, analytics, and systems to support decision-making in a supply chain that is geographically dispersed and culturally diverse.
  • Utilize financial statements and use quantitative analysis tools to create a resilient supply chain by assessing the threats and vulnerabilities faced by a global supply chain decision-maker, including impacts of climate change, pandemics, cybersecurity, and the global economy.
  • Utilize mathematical modeling and optimization theory by choosing the appropriate quantitative tools to support supply chain operations.
  • Evaluate cost and resource requirements associated with major supply chain initiatives that require careful project planning, including statistical analysis of uncertainties that create operational risks./li>
  • Apply a systematic process-oriented approach to evaluating supply chain quality using statistical modeling with Six Sigma principles and techniques.

Awards & Accreditations

AACSB AccreditationAccredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business


Council for Six Sigma Certification

Supply Chain Management program courses Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals (MET AD 605) and Quality Management (MET AD 734) may qualify you for Green Belt Training 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.
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs - Grad Business 2024In 2024, 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.
  • Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Successfully complete Quality Management (MET AD 734) and you may qualify to earn a Six Sigma Green Belt accredited by the Council for Six Sigma Certification. By also completing Business Process Fundamentals (MET AD 605) you are eligible to earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. A Six Sigma certificate can help you increase productivity and decrease costs, enhancing your ability to deliver top-quality products and services to consumers in a limited amount of time. Eligibility is determined by satisfactory performance on final examinations in each course.
  • Capstone projects allow you to tackle a real-world project from a company and benefit from practical experience and opportunities to network, with the potential for internships and jobs. Each project is executed by a diverse team of students under the guidance of a BU professor in liaison with the client firm. Clients that have partnered with us as part of capstone projects include the City of Boston, Construction Specialties, Henkel Corporation, LEGO, Loctite, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Raytheon Technologies, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, SharkNinja, and Waters Corporation, among others. View completed projects as well as capstone projects in progress.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Meet Dr. Vladimir Zlatev, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Administrative Sciences department.

Career Outlook

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

Management Analysts

11% increase in jobs through 2029

$87,660 median annual pay in 2020

Sales Managers

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

Industry Trends

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

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

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.

Financial Assistance

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 degree core courses, Risk Management concentration requirements, as well as an elective and a capstone project. 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.


Canan Gunes Corlu

Canan Gunes Corlu

Associate Professor, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Supply Chain Management
PhD, MS, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; BS, Koc University

John Maleyeff

John Maleyeff

Associate Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Enterprise Risk Management
PhD, MS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
BA, East Stroudsburg State College

David Ritt

David Ritt

Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
MS, Boston University; BA, University of Chicago

Vladimir Zlatev

Vladimir Zlatev

Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Digital Learning, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Applied Business Analytics
PhD, MS, BS, Dresden University of Technology

Getting Started

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