A Master in Supply Chain—otherwise known as an MSc in Supply Chain—aims to help students navigate the ins and outs of a huge, complex industry that is seemingly always in transition. As such, a Master in Supply Chain might include classes that address logistics management, supply chain coordination, global operations, procurement, and import-exports, for example. And today, since so much data is involved in supply chain management processes, students may also be exposed to concepts like data analytics, machine learning, and more.
The top Masters programs in Supply Chain Management are ranked in some of the world’s notable rankings publications, including US News & World Report and the Financial Times. The research organization Gartner also produces a ranking of the top North American Supply Chain Graduate Programs.
As an alternative to an MSc in Supply Chain Management, students might also consider specialized Masters programs in Logistics Management, Operations Management, and more. These degrees are related, and in some cases cover similar topics as MSc Supply Chain programs.
In terms of post-MSc Supply Chain employment prospects, the opportunities are practically endless. As logistics companies seek graduates that can help them cope with globalization and the digital revolution. Positions that graduates might apply for include Logistics Manager, Purchasing Manager, Supply Chain Specialist, and more.
We’ve listed the top MSc Supply Chain Management programs around the world, below.
Ross’ Master of Supply Chain Management program’s curriculum is informed by top industry executives, so students can be sure they’re getting an education that’s relevant and up-to-date. The program also includes a capstone course, which means that graduates will come away with real-world experience. The school was ranked highly in the most recent addition of Gartner’s Top 25 North American Supply Chain Management Graduate Programs.View School Profile
The MSc Global Supply Chain Management program at Kedge Business School in France is quite well-known, having been established back in 1984. The program is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), a SCM-oriented organization that ensures quality standards. A key feature of the program is a full-time internship inside a company for six months, with students applying theory in practice for a global supply chain.View School Profile
The Fisher College of Business, at Ohio State University, runs a Master of Business Logistics Engineering that is ranked highly by US News. The program is good for international students since it is STEM-designated, which gives graduates an extra 24 months to work in the US. The program boasts a 100 percent graduate employment rate, thanks partly to the experiential projects with companies like Honda, FedEx and DHL. Columbus, where the school is based, is one of America’s leading logistics, supply chain and retail hubs. The school also offers a Master of Operational Excellence.View School Profile
The Haslam College of Business hosts the Global Supply Chain Institute, which puts on a supply chain forum and helps develops curriculum for a host of supply chain-related programs. In the school’s Master’s in Global Supply Chain Management, students mix with others from Germany’s Kuehne Logistics University and China’s Tongji University School of Economics and Management, giving the program a very international perspective. Haslam also offers an online Master’s in Supply Chain program as well.View School Profile
The Master of Supply Chain Analytics at Rutgers is a STEM-designated program, meaning that international students who complete the degree are eligible to extend their post-study work visa in the US. According to the school, the highly quantitative curriculum will help prepare students to be data-driven decisionmakers in the supply chain field. Rutgers is home to the Center for Supply Chain Management, which serves as a networking locus and infuses the school’s degree programs with up-to-date thinking in supply chain management.View School Profile
Copenhagen Business School, in Denmark, offers a supply chain management specialization as part of the school’s MSc in Economics and Business Administration. From 2019, CBS has also been offering supply chain management as part of a part-time corporate masters degree program. The business school runs an annual Copenhagen Supply Chain Management Summit, giving students the opportunity to learn from and network with senior industry leaders.View School Profile
Wisconsin’s MS in Supply Chain Management covers a broad range of topics related to supply chain management, including marketing, analytics, operations, risk management, and more. The school hosts both the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management as well as the Erdman Center for Operations & Technology Management, which produce research and host networking events. Wisconsin’s MBA is ranked as a top-10 Supply Chain Management program by Gartner.View School Profile
Students on the MSc in Supply Chain Management at the Rotterdam School of Management have a natural advantage, being based in the largest commercial port in Europe that is a hub for global trade, business and logistics. RSM, at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, is one of Europe’s top tier business schools that is renowned for ground-breaking research, especially in the area of business sustainability, a core feature of the MSc course.View School Profile
The master's program in Global Supply Chain Management and Change run by Maastricht University is taught in Venlo, a city in the southeast of the Netherlands. It’s one of the country’s logistics hotspots, home to the headquarters and distribution facilities of many top logistics service providers. The program focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in global supply chain management, as technology reshapes logistics Some 88 percent of students recommend the program, according to an Elsevier ranking. Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics has achieved the “triple crown” of AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditation, ensuring high standards of education.View School Profile
The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business runs an MSc in Global Supply Chain Management. It’s a part-time course taught partly online, so students can keep working and that keeps the opportunity cost low. Another big perk is that students spend time in both Los Angeles and Singapore, providing the international exposure that is vital to supply chain managers in today’s globalized world.View School Profile
The School of Management, at MIP Politecnico Di Milano in Italy, runs a respected Master’s program in Supply Chain and Procurement Management. The syllabus is incredibly current, with an emphasis placed on big data analytics, technological innovation and sustainability. The program, taught entirely in English, is also very affordable. The return on investment would thus appear to be high, since graduates go on to work at such leading companies as Whirlpool, the world’s leading appliance manufacturer, and members of GS1, the Italian association of 35,000 fast-moving consumer goods manufacturers and retailers.View School Profile
Eduniversal ranked the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management at Vienna University of Economics and Business as the best in the world. The program in Austria is highly customizable, with students choosing from six specializations in subjects such as business analytics, sustainable supply chains and retail marketing. The cohort is also highly diverse, with 60 percent of students coming from overseas. That provides a global perspective that is essential to supply chain management, which is borderless.View School Profile