For students who want to go beyond a basic college education in supply chain to do graduate-level, there's a lot of good news. Gartner, in its recent US Supply Chain Graduate Programs report, identified the leading programs in the space.
The report, which is in its third year, looked at 35 US universities to find the cream of the crop. “In the university community, competition between programs is intense, but friendly,” said Dana Stiffler, research vice president at Gartner in a press release. “With so much growth in programs, and industry sponsors lining up to invest in universities' supply chain centers, the sense is that supply chain has finally 'arrived' as a profession.”
With a few exceptions, universities that support undergraduates for supply chain training tend to excel in more advanced education, with Penn State, Michigan State, University of Tennessee, and University of Texas at Austin appearing in the top 10 for both undergrad and graduate offerings. Click on the picture below to start the slideshow.
Offering both a Master's of professional studies (two years) and a graduate certificate (one year) in supply chain management, the Penn State Smeal College of Business captured the top spot in the ranking. The Master's program offers an online curriculum that allows students an anytime, anywhere experience, and the school says that it offers a “curriculum grounded in proven theory, best business practices, and emerging innovation” that “enables students to examine supply chain processes, manage information technology enabled logistics, and craft supply chain strategies.”
Meanwhile, the certificate program is “focused on building competence across the foundations of supply chain management,” the University said.
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN