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Slideshow: Top 10 Undergrad Supply Chain Programs

Few students who are heading off to college say they want to major in supply chain management. However, more than ever before, undergrads who are looking to enter the supply chain profession can choose from plenty of programs.

“U.S. undergraduate supply chain programs have made impressive progress since we formally began this research in 2008, efforts which have helped grow and improve the supply of supply chain talent,” Dana Stiffler, research vice president at Gartner, said in a press release on its recently released list of top college supply chain programs. “The top U.S. undergraduate supply chain programs balance broad curricula, real-world experience and strong industry reputations to rise to the top.”

Gartner cites a variety of growth areas in supply chain programs, including:

  • Broader curricula than ever before
  • Greater opportunity for internships and other applied project work
  • Increased enrollment and the launch of new programs
  • Increasing salary opportunities

Click the image below for a slideshow on the 10 supply chain programs that got top marks from Gartner.

1. (tie) Michigan State University

Program Description: 'Supply chain management integrates topics from manufacturing operations, purchasing, transportation, and physical distribution into a unified program. The program offers integration among these critical, value-adding components to enhance global competitiveness. The objectives are to provide students with a comprehensive background in each area and also to allow students to pursue concentrations within their areas of interest.'
US News & World Report rated the college No. 1 for undergraduates for supply chain management/logistics.

Program Description: “Supply chain management integrates topics from manufacturing operations, purchasing, transportation, and physical distribution into a unified program. The program offers integration among these critical, value-adding components to enhance global competitiveness. The objectives are to provide students with a comprehensive background in each area and also to allow students to pursue concentrations within their areas of interest.”

US News & World Report rated the college No. 1 for undergraduates for supply chain management/logistics.

— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN Circle me on Google+ Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn page Friend me on Facebook

6 comments on “Slideshow: Top 10 Undergrad Supply Chain Programs

  1. pjoygordon
    October 7, 2014

    Hailey's post coincides with the release of an important new book for universities' Supply-Chain Programs, as well as for working professionals.  It's by Professor Andy Tsay at Santa Clara University.  (The list of 10 didn't include any West Coast universities!)

    I've guest lectured at Prof. Tsay's Supply Chain Outsourcing course, and was delighted to read his new book Designing and Controlling the Outsourced Supply Chain , from NOW Publishers. 

    More about why a new supply-chain book was needed, and how it fills a gap, is in a recent TFI blog post (TechForecasters . com / blog). It features an interview with the author and provides insights on preparing students for an imperfect industry.

  2. SP
    October 8, 2014

    I feel more awareness have to be brought in for supply chain programs and kids must be encouraged to pursue these programs. Its diificult to find talent in supply chain areas.

  3. Daniel
    October 8, 2014

    “I feel more awareness have to be brought in for supply chain programs and kids must be encouraged to pursue these programs. Its diificult to find talent in supply chain areas.”

    SP, you are right about shortage of talence in supply chain profession. When IT and other related field are greener, most of them are getting attracted with such jobs. As of now supply chain profession is not so attractive because of less career growth and salary packages.

  4. Daniel
    October 8, 2014

    “More about why a new supply-chain book was needed, and how it fills a gap, is in a recent TFI blog post (TechForecasters . com / blog). It features an interview with the author and provides insights on preparing students for an imperfect industry.”

    Pjoygordon, actually there won't be any requirement of separate books; only thing is we have to practice it. We know most of the things but wont practice. Practicing and implementations are important; where we are lagging.

  5. t.alex
    October 14, 2014

    I believe that school should encourage students taking more supply chain course and give them more opportunities to practice in real life. Also, Companies should give students more incentives to practice at manufactures. We always need fresh ideas to improve our supply chain system.

  6. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    October 21, 2014

    EBNers: where did you go to school? Show some school pride and let us know where you graduated from and what you loved about our school!

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