WPI’s MS in Supply Chain Management, a STEM designated degree, prepares students for a career in managing the global demands, distributions, and fulfillment of goods and services. The MS in Supply Chain Management provides students the skills and hands-on project management techniques necessary to design and manage an effective supply chain. As a global economy offers more opportunities for goods and services to move across continents on a daily basis, it also increases the challenges of managing the forecasting and flow of products, information, and capital. As each of these factors can impact an organization’s profitability and overall customer satisfaction, professional training in supply chain management becomes an essential part of a company’s leadership team. 

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Curriculum

The MS in Supply Chain Management can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis and includes an intensive analytical curriculum and a distinctive Graduate Qualifying Project (GQP). Core coursework, offered online and on campus, offers a practical foundation in the multidisciplinary factors that influence how a supply chain is managed, analyzed, and designed. You’ll examine how various factors and technologies impact the three flows (material, information, and capital) of a supply chain and will learn the skills needed to manage materials, data sources, marketing tools, and disruption/risk. The GQP offers a supply chain consulting project through an industry partner.

See the Graduate Course Catalog for complete descriptions.

Faculty Profiles

Mini Profiles

Amy Zeng
Professor and Assistant Dean
Foisie Business School

I hold multiple administrative roles at the Foisie Business School, including Assistant Dean, Interim Department Head, and Area Head for Operations and Industrial Engineering (OIE). For my first two roles, I oversee the School’s AACSB related efforts for continuous improvement; coordinate the collaborations with other academic units on campus as well as with global partners; and manage and improve all the degree programs pertinent to various facets such as faculty, curriculum, student, alumni, and employers.

Joseph Sarkis
Professor
Foisie Business School

Joseph Sarkis has been a faculty member at WPI since July 2013. He previously served as a faculty member at Clark University and the University of Texas at Arlington. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of operations, supply chain management, and sustainability. He is the author or co-author of over 400 publications. His research is widely cited and earned the designation of highly cited researcher in 2016 and 2017 from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics.

Sara Saberi
Assistant Professor
Foisie Business School

Since my first day of teaching, I believed that I loved being in the classroom. I enjoy my role as an instructor because it enables me to see directly the outcome of my effort. I like the fact that as someone in higher education, I have the opportunity to make a positive influence on a young person's life. I make every effort to not only deliver the material of the course, but to develop a mentoring relationship with each student to help them grow as individuals and strive for success.

After Graduation

The MS in Supply Chain Management program gives the skills and practical experiences necessary to begin developing a career in the rapidly growing supply chain management field. An excellent and plentiful job market, especially those of international scope, means graduates can begin to take on leadership positions early in their careers including roles as a supply chain technical analyst, commodity manager, director of purchasing, performance improvement senior manager, or director of supply chain operations. Industries in need of supply chain managers include manufacturing, transportation, retail, government, education, and technology.

BS/MS Option

Undergraduate students interested in WPI’s MS in Supply Chain Management may choose to earn an advanced degree in accelerated time with the BS/MS degree option. For more information about the requirements for this MS, contact the Graduate Admission Office of the Foisie Business School. Generally, students submit the online graduate application in their junior year (choose the BS/MS program and then Supply Chain Management on the application) and may talk to an advisor about double counting any credits for the BS and MS in senior year.

Resources for International Students

The International House provides ongoing programs and essential services to assist, guide, and support international students and scholars in their transition to U.S. society and academic culture.