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.

  • Students must complete the following seven required courses:
    • OIE 501 Designing Operations for Competitive Advantage
    • OIE 544 Supply Chain Analysis and Design
    • OIE 553 Global Purchasing and Logistics
    • MIS 576 Project Management
    • MKT 561 Consumer Behavior
    • OBC 533 Negotiations
    • SCM 597 Supply Chain Consulting Project
  • Finance, choose one from the following list:
    • ACC 500 Accounting and Finance Fundamentals (1 credit) AND
    • ACC 502 Financial Intelligence for Strategic Decision-Making (2 credits)
    • FIN 500 Financial Information and Management
    • OIE 598 Sp Top: Financial Analysis of Supply Chains
  • Choose four electives from the following list:
    • BUS 598 Sp Top: Supply Chain Performance Analysis
    • MKT 565 Digital Marketing
    • MKT 568 Data Mining Business Applications
    • OIE 542 Risk Management and Decision Analysis
    • OIE 559 Optimization Methods for Business Analytics
    • OIE 598 Sp Top: Sustainable Supply Chain & Operations Management
    • OIE 598 Sp Top: Materials Management in Supply Chains
    • OIE 598 Sp Top: Supply Chain Simulation Modeling and Analysis
    • SCM 599 Supply Chain Research
    • Free Elective: one graduate course in another Business discipline or outside the Foisie Business School

Financial Information

Tuition is based on the current curriculum for the MS program which is 36 credits. The current price of tuition is $1,566 per credit making the total cost for the program $56,376 in tuition only. For more detailed information on tuition – including fees – please visit the complete breakdown of costs on the Financial Aid page.

Faculty Profiles

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Joseph Sarkis

Joseph Sarkis

Professor
Foisie Business School

Joseph Sarkis joined WPI as a faculty member in 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, 2017, and 2018 from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics (Web-of-Science).

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Sara Saberi

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.

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After Graduation

BS/MS Option

The BS/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.