Master of Supply Chain Management Program Ranks No. 2 in the Nation

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The program ranked No. 9 just five years prior

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Ross Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) Program ranks as the No. 2 graduate supply chain program in the country, according to a report by research firm Gartner Inc. That's up from the No. 10 spot from its prior rankings in 2009.

Gartner's results are based on a survey of supply chain professionals and responses from the programs. Ranking were released as part of a recent presentation on the changing needs of supply chain managers and how well programs are developing the next generation of talent.

The Ross MSCM Program's high ranking is a testament to its action-based learning philosophy, world-class faculty, and its close relationship with leaders in the supply chain field, says Program Director Eric Olson.

"We feel this ranking is a result of working with the best in the industry to develop our program to deliver future supply chain leaders for their organizations," Olson says. "Our faculty live in the real world as well as in the classroom and work closely with our Corporate Advisory Council (CAC). It keeps our program current, fresh, and ready to meet the ever-evolving field of supply chain management."

CAC members work with MSCM Program administrators to center the curriculum on the skills companies need to address their issues. MSCM students regularly interact with council members about industry trends, employment options, and career goals.

"As a member of the Ross MSCM CAC, I am very excited to see that our program is ranked so highly – and think it is very well deserved," says Sanjay Ramaswamy, chief information officer for the supply chain at Johnson & Johnson. "I believe this program develops graduates with a unique combination of skills and experiences in supply chain that meets the needs of a broad range of industries. Given the growing importance and complexity of global supply chains, I think this program will continue to grow in both relevance and importance."

Ross MSCM candidates tend to be multilingual with multicultural industry backgrounds. This is key for CAC member Kevin Harrington, VP of global business operations at Cisco Systems, which is actively seeking to double its size within five years. Ross' combination of business fundamentals, executive training, and immersion into real-time supply chain issues prepares these high-potential leaders to perform as both utility players and strategic thinkers, he says.

"I'm looking for general managers, people who can think end-to-end holistically about what it means to operate a global supply chain," Harrington says. "As [Cisco] populates candidates around the globe, I need those candidates to get into context very quickly to understand the issues and most importantly, to be able to synthesize and integrate what's happening broadly across the chain. That's what we've been getting from the Ross MSCM Program."

Ross’ highly ranked operations and management science faculty is dedicated to furthering theory and practice by conducting innovative research and sharing those insights with students in the classroom. Students also develop leadership, teambuilding, and project management skills during action-based modules with the Tauber Institute for Global Operations and paid summer projects where they spend 14 weeks working on an organizational challenge at a sponsoring firm. Projects cover everything from traditional manufacturing issues to strategic innovations. Ross MSCM faculty advise students throughout the projects, ensuring the delivery of tangible outcomes and significant savings, which Cisco's Harrington describes as a "high-payback proposition for us."

"Our outstanding and very committed faculty deliver a comprehensive, rigorous and relevant curriculum to the students, which focuses both on the business side of supply chain, a well as the physics of it," says Ravi Anupindi, MSCM program director, Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow, and professor of operations and management science. "Our goal is to deliver a well-rounded, comprehensive education."

For its rankings, Gartner surveyed supply chain professionals, receiving 400 responses, and asked questions of the schools. The survey asked professionals whether they recruit from the program and asked them to pick a best program. Programs also were rated on their curriculum, scope, size, and whether an internship or similar consulting work is required.

For more information, contact:
Terry Kosdrosky, (734) 936-2502, terrykos@umich.edu

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