Michigan Ross Unveils New Master of Supply Chain Management
The Michigan Ross Master of Supply Chain Management Program is ranked among the top five in the country. Maintaining that level of excellence means not only evolving with the demands of the industry, but preparing students for the future –– and the newly updated MSCM program does just that.
“With these new offerings, we are preparing the next generation of leaders for the dynamic and complex supply chains of tomorrow,” said Scott DeRue, Edward J. Frey Dean at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
The new program gives students an edge in the job market and provides them deeper relationships with industry partners. It's also faster and will accommodate increased demand by taking in more students.
It will now be a 10-month program, running from July to April. And while the duration is shorter than the previous program’s 12-month length, students will spend more time on campus, getting the full Michigan Ross experience. The new program start date will also help align academic schedules with corporate recruiting schedules.
And that’s not all. The new Ross MSCM is also offering:
- More big data and analytics - The new curriculum will include more key trends in the supply chain management industry. As big data and analytics have become increasingly popular areas of study among business schools, the MSCM will focus on these topics as well as leadership development and general business education.
- A new course - Students will now have a more integrative program through a new action-based learning course, the Supply Chain Consulting Studio. Previously, students worked summer internships with various companies. Now they will take a six-credit course during the winter semester, where they will have projects sourced through industry partners. Students will experience a real-world corporate environment, where they will serve as consultants on a supply chain challenge.
- Deeper industry engagement - Through the action-based learning curriculum, courses, and recruiters, the new format will provide an opportunity for students to have deeper and wider engagement with industry partners.
The Ross MSCM Program is ranked No. 5 among supply chain management programs in U.S. News & World Report. It is one of the few schools in the country that is STEM-certified, making international students eligible for 36 months of OPT work authorization in the U.S.
Another unique component of MSCM is the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC), a group of industry leaders who serve as advisors, mentors, and partners to Ross MSCM faculty and students. Members ensure that curriculum meets the latest supply chain management demands, and they also provide career guidance and connections to students.
CAC member Bill Hall, the head of sustainability at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is excited about the new enhancements.
"The restructured Ross MSCM Program, fueled by its progressive curriculum, high-impact action-based learning module, and close collaboration with the corporate sector, is destined to accelerate its production of elite supply chain innovators,” he said. “That’s precisely what the business community needs to address society's emerging challenges.”
The program is accepting applications for the incoming class in July 2017. The next deadlines are Feb. 1 and Mar. 1.