Real-world global projects. Real results.

MS SCM Students working in a group

All the lectures, all the theoretical knowledge, all the skill development—it all comes together during an experiential capstone course in a hands-on engagement for an external client that expects real results.

Working in teams of four to six, students tackle a global supply chain problem. Cohort members draw upon the support and vast resources of the Carlson School, including mentorship by a professional director, access to faculty experts, and extensive research tools. Students learn and apply a structured problem-solving methodology and conduct primary and secondary research to inform rigorous analysis to produce clear insights and fact-based recommendations.

This intense, demanding experience provides a new perspective on supply chain that shapes students’ thinking moving forward.

MS SCM Experiential Learning

Sample capstone project topics include:

  • Configuring global supply chain to increase resiliency
  • Conducting supplier risk assessment
  • Evaluating supplier for lead-time reduction
  • Analyzing potential supply chains for market entry
  • Performing operational cost-reduction analysis
  • Evaluating social responsibility in supply chain
  • Eric Orrington

    We’re able to work with a real-world client. This isn’t looking at a case study that happened two years ago or 10 years ago. This is looking at something that’s important for them today.

    — Eric Orrington, ’17 MS SCM
    Senior Principal Supply Chain Project Analyst, Medtronic