“If you know you want to do supply chain, this program will elevate your skills in that area, in just one year." 

—Kate Reigel, Professional Director, MS in Supply Chain Management


This year, the Carlson School of Management will introduce a 1-year Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Program designed for working professionals. The curriculum develops leaders to manage today’s global and complex supply chains—an area in which growth will outpace the supply of talent by nearly 200,000 jobs through 2018.

In the Twin Cities and beyond, businesses are clamoring to acquire and retain supply chain talent. Specifically, they seek professionals with specialized knowledge and experience in this field, who are prepared to lead a team or business unit, and have executive-level potential.

"We will shape students to become leaders so they can bring value back to their organizations and really ascend that leadership path," says MS in Supply Chain Management Professional Director Kate Reigel. "There’s plenty of demand for supply chain talent, and if you’re putting yourself out there in the market at the master’s level, it’s going to give you an edge."

Students will engage with nationally ranked researchers in the classroom: the Carlson School’s Supply Chain and Operations faculty rank 4th in the United States for research productivity.

Industry executives shape program

"The Carlson School partnered with senior supply chain executives from major multinational companies headquartered in Minneapolis-St. Paul to develop a program to help companies develop, attract, and retain supply chain management talent," says Professor Kingshuk Sinha, Chair of the Supply Chain and Operations Department.

The industry-informed curriculum will focus on five key principles that are imperative for effective professionals in the industry: leadership, analytics, strategic orientation, global perspective, and social responsibility. 

Composed of industry leaders, the Carlson School Supply Chain and Operations Department Board of Advisors will continually inform the curriculum.

"Our corporate partners ensure that we’re constantly bringing in not just the academic research, but making sure our curriculum is up to date in terms of what problems companies are truly facing now," says Reigel.

A rigorous, relevant curriculum

Based on their career goals, each student will also have the option to customize their curriculum to focus on specific industry sectors like global manufacturing, healthcare and medical devices, food and agribusiness, and retail.

"Graduates of the program will be equipped with strategic and analytical capabilities needed to responsibly manage supply chains from end-to-end." 
—K.K. Sinha, Department Chair, Supply Chain & Operations Department.

The program culminates in a global operations strategy experiential learning course in which students apply their new knowledge to a real-world, global business challenge presented by a company. The class will split into teams and tackle a specific aspect of that problem, then present their findings to the organization.

Courses are delivered in a combination of weeknight and online instruction, allowing professionals to incorporate their learnings into their work the very next day.

How to apply

The MS in Supply Chain Management Program begins classes in September of 2016. Working professionals with experience or interest in supply chain are encouraged to apply for admission.

For more information, contact the admissions team at msscm@umn.edu or 612-625-5555.