Online MBA With Supply Chain Management Specialization

With MBA@Syracuse, the online MBA program from Syracuse’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, students gain the management skills to advance into leadership roles. The online MBA program was ranked in the top 40 by U.S. News & World Report1 and top 25 by The Princeton Review,2 both in 2019.

Why Specialize Your Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management?

The Whitman School of Management is home to the nation's first supply chain program, which was established in 1919.3 In our online MBA Supply Chain Management specialization, students evaluate how to mitigate risk and implement operational strategies in global supply chains by using information technologies, optimization techniques, and the case method.

Online Supply Chain Management Curriculum

All MBA students will take 36 credits of core courses, which includes the Operations and Supply Chain Management course.

Students will take a minimum of three courses to fulfill the Supply Chain Management specialization. They must complete Principles of Management Science as well as Supply Chain and Logistics Management, and they will choose at least one additional course from the following:

  • Business Analytics
  • Project Management
  • Lean Six Sigma

As part of the Lean Six Sigma course, students examine a case study of a Syracuse-area company. In addition to completing course content on their own time, students will work on a real-world case during the live classes to reinforce the concepts they have learned.

The online business master’s degree program with a Supply Chain Management specialization can be completed in as few as 24 months.

Supply Chain Management Learning Outcomes

After completing the Supply Chain Management specialization courses, students will gain:

  • an understanding of the strategic construction and balance of using logistic resources—transportation, warehousing, materials management, and inventory—to meet customer expectations in a cost-effective way;
  • hands-on experience using advanced Excel tools, such as optimization modeling, for real companies with complex problems; and
  • intermediate to advanced knowledge of ERP systems, project management, and/or the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) process.

Get Started Today

Ready to advance into operational leadership roles in your organization? Request information today to see how MBA@Syracuse can help you reach your career goals.

Admissions

The Whitman School seeks motivated applicants who want to excel in supply chain management roles. Candidates who have at least five years of professional work experience may qualify for a GMAT waiver when applying to the online MBA program. See upcoming application deadlines.

Studying Supply Chain Management at Whitman

In 2018, Whitman’s on-campus supply chain management graduate program was ranked #22 in North America by Gartner Inc., based on the program’s curriculum, experiential content, and public reputation.4

H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management

The Whitman School’s H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management cements the University’s position as a leader in supply chain management education and research.

The Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board supports the center through fundraising efforts, student placement, and curriculum advising. Online and on-campus students can take advantage of this network for career advice and opportunities.

Robert H. Brethen Operations Management Institute

Syracuse University’s Robert H. Brethen Operations Management Institute facilitates the development and dissemination of operations management knowledge to students, practitioners, and the global academic community.

The Brethen Institute also supports SU's chapter of APICS, a professional association for manufacturing, service, and resource management professionals.

Featured Whitman Faculty

The expert faculty at the Whitman School bring their academic and practical expertise into the virtual classroom. Meet some of the faculty who teach courses for the Supply Chain Management specialization.

Professor Niederhoff teaches undergraduate and graduate supply chain management electives. Her research addresses issues of how individuals make decisions within the supply chain and what effect they have on a firm’s efficiencies and profits. Professor Niederhoff was nominated for Syracuse’s Meredith Teaching Recognition Award in 2014 and 2015.

Julie Niederhoff

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Professor Penfield teaches supply chain management courses and executive offerings, including on-demand training for managers. He was most recently vice president of operations for a local manufacturing company and has more than 15 years of experience in supply chain management, working with corporations such as Johnson & Johnson.

Patrick Penfield

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Practice, Director of Executive Education Programs

See what our faculty has to say about the Supply Chain Management specialization.

Online and In-Person Learning

Syracuse’s online MBA program merges live online classes, interactive coursework, and in-person learning to help students acquire new skills and business expertise. Students complete weekly multimedia assignments, which are the basis of classroom discussions on business and operations trends in the workplace.

MBA students also attend three in-person residencies, where they apply their skills and network with classmates and faculty. These immersive, multiday events are held in major cities around the world.

Career Services

MBA@Syracuse students are working to become leaders in their fields. With the help of Syracuse career services—which include career coaching, resume review, and interview preparation—students gain the tools to reach their goals before and after graduation.

"My goal is to improve my strategic knowledge of investments and supply chain management operations to become more creative in business. The MBA@Syracuse curriculum is purposefully structured to minimize any knowledge gaps an MBA student may initially have—this is the main reason I decided to attend the program."

Nathan Buckner, MBA@Syracuse Graduate
Operations Research Systems Analyst at U.S. Army Special Operations Command

Careers in Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management MBA students develop a better understanding of how to reduce costs, improve quality, and increase customer satisfaction for a business. Graduates of an MBA program with a specialization in Supply Chain Management can pursue careers as managers and leaders who oversee the life cycle of a product from acquisition to delivery.

Below are some examples of positions these graduates may hold:

  • Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain, which includes how a product is acquired, allocated, and delivered.
  • Management analysts propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency by reducing costs and increasing revenues.
  • Cost estimators collect and analyze data to estimate the time and cost needed to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service.
  • Industrial production managers oversee daily manufacturing operations, which includes coordinating, planning, and directing activities to create a range of goods.
  • Operations research analysts use advanced analysis to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make smarter decisions.
  • Purchasing managers evaluate suppliers and vendors, oversee the work of buyers, and develop procurement policies for their organizations.

Take the Next Step

Start improving your operational skills and make a difference for your organization. Request information about the online MBA with a Supply Chain Management specialization today.

U.S. News & World Report, Best Online MBA Programs 2019 (visited March 12, 2019) Return to footnote reference
The Princeton Review, Top 25 Online MBA Programs 2019 (visited March 12, 2019) Return to footnote reference
Whitman School, Supply Chain Management Academic Area (visited March 12, 2019) Return to footnote reference