Fisher College of Business Launches Online Master’s in Supply Chain Management

With supply chain management in the spotlight in recent months and its importance projected to continue to grow rapidly in the coming years, The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business is launching a new online Master’s program of Supply Chain Management (MSCM).

The MSCM program, which will begin in the summer of 2023, is a collaboration between two departments at Fisher with strong global reputations: Operations and Business Analytics and Marketing and Logistics. The program is designed to help professionals build the in-demand skills needed for long-term success, said Anil Makhija, dean, and John W. Berry, Sr. Major in Business at Fisher.

“The program is aligned with Fisher’s new strategic plan, which identifies the importance of developing timely and relevant educational programming that matches the needs of today’s workforce and is accessible beyond the physical boundaries of our campus,” said Makhija. “The program builds on a key strength at Fisher – two departments that are nationally ranked in the top 10 in the areas of supply chain management and operations management.”

“The new online Master of Supply Chain Management program will provide an innovative and flexible education that meets a growing need for supply chain education in Ohio,” said Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa Gilliam. “This program will equip our workforce with new skills and enable our students to become leaders in manufacturing, logistics, operations and other areas.”

of MSCM program is designed to build supply chain competencies in the workforce to:

· Working professionals with some supply chain experience who are looking to advance their careers.

· Individuals who have professional experience in other fields, but are looking to change career paths and move into the supply chain field.

The program will offer a two-year curriculum, intended to be part-time, with a 15-month fast-track option. Classes will be offered online, with approximately 50% offered as asynchronous content that students can access when schedules allow, said Aravind Chandrasekaran, Fisher’s associate dean for Graduate Programs and Executive Education.

“This will take multiple forms, such as short video lectures and carefully selected public content to provide rich diversity in learning styles,” Chandrasekaran said.

The remaining 50% of the curriculum content will be delivered synchronously in the form of classroom discussions held after class. Live synchronous lectures will usually be recorded and made available to students. Exams and learning assessments will be offered on a flexible basis so that students are able to complete them regardless of their busy schedules, Chandrasekaran said.

“All of this will allow our working professional students to balance work, family and school and complete their degree on time,” he said.

In addition to online content, students in the MSCM program will spend time on Ohio State’s main campus for workshops, industry tours, and networking events three times throughout their time in the program. The MSCM curriculum also includes a capstone project in which students create solutions to real-world business challenges, sourced directly from their current employer or a specific company.

In addition to leveraging the strengths of the two academic departments, a major focus of the MSCM program will be to continue Fisher’s efforts to recruit, retain and train underrepresented groups to excel as supply chain leaders, said Keely Croxton, professor of marketing and logistics, who is helping to administer the program.

“We will prioritize recruiting a diverse group of students so that we both have a variety of perspectives in the classroom and so that we can help train a diverse group of future chain management leaders of supply,” Croxton said.

The MSCM program is accepting applications. To apply, click here.

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