With supply chain management in the spotlight in recent months and its importance expected to continue to grow rapidly in the coming years, Ohio State University’s Max M. Fisher College of Business has launched a new online master’s degree in supply chain management for supplies (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 Makija, dean and John W. Berry, senior business chair at Fisher.
“The program aligns with Fisher’s new strategic plan, which identifies the importance of developing timely and relevant educational programs that align with the needs of today’s workforce and are accessible beyond the physical boundaries of our campus,” Macchia said. “The program builds on a key strength of Fisher – two divisions that are nationally ranked in the top 10 in supply chain management and operations management.”
“The new online master’s degree in supply chain management will provide an innovative and flexible education that meets the 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 empower our trainees to become leaders in manufacturing, logistics, operations and other areas.”
The 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 want to change careers and move into the supply chain field.
The program will offer a two-year study program designed to be done part-time, with a 15-month fast-track option. Classes will be offered online, with approximately 50 percent delivered 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 curated public content to offer a rich variety in learning styles,” Chandrasekaran said.
The remaining 50% of the curriculum content will be delivered synchronously in the form of class discussions held after class. Live synchronous lectures are usually recorded and made available to students. Study exams and assessments will be offered on a flexible basis so that students can complete them despite 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 the 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 during their time in the program. The MSCM curriculum also includes a capstone project in which students create solutions to real-world business challenges received directly from their current employer or an outsourced company.
In addition to leveraging the strengths of two academic departments, a key 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 Keeley Croxton, professor of marketing and logistics, which is supporting the administration of the program.
“We will prioritize recruiting a diverse set of students so that we both get a range of perspectives in the classroom and so that we can help train a diverse set of future leaders in supply chain management,” Croxton said.
The MSCM program is accepting applications. To apply, click here.
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