Online Master’s in Supply Chain Management

Develop Supply Chain Expertise From a School With More Than 100 Years of Experience

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management established the nation’s first supply chain management program in 1919. That commitment continues through SupplyChain@Syracuse, the online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program with the same curriculum content as our esteemed on-campus program.

Designed to prepare students to oversee the life cycle of a product, the program trains professionals to make meaningful decisions through risk management, financial management and improving efficiencies in distribution and manufacturing.

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The Whitman School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the leading accreditor of business schools. The school was accredited in 1920, making it the 16th business school in the nation to receive AACSB accreditation.

Supply Chain Management Admissions

Syracuse offers four start dates per year. Applicants who apply by the priority deadlines will pay a reduced fee of $45, receive an admissions decision sooner and have more time to plan for the future.

See the upcoming application deadlines for the July 2021 cohort:

Early Priority Deadline
March 25, 2021
Priority Deadline
April 15, 2021
Application Deadline
May 13, 2021
Application Requirements

The Whitman School seeks applicants who want to gain a deeper understanding of how to create more efficient supply chains and improve their organization’s product life cycle. View a full list of application requirements for the online M.S. in Supply Chain Management program.

GMAT Waiver Policy

Qualified applicants may be eligible for a GMAT waiver. Requirements include, but are not limited to, at least one year of professional work experience or an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. Request information now to see if you qualify.

Benefit From 100 Years of Supply Chain Experience

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M.S. in Supply Chain Management Curriculum

SupplyChain@Syracuse offers the same curriculum content as our on-campus program. Consisting of 30 credits, the curriculum is split into four categories: management foundation, supply chain core, electives and a capstone.

Courses prepare students for a career in the supply chain industry by focusing on topics such as risk management, financial management and the creation of innovative and digital supply chain strategies. The program capstone is also registered as a certified training provider for the Council of Six Sigma Certification and provides students the body of knowledge necessary and eligibility to pursue a Green Belt certification from the American Society of Quality.

The curriculum will also train students to make meaningful decisions in the rapidly changing marketplace. Program coursework can be completed in as few as 15 months. Visit our curriculum page to learn more.

Months to Complete

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the online master’s in supply chain program will be able to:

  • apply industry-standard tools and technologies to facilitate problem solving;
  • identify strategic issues and differentiate them from tactical issues;
  • translate descriptions of a variety of business situations into formal models; and
  • analyze those models in an organized fashion.

Earn Two Master’s Degrees From Syracuse for Fewer Credits

Students are now able to earn two master’s degrees from the Whitman School or other schools at Syracuse University for fewer credits. Once enrolled in the M.S. in Supply Chain Management online program and for up to one year after graduating, students may take advantage of this opportunity and apply for a second online program.

Students pursuing their M.S. in Supply Chain Management can increase specialized expertise to set themselves apart in the job market by completing one of the following degree combinations:

MBA (54 credits) and an M.S. in Supply Chain Management (30 credits) for as few as 69 credits

M.S. in Business Analytics (36 credits) and an M.S. in Supply Chain Management (30 credits) for as few as 54 credits

M.S. in Entrepreneurship (30 credits) and an M.S. in Supply Chain Management (30 credits) for as few as 51 credits

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A Flexible Online Learning Experience

Students in the online supply chain management program will experience an online degree that allows them to interact with the same faculty who teach on campus, collaborate with their peers in real time and apply new skills directly to their role.

Live Online ClassesStudents attend live, face-to-face classes where they collaborate and network with a diverse group of students and faculty. After joining live, all classes are accessible for later review, and the online classroom enables faculty to form breakout sessions to facilitate discussions and work on group projects together.

Flexible Online PlatformIn small, face-to-face classes, students engage in thoughtful discussions of issues that affect entrepreneurs in all industries. Designed in a highly customizable format, the online platform offers features such as dark mode, searchable video transcripts, adjustable video speed and streaming capability that lets you cast your coursework right onto your TV.

Meet Our Expert Faculty

Students in the online M.S. in Supply Chain Management program learn from Whitman School faculty who bring years of industry-specific insight in supply chain management to the online classroom. Learn more about the professors who teach for the online supply chain management program.

Patrick Penfield

Professor of Supply Chain Practice and Director of Executive Education for the Whitman School

Certified in purchasing management, production and inventory management, and integrated resource management, Professor Penfield has over 15 years of experience in supply chain management and has worked for companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Phillips Electronics. His research focuses on natural resource management through sustainable supply chains and how green supply chains can reduce costs for businesses.

Teaches: Project Management, Strategic Sourcing, Operations and Supply Chain Management

Julie Niederhoff

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Professor Niederhoff has taught core and elective supply chain management courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her work on behavioral decision making and its effect on supply chain management and the efficiencies and profits of businesses has been published in top research journals such as Management Science and Production and Operations Management. In her personal time, she works with a nonprofit that aids orphaned children in boarding schools throughout Eastern Europe. These efforts inspire her research on humanitarian logistics and matching available supply and demand to make the most of every resource.

Teaches: Supply Chain and Logistics Management, Principles of Management Science

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M.S. in Supply Chain Management vs. MBA With Specialization

The Whitman School offers both a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program and a Master of Business Administration program with a specialization in Supply Chain Management. While an MBA with a specialization in Supply Chain Management provides insight into the field, an M.S. in Supply Chain Management can prepare students for distinct career outcomes that require a deeper expertise.

M.S. in Supply Chain Management

Topics include sourcing, inventory management, Lean Six Sigma, global supply chain and supply chain design and analysis.

Career path:
Graduates are seen as experts in their field and can pursue advanced positions in supply chain management with specific job titles including commodity manager, director of supply chain operations, director of purchasing and logistics management analyst.

Time to complete:
The program can be completed in as few as 15 months.

MBA With Specialization

Students build general management knowledge in marketing, finance, leadership and accounting and focus their electives in supply chain management.

Career path:
Graduates can work in a wide range of business-related positions in management and leadership of different organizations, but can also work jobs in areas specific to their concentration, such as a supply chain manager or quality assurance manager.

Time to complete:
The program and specialization can be completed in as few as 24 months.

The Value of an M.S. in Supply Chain Management

The online master’s in supply chain management prepares students for a variety of supply chain management careers, including:

  • inventory control administrator
  • logistician
  • logistics analyst
  • logistics management specialist
  • operation research analyst
  • operations analyst
  • procurement manager
  • purchasing specialist
  • supply chain manager
  • supply chain business analyst
  • supply technician

Professionals who hold an M.S. in Supply Chain Management have an average starting salary of $85,879.1

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1Gartner Inc., 2020 Top 25 North American Supply Chain University Graduate Programs. (Retrieved November 2020) Return to footnote reference