If you want to grow your career in supply chain management (SCM), consider the 11 reasons below to get an online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business.
Haslam offers a rigorous course of study, preparing you to bring immediate value to your industry. During the program, you’ll take 30 credit hours where you’ll deepen your knowledge of:
- Supply Chain Functions: planning, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, talent, risk analysis, and performance measurement. Learn to support individual enterprises and the supply chain as a whole.
- Supply Chain Enablers: recognize how the supply chain exists within the business environment and study how factors like technology and geo-political forces impact the supply chain.
- Supply Chain Concepts: master how the supply chain brings value to companies.
You’ll also get real-world experience with a capstone project, which will use both exercises and a simulation to provide a foundation for understanding end-to-end supply chain strategy.
Rankings can help you determine how industry leaders, companies, and alumni view a program. Haslam has been distinguished as not only a top program for SCM, but as the most supportive and relevant program. We’re proud of the recognition our faculty, students, and program have been getting.
- The Economist agrees that we offer the most relevant SCM degree, and ranks Haslam No. 1 for relevance and No. 2 for quality of students.
- Gartner—the world’s leading research and advisory company—ranks Haslam’s supply chain programs No. 2, nationally.
- Haslam is top five in the best SCM programs according to US News & World Report.
- The Financial Times ranks Haslam No. 1 among executive education programs for facilities and program support.
Our faculty are highly regarded industry experts who bring real-world experience to the classroom. But, more importantly, they are also hands-on, accessible, caring teachers. The Economist places Haslam at No. 12 for student/faculty ratio, and Haslam students rate the faculty top for quality. Below are just a few examples of how our faculty are shaping important conversations around everything from ethics, to big data, to the gender gap:
- Chad Autry writes about corporate social responsibility for The Wall Street Journal: “Sweatshops Hurt the Bottom Line”
- Randy Bradley discusses how to effectively drive results using predictive analytics with DC Velocity: “Predictive Analytics For Non-Analysts”
- Wendy Tate offers advice for women in SCM to Spend Matters: “Successful Women in Procurement and Supply Chain Share Advice”
4. The Global Supply Chain Institute
In addition to our esteemed faculty and top corporate partners, we’re also home to the Global Supply Chain Institute, which fosters the most visible, reliable, and efficient supply chains from end-to-end, throughout the world. The Global Supply Chain Institute publishes industry-leading white papers, and twice a year hosts the Supply Chain Forum, which connects researchers, recruiters, and supply chain professionals, bringing them together in one place.
5. Our Community
The University of Tennessee slogan is “Big Orange, Big Ideas,” and at Haslam we’re committed to challenging the status quo, enhancing knowledge, driving change, and transforming the world. Our graduate students are diverse. They come from local and global locations, and go on to generate national and international solutions.
6. Powerful Network for Women
In 2015, Haslam launched the NeXxus Initiative, which centers on building community and confidence for women in SCM. Together, our students, faculty, and Supply Chain Forum partner firms are addressing the gender gap by training and empowering a diverse student body within the Haslam College of Business supply chain program.
7. Alumni Network
As a Haslam alumni, you’ll have access to our network of over 60 partnerships with leading companies in SCM. After you graduate, you’ll stay connected and continue growing your network with regular updates on the program, fellow alumni, and special events.
8. Online Learning
Online learning is flexible; it brings the classroom to you. With the online MS in Supply Chain Management at Haslam, you do not have to relocate or leave your current job to earn a degree from a renowned supply chain institution. You can also choose whether to enroll as a full-time or part-time student. With either path, every other week, you’ll participate in synchronous classes, where you’ll connect with your classmates and instructors in real time. Between class sessions, you can complete coursework on your own schedule and talk with faculty during regular office hours.
9. Hands-On Attention
In addition to our faculty being regularly accessible, you’ll also work with a personal student success coach from orientation through graduation.
10. Exciting and Rewarding Career
Each year, the Graduate Admission Council conducts a corporate recruiters survey. The most recent report found that 29 percent of all employers plan to recruit candidates with an MS in Supply Chain Management, and over half of all manufacturing companies are specifically looking for recruits with an MS in Supply Chain Management.
11. Financial Opportunity
An MS in Supply Chain Management is an investment in your future. According to PayScale, entry-level supply chain analysts with a bachelor’s degree earn an average base salary of $54,184, while senior supply chain analysts earn $76,675. However, a director of SCM—a position that most often requires an advanced degree—makes a median base salary of $122,840.
There are more than 11 reasons to come to Haslam, but it would be impossible to quantify and qualify all of them. Whether you’re looking to assume a leadership role within your current organization or seeking a new job, an MS in Supply Chain Management will help you take your career to the next level and make a real impact on your organization. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business offers one of the oldest and most well-respected supply chain management degrees in the country. Now, our faculty, expertise, alumni network, and community of supply chain leaders are available online.
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