M.S. in Supply Chain Program Achieves STEM Designation

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University’s M.S. in Supply Chain program has been designated as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program, effective May 15, 2017. This marks the third graduate program at the Whitman School with the STEM designation; the M.S. in Business Analytics and M.S. in Finance programs also are STEM.

“Business schools play a critical role in preparing students for success in STEM fields,” said Don Harter, associate dean for master’s programs. “Many of the degree programs at the Whitman School include the development of these types of skills and we are pleased to have our coursework designated as STEM.”

STEM also plays a key role in helping students land jobs after they graduate.

“Many of our students are international students who study under the student visa program,” said Harter. “Graduates from STEM programs are granted up to three years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to facilitate job placement, longer than programs without the designation.”

Home to the nation’s first supply chain program, established in 1919, the Whitman School’s supply chain management program has evolved into one of national prominence. Consistently recognized among the best by leading publications and organizations, including the Journal of Business Logistics, The Princeton Review,

U.S. News & World Report, Gartner and Bloomberg Businessweek, the program combines a strong curriculum with robust opportunities outside the classroom.

The 30-credit master’s degree includes a significant portion of coursework focused on the mathematical representation of common decisions related to forecasting; demand, pricing and revenue management; capacity planning; resource procurement and allocation; production planning; inventory and material flow management; distribution; after-sales service and support; and a host of other activities and processes familiar and basic to business.

“While mathematical modeling is pervasive throughout the M.S. SCM curriculum, the fundamental skills for developing, solving and interpreting those models are established in two of our SCM core courses, Data Analysis and Principles of Management Science,” said Fred Easton, professor of supply chain management and director, Robert H. Brethen Operations Management. “These courses also develop important skills in applying the underlying theory through the extensive use of Excel-based assignments.”

Additional coursework further develops modeling techniques and approaches, as well as data-intensive descriptive and predictive analytics techniques.

For more information about the Whitman School’s M.S. in Supply Chain Management, visit http://whitman.syr.edu/msscm.