Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management


Program Description


As businesses become more technical and global they are relying more on supply chain management professionals to find efficiencies throughout their business processes as a competitive edge.

Supply chain management professionals are the engineers of business. Products and services are becoming ever more complex to manage as they become more globally integrated and reliant on technology. Operations, from product creation to consumer purchasing, need to be efficient for companies to be competitive as they turn raw materials into consumer goods and services and deliver them to customers. In the MS in global supply chain management, you will obtain global supply chain skills and knowledge underscored by strong analytical, quantitative, and leadership skills needed to not only design innovative solutions and predict future trends but also to become a leader in the fast-moving business landscapes in the global supply chain system.

Rooted in the strong technology and analytical traditions of RIT's Saunders College of Business, global supply chain management is an interdisciplinary program that integrates concepts from the supply chain, operation management, analytics, data visualization, industrial engineering, global business, and management. Our curriculum prepares students for a successful career in supply chain management, planning, and logistics, procurement, and sourcing through course work and real business projects.

International Students: F-1 OPT STEM 24-Month Work Extension

International students receiving this degree qualify to apply for a 24-month work extension to their OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. This extension means that students could be eligible for up to two and a half years of work in the United States.

The extension is exclusive to qualifying STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) focused programs. This degree qualifies for an F-1 OPT STEM Extension, under the CIP Code 27.0103-Analysis and Functional Analysis in the 2012 STEM-Designated Degree Program List published by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. For more information, please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpages: Understanding F-1 OPT Requirements and Questions and Answers: Extension of Optional Practical Training Program for Qualified Students.

Plan of study

As this program is hosted completely online and designed with the working professional in mind, you will have the convenience and flexibility to plan your course work around the rest of your day. The 30 semester hour program can be completed in as little as 1.5 years of full-time study, or approximately 2-3 years of part-time study while working full-time. The curriculum consists of core courses, professional electives, and a choice of a graduate thesis, project, or a comprehensive exam.

Typical Job Titles

  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Supply Chain Planner
  • Supply Chain Director
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Global Sourcing Manager
  • Operation Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager


Global Supply Chain Management, MS degree, typical course sequence

  • DECS-743 Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • DECS-750 Supply Chain Analysis
  • INTB-710 Global Business Analytics
  • INTB-755 Export and Global Sourcing
  • MGMT-755 Negotiations
  • MGMT-791 Graduate Project OR Global Supply Chain Management Elective if students opt for Comprehensive Exam
  • Global Supply Chain Management Electives

Global Supply Chain Management Electives

Choose at least two of the following (6-9 credits):

  • BANA-780 Advanced Business Analytics
  • DECS-744 Project Management
  • DECS-745 Quality Control and Improvements
  • ISEE-682 Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals
  • MGIS-725 Data Management & Analytics
  • MGIS-760 Integrated Business Systems
  • MGIS-761 Business Process Analysis and Workflow Design
  • MKTG-768 Marketing Analytics

Choose at least one of the following (3-6 credits):

  • MGMT-710 Managing for Environmental Sustainability
  • MGMT-735 Managing of Innovation in Products and Services
  • MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • MKTG-761 Marketing Concept and Commercialization
  • MKTG-762 Strategic Marketing Management

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in global supply chain management, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 for GMAT waiver*.
  • Submit scores from GMAT or GRE (GMAT preferred). Scores cannot be more than five years old.
  • Submit a personal statement: Please submit a typed, double-spaced, two-page statement about why this Saunders graduate program is a good fit for your future career. Include information on what draws you to the program and how you will leverage your past academic and professional work experience to be an active, engaged, and successful student in our college.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL or IELTS exams. A minimum score of 88 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS exams is required (requirements on sub-scores on each component of the TOEFL or IELTS may also apply). The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

*The GMAT may be waived if an applicant has a GPA of 3.25 or higher, or they can present evidence of professional work experience of six or more years. Students who cannot submit a GMAT, GRE or one of the two waiver requirements may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Last updated October 2019

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