Is this Master of Supply Chain Management right for me?
Master of Supply Chain Management students typically has an undergraduate background in the following areas: engineering, statistics, computer science, economics, mathematics, and business. Students beginning Weatherhead’s degree program must have a working knowledge of undergraduate calculus, including differentiation and integration, and one semester of undergraduate linear algebra. Work experience is beneficial but not required for admission; many students pursue the Master of Supply Chain Management immediately following the completion of their undergraduate degree.
New features for the Master of Supply Chain Management Program from Fall 2020
Takes as little as 9 months to complete
Flexibility to extend the program to up to two years with add-on certificates in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Business Analytics
Focused on the actual supply chain field, whereas an MBA covers a broad range of career paths
Get heavily recruited by the world’s top companies
Opportunity to participate in an internship program with local companies while studying or during summer
Action-based learning with real companies, and the language of business
Teaching Assistantship opportunities available in the second semester and beyond for select students
Access to merit-based scholarships
CWRU undergraduates may earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the same time
The Master of Supply Chain Management program qualifies as a STEM degree, which allows international students in a technical field to work in the US for up to 36 months in the United States.
Weatherhead’s 33-credit hour Master Supply Chain Management is a full-time program beginning in the fall semester of each year. The program can be completed in as quickly as nine months or students may stay on for up to two years total and earn add-on certificates including Business Analytics Certificate and Six-Sigma Black Belt Certificates. The curriculum comprises the following three components:
Analytics Core (6 credits)
The Analytics Core provides the mathematical, statistical, and computational skills needed by supply chain analysts in research and development groups in manufacturing and services companies and consulting firms.
MSOR 411A – Optimization Analytics for Supply Chain
MSOR 4321A – Spread Sheet and Business Process Simulation-I
MSOR 433 – Foundations of Probability and Statistics
Operations Research Core (9 credits)
The supply chain courses build upon the business and quantitative foundation to provide advanced knowledge in operations and supply chain management.
MSOR 411 – Optimization Modeling
MSOR 406 – Operations Management
MSOR 420 – Six Sigma and Quality Management
MSOR 475 – Supply Chain Logistics
MSOR 477A – Business Forecasting
MSOR 477B – ERP in Supply Chain
MSOR 476A – Strategic Sourcing in Supply Chain
MSOR 470 – Supply Chain Risk Management
MSOR 460 – Supply Chain Strategy
MSOR 480 – Blockchain Technology and Supply Chain
Each Spring semester we offer a three-week SAP Workshop outside of class time for our students interested in learning more about the enterprise resource planning software. Key SAP modules covered in the workshop include:
Sales & Distribution (SD)
Materials Management (MM)
Production Planning (PP)
MSOR 422 – Lean Operations
MSOR 450 – Project Management
MSOR 492 – Python Progr w Appl in Supply Chain
MSOR 478 – Operational Excellence
MSOR 432B – Spread Sheet and Business Process Simulation-II
MSOR 490 – Revenue Management
If you waive a required course, then you must replace that course with one of the foregoing electives (or another course, as approved by the Director of Graduate Programs for the Department of Operations).
Requirements for Green Belt Certification:
Be enrolled in a graduate degree program offered by CWRU
Earn a grade of A or B in MSOR 420 or OPMT 420 or IIME 440– Six Sigma and Quality Management and successfully complete a real course project on Six Sigma
Requirements for Black Belt Certification:
Be enrolled in a graduate degree program offered by CWRU
Have a Certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma from a US-based company (students may earn Green Belt through MSOR/OPMT 420 or IIME 440 )
Take and obtain a grade of A or B in ALL of the following courses: MSOR 450, MSOR 422, and MSOR 478. Note: Only two of the three courses mentioned here may count in fulfilling the requirements of the Master of Supply Chain Management program
Requirements for Business Analytics Certification:
Be enrolled in the Master of Supply Chain Management program
Take MSBA 434 and MSBA 444
Where Are Master of Supply Chain Management Students Being Hired?
Graduates of Weatherhead's Master of Supply Chain Management program are in great demand in the logistics, consulting, manufacturing, healthcare, banking, and insurance industries. Historically, students receive offers of employment shortly after (or even before) graduation. For example, 97% of the Class of 2015 seeking full-time employment in the U.S. were placed in jobs within six months of graduating. Students' first-year compensation ranges from $55,000 to $100,000.
The following firms and organizations have invested in Weatherhead Master of Supply Chain Managemen graduates:
Ernst & Young
Federal Reserve Banks
Hyundai Motor Group
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
JTEKT North America Corporation
Master of Supply Chain Management Student Internships
Weatherhead Master of Supply Chain Management students apply skills they've learned in the classroom out in the real world through a variety of internships.
“Progressive Insurance was great in helping me shape my career by allowing me to move between jobs and giving me opportunities to be exposed to three different areas continuously aligning with my interests and career development while working with them for just under three years.”Read more »— Sharon Rivera, Master of Supply Chain Management '02, Senior Manager, North America Seller Risk Management, PayPal, Inc.
Career Resources for Weatherhead Supply Chain Management Students
Weatherhead students are encouraged to connect with the Career Management Office early on in their Master of Supply Chain Management degree program to gain the most from the resources and services available. Some of the services our Master of Supply Chain Management Career Management Office provides include:
Career Fairs, Workshops, and Employer Information Sessions
Networking events with employers and alumni
OR/SCM LinkedIn group
To assist with employment opportunities students can also connect with Mike Michaud, Supply Chain Management, to develop an individualized career action plan. The department’s LinkedIn group for students and alumni helps facilitate engagement with the extensive Supply Chain Management network. Students must first join the Weatherhead LinkedIn group before becoming a member of the Supply Chain Management subgroup.
Weatherhead Philosophy of Recruitment
The Weatherhead School of Management Master of Supply Chain Management admissions team is committed to recruiting a community of students with diverse perspectives and a range of robust educational, professional, and life experiences. These experiences, along with demonstrated student excellence, enrich the dialogue and teamwork in the classroom.
Application Process Overview
Create an application, or log in using your username and password to continue your application.
Upload the required unofficial documents. If you are admitted and you matriculate, we will require your official documents then. Further instructions will be sent by email.
When your application is finished, click “submit” to pay your non-refundable application fee
After clicking “submit,” you will not be able to make any changes to your application form, resume, or essays, but you will be able to log back in later to upload transcripts and test scores. All required documents must be submitted in order to be considered.
Once your application is complete, you may receive an invitation to interview. Interviews are by invitation only.
Any application that remains incomplete at the end of the admissions period will be denied.
The Weatherhead School of Management Master of Supply Chain Management admissions team is committed to recruiting students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional, and life experiences. These experiences, along with demonstrated student excellence, enrich the dialogue and teamwork in the classroom.
When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, Weatherhead's Master of Supply Chain Management admissions team requires the following:
Online application form
Unofficial transcripts, GPA, Grading Scale
GMAT or GRE score report - optional for fall 2021 students
Proof of English Language Proficiency (for applicants whose native language is not English)
$100 application fee (non-refundable)
Each supporting document must be uploaded to your online application for admission consideration. Some applicants require time to take the GMAT or GRE. Considering this, our team may interview applicants who have not yet taken either test (or who plan to retake a test for a higher score) but whose undergraduate transcripts and work history demonstrate high performance. Please note: An offer for admission cannot be extended with an incomplete application package. Weatherhead does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the Round 3 deadline.
Weatherhead’s Master of Supply Chain Management students benefit from one-on-one interaction with academic pioneers and industry leaders. Our faculty excel in teaching as well as research, and the opportunity to share their insights and excitement in the most up-to-date and creative areas of management studies is one that Weatherhead students prize.
Want to learn more about the Weatherhead student experience in the Supply Chain Management program? Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Current students in the Supply Chain Management program are happy to share more about their academic experience, as well as their experience living in Cleveland.
“The Master of Supply Chain Management program was a life-changing experience for me. I gained the data and analytics tools needed to improve my technical skills and deepen my knowledge about operations and supply chain management. Weatherhead helped me to enhance my professional skills and prepared me for adapting to new business culture, language, and other challenges after graduation. I am really glad I came to Weatherhead to pursue my master's degree.”— Daniela Aguilera, ORSC '18
Why Cleveland to Study Supply Chain Management?
As one of the top graduate schools in Cleveland, Weatherhead is nestled in the heart of the city and its arts and cultural district—University Circle. University Circle boasts 15 museums and cultural institutions like the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Museum of Art, four medical centers including the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, 10 religious organizations, more than 30 restaurants, and a total of eight education centers.
Weatherhead is also within walking distance of the city’s “new downtown” called Uptown, which includes a specialty market, a local ice cream shop, pubs, the campus bookstore, the city’s new Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and casual to fine dining restaurant options.
With so much going on in Cleveland and on campus, you’ll never lack for something to do. Take a moment to check out what draws our students to Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland, Ohio.
Cleveland by the numbers
2,250,871 Population of Greater Cleveland
21,000+ Acres for outdoor recreation in Cleveland Metroparks
312 Miles of Lake Erie's Ohio shoreline
117+ Cultural and arts organizations
16th Most walkable of the fifty largest U.S. cities
10 Fortune 500 companies located in Northeast Ohio
7 Cleveland chefs and eateries featured on the Food Network
3rd Fashion Week Cleveland is the biggest in the U.S. after New York and Los Angeles
2nd Playhouse Square Center is the largest in the U.S. after New York's Lincoln Center
2 Annual film festivals in Cleveland
GBSA and Student Clubs
The Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) along with other student clubs provide opportunities for professional development, local community service activities, engagement with employers, and social gatherings such as cultural dinners, happy hours, and wine tastings with sommeliers.
Incoming students can run for a GBSA leadership position or join, revive or start a new student club with the assistance of the Weatherhead Student Experience Office. Here's a list of the student clubs:
Design for America
Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club)
Finance and Investment Club
Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
Health System Management and Bioscience Club
Leadership and Organizational Behavior Club
Marketing and Strategy Club
Net Impact Club
QGrad LGBTQA+ Graduate and Professional Student Association
Sports Management Club
Tie Youth (Immigrant Entrepreneur’s Club)
Weatherhead Consulting Club
Weatherhead Wine Society
Weatherhead Women in Business
The diversity of our student body enriches the Weatherhead experience with different perspectives. In addition to Weatherhead Women in Business and the Multicultural Club, student groups that support diversity include local chapters of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA).
Many Weatherhead students draft their career plan before they arrive on campus and begin applying for internships their first semester in the program, and the Master of Supply Chain Management student is no exception. They also access the Weatherhead Career Management Office’s career resources, participate in career fairs, attend employer information sessions on and off-campus, and take advantage of their personal networks as well as professional gatherings throughout the city of Cleveland. Read more about career management and how students connect with internships.