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Purdue University: A career-enhancing education for tomorrow’s supply chain experts

Supply chains, always vulnerable to disruption, have never been more turbulent. Research by the McKinsey Global Institute, conducted pre-pandemic, found that, on average, companies experience a disruption of one to two months in duration every 3.7 years. Post-COVID-19, forward-thinking supply chain officers are needed more than ever to build supply chains that are resilient, agile and sustainable.

Enter Purdue University. Founded in 1869, this top-ranked public university in the Midwestern city of West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business. Undergraduate, graduate and professional programs here are renowned nationwide. The school performs well in global rankings — distinguishably so, placing fifth for Masters in Supply Chain Management (Q3, 2023) and third for production and operation management (US News & World Report, 2022) in the US. In the 2024 US News & World Report, Purdue ranked 43rd overall among 435 universities in the country, with the Daniels School of Business jumping nine spots to place 21st among undergraduate business programmes in the country.

The Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM) is a 30-credit hour residential STEM-designated program — which can be completed in 10 or 18 months — that builds on the business school’s core strength in operations, supply chain management and business analytics.

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MSGSCM’s STEM designation provides the opportunity for graduates to extend their Optional Practical Training. Source: Purdue University

Diverse experiences expose those in the MSGSCM program to the inner workings of supply chain management, help them develop their professional network, and equip them with skills vital for success in the industry. Picture joining regional corporate networking opportunities, taking part in blockchain workshops led by expert faculty, pursuing paid professional development or engaging in faculty-directed summer projects.

The Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises provides further prime opportunities through conferences, student competitions and company projects through which the centre has been promoting education, research and industrial engagement for those interested in operations and manufacturing management. Students may take part in paid professional development opportunities such as: AWS Certification, Tableau Data Visualization Certification, SAS Certification, CSCMP conference registration and more.

Beyond this, student clubs provide another avenue for students to explore their passion, interests and hobbies. The Operations and Supply Chain Organisation, for example, provides members with means for professional and social development, while exploring the many facets involved in operations management and other areas of the supply chain.

All of this results in a dynamic student experience. “With experiential learning, student clubs and a dedicated centre for manufacturing practices, the Daniels School of Business has a perfect ecosystem wherein I can acquire and master the skills necessary to achieve my short-term and long-term goals,” says Uthayan Arul, MSGSCM ‘23

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The online MSGSCM is a 30-credit hour program targeted towards working professionals seeking to advance their careers by developing supply chain management knowledge, skills and abilities. Source: Purdue University

A comprehensive and flexible online graduate program

The online MSGSCM matches the rigours of its on-campus counterpart. It is developed and taught by the same esteemed faculty from the Daniels School of Business’s residential programme. With its 100% online asynchronous format, students can access and view instructional materials at their convenience each week using school-sponsored online software.

Add the flexibility of curating individual study plans, and this online degree could prove to be a smart choice for professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge — which is exactly what happened to ‘23 graduate Sarah Miramontes.

“I chose an online program for the flexible schedule allowing me to work full-time and apply the concepts I was learning in my courses at work,” she shares. “‘The prestige of a Purdue degree, coupled with a diverse and challenging curriculum, prepared me for a successful career that set me apart in the job market.”

The curriculum Miramontes speaks of refers to the foundational and elective courses within the program. Together, they help students build a solid foundation on different aspects of global supply chain management, as well as explore topics like Change Management, Python Programming, Advanced Manufacturing Management, and more in greater depth. Online MSGSCM students also have the chance to apply their knowledge in real-world situations by completing a project for a partnering company.

To ensure Purdue students, online and residential, are supported every step of the way, career services are made available from day one. Online students can reach out to success coaches for advice on online learning, time management and coping with stress as well.

With such features, an education at Purdue University is more than just an academic pursuit — it’s a career-defining experience. “All coursework focus on providing quantitative and qualitative toolkits to address the practical issues I would encounter in the industry,” says Arul, who plans to pivot into leadership roles within the industry after graduation.

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