Wichita, headquarters of top names such as Airbus, Bombardier-Learjet, Textron/Cessna/Beechcraft, and Spirit AeroSystems, is known as the Air Capital of the World. Wichita State University is the place where anything is possible. Amani Saida Khalloud, from Casablanca, Morocco, calls both places home now.
“My choice of Wichita State University (WSU) is related to my experience in the aerospace field — I learned that all aerospace companies that I worked with are in Wichita! One of my internship supervisors in FIGEAC aerospace also moved to Wichita a few months before I came,” the Master’s Degree in Management Science and Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) graduate explains, adding that WSU’s great reputation among the Fulbright network was another deciding factor.
She enjoyed her American education experience, revelling in WSU’s laid-back teaching style — thanks to her friendly professor Dr. Mehmet Bayram Yildirim.
“He encouraged open communication, listened to everyone and knew how to stimulate conversation. It was a new way of learning,” she enthuses.
Amani Saida Khalloud enjoyed her master’s degree experience at Wichita State University tremendously. Source: Wichita State University
Indeed, the programme’s faculty members — from Wichita State’s Barton School of Business and the College of Engineering — is a big reason why many students love studying at WSU.
“Professor Ashley Gerlach made the Procurement and Outsourcing class fun and easy to learn with tangible examples where she shared her own experience with us,” Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul, a Thai graduate, says. “Dr. Mehmet Barut and Dr. Khawaja Saeed always provided great support on guidelines for job training and documents for internship paperwork.”
In the Transport and Logistics class, Khalloud realised that the interesting case studies they were working on turned out to be their professor’s real-life experiences. That eye-opening experience became one of her favourite memories of WSU.
Besides having deep knowledge of their subject matter, the faculty also ensure all the students enjoy learning there.
“The learning experience was very warm — I did not have any uncomfortable feelings during my learning year,” Mahajaroenkul recalls.
Khalloud adds that “all the materials, papers and lectures always included something up to date,” making her classes even more memorable.
WSU stands out for having the most racially and ethnically diverse university campus in the whole of Kansas. Their students come from 110 countries, and more than 40% are first-generation students.
Wichita State University is the most diverse university in Kansas. Source: Wichita State University
“WSU lets me meet new people of different backgrounds and cultures, network with other students and also gives me the opportunity to try out new cuisines,” Yoyi S. Kadiri from Nigeria, a current student, shares.
Khalloud agrees, saying “There are always a lot of events where I have met great people! The cultural diversity, tolerance, and extrovertness are high level.”
With all these features, it is little wonder why WSU performs well in several rankings. It is the most affordable research university in the region as well as one of the fastest-growing research universities in the US with US$164 million in funding each year. It is also the top university for transfer students in Kansas — for 10 years in a row.
Wichita — the largest city in Kansas — also happens to be one of America’s top exporting regions with several large food and commodity-oriented business headquarters. WSU — being conveniently located in Wichita — thus enjoys a close relationship with many local, regional and national businesses through its 30 centres and institutes, allowing their students to have applied learning in all majors.
At the same time, WSU’s Innovation Campus is attracting a growing number of companies to set up base there — this includes Dassault Systemes and Boston Consulting Group. Deloitte is also building its first smart factory there to help companies accelerate their digital transformation.
The easy access to many top-range companies at WSU explains why around 96% of co-op placements are paid (significantly higher than the 47% national average). WSU also boasts the highest number of students getting employed within a year of graduation — 74% — among state universities.
What is more, Wichita has a robust business environment, making it ideal to study supply chain management. The MSSCM is an innovative and interdisciplinary 33-hour STEM degree, a collaboration between the W. Frank Barton School of Business and the College of Engineering. The Barton School holds a dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting; only 5% of the world’s business schools have this dual accreditation.
In Fall 2022, the Barton School of Business will move into the new state-of-the-art new Woolsey Hall — located in the heart of WSU’s Innovation Campus — which will offer MSSCM students even greater access to the companies there.
With two tracks — Management and Analytics — students can graduate in 18 to 24 months and work in various supply chain management industries such as logistics, distribution and warehouse management. Being a STEM programme also qualifies international students to work in the US up to three years after graduation — a highly desirable incentive for the 65% of the MSSCM students who are international. [BC6]
Graduate student scholarships are also available for international students with a 3.3 GPA which gives a 38% tuition fee reduction; Graduate assistantship and fellowships are also offered.
If you are an international student looking to pursue a graduate programme on supply chain management in the most diverse and affordable university in Kansas, apply here today.