The supply chain continues to add strategic value to the organization for many electronics OEMs. Hoping to be part of the transformation, many professionals are looking at going after a graduate degree. The good news is that leading universities are offering something for every situation from those who want to be full-time students to those who want to study long distance or on evenings and weekends.
"The average graduate supply chain curriculum has grown in breadth. A broad, integrated curriculum is now standard, as is basic technology and analytics content. The master of science in supply chain management (MSSCM), on average, has a more specialized supply chain curriculum taught over a shorter duration than MBAs with supply chain concentrations," said Dana Stiffler, research vice president at Gartner.
Gartner recently released the findings from its biennial Top 25 North American Supply Chain Graduate Programs report. After considering 44 universities, the market research firm identified the top 25. In researching the top programs, Gartner also uncovered some interesting educational trends:
- The finance and accounting components are critical, with all MBA programs offering this element. In addition, 70% will take coursework on performance management and analytics and 42% will study supply chain technology and tools.
- Supply chain professionals are earning more. The average starting salary for MBAs with a supply chain concentration is $83,597, up from $78,227 in 2014, Gartner found.
- Supply chain grads get jobs. Of advanced supply chain degree holders, 79% are placed before graduation and 95% are placed within three months of graduating.
Whether you are looking to hire people with up-to-date skills or get some continuing education yourself, these top schools offer programs that are unmatched. Click on the image below to start the slideshow.
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— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN