USD was ranked 23rd out of 148 programs. The master’s in supply chain management was ranked fourth in the area of student engagement, the list’s most heavily weighted component measured by student satisfaction and instructor’s responsiveness. The rankings, released Jan. 15, were also based on admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.
“We are thrilled to be one of only five supply chain or logistics programs in the top 25 online graduate business programs,” said Joel Sutherland, managing director of USD’s Supply Chain Management Institute, which is housed in the university’s School of Business Administration. “We have worked hard to earn the recognition and have aggressive plans to continuously improve.”
The supply chain master’s program focuses on training professionals in world-class strategies and techniques to develop integrated networks to efficiently design, produce and deliver goods and services. “Our ‘high-touch, high-tech’ approach combines the best of online learning technologies with top-notch instruction, allowing students to access the program at a time and place that is most convenient for them,” Sutherland said.
Supply chain management continues to be one of the hottest fields in today’s job market. The 26-month program emphasizes collaborative learning and teamwork in the “virtual environment” that is critical to success in today’s business world. Professionals who are benefitting from the program and moving up within their organizations come from a variety of industries including high technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, energy, and higher education. The program employs a blended approach to learning, where students spend 20 days on campus during the course of the program and complete the remainder of instruction online.
In addition to the flexibility of a web-based program, the program also provides students with opportunities to interact with and learn from leading practitioners in supply chain management and assists students and alumni with career placement through an annual career fair and year-round access to leading corporations. The Supply Chain Management Institute holds a variety of conferences and seminars throughout the year to continuously educate professionals on best practices in the field.
USD’s was the first master’s degree program to receive approval by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the largest supply management association in the world. The program is also the first U.S. degree program to receive full accreditation by the United Kingdom-based Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), one of the leading global associations in the field.
For more information about USD’s supply chain programs, go to www.sandiego.edu/scmi.
For more information about the U.S. News’ rankings go to www.usnews.com/education/online-education/mba.
– Liz Harman