USD Ranked in Top 20 for U.S. News’ Online Graduate Business Programs

The University of San Diego’s master’s degree in supply chain management is now one of the country’s top 20 online graduate business programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

USD’s program was ranked 14th in the nation in the list of more than 170 programs released Wednesday, Jan. 8. The program jumped nine spots from last year’s ranking of 23rd.

The master’s program to train professionals in advanced techniques to efficiently design, produce and deliver goods and services received high marks in the rankings criteria of faculty credentials and training and student engagement. Other criteria included admissions selectivity, peer reputation and student services and technology.

“This is great recognition of our work to create one of the nation’s top programs,” said Lauren Lukens, director of USD’s Master of Science in Supply Chain Management. “Our blend of online learning and limited campus sessions make it possible for professionals across the country to participate in this rigorous and career advancing program. Students not only learn from premier faculty within the supply chain management discipline, but they learn from their fellow classmates through the sharing of best practices and lessons learned.”

Supply chain management continues to be one of the hottest career fields in today’s global economy. USD’s program, which can be completed in 24 months, is a hybrid online program allowing professionals to work regular business hours while connecting with students and professors online and in person. Students also visit the campus five times in two years for invaluable face-to-face time. The rigorous curriculum is case-based and rich with simulations, reflecting current practices by real-world professionals. In place of a thesis, students identify an issue within their own company and discover ways to save $50,000 or more.

USD’s supply chain master’s program was the first of its kind to be approved by the U.S.-based Institute for Supply Management (ISM). It was also the first U.S. degree accredited by the United Kingdom-based Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Professionals who are benefitting from USD’s program and moving up within their organizations come from a variety of industries including high technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, energy, and higher education.

“Our ranking in the top 20 is a tribute to the high caliber, skill and dedication of both our faculty and students,” said David Pyke, dean of USD’s School of Business Administration.

USD’s Supply Chain Management Institute also holds a variety of conferences and seminars to throughout the year to continuously educate professionals on best practices in the field.

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