SCMr FAQ Topics

General Questions Enrollment Questions
Application Questions Recruiting Questions
Financial Aid Questions  


General Questions

Who should apply to the SCM residential (SCMr) program?

The SCMr program is designed for early-career supply chain professionals who want to return to school to receive advanced, specialized training in supply chain management.  Students with 3 to 8 years of work experience are in the best position to gain from the SCMr program and also contribute the most to class discussions. Candidates should also have strong quantitative skills, including some college-level calculus, linear algebra, and probability/statistics.   

Do I need an Engineering degree to apply?  

No, you do not need have a degree in engineering to apply.  Classroom and personal interaction is enhanced by varied experiences in the student body.  The Admission Committee strives to build a class with diverse educational (and professional) backgrounds such as finance, information technology, management, marketing, and sales. The program requires a strong analytic background, but you need not be an engineer, and in fact many of our students are not.  We encourage students from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines to apply.

What if I have little or no work experience?
Students are required to have at least 2 years of work experience, 3-4 years is even better.  We have found that even extremely gifted students will struggle to land a good job if they do not have at least 2 years of work experience.  We occasionally receive applications from undergraduates who are still in college.  While most such applications are rejected, if the student is truly gifted, they can be  granted “admission with deferred enrollment.”  Enrollment is deferred by 2-5 years while the student gains supply chain work experience.

Application Questions

What are the admissions requirements for the SCMr program?
Please see Admission Requirements for detailed information.  

What is the application deadline?

Applications are reviewed by the Admission Committee after each round deadline. 
All application materials must be received by:

  • Round I deadline of November 15
  • Round II deadline of February 1
  • Round III deadline of April 1   

Which round should I apply for?

We recommend applying as early as possible.  Each year a few promising applicants are asked to either retake the GMAT or GRE to achieve a higher score, or retake a math class to improve their qualifications.  These tasks take time which is only possible if you apply early.  Also, we recommend that international students apply in either Round I or II in order to allow enough time for visa processing. 

How do international students apply for the program?                                                                                                               

The admission requirements and process is the same for international students with two exceptions:

  • If your native language is not English, you are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS. To request a waiver (directly in the online application), you must meet one of the following criteria: Received an undergraduate degree (4 years) from a U.S. University or College OR Attended primary and secondary schools taught in English. International students are encouraged to review this information as well:
  • International students are required to provide documented PROOF OF FUNDING as a condition of their admission. 

What are the required tests?

IELTS or TOEFL:  Applicants from non-English-speaking nations must offer evidence of written and oral proficiency in the English language by taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To request a waiver (directly in the online application), you must meet one of the following criteria: Received an undergraduate degree (4 years) from a U.S. University or College OR Attended both primary and secondary schools taught in English.

  • TOEFL: Minimum score required: 100
  • IELTS: Minimum score required: 7

GRE or GMAT reporting codes: 

  • GRE Institute code: 3514, Department code: 4313
  • GMAT code: X5X-QS-17


  • TOEFL: Minimum score required: 100
  • IELTS: Minimum score required: 7

Which test is preferred, GMAT or GRE?

Both the GMAT and GRE General tests are acceptable for admission to the SCMr program.  Most applicants take the GMAT test. 

Do you have a minimum score requirement?

For both the GMAT and GRE tests, the Admissions Committee expects successful applicants will meet or surpass the following minimum requirements:

  • Verbal:  seventy-fifth percentile (75%)
  • Quantitative:  seventy-fifth percentile (75%)
  • Analytical Writing:   fiftieth percentile (50%)

What is the average test score?

The median GMAT score is 700 but again, the Admission Committee reviews every application as a whole, considering the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. Weaker test scores can be outweighed by a candidate's significant work experience or a strong letters of recommendation. 

Can I submit my application without GRE or GMAT scores? 

You should submit your application after you have taken the GRE or GMAT exam and can submit your unofficial scores.  The Admissions Committee cannot review applications without test scores. 

Can the GRE or GMAT test be waived?

Yes. The MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics now offers a set of five on-line courses through EdX leading to the Micro Master Credential in Supply Chain Management.  To successfully waive the GMAT or GRE test requirement for the SCMr program, an applicant must take the first three courses SC0x, SC1x, and SC2x (as a verified student) and show proficiency (score highly).  If you intend to follow this option you should take these three courses before you submit your application.  

Deadlines & Decision Schedule

The Admission Committee gives every application the fullest possible review and will notify applicants of their decision on or before the dates listed below. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via the email address provided in your application.





Applications must be submitted by 11:59p.m. EST


The Admission Committee notifies applicants of their decision no later than:*


Admitted applicants must reply to offer by:

Round I

November 15, 2017

December 30, 2017

Within 1 month of being admitted

Round II

February 1, 2018

March 17, 2018

Within 1 month of being admitted

Round III

April 1, 2018

April 14, 2018

Within 1 month of being admitted

*Decisions will be released before these dates

Financial Aid Questions

How much does the SCMr program cost?

The tuition for the residential program for the 2017-2018 academic year is $71,000 plus student life fee ($312), medical insurance ($2,800), and living expenses. Living expenses vary, depending on your living style and whether students live alone, with roommates, or have a family. The cost of living in Boston and Cambridge is higher than in much of the country. Currently, a budget of $2,690 per month is recommended for single students, for 10 months this is $26,900. Therefore the total cost for the SCMr program is $101,012.

Is financial help available for SCMr students?

Limited. The SCMr program is designed as a self-funded program. However, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) does provide a few students with partial fellowships.

How do I apply for financial aid?

As part of the online application, you can request to be considered for financial aid in ‘Step 9’.  This is the only form you need to complete before admission. 

What type of financial aid is available?  

The SCMr program awards financial aid in the form of tuition fellowships only.  Unfortunately due to the amount of funds available, the program cannot offer full scholarships.  Most students rely on personal funds or loans to help finance their education. 

Who is eligible to apply for financial aid?

All applicants are eligible to apply and receive financial aid in the form of fellowships directly from the SCMr program.  For more information on other types of aid, such as loans, which have varying requirements, please visit MIT’s Student Financial Services website:

How do you determine financial aid?

Decisions on financial aid are based on two criteria: need and merit. 

When are admitted students notified of financial aid decisions?

The SCMr Admission Committee decides on financial aid at the same time as admission.   If you are admitted to the program, your letter of admission will include this information.

Deadline for Deposit and Proof of Funding

SCMr Residential Candidates are notified of admission on a rolling schedule between November and April. Admitted students are given ONE MONTH to accept their offer by submitting a deposit of $2500 and, if an international student, PROOF OF FUNDING. The deposit is nonrefundable. This deadline is strictly adhered to for both the deposit and proof of funding. If an admitted student fails to meet this deadline fully their slot in the program will be offered to the next candidate on the Wait List. The proof of funding is required of all international students, not US Citizens (US students have many funding options available to them through both the government and private institutions.).

Explanation: Students on our waitlist are often international citizens who will require a visa to come to the US to attend school. Visa applications take 3-4 months to process.  Unfortunately each year several admitted students withdraw from the program due to lack of finances after the visa application deadline has passed. This effectively cheats the next student on the waitlist out of the opportunity to attend MIT. To discourage this from happening, the SCM program requires admitted international students to provide both their deposit and proof of funding early enough so that if they fail, there is still time for the next person on the waitlist to get their visa.  

Proof of Funding Documentation and Submission

The SCM program requires exactly the same Proof of Funding Documentation as MIT’s International Students Office requires for visa processing.  Note the important difference however: 

  • The deadline for submitting Proof of Funding for the SCM program is EARLIER than for the ISO Office. The SCM deadlines for Proof of Funding are:
    • SCMr – one month after being admitted
    • SCMb - by September 1

Funding Documentation Requirements

The proof of funding documentation must show that you have sufficient funds to attend the SCMr program.

  • Amount needed for Residential Program for 2017-2018:  $101,012

Enrollment Questions

When does the residential program begin? 

MIT's 10-month residential program begins in early August and concludes with commencement in early June.  We admit students to the residential program for August only. 

Does SCMr require a deposit?

Candidates offered admission to the SCMr program will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $2,500 if they wish to secure a spot in the program.  This deposit will be transferred to the student's account once enrolled.

What is “Admission with Deferred Enrollment?”

Many applicants do not have the desired supply chain work experience.  Most are asked to reapply after they have obtained this experience.  However, on occasion, students who have exceptional undergraduate grades and high test scores are offered immediate admission to the SCMr program with the condition that they must work in a supply chain job before enrolling at MIT.  Such students are officially admitted and pay their $2,500 non-refundable deposit like all other admitted students.  They are required to work for 2 to 5 years (their choice) in a supply chain job and must then contact the SCMr office by February 15 of the year that they choose to come to study at MIT.  This ensures such students that they have a slot waiting for them at MIT while they gain valuable work experience in supply chain management.

If I take on-line courses as part of the MicroMasters program but then enroll in the SCMr program, will I get credit for those on-line courses?

You will not receive transfer credit for on-line coursework, however; for required courses, it will be up to the professor of each class to determine if they will waive the requirement.  Your performance in the on-line subject will be one of several factors considered.  If granted, you will select another subject (elective) to take.  You will still need to earn 90 units of credit on-campus to graduate.  

Recruiting Questions

How do I get a job?

A variety of recruiting opportunities and resources are available to the students throughout the course of the year, heavily concentrated in the Fall. A series of company information sessions, resume drops, and interviews are held.  Many of these opportunities are specific to SCMr students and are held independently of the rest of the MIT community. However, students are also encouraged to participate and utilize MIT’s wider network of services and resources.

What are some of the companies that recruit SCMr students?

Every year, new companies are seeking SCMr students to fill various positions within their organization. Our Employment Report includes sample job title, industries, and companies that have recruited from the SCMr program.  

What are the placement statistics? 

Please see our Employment Report for detailed information.  

Does the SCMr program qualify me for OPT and STEM?

  • Yes, the SCMr program does qualify for OPT and STEM.
  • OPT and STEM are mechanisms that allow foreign students who have been enrolled for two semesters or 1 academic year, to work in the US for 1 to 3 years after graduation without an H-1B visa. This extra time is important to companies who wish to hire foreign students because it gives them additional chances of securing a sponsorship slot in the H-1B visa lottery. 
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization after completing their academic studies (post-completion).
  • STEM OPT Extension:  Students who have earned degrees in certain science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT employment.  MIT SCMr program is in the School of Engineering and our SCMr program does qualify for STEM.