MIT Supply Chain Management
Admissions

FAQs

Who should apply to the SCM program?
What if I have little or no work experience?
Is the SCM program offered as a distance learning program?
How much does the SCM program cost?
Is financial help available for SCM students?
What are the admissions requirements for the SCM program?
What are the required tests and mimimun scores and is there a reporting code?
Which test is preferred, GMAT or GRE?
Must I take the IELTS?
Does the SCM program accept the TOEFL?
Does SCM require a deposit?
Are there any recommendations for filling out the application form?
 

Who should apply to the SCM program?
The SCM program is designed for early-career supply chain professionals who want to go back to school and receive advanced training in supply chain management.  Candidates should have work experience and good quantitative skills, including some college-level calculus, linear algebra, and probability/statistics. However, you need not have a degree in engineering to apply. Classroom and personal interaction is enhanced by varied experiences in the student body. SCM Admissions strives to build a class with diverse backgrounds such as finance, information technology, management, marketing, and sales. We encourage students from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines to apply. If you have questions about whether you would be a good candidate for the SCM program, please contact us directly.

What if I have little or no work experience?
Students with 3 to 8 years of work experience are in the best position to gain from the SCM program and also contribute the most to class discussions.  While we have occasionally admitted gifted students directly from undergraduate studies it is more likely that such a student will be granted “admission with deferred enrollment.”  Enrollment is deferred by 2-5 years while the student gains supply chain work experience.

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, each year a few such students who have exceptional undergraduate grades and high test scores are offered immediate admission to the SCM 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 $1000 fee 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 SCM 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.

Is the SCM program offered as a distance learning program?
No. MIT's ten-month SCM master’s degree is a campus-based, full-time, weekday program. There are no immediate plans to offer this degree via the Internet, part-time, or as an executive degree program. Some projects, however, involve Internet-based collaboration with international colleagues. MIT CTL does offer one-week executive courses on logistics and supply chain management every year.

How much does the SCM program cost?
SCM tuition is set by MIT each year. The tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $63,454 plus student life fee, medical insurance, 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 $1,700 per month is recommended for single students. We recommend speaking to current students for more information.

Is financial help available for SCM students?
The SCM program is designed as a self-funded program. However, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) does provide a select few students with partial fellowships. To indicate your interest in CTL fellowships, please check the “Fellowship” box provided on the Financial Statement Form within the MIT Graduate Application. An essay is also required when applying for a fellowship. If you wish to be considered for a CTL/SCM fellowship, please attach an essay stating any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.

SCM students are also eligible for grants and fellowships offered by the larger MIT community.  Please visit the website of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education for detailed information and on how to apply at: http://web.mit.edu/odge/finances/fellowships/index.html.

Because of the intensive course load, SCM students are not eligible for research or teaching assistantships. Many domestic students depend on federal student loans and international students seek out student loans from private lenders. MIT's Student Financial Services Office is the best resource for determining how best to fund your MIT education. More information on financial assistance can be found on their website: http://web.mit.edu/sfs/.

What are the admissions requirements for the SCM program?
All application materials must be received by the Round I deadline of November 15, the Round II deadline of February 1, or the the Round III deadline of April 1.

In addition to completing the MIT Graduate Application, applicants must provide all academic transcripts, an up-to-date résumé, three letters of recommendation, and GRE or GMAT scores. (The Institute code to use for the GRE forms is 3514; the department code is 4313. For the GMAT forms, the code to use is X5X-QS-17.) Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate competency in English with a minimum score of 7 on the IELTS exam.

Note that all SCM students start in August-students cannot start the program in February.

What are the required tests and minimum scores and is there a reporting code?
Tests required:
IELTS: Minimum score required: 7
GRE or GMAT: general test

The admissions committee expects successful applicants will meet or surpass the seventy-fifth percentile (75%) in both verbal and quantitative, and the fiftieth percentile (50%) in analytical writing. The review committee will occasionally allow non-English speakers some limited flexibility in their Verbal score.

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

Which test is preferred, GMAT or GRE?
Both the GMAT and GRE General tests are acceptable for application to the SCM program.  Most applicants take the GMAT test. 

Must I take the IELTS?
Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate competency in English by taking the IELTS. We look for an IELTS score of 7. Further information can be found on the IELTS website at: http://www.ielts.org/default.aspx

Does the SCM program accept the TOEFL?
No. We only accept the IELTS as it will enable the admissions committee to better assess your preparation for the program.

Does SCM require a deposit?
Candidates offered admission to the SCM program will be required to submit a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000, if they wish to secure a spot in the program. Information on payment methods is available at Student Financial Services.

Are there any recommendations for filling out the application form?

Since the MIT Graduate application does not capture your employment history, be sure to emphasize work experience and signs of increasing responsibility in your professional résumé. We encourage you to include letters of reference from a mix of both academics and work supervisors, if possible.