Blended Master's Degree in Supply Chain Management


Blended Program Overview

The blended master's degree refers to a new option that is being developed by MIT that would allow learners to combine the MITx MicroMasters credential with one+ semester at MIT.  The MicroMasters credential requires a learner to successfully pass five rigorous online courses in supply chain management and also pass a proctored comprehensive final exam. Learners with the MITx MicroMasters credential in SCM can then apply to MIT for the blended SCM master’s degree. This new program would require the successful applicant to come to MIT for January through May to take courses on campus for graduation at the beginning of June. Bearers of the MicroMasters credential would be credited for 42 academic units (90 units are required for graduation with the SCM master’s degree, leaving 48-57 units for on-campus).

SCM Blended Program FAQ

Admission Criteria for the Blended SCM Master's Degree

For the Blended SCM Master's Degree, the admissions committee will review the following items:

  • Performance in the five online courses (SC0x, 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x) and the comprehensive final exam
  • Undergraduate transcript to confirm bachelor’s degree
  • IELTS/TOEFL from non-English-speaking nations
  • Written description of research project proposal
  • Video statement of research interests
  • Resume to review at least three years of work experience and any awards or commendations
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Research Project --- SCMb applicants will need to create a two-page description of their proposed Research Project.

Note the difference compared to the full-time 10-month SCM Masters Program. For the Blended SCM Masters program, we will not require applicants to take the GMAT or GRE test, nor will we be looking at their undergraduate GPA, nor the undergraduate courses they have taken. Performance in the five online courses and comprehensive final exam will substitute for these items. This allows learners with non-traditional backgrounds and education to enter into the SCM masters program.

However, since the Blended Masters students will need to complete their research project in only five months instead of the usual 10 months, we will be looking closely at the outline of their proposed research project. Successful candidates will need to put time and energy into carefully preparing their research project in advance of their application, possibly including engagement with a company or agency or other organization to sponsor their project.

Application Deadline for the Blended SCM Masters Degree

Applications submitted early will not be reviewed until after the June 15 deadline. Applicants are encouraged to start their profile and application early.

Applications opens: April 1, 2017
Applications due: June 15, 2017

Cost of the Blended SCM Masters Degree

To earn a Blended SCM Masters degree, a candidate must first earn the MicroMasters credential. These five online courses are/will be available for free unless the learner wishes to receive a Verified Certificate (required for the MicroMasters credential), which currently costs US$150 per course. There will also be a cost (estimated at $600) to take the proctored comprehensive final exam for the MITx MicroMasters credential. Therefore, the total cost for the MITx MicroMasters credential will be US$1350.

The tuition for the blended program is estimated to be approximately $45,000 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. Currently, a budget of $3,500 per month is recommended for single students.


Students with the MITx MicroMasters credential will take a slightly different spring semester to earn 48 to 57 units. Some of these courses will be taken in the January IAP term to reduce the spring semester course load.

Note: This assumes that the following materials are covered in the online courses: ESD.250, 260, 264, 252 and part of 251.

SCM.262 - Leading Global Teams 6
SCM.259- Business Writing for Supply Chain Management 3


Spring Semester  
SCM.263 - Thesis Writing for Supply Chain Management 3
SCM.265 - Global Supply Chain Management 6


Strategy Bundle (students must take one of the following courses)  
SCM.261 - Case Studies in Supply Chain Management 9
15.769 - Operations Strategy 9


Finance Bundle (students must take one of the following courses)  
SCM.251 (short) - Supply Chain Finance (Fall version is 9 units)
15.521 - Management Accounting and Control 9


SCM.THG - Thesis 12
Electives 6-9


Total Required Units (IAP & Spring): 42-48
Units Earned Through MicroMasters credential: 42
Total MIT Units Earned (90 needed for graduation) 90-99