Campus Community

Because the MIT community is considered an essential part of the SCM experience, the program is not offered as a distance-learning option. By studying on campus, students enjoy close interaction not only with the program's world-class faculty, but also importantly with their hand-picked classmates, forming long-term bonds that serve them well throughout their careers.

The program’s affiliation with the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, and with its many related programs, expands students’ networking opportunities by putting them in proximity to other faculty, students, and researchers throughout MIT. And the urban context of Boston and Cambridge–along with the regional context of New England, New York, and Washington, DC–offers a unique combination of arts, culture, sports, and recreation that make ten months at MIT a truly transformative experience.


The SCM program is part of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, home to world-class logistics and supply chain research programs that give students ample access to major players in the field. Students are part of a small, hand-picked cohort meeting directly with practitioners who are applying cutting-edge concepts in the real world.

In addition to administering the SCM program, MIT CTL helps coordinate the extensive transportation and logistics research conducted throughout the MIT community. At any given time, research efforts typically number over 100, ranging from modest projects involving a single faculty member and a few students to large-scale international programs involving scores of people and a full-time research staff.

Over 80 faculty and staff are affiliated with the MIT CTL through participation in its education, research, and outreach programs. The interchange of information, ideas, and inspiration among the faculty, students and research staff makes it one of the most dynamic focal points of activity in the transportation and logistics field.

MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network

The MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network is an international alliance of leading research, education, and corporate outreach initiatives dedicated to the development and dissemination of supply chain and logistics excellence through innovation. The network currently includes: MIT CTL in Cambridge, MA; the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) in Zaragoza, Spain; the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) in Shah Alam, Malaysia; and the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI) in Bogotá, Colombia. Graduate students from ZLC, MISI, and CLI travel to MIT during January to take specialized courses alongside SCM students.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a coeducational, privately endowed research university with more than 1,000 faculty and 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.

MIT is organized into five Schools-Architecture and Planning; Engineering; Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Management; and Science – and the Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology. These schools encompass numerous academic departments, divisions, and degree-granting programs, as well as interdisciplinary centers, laboratories, and programs whose work cuts across traditional departmental boundaries. Seventy-three present and former members of the MIT community have won the Nobel Prize, including eight current faculty members.

In the first national study of the economic impact of a research university, “The Impact of Innovation,” the Bank Boston Economics Department found that graduates of MIT have founded 4,000 firms, translating their knowledge into products, services, and jobs. In 1994, these firms employed over one million people and generated worldwide revenues of $232 billion.

MIT has forged educational and research collaborations with other universities, governments, and companies throughout the nation and the world, and draws its faculty and students from every corner of the globe. The result is a vigorous mix of people, ideas, and programs dedicated to enhancing the world's well-being. MIT’s School of Engineering has achieved the top score in the USNews & World Report rankings each year since the rankings were created in 1990. In 2010, the MIT Sloan School of Management jumped from fifth to third among the nation’s MBA programs.

Boston and New England

MIT is set on 168 acres that extend more than a mile along the Cambridge side of the Charles River Basin, facing south to the city of Boston-one of the nation's leading centers of art, education, and medicine. Within walking distance are world-class museums as well as venues for music and theater. Sports fans can enjoy the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden, and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

An hour or two away by car are the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, the ocean beaches of Cape Cod and the Islands, the fishing villages of the Maine coast, and many historical places of interest. New York and Washington D.C. are both within easy commuting distance by train, plane, or car.

The four distinct seasons of New England, combined with the varied landscape, offer unlimited possibilities for recreation – skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and camping.

MIT is one of more than 50 schools in the area, including Harvard, Brandeis, Tufts, Simmons, Wellesley and many professional schools for the arts. The concentration of academic, cultural, and intellectual activities in the Boston area is one of the densest in the country, and there is an extraordinary variety of people from across the country and around the world.