Research

Research is an integral part of the SCM master's program - both for the students in the program and for the companies that sponsor the research projects.

During their ten months on the MIT campus, SCM students have numerous and varied opportunities to interact with companies from across industries and around the world. SCM students specifically interact with industry through:

  • Thesis projects with Supply Chain Education Partners
  • Site visits and tours
  • Supply Chain Innovation and Leadership Series (SCILS) featuring senior supply chain executives
  • Information sessions and recruiting

The number of companies recruiting our master's in supply chain management graduates continues to grow each year, which is why more than 90% of our students receive job offers by graduation–and why you’ll find SCM alumni working across the globe in a wide variety of industries.

Supply Chain Exchange Thesis Partners

Started in 2002 by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, the Supply Chain Exchange Thesis Partners give SCM students the opportunity to work closely with professionals on a challenging supply chain problem, and gives companies access to a student or student team that bring new insight and approaches to a current supply chain project. Most SCM students are paired with sponsoring companies to work on innovative and challenging supply chain research projects through the Thesis Partners program.

Thesis Partner research projects start in the fall and finish the following June. If your company wants to sponsor a project for the upcoming academic year, you should submit the scope document by August 1st of that year.

To learn more about our Thesis Partner program, watch the webcast hosted by former SCM Executive Director, Dr. Jarrod Goentzel.

This webinar, originally broadcast June 3, 2009, features company sponsors and students from two partner projects completed by the class of 2009.

Other Helpful Links:

SCM Thesis Partner Guide
SCM Thesis Scope Template (PDF)