Completing a thesis is a requirement for every graduate student at MIT. The SCM program turns this academic requirement into an opportunity for students to conceive and execute independent research on a topic of their choice. Graduates often reflect that this is one of the most challenging and rewarding components of the supply chain degree program.
Typically, the research directly involves one or more companies or organizations. Occasionally, research topics that are larger in scope require a team of two students. A faculty supervisor is assigned to each thesis project to provide guidance for the research effort and writing process.
Students exercise their communication skills through poster presentations of their projects at Research Expo in January and final presentations at Research Fest event in May. They also work with a writing instructor to develop an executive summary of their research.
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Executive Summaries of Past Research Projects
Several thesis projects are selected each year for the SCM Research Journal. Reading through the previous journals below gives an overview of the variety of topics and companies involved in SCM research.