SCM Blended Program
What are the two paths to earning a master’s degree in supply chain management from MIT?
Both programs require 90 units of coursework.
Is the degree earned by SCMb students the same degree earned by SCMr students?
Yes. Both residential students and blended students will be able to earn the same degree.
When are applications due and when will students be admitted to the SCM program via the blended path?
(NOTE: The Blended Program application is different from the Residential Program Application)
We currently only admit one cohort of blended students each academic year. Applications for the SCM blended program open in April and are due annually no later than June 15. Admission decisions will be announced by August. Accepted SCMb degree students will arrive in January and will graduate in June.
How many students will be admitted to the Blended program?
We expect to admit 40 students to the Blended program annually.
Will the students admitted through the blended path be part of the SCM program?
Yes. Students admitted to the program through either the residential or blended paths are part of the same program. Each SCM program will have a cohort of 30-40 students each year. The total student body will be approximately 80 students in the Spring term when the Blended students arrive.
What will my semester at MIT look like if I come to the SCM program with a MicroMasters credential?
The Blended cohort will enroll in a combination of subjects designed and run just for them, as well as subjects with other MIT students. The full time spring semester will be exceptionally intense. Students will have to pass 36 units of coursework and also complete a 12 unit research project during their in-residence period.
Who should apply to the Blended program?
We are looking for highly qualified non-traditional candidates. The MicroMasters credential was established to enable MIT’s teaching in logistics and supply chain to be available at little or no cost to thousands of interested learners around the globe. In the same spirit, the Blended program was established to create a new pathway for highly qualified non-traditional candidates to earn a master’s degree from MIT. The historical 10-month residential SCMr program is optimized for early career supply chain professionals, 25 to 35 years old with 5-7 years of work experience who want a big boost to their careers. This program requires a quantitative undergraduate education, very good grades, and a high score on the GMAT or GRE test. But these traditional criteria exclude many excellent candidates that MIT would like to include in our classes.
Non-traditional candidates include, for example, supply chain practitioners who have a wealth of excellent experience, may be a bit older, and have not taken the GMAT or GRE test. They also include people whose undergraduate training was in humanities or social sciences but now find themselves working in supply chains. By excelling in the MicroMasters, MIT will not be scrutinizing your undergraduate grades and GRE/GMAT test scores to verify your qualifications. Strong performance in the MicroMasters program proves you are qualified to keep up with the on-campus courses and activities.
What if I don’t have direct supply chain experience? Is other professional experience considered?
Other kinds of experience can be accepted if it is related to operations or planning functions similar to supply chains. Examples might include experience in manufacturing operations, oil field services, and demand forecasting.
What if I have little or no work experience?
Both the residential and the blended paths for the SCM program are designed for experienced professionals. The admissions committee will be looking for at least 2 years of experience and preferably 5+ years. If you have not worked for at least two years in a supply chain role we recommend that you delay applying until you have gained that experience.
What needs to be submitted to apply for admission to the SCM Blended program?
How is the Admission Committee evaluating applications?
The big differences in the evaluation criteria vs SCMr are:
The admissions committee evaluates each application independently along several dimensions, these include:
What is the application deadline?
(NOTE: The Blended Program application is different from the Residential Program Application)
The application deadline for enrollment in January 2018 is June 15, 2017. We will not accept late applications. In order to apply, you must have successfully completed the entire MicroMasters credential including all 5 required courses and the comprehensive final exam. Applicants who have not earned the MicroMasters credential will not be considered for admission.
Along with the five SCx classes and the comprehensive final exam, are there any other requirements in order to be eligible for the Blended program?
Yes. You need to apply and be admitted to the program! Earning the MITx MicroMasters credential does not guarantee admission. It does allow the Admission Committee to look at a more expanded academic record for each applicant.
If I aspire to enroll in the Blended SCM Program, what should be my % target in the SCx courses?
The individual test scores are just one component in the admissions decision to the Blended program. As this is our first class, we do not have any history to report. In addition to the scores, we will look at the whole person - their experience, their potential, their ability to write and speak, etc.
What are my chances of being admitted to the Blended SCM Program if I am an average performer in the online classes?
Scoring highly in the online subjects will increase your chances of gaining admission to the SCM program. However, we should stress that simply having high scores will not guarantee admission – we look at all aspects of an application.
Can I apply to both SCMr and SCMb programs?
Yes, but this requires two separate applications. There are different admissions criteria and deadlines for each program. The admission decisions will be made independently by each program’s Admission Committee. We encourage applicants to consider which program better meets their needs and aspirations before applying.
If I take on-line courses as part of the MicroMaster’s program but then enroll in the SCMr program, will I get credit for those on-line courses?
No, but. You will not get any credit for on-line coursework. However, for required courses, it will be up to the professor of each class to determine if they will give you a waiver from their class. Your performance in the on-line course will be one of several factors considered. If granted, you will select another course (elective) to take instead.
How long will the MicroMasters be honored for application to the Blended program?
Prospective students who have earned the MicroMasters credential will have 3 years to apply to the Blended program from the award date of their credential. .
How do international students apply for the program?
The admission requirements and process is the same for international students. However, if your native language is not English, you are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS (TOEFL: Minimum score required: 100, IELTS: Minimum score required: 7). To request a waiver (directly in the online application), you must meet one of the following criteria: Received an undergraduate degree (4 years) from a U.S. University or College OR Attended primary and secondary schools taught in English. International students are encouraged to review this information as well: http://gradadmissions.mit.edu/applications/international-applicants
Is there a IELTS or TOEFL requirement?
IELTS or TOEFL: Applicants from non-English-speaking nations must offer evidence of written and oral proficiency in the English language by taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To request a waiver (directly in the online application), you must meet one of the following criteria: Received an undergraduate degree (4 years) from a U.S. University or College OR Attended both primary and secondary schools taught in English.
SCM BLENDED ADMISSION SCHEDULE – FOR JANUARY 2018 ENROLLMENT (1st Cohort)
June 15, 2017 - Applications must be submitted by 11:59p.m. EST
August 1, 2017 - The Admissions Committee notifies applicants of their decision.*
September 1, 2017- Admitted applicants must reply to offer with proof of financial resources.
SCM BLENDED ADMISSION SCHEDULE – FOR JANUARY 2019 ENROLLMENT (2nd Cohort)
June 15, 2018
August 1, 2018
September 1, 2018
*Decisions may be released early for some candidates
Is there financial aid for SCMb students?
Limited. The need for financial aid for SCMb students is well recognized and discussions are underway to see how this can be provided. However as with most business-related graduate programs, the amount of financial support will be likely be limited. The SCM program is designed as a self-funded program.
How much does the SCMb program cost?
The tuition for the blended program is estimated to be $42,553 plus student life fee ($156), medical insurance ($1,500), 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 $13,850 is recommended for single students for their 5 months on campus. Total cost for the Blended Program is estimated to be $58,059.
How do I apply for financial aid?
As part of the online application, you can request to be considered for financial aid in ‘Step 9’. This is the only form you need to complete before admission.
Who is eligible to apply for financial aid?
All applicants are eligible to apply and receive financial aid in the form of fellowships directly from the SCM program. For more information on other types of aid, such as loans, which have varying requirements, please visit MIT’s Student Financial Services website: https://sfs.mit.edu/graduate-financial-aid
How do you determine financial aid?
Decisions on financial aid are based on two criteria: need and merit.
When are admitted students notified of financial aid decisions?
The SCM Admission Committee decides on financial aid at the same time as admission. If you are admitted to the program, your letter of admission will include this information
Are there Proof of Funding Documentation Requirements for International Students after they have been admitted?
Yes, The proof of funding documentation must show that you have sufficient funds to attend the SCM program.
When does the program begin?
The Blended program will begin in January and end with commencement in June. We admit students for the Blended program beginning in January only. We enroll only one cohort of Blended students each academic year and there is (so far) no Blended program planned for the Fall Semester.
Does the Blended program require a deposit?
Candidates offered admission to the SCM program will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $2,500 if they wish to secure a spot in the program. This deposit will be transferred to your student account once enrolled. Admitted Blended students will be required to submit proof of financial resources in order to enroll.
With its large student population, the rental housing cycle in Boston is aligned with the school year. Most leases begin September 1 and run for a full year. Thus SCMb students arriving in January will need to work harder and begin sooner to secure a place to live. On-campus vacancies for the spring term vary each year depending on how many students graduate at the end of the fall semester.
Receiving a housing assignment is based upon the options the student indicates on their housing application along with the vacancy types available. The more options you indicate, the better chance you have of receiving a housing assignment.
Please be aware, housing is not a guarantee. If you do not receive a housing assignment from the allocation, you may put yourself on a waitlist after the allocation.
If you do receive a housing assignment, there will not be a specific move-in date set. It can vary from December into February depending on when the previous resident moves out. If you cannot move in before early January you may be able to secure a sublet on-campus which is available from the middle of December to the first week of February.
For more information on housing options, please visit the Graduate & Family Housing website:
In North America, companies do most (~75%) of their college recruiting in September through November. Many companies come in to MIT SCM to conduct information sessions, interviews, resume drops, and receptions between Sept and Nov. MIT is very proud of that our Residential SCM students have had a 90% to 100% success rate in receiving excellent job offers before graduation in June.
However, students taking the blended path (SCMb) will arrive at MIT in early January, AFTER the bulk of recruiting has already happened. A few companies will still come to MIT SCM for recruiting but not nearly as many as in the Fall. MIT and the SCM program will provide career coaching and some job search support for the SCMb students. But the SCMb students will need to work harder and take full responsibility for finding themselves a job. If your main goal is to land a really great high-paying job, you are much better off attending the Residential SCMr program where time is allocated for career development and precruiting throughout the entire 10 months.
Also note that most recruiters who come to MIT SCMr are looking for young supply chain professionals between 25 and 35 years old with 5-7 years of relevant supply chain experience. Students who are outside of this “sweet spot” need to work harder to get a job. About 1/3 of these companies will sponsor foreign students for an H-1B visa, the others do not. Therefore non-US students also need to work harder to get a job.
Job Search support will be provided to SCMb students by both the SCM department and the MIT GECD office.
The SCM-provided support to SCMb Students includes:
The MIT GECD provided support to SCMb Students includes:
Job Search after graduation:
What’s not included?
Does the Blended Masters of SCM qualify me for OPT or STEM?
Unfortunately, no. The OPT and STEM programs (explained below) are mechanisms that allow some foreign students to work in the US for 1 to 3 years after graduation without being sponsored by their employer for an H-1B visa.
SCMr students are eligible to apply for OPT and the STEM extension. However, while the OPT and STEM programs sound very attractive to international students, our experience has shown that relatively few US companies are willing to hire students based on OPT and STEM. Students hired on OPT and STEM will need to leave the US after 3 years. Possibly companies worry about the consequences of this requirement. Usually companies only hire foreign students if they intend to sponsor that student for an H-1B visa.
All SCM students will complete a research project.
Because SCMb students will be on campus for only 5 months they must begin working on their project in advance. Here is the sequence of work tasks: