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SCM Blended Master’s 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. 

  • SCMr   Residential– requiring 10 months of full-time residence with matriculation in August and graduation in June
  • SCMb   Blended - completion of the MicroMasters credential (online) and just over one semester in-residence (January to June).

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 the first students be admitted to the SCM program via the blended path?

(NOTE: The Blended Program application is different from the Residential Program Application)

Applications for the SCM blended program are due no later than 15 June 2017 and admission decisions will be announced by August 1, 2017 for the first cohort of Blended degree students who will arrive in January 2018.  They will graduate in June 2018. We currently only admit one cohort of blended students each academic year. 

Admission Timeline:      

  • April 1st - Admission system opens
  • June 15th - Due Date to submit
  • August 1st - Decisions announced
  • September 1st - Acceptance due, fee paid (proof of financial resources due)
  • January 4th - Students' first day 

How many students will be admitted to the Blended program?

We expect to admit 40 students for the Blended program. 

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.  

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Education & Work Experience

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.

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Admission

What needs to be submitted to apply for admission to the SCM Blended program?

  • A completed Online Application,  
  • The MicroMasters credential in Supply Chain Management,
  • Resume (2 years minimum full-time work experience),
  • Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts (official transcripts due if accepted) 
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 professional, 1 academic, if possible),
  • Video Statement (part of the online application),
  • Research project proposal (examples of past SCM research projects)
  • For students whose first language is not English, TOEFL or IELTS scores. 

How is the Admission Committee evaluating applications?

The big differences in the evaluation criteria vs SCMr are:

  1. No GMAT or GRE requirement
  2. No scrutiny of UG GPA or course selection (will not count up the math classes)

The admissions committee evaluates each application independently along several dimensions, these include: 

  1. MicroMasters credential --- Performance in each of the 5 courses and the comprehensive final exam.  However, the committee will not simply admit the candidates with the highest scores.
  2. Work Experience --- At least 2 years minimum (5+ years is preferred) of work experience in supply chain or a related field.
  3. Letters of Recommendation --- Recommendation letters from employers/supervisors and (if possible) a university advisor or relevant professor. 
  4. Undergraduate Transcript --- To verify that you have earned an undergraduate degree such as BA, BS, BEng.  We will NOT be scrutinizing which courses you took nor be looking at your GPA (grade point average).      
  5. Video Statement --- Explain why you want to study supply chain management. 
  6. Research Project --- SCMb applicants will need to create a two-page description of their proposed Research Project.  The description of this project will replace the usual essay as it will be judged both on the merits of the project and the quality of the writing.   Projects that include quantitative analysis and those that include collaboration with an entity (company, agency, NGO) will be preferred. (Guidelines will be provided). (examples of past SCM research projects)

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.  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

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Deadlines & Decision Schedule

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

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Tuition & Financial Aid

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 ($1,400), 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 $13,450 is recommended for single students for their 5 months on campus. Total cost for the Blended Program is estimated to be $57,559.

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.

  • Proof of Funding is a CONDITION OF ADMISSION to the Blended Program for international students
  • Deadline for admitted students to submit proof of funding is September 1
  • Failure to provide proof of funding will result in your spot being given to the next student on the waitlist
  • Amount needed for Blended Program for 2018: $57,559

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Enrollment

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.

Housing

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: 
http://studentlife.mit.edu/housing/graduate-family-housing

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Job Search

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: 

  • Before arrival on campus:
    • SCMb resumes will be included in the SCM and SCALE “Resume Book” provided to recruiters
    • SCMb photos and brief profiles will be included in the SCM “Profile Book” provided to recruiters
  • After arrival on campus:
    • Career coaching, instruction and guidance on resume writing
    • Mock interviews practice and role playing
    • SCMb participation in all SCM information sessions, resume drops, and interviews while they are on-campus.

The MIT GECD provided support to SCMb Students includes:

Job Search after graduation:

What’s not included?

  • Neither MIT GECD office nor the SCM department will be able to provide job search support to the SCMb students BEFORE they arrive on campus (except for inclusion in the resume book and profile book.)  Students who seek this level of support should apply to the SCMr program.
  • MIT SCM will urge recruiting companies to look at the resumes of SCMb students but cannot force them to come back to MIT again in the Spring semester for another round of recruiting. 

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.

  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or after completing their academic studies (post-completion).
  • STEM OPT Extension:  Students who have earned degrees in certain science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT employment.  MIT SCM department is in the School of Engineering and our SCM program does qualify for STEM.

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.

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Research Project

All SCM students will complete a research project.  

  • The project needs to be practical, relevant, and address a problem of great interest to industry or other entities with supply chain challenges.  These projects are performed with a sponsoring company, NGO, government agency, or trade association.   Projects usually require 9 months to complete which is why the SCMb students will need to do some work at home before they arrive. (examples of past SCM research projects)

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:

  1. Before Applying  (February to April 2017)  (Application system will open on April 1, 2017)
    1. Research Topic:  SCMb candidates should think about what kind of supply chain problem they want to work on.  They will need to create a convincing two page description of their proposed project.  They should think about what kind of an entity might wish to partner with them and what kind of data they will need to perform this project. 
  2. The Application (April & May 2017) (Applications will be due June 15, 2017)
    1. Project Description – 2 page description of the proposed project.  Projects that include quantitative analysis and collaboration with an entity are viewed more favorably
  3. Once Admitted but Before Arrival on campus (Admission decisions will be delivered August 1, 2017 and acceptances are due Sept 1, 2017). 
    1. Selecting Projects / Forming Teams --- Between Sept 1 and Dec 1 we will follow a process to move from appx. 40 project ideas to appx. 20 detailed project plans with 2 students assigned to each.   The following must then be approved by Dec 1, 2017:
    2. Expanded Project Proposal -- provide a more detailed description including research question, project scope, methodology, data required, and timing.
    3. Sources of Data – describe where the data will come from for your quantitative analysis.  Show proof that such data exists and that you can get access to it.
    4. Letter from Sponsor (if collaborating with an entity) – provide a note from any sponsoring entity demonstrating that they intend to provide data and work with you on this project.
  4. Arrival at MIT (first three weeks of January 2018)
    1. SCMb and ZLOGb students will arrive a few days ahead of the rest of the SCALE students for a mini-orientation (2 days: Jan 4-5, 2018)
    2. On Jan 8, 2018 SCMb/ZLOGb students will be joined by the SCMr and the rest of the SCALE students for the rigorous 3-week SCALE Connect activities. 
  5. Fourth Week of January 2018
    1. The SCALE students will return to their international centers and the SCMr students will depart for their trip to Panama.
    2. SCMb students will do two things:
      a. work on their research project including visiting their sponsoring entity if appropriate
      b. attend career development workshops on resumes, interviewing skills, etc.
  6. Spring Semester – Feb-May 2018
    1. SCMb students will follow the same project schedule and due dates as the SCMr students

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