SCMr FAQ Topics

General Questions Enrollment Questions
Application Questions Recruiting Questions
Financial Aid Questions  


General Questions

Who should apply to the SCM residential (SCMr) program?

The SCMr program is designed for early-career supply chain professionals who want to return to school to receive advanced, specialized training in supply chain management.  Students with 3 to 8 years of work experience are in the best position to gain from the SCMr program and also contribute the most to class discussions. Candidates should also have strong quantitative skills, including some college-level calculus, linear algebra, and probability/statistics.   

Do I need an Engineering degree to apply?  

No, you do not need have a degree in engineering to apply.  Classroom and personal interaction is enhanced by varied experiences in the student body.  The Admission Committee strives to build a class with diverse educational (and professional) backgrounds such as finance, information technology, management, marketing, and sales. The program requires a strong analytic background, but you need not be an engineer, and in fact many of our students are not.  We encourage students from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines to apply.

What if I have little or no work experience?
Students are required to have at least 2 years of full-time work experience, but typically admitted students fall within the 3-5 year range.  We have found that even extremely gifted students will struggle to land a good job if they do not have at least 2 years of work experience.  We occasionally receive applications from undergraduates who are still in college.  While most such applications are rejected, if the student is truly gifted, they can be  granted “admission with deferred enrollment.”  Enrollment is deferred by 2-5 years while the student gains supply chain work experience.

Application Questions

What are the admissions requirements for the SCMr program?
Please see Admission Requirements for detailed information.  

What is the application deadline?

Applications are reviewed by the Admission Committee after each round deadline. 
All application materials must be received by:

  • Round I Application Deadline of November 1
  • Round II Application Deadline of January 1
  • Round IIIA Application Deadline of March 1  

Which round should I apply for?

We recommend applying as early as possible.  Each year a few promising applicants are asked to either retake the GMAT or GRE to achieve a higher score, or retake a math class to improve their qualifications.  These tasks take time which is only possible if you apply early.  Also, we recommend that international students apply in either Round I or II in order to allow enough time for visa processing. 

How do international students apply for the program?                                                                                                               

The admission requirements and process is the same for international students with two exceptions:

  • 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 have received an undergraduate degree or advanced degree from an English-speaking college or university. International students are encouraged to review this information as well:
  • International students are required to provide documented PROOF OF FUNDING as a condition of their admission. 

What are the required tests?

    SC0x or GMAT/GRE

    • SC0x - Supply Chain Analytics - Applicants are encouraged to complete SC0x - Supply Chain Analytics as a verified learner. In order to satisfy this admissions requirement with SC0x, applicants must earn an 85% or higher in the course. Please note, your score in this course is one factor considered by the admissions committee. Even a 100% does not guarantee admission. Please use the following link for registration: Additionally, please send your MITx MicroMasters in SCM program record to our admissions office from your edX dashboard following these instructions: 

    • GMAT or GRE Test – Applicants can opt to use the GMAT or GRE in lieu of completing SC0x if preferred. Most successfully admitted applicants achieve or surpass the following scores: V75%, Q75%, AW50%. However, submission of lesser scores will not automatically disqualify you from being reviewed by the admissions committee. Similarly to SC0x, no scores will guarantee admission. Please use the following codes: GMAT code:X5X-DS-95 and GRE Institute code: 3514, Department code: 4313


    Applicants from non-English-speaking nations must also 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 have received an undergraduate degree or advanced degree from an English-speaking college or university.

    • TOEFL: Minimum score required: 100
    • IELTS: Minimum score required: 7

    Deadlines & Decision Schedule

    The Admission Committee gives every application the fullest possible review and will notify applicants of their decision on or before the dates listed below. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via the email address provided in your application.





    Applications must be submitted by 11:59p.m. EST


    The Admissions Committee notifies applicants of their decision no later than:


    Admitted applicants must reply to offer:

    Round I

    November 1, 2019

    November 22, 2019

    December 6, 2019

    Round II

    January 1, 2020

    January 22, 2022

    February 5, 2020

    Round IIIA

    March 1, 2020

    April 3, 2019

    April 17, 2020

    Financial Aid Questions

    How much does the SCMr program cost?

    Total Cost of Attendance (tuition plus expenses) - Residential Program (2018-2019):  $103,306

    Exact cost of attendance will vary from student to student depending on expenses

    2020-21 tuition rates will be posted when available.

    Is financial help available for SCMr students?

    Limited. The SCMr program is designed as a self-funded program. However, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) does provide a few students with partial fellowships.

    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. 

    What type of financial aid is available?  

    The SCMr program awards financial aid in the form of tuition fellowships only.  Unfortunately due to the amount of funds available, the program cannot offer full scholarships.  Most students rely on personal funds or loans to help finance their education. 

    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 SCMr program.  For more information on other types of aid, such as loans, which have varying requirements, please visit MIT’s Student Financial Services website:

    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 SCMr 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.

    Deadline for Deposit and Proof of Funding

    SCMr Residential Candidates are notified of admission on a rolling schedule between November and April. Admitted students are given ONE MONTH (or two weeks if Round III) to accept their offer by submitting a deposit of $2500 and, if an international student, PROOF OF FUNDING. The deposit is nonrefundable. This deadline is strictly adhered to for both the deposit and proof of funding. If an admitted student fails to meet this deadline fully their slot in the program will be offered to the next candidate on the Wait List. The proof of funding is required of all international students, not US Citizens (US students have many funding options available to them through both the government and private institutions.).

    Explanation: Students on our waitlist are often international citizens who will require a visa to come to the US to attend school. Visa applications take 3-4 months to process.  Unfortunately each year several admitted students withdraw from the program due to lack of finances after the visa application deadline has passed. This effectively cheats the next student on the waitlist out of the opportunity to attend MIT. To discourage this from happening, the SCM program requires admitted international students to provide both their deposit and proof of funding early enough so that if they fail, there is still time for the next person on the waitlist to get their visa.  

    Proof of Funding Documentation and Submission

    The SCMr program requires exactly the same Proof of Funding Documentation as MIT’s International Students Office requires for visa processing.  Note the important difference however: 

    • The deadline for submitting Proof of Funding for the SCMr program is EARLIER than for the ISO Office. The SCM deadlines for Proof of Funding are:
      • SCMr – one month (or two weeks if Round III) after being admitted

    Funding Documentation Requirements

    The proof of funding documentation must show that you have sufficient funds to attend the SCMr program.

    • Amount needed for Residential Program for 2018-2019:  $103,306 (use this amount for Fall 2019 entry Proof Funding)

    Enrollment Questions

    When does the residential program begin? 

    MIT's 10-month residential program begins in early August and concludes with commencement in early June.  We admit students to the residential program for August only. 

    Does SCMr require a deposit?

    Candidates offered admission to the SCMr 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 the student's account once enrolled.

    What is “Admission with Deferred Enrollment?”

    Many applicants do not have the desired supply chain work experience.  Most are asked to reapply after they have obtained this experience.  However, on occasion, students who have exceptional undergraduate grades and high test scores are offered immediate admission to the SCMr program with the condition that they must work in a supply chain job before enrolling at MIT.  Such students are officially admitted and pay their $2,500 non-refundable deposit like all other admitted students.  They are required to work for 2 to 5 years (their choice) in a supply chain job and must then contact the SCMr office by February 15 of the year that they choose to come to study at MIT.  This ensures such students that they have a slot waiting for them at MIT while they gain valuable work experience in supply chain management.

    Recruiting Questions

    How do I get a job?

    A variety of recruiting opportunities and resources are available to the students throughout the course of the year, heavily concentrated in the Fall. A series of company information sessions, resume drops, and interviews are held.  Many of these opportunities are specific to SCMr students and are held independently of the rest of the MIT community. However, students are also encouraged to participate and utilize MIT’s wider network of services and resources.

    What are some of the companies that recruit SCMr students?

    Every year, new companies are seeking SCMr students to fill various positions within their organization. Our Employment Report includes sample job title, industries, and companies that have recruited from the SCMr program.  

    What are the placement statistics? 

    Please see our Employment Report for detailed information.  

    Does the SCMr program qualify me for OPT and STEM?

    • Yes, the SCMr program does qualify for OPT and STEM.
    • OPT and STEM are mechanisms that allow foreign students who have been enrolled for two semesters or 1 academic year, to work in the US for 1 to 3 years after graduation without an H-1B visa. This extra time is important to companies who wish to hire foreign students because it gives them additional chances of securing a sponsorship slot in the H-1B visa lottery. 
    • 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 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 SCMr program is in the School of Engineering and our SCMr program does qualify for STEM.