Learning by Doing…to Reach New Heights

We embrace MIT’s Motto: Mens et Manus. So, get ready to put both your mind and hands to work.

At MIT, we believe in putting the theories and skills you learn in the classroom to the test in the real-world before you graduate. It’s been our philosophy for over 150 years—because it works.

Learning Outside of the Classroom

In our residential (MASc-SCMr) pathway, you’ll collaborate with a company or organization on a 10-month capstone project that starts on day one. You’ll take part in an international SCALE Expo and have the opportunity to meet executives at major corporations on a Study Trek to learn first-hand how they manage supply chain challenges. You’ll participate in the Supply Chain Challenge—a three-week, business case competition where you and your team will work together to solve a data-centric supply chain challenge submitted by a partner company.

What is a capstone project?

A highlight of our program, the capstone project connects you with one of our industry partners managing supply chain challenges every day. Our partners work for well-known global companies spanning numerous industries. Collaborating with your company, you’ll devise practical, workable solutions to a real-world business problem. This experience will deepen your understanding of today’s supply chain issues, as you apply your classroom knowledge and skills in real time. It’s an opportunity to make a real impact in the industry!

Capstone Sponsor Companies

Over the past 20 years, close to 280 student projects have been conducted with over 100 global companies spanning numerous industries. Some of our more recent capstone sponsors include:

C.H. RobinsonJohnson & Johnson
Niagara BottlingNolan Transportation
StarbucksAB InBev
ArmadaProcter & Gamble

Capstone Projects

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.

Capstone Sponsors

Hear from some of our Corporate partners about their experience working with MIT students on capstone projects!

International SCALE Expo and Journal

MIT’s annual International SCALE Expo offers you a rare opportunity to present your capstone project along with 100+ supply chain innovation projects from graduate students in the MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network, in partnership with sponsoring companies and SCALE researchers. Your capstone project will also be published in our journal—contributing your insights to move the field forward.

Study Trek

SCM Study Treks take you out of the classroom and into the field, across the United States and abroad. These visits are hosted by our SCM Master’s alumni and executives affiliated with our corporate partners, who are willing to share their insights with you. There’s no better way to understand how supply chains really work than to see them in action firsthand.