If you either looking to start a career in Supply Chain Management or are looking to get just the right certifications to land a better job, you’ll find yourself with an infinite number of options that can be overwhelming. Supply Chain Management (SCM) involves managing the flow of the good and services, from raw materials to the transportation of the finished good to where it’s going to be sold. Choosing where to study will be an important decision, so here are a few things to consider and suggested places to start your search.
Michigan State University
This university was founded in 1855 as a public university and is located in East Lansing, Michigan. Although it initially started off as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, it has expanded since then and is considered one of the top schools to study many degrees, including Supply Chain Management. It does have a very selective admission process, but it is well worth it.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT, definitely better known for its math, science and engineering education, is rising to the top in Supply Chain Management as well as offering other programs in different fields. This private university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts was founded in 1861. Nowadays its Supply Chain Management programs are recognized in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
Ohio State University – Columbus
Ohio State is a public university located in Columbus, Ohio. When it was founded in 1870, it focused on various agricultural and mechanical disciplines. Its main campus is now the third largest university campus in the United States, and it has expanded on to regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Newark, Wooster and Marion.
Pennsylvania State University
With facilities nowadays all over Pennsylvania, it was founded in 1855 at University Park. As a public university it has a mission to focus on teaching, research and public service. They are considered one of the largest universities in the United States with an annual enrollment, just on the University Park campus, of more than 46, 800 graduate and undergraduate students. In 2015-16 enrollment had approximately 97,500 students across the 24 campuses and online.
Arizona State University
ASU is ranked #1 in the US for innovation by the U.S. News & World Report. It has 5 campuses spread out over Arizona, as well as 4 regional ones. This public university has been running since 1885 and nowadays among the largest in the US with enrollments surpassing 82,000 students.
University of Tennessee
It was founded in 1794 and its headquarters still stand where it started in Knoxville, Tennessee. Many alumni have been awarded recognitions for their outstanding work in their fields, including James M. Buchanan, M.S. of 1941, who received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Economics. Besides its academic programs, it’s also recognized for its athletic program standing out in various sports nationwide.
The following master’s programs are the top 5. With any of them you can definitely set your career on the path you want it to be on.
- MIT Sloan School of Management with the MIT Malaysia Supply Chain Management Program
- KEDGE Business School with the ISLI – MS & MSc Global Supply Chain Management Program
- Purdue University with the MBA in Global Supply chain and Logistics
- Rotterdam School of Management with MSc in Supply Chain Management
- CENTRUM Catolica – Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru with International Corporate Master in Operations
Some professionals are interested in continuing their studies to acquire certifications that will allow them to land that dream job. But there are so many out there, that it can sometimes be complicated to filter through and choose the right one for you. Before you choose its vital that you take the time to consider all of the benefits of each certification and then decide which one is worth pursuing. The first thing to take into consideration is to make sure that it is widely recognized, the more the better. These are the most well-known and reputable certifications right now:
- The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Certificate in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) offered by The Association for Operations Management (APICS);
- The Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM); and
- The SCPro™ from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
So when going through your options, be sure to analyze what is the area in supply chain management that most interests you. Many of these certifications require previous certifications, a bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of experience in the related field. Once you know what you want and have made sure you comply with the requirements, you can start exploring the different certifications to ensure that the one you choose can springboard you in your career.