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Master's Degree in Supply Chain Management in California

This article compares master's degree programs in supply chain management across the state of California. Students can choose the best program for them based on location, tuition, and concentration options.

Cal State Long Beach

In the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) program at Cal State Long Beach, students can choose between a 13-month accelerated track, an 21- to 24-month full-time track, or a two-year part-time track. Each track includes core coursework in business economics, business analytics, project management, transportation management, and strategies for global supply chains.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California's acclaimed Marshall School of Business and Viterbi School of Engineering came together to offer a Master of Science program in Global Supply Chain Management. Students can complete the program on campus in 16 months or pursue the part-time executive online program (that offers flexible scheduling to meet the needs of full-time professionals).

University of San Diego

The University of San Diego offers an online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management designed for students to complete while balancing a full-time professional career. Students in the program have access to professional development opportunities, workshops and other resources offered at the university's supply chain institute.

Cal State LA

The MBA program at California State University at Los Angeles offers a concentration in supply chain management. Admitted students take coursework in a range of topics including organizational behavior, marketing strategy, financial management, the global business environment, business information systems, and a capstone project concerning global business strategy.

Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University's online MBA has a concentration option in global supply chain management. This 54-unit program stresses global supply chain analytics, applications and planning.

San Jose State

Within the industrial and systems engineering MS program at San Jose State University, students can choose to develop a specialization in supply chain and logistics engineering. Students take an advanced course in operations research as well as courses in quality assurance and systems engineering analytics. They finish the program with a master's project, thesis or a comprehensive exam.

Cal State Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton's Flex MBA program (with a concentration in operations and supply chain management) allows students to earn their MBA at their own pace. Students design their own schedule to complete 42 credit hours of coursework and finish their program with a capstone project wherein they consult for a business.

UC Riverside

The UC Riverside MBA with a concentration in operations and supply chain management includes a blend of core academic coursework, elective classes, professional workshops, fieldwork in business management, and a capstone project. Because electives make up 32 to 36 of the required 80 credits, students have a lot of flexibility to design a program that meets their personal, research and career goals.

National University

National University in California offers an on-campus or 100% online MBA with a concentration in supply chain management. Students can complete the program in 12 months by either taking one course at a time (one course per month) or three courses at a time (across three months).

University Programs Offered Tuition for Academic Year (2018-2019)*
Cal State Long BeachMS Supply Chain ManagementIn-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680
USCMS Global Supply Chain Management$44,712
University of San DiegoMS Supply Chain Management$26,712
Cal State Los AngelesMBA Supply Chain ManagementIn-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680
Golden Gate UniversityMBA Global Supply Chain Management$18,900
San Jose StateMS Industrial and Systems Engineering with a concentration in Supply Chain and Logistics EngineeringIn-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680
Cal State FullertonMBA with a concentration in Operations and Supply Chain ManagementIn-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680
UC RiversideMBA with a concentration in Operations and Supply Chain ManagementIn-state: $11,442
Out-of-state: $26,544
National UniversityMBA with a concentration in Supply Chain Management$15,480

Source: *NCES

Admissions Requirements for a Master's Degree in Supply Chain Management in California

Most master's degrees in supply chain management are either Master of Science (MS) degrees or Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Master of Science degrees tend to require applicants to send in GRE test scores, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and bachelor's degree transcripts (with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher). MBA programs may require GMAT or GRE test scores, official transcripts, a professional resume, letters of recommendation and a portfolio or work project. In some cases, these programs are designed for working professionals and require applicants to have 2 or more years of industry-relevant experience. International students must submit TOEFL test scores and meet visa requirements.

If you want to enter the field of supply chain management, universities across the state of California have master's degree programs that can help you reach your goals. Researching the right program is important, since programs differ widely in their areas of concentration, tuition rates, and academic requirements.