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STAMFORD, Conn., August 15, 2016 View All Press Releases

Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2016 Top 25 North American Supply Chain University Graduate Programs

Pennsylvania State University Tops Graduate Programs List; University of Tennessee No. 2

Gartner, Inc. has released the findings from its biennial Top 25 North American Supply Chain Graduate Programs report. Forty-four institutions participated in the survey.

The report is intended to support chief supply chain officers (CSCOs), heads of supply chain strategy and supply chain HR partners in building a strong portfolio of university recruiting and internship partners.

"The average graduate supply chain curriculum has grown in breadth. A broad, integrated curriculum is now standard, as is basic technology and analytics content. The master of science in supply chain management (MSSCM), on average, has a more specialized supply chain curriculum taught over a shorter duration than MBAs with supply chain concentrations," said Dana Stiffler, research vice president at Gartner.

Ms. Stiffler said that Gartner sees some additional trends in 2016:

  1. All MBAs will take finance and accounting. Almost 70 percent of MBAs will have a targeted course on performance management and analytics, with 42 percent having course-based exposure to supply chain technology and tools. In MSSCM programs, finance exposure is not guaranteed, but two-thirds of graduates will take supply chain technology course work and more than 80 percent will focus on analytics.
  2. The average starting salary for MBAs with a supply chain concentration is $83,597, up from $78,227 in 2014. The average starting salary for a campus-based MSSCM is $79,232, down from $84,302. This decline is attributed to a significant portion of students in these new programs going straight from undergraduate to graduate programs and having no/lower salary histories compared with the midcareer students
  3. Of advanced supply chain degree holders, 79 percent are placed before graduation and 95 percent are placed within three months of graduating.

Pennsylvania State University leads the graduate rankings at No. 1, retaining its leading position from previous years (see Table 1). The University of Tennessee moves up one position to No. 2, with Michigan State University now at No. 3. The biggest upward movers in 2016 are the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Christian University and Indiana University. The most highly ranked new entrant in the graduate ranking is Purdue University (No. 12). The other newcomers are the University of Pittsburgh (No. 18) and the University of Colorado (No. 22).

Table 2. Top 25 2016 North American Graduate Supply Chain Programs




Pennsylvania State University


University of Tennessee


Michigan State University


University of Michigan


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Georgia Institute of Technology


Rutgers University


University of Wisconsin, Madison


Arizona State University


University of Texas at Dallas


University of Texas at Austin


Purdue University


Indiana University


Texas Christian University


University of South Carolina


Ohio State University


Syracuse University


University of Pittsburgh


North Carolina State University


Brigham Young University


Howard University


University of Colorado


University of Kansas


Northeastern University


University of North Texas

Source: Gartner (August 2016)

Gartner sent out individualized request for information (RFI) links to supply chain program contacts at universities in the U.S. and Canada. In total, 44 graduate programs provided complete RFI responses for campus-based advanced degree programs. The final placement of university programs in Gartner's relative comparison is based on a composite score of three categories: program scope, industry value and program size.

More detailed analysis is available to Gartner clients in the reports "Survey Analysis: Top 25 North American Supply Chain Graduate University Programs, 2016."

About the Gartner North American Supply Chain University Program Survey
Gartner's biennial North American Supply Chain University Program Survey evaluates the curricula, experiential content and public reputations of accredited, campus-based supply chain programs in the U.S. and Canada, resulting in a top 25 ranking for undergraduate programs and an additional ranking for advanced degree programs.

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