|Top 25 2018 North American Graduate Supply Chain Programs|
|1||Pennsylvania State University|
|2||University of Michigan|
|3||University of Tennessee|
|4||Michigan State University|
|6||University of Minnesota|
|7||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|8||Arizona State University|
|9||The University of Texas at Dallas|
|10||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|11||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|14||Ohio State University|
|15||North Carolina State University|
|16||Texas Christian University|
|17||Wayne State University|
|18||University of Southern California|
|20||The University of Texas at Austin|
|21||University of South Carolina|
|23||University of Houston|
|24||University of Washington|
|25||University of San Diego|
|Source: Gartner (September 2018)|
The top-ranked supply chain graduateÂ program in North America is Pennsylvania State University, based on a biennial survey conducted by the research firmÂ GartnerÂ Inc.Â that evaluates schools' curricula, experiential content, and public reputations, the firm said Thursday.
The survey also showed that supply chain paychecks are on the rise industry-wide. According to Gartner, the average starting salary forÂ a master of business administration (MBA) graduate with a supply chain concentration is US$88,935, up from US$83,597 inÂ 2016. Likewise, the average starting salary for aÂ student holding a master of science in supply chain management (MSSCM) degree is US$83,066, up from US$79,232.
Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner surveys and ranks universities in the U.S. and Canada every other year, in order to help recruiters like chief supply chain officers (CSCOs), heads of supply chain strategy, andÂ supply chain human resources (HR) partners to identify theÂ programs best equipped to help themÂ hire the right talent, the firm said.
This year, Gartner collected responses from 46 qualifying schools that replied to its survey and produced a top-25 ranking of both undergraduate programs and of advanced degree programs, including either campus-based or hybrid online/campus approaches.
The results showed that Pennsylvania StateÂ University led the graduate rankings for the second time in a row, while the University of MichiganÂ moved up twoÂ spots to number two, and the University of Tennessee was ranked number three. See Figure 1 for the full list of all 25 schools.
The survey also revealed several trends in supply chain education, including a rapid growth in the number of academic programs being offered. The number of one-year orÂ part-time MSSCM programs grew byÂ two-thirds in two years, from 18 programs in 2016 to 30 programs in 2018, according to DanaÂ Stiffler, research vice presidentÂ at Gartner.
Another trend is the increasing role that technology plays in supply chain education. Seventy-nine percent of supply chain MBA programsÂ now feature dedicatedÂ technology content, up from fewer than half of the programs in 2016. MSSCM programs showed a similar change, with 83 percent offering dedicatedÂ technology content, compared to just two-thirds of the programs in 2016, Gartner said.
A third trend revealed by the analysis is that the new generation of students shows much broader diversity in gender and ethnicity than past classes. "Graduates onÂ average are more diverse than theÂ supply chain organizations that want to hire them, with women accounting for 37Â percent of the supply chainÂ graduate student population and ethnic minoritiesÂ for 48 percent," Stiffler said.
Gartner did not supply demographic data for the portion of women and minorities currently employed in supply chain jobs.