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The MSCM Program delivers an ideal blend of academic training and hands-on experience, offering unsurpassed preparation to assume a leadership role in supply chain management. For example, each student works on a paid summer project after completing the first term of MSCM coursework. For 14 weeks, students leave the classroom and enter a firm where they consult on an organizational challenge. Many of the sponsoring firms are represented on the MSCM Corporate Advisory Council, a board comprising supply chain professionals who collaborate with Ross faculty to ensure the curriculum addresses the most relevant industry trends. Students have access to mentorship, networking, and other professional opportunities through engagement with members of the advisory council.

Action-based learning takes many forms in the Ross MSCM Program.

  • Tauber Institute for Global Operations
    The Tauber Institute integrates the strengths of Ross with U-M’s College of Engineering, in active partnership with industry, to create a new standard of education for operations, supply chain management, and global manufacturing professionals. All MSCM students are members of the institute and complete an enhanced curriculum that integrates business and engineering courses with leadership and team-building seminars.
  • Paid Summer Projects
    A paid, team-based summer project through the Tauber Institute provides real-world, in-company experience with one of the school’s corporate partners. Student teams work with peers and faculty to deliver a multidisciplinary solution to a real business challenge facing the organization. Projects last 14 weeks and range from strategic analysis and supply chain audits to supply chain design issues and distribution challenges.
  • Leadership Development
    MSCM students learn to lead globally diverse teams and build organizational cultures that foster innovation. This training begins through LeadershipAdvantage, an integral and required element of the MSCM Program. As part of the Tauber Institute, LeadershipAdvantage presents 16 intensive modules led by industry experts. These modules provide methodical and comprehensive preparation to maximize one’s performance on the summer project and, subsequently, on launching a supply chain career.
    • Personal Leadership Assessment During the first semester, students complete a personal leadership assessment that addresses both team leadership interaction and individual leadership characteristics critical to succeeding in the industry. The assessment gives an accurate appraisal of strengths and weaknesses and helps define one’s leadership style.
    • Team-building Courses Two half-day, active-learning seminars are designed to develop communication, planning, and cooperation skills. Students are presented with incomplete data, ambiguous or contradictory goals, and diverse styles of communication and leadership. The experience helps develop a unified group more capable of engaging in challenging endeavors through positive teamwork.
    • Team Dynamics Training Throughout the year, guest lecturers lead interactive discussions on topics such as recognizing and adapting to different communication styles, assigning team roles and goal setting, managing conflict, decision-making, and the role of power, influence, and leadership in business.

MEET THE ROSS MSCMs

  • Marisol Ferrandiz Mendoza
    MSCM ‘10
    Crew Manager
    LAN Chile, LATAM Airlines Group

    Santiago, Chile

    The leadership training at Ross has enabled Marisol Ferrandiz Mendoza, MSCM '10, to manage a large staff at a major airline.

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  • Roy Yoo
    MSCM '11
    Supply Chain Supervisor
    University of Michigan Health System

    Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Going through MSCM Boot Camp, Roy Yoo, MSCM '11, learned not only the basics of business, but a lot about himself.

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  • Jinjing Qian
    MSCM '11
    Manager, Global Supply Chain
    Microsoft Corp.

    Redmond, Wash.

    Jinjing Qian, MSCM '12, came to Ross not just for the MSCM Program, but to learn about American culture. Her hard work landed her a position at a famous company.

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  • Jim Beaver
    MSCM ‘12
    Commodity Sourcing Manager
    Parker Hannifin

    Richland, Mich.

    During a Tauber Institute project with ConAgra Foods Inc., operations-oriented Jim Beaver, MSCM '12, gained insight into high-level strategy.

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  • Malvika Bhatia
    BSE ‘11/MSCM ‘12
    Sourcing Manager
    Microsoft Corp.

    Redmond, Wash.

    As the co-founder of a company, Malvika wanted to gain deeper understanding of the supply chain. Action-based projects let her apply new knowledge immediately.

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  • Matthew Carson
    MSCM ‘12
    Perfect Execution Manager
    Emerson Electric Co.

    McKinney, Texas

    "The Ross MSCM gives you a solid tool kit you can apply to the most complex supply chain problem."

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  • Rahul Chowdhury
    MSCM ‘12
    Senior Manager
    Global Business
    Process, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

    Bentonville, Ark.

    Rahul says his Ross education helped him gain a global perspective on supply chain management, but it also gave him essential career development tools.

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  • Amanda Hillman
    MS/MSCM ‘12
    Supply Chain and Manufacturing Consultant
    Deloitte

    Chicago, Ill.

    Amanda was the first MSCM student to earn a dual degree through the Ross School and U-M’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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  • Shashank Kadetotad
    MSCM ‘12
    Operations Manager
    Amazon

    Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Shashank came to Ross because of its reputation and world-class faculty. But by graduation, he found his peers were an equally valuable part of his experience.

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  • Jingjing Qian
    MSCM ‘12
    Manager, Global Supply Chain
    Microsoft Corp.

    Seattle, Wash.

    Jinging came to Ross not just for the MSCM Program, but to learn about American culture. Her hard work landed her a position at a famous American company.

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  • Amy Betke
    MSCM '09
    Supply Chain Engineer
    Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

    Novi, Mich.

    "I learned a lot from the classes and professors, but I learned a lot from my peers, too."

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CORPORATE ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Mike Duffy
    Executive VP
    of Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain

    Cardinal Health

    "The MSCM Program delivers candidates who learn to think and act like general managers. Having leaders with both supply chain expertise and strong business acumen is critical for us to deliver on our goals and strategies."

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  • Kevin Harrington
    VP of Global Business Operations

    Cisco Systems Inc.

    "By contributing to the Corporate Advisory Council, I get to know the MSCM students firsthand. It’s a great opportunity to watch students perform and develop, which greatly informs hiring decisions."

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  • Suresh Krishna
    VP of Global Operations and Integration

    Polaris Industries Inc.

    "Working with faculty and students on Tauber projects is a great way for me to tap some tremendous expertise and generate results in a very, very short period of time. That connection between industry and academia is a unique cornerstone of this program."

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  • Sanjay Ramaswamy
    Chief Information Officer, Supply Chain

    Johnson & Johnson

    "There’s an incredible openness on the part of the Ross faculty to invite industry leaders’ ideas about what is most relevant to the work we do. By shaping the curriculum, CAC members help make sure MSCM students hit the ground running."

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  • Samar Sarma
    Principal Consultant, Value Chain Planning Group

    Oracle

    "As an alumnus, I feel the one-year format is perfect for the person who is sure about a career in supply chain management. You get into industry quickly and see a fast return on your investment. I enjoy sharing my perspective as a member of the CAC."

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