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MSU ranked No. 1 for best supply chain graduate program eight years running

By Chelsea Stein
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

From world-class academic programs to industry-shaping research, Michigan State University has become a household name around the world for supply chain management expertise. U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Business Schools ranking, released today, reveals MSU once again as the No. 1 graduate program in the supply chain/logistics specialty — a standing that’s eight years running.

“As a Broad College community, we are incredibly proud to be ranked No. 1 in supply chain/logistics for eight consecutive years at the graduate level,” Judith Whipple, Broad College interim dean and Donald J. Bowersox and Robert W. Thull Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, said. “This lasting recognition not only demonstrates MSU’s role as a thought leader in the supply chain field but also how our faculty, staff, students and alumni continue to inspire the future of business.”

Our legacy of excellence is decades long. MSU’s supply chain graduate programs, housed in the Broad College of Business, have ranked either No. 1 or 2 since 2004. On the undergraduate side, Spartans have also proudly held the No. 1 spot for supply chain programs for 13 consecutive years in U.S. News & World Report’s national rankings.

The talent of the faculty in the college’s Department of Supply Chain Management is also noteworthy. Spartans drive the global supply chain, helping to shape the very definition of the industry as it was first emerging and consistently exploring research topics that solve real-world problems. To this end, MSU has ranked No. 1 on the SCM Journal List for research productivity in empirically oriented journals since 2010.

“Broad’s SCM program does an outstanding job of linking classroom learning to industry practice, allowing us to help develop the next generation of supply chain leaders,” Jason Miller, interim chairperson of the department and Eli Broad Professor in Supply Chain Management, said. “Our faculty publish cutting-edge research that is pushing the boundaries for how we think about a variety of important topics ranging from e-commerce and international trade to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace.”

Topping it off, Broad faculty are trusted experts, frequently answering the call to provide insights and commentary on current events and news in national media outlets, like weighing in on the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore for the Associated Press or helping people avoid counterfeit solar eclipse glasses in The Conversation.

Among the top 20 graduate programs

Beyond supply chain success, the Broad College continued its streak among U.S. News’ top 20 public institutions, landing at No. 18 this year. Overall, the college’s MBA programs were ranked at No. 41.

U.S. News’ annual Best Business Schools rankings compare Full-Time MBA programs, with data supplied by participating schools and drawn from surveys of deans and program directors at AACSB-accredited business schools in the United States. These surveys also include a qualitative assessment component, asking experts to nominate graduate business programs for excellence in specialty areas. Broad continues to perform well in these specialty rankings:

  • No. 9 for Production/Operations Management, ranked in the top 10 for five years
  • No. 28 for Accounting
  • No. 31 for Management

“At Broad, we focus on providing a collaborative and transformational graduate experience that prepares students to impact the future of business,” Cheri DeClercq, assistant dean for MBA programs, said. “Having our MBA program consistently ranked in the top 20 among U.S. public universities, anchored by our No. 1 ranking in supply chain management and strong specialty areas including production/operations management, accounting and management, is a valuable way to acknowledge our students’ outcomes and our commitment to their success.”

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