The Broad College of Business at Michigan State University has firmly established its status as the nation’s No. 1 destination for supply chain management. Once again, MSU continues its reign at the top.

For the fourth consecutive year, Broad’s MBA programs have earned the No. 1 spot in the supply chain/logistics specialty in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Business Schools ranking. The 2021 rankings were released today.

“The rankings of our programs are essential for MSU’s Broad College to be a top-of-mind school for supply chain management,” said Vedat Verter, McConnell Endowed Chair of Business Administration and chairperson of the Department of Supply Chain Management. “They elevate our ability to attract the top students, whom we can place at the best companies upon graduation.”

Spartans own this space at the top, holding the No. 1 title for undergraduate supply chain programs as well, for the ninth consecutive year.

Verter viewed defending these top rankings as a major challenge in light of the proliferation of competing programs. “The department is in a continuous improvement mode. We are currently expanding the scope of our offerings to do due diligence to the service industries as well as the manufacturing sector we have been covering since the beginning,” he said.

“We are also increasingly providing training in supply chain analytics so as to better prepare students for the workforce.”

The Department of Supply Chain Management at MSU was one of the first in the country to integrate logistics, procurement and operations into its programs, led by world-class faculty. Research and thought leadership from the department explore deeply diverse industries — everything from factory worker inclusion to global disruption of wildlife trafficking to managing hospital operating room waste. In response to current challenges faced by practitioners in Michigan, faculty also investigate prevention of supply chain disruptions and design of rural health care facility networks.

Faculty are sought after for insight on timely issues related to supply chains, including international sourcing, sustainability, risk management and mitigation, resilience and talent management. In addition, numerous MSU supply chain faculty have been recognized for contributing research articles that have high citation counts in top scholarly journals.

The department is also committed to making connections with industry for its students to experience hands-on learning opportunities through networking events, conferences and in-class lectures with real-world insights.

Beyond supply chain, the Broad Full-Time MBA program maintained its place in the top 20 programs for the ninth consecutive year in this year’s rankings, coming in at No. 17 among public universities and No. 40 overall.

Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean Sanjay Gupta commented on the rankings overall: “These top program rankings provide a halo effect for the entire Broad College and all of our programs. Our status does not come easy; it is the product of dedicated work focused on providing thought leadership and developing leading-edge curricula to prepare our students to become transformational leaders who will impact their organizations and communities for years to come.”

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