Three Broad undergraduate students walking in the Minskoff Pavilion, wearing Michigan State University-branded apparel.

Undergraduate students in the Minskoff Pavilion in 2019

The Broad College of Business at Michigan State University has a reputation as the nation’s No. 1 destination for supply chain management. For a milestone 10th consecutive year, Broad has held the No. 1 spot for supply chain management/logistics programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Undergraduate Business Program rankings.

“The entire supply chain management team is thrilled and honored to be ranked the best undergraduate program for a decade,” Vedat Verter, McConnell Endowed Chair of Business Administration and chairperson of the Department of Supply Chain Management, said.

“This is a testament to the hard work of our professors, academic specialists and staff, as well as the quality of our students,” he continued. “It would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our industry partners and alumni. We take pride in continuously improving the curriculum and enriching the students’ learning experience.”

Cheri Speier-Pero, associate dean for undergraduate programs, added how the program sets students up for success in this dynamic field.

“Our integrated program is demanding — ensuring that students not only have the necessary breadth and depth of supply chain knowledge but also the skill to integrate this knowledge across an array of business issues to drive value for organizations,” she said.

Broad dominates among the graduate supply chain programs as well, holding the No. 1 rank for four consecutive years.

Strengths beyond supply chain

Beyond the college’s strides in supply chain management, this year’s rankings place Broad at No. 14 among public universities and No. 24 overall, among both public and private schools. The Broad College has earned a spot in the Top 25 for the past seven years.

Dean Sanjay Gupta speaking at a podium for a graduation ceremony.

Dean Sanjay Gupta speaking at the spring 2019 undergraduate commencement event

“The Broad College’s top 25 ranking for our entire portfolio of undergraduate programs, and especially the No. 1 ranking for our supply chain management program for the 10th year in a row, strongly validates our strategic plan aimed at being recognized as a top-of-mind business school,” Dean Sanjay Gupta said. “Our focus is on building a foundation for every Broad student that has four pillars: the digital economy, global mindset, ethics and integrity, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

“Our academic rankings reflect our comprehensive strengths in thought leadership that resides within the college, innovative pedagogies deployed in our curriculum, impactful experiences that enhance our students’ education, and the incredible success we have in career outcomes for our graduates.”

The annual rankings produced by U.S. News & World Report are based on judgments made by deans and senior faculty at peer schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. These deans and senior faculty were also asked to nominate programs in specialty areas such as accounting.

Broad consistently ranks highly in these specialty rankings:

  • 9th for Production/Operations Management, ranked in the top 10 since 2016
  • 17th for Management, ranked in the top 25 since 2014
  • 19th for Accounting, ranked in the top 25 since 2003
  • 22nd for International Business, ranked in the top 30 since 2010
  • 24th for Business Analytics, a new specialty in the 2021 ranking

The complete rankings are available at U.S. News & World Report (subscription required for full access).