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Study supply chain management abroad

An in-depth guide to studying supply chain management as an international student.

Supply chain management degrees abroad

In an increasingly globalized world, the ability to manage long and complex supply chains is a vital skill. As a supply chain management student you’ll learn all about the planning, sourcing, financing, manufacturing and logistics that are needed for a successful supply chain.

Effective supply chain management is essential to the performance of retailers and manufacturers, and your skills will be valued in a range of industries when you graduate. You’ll get the opportunity to use your knowledge on real-world examples, and many programs include the option of spending time in placement gaining hands-on experience.

You can study supply chain management all over the world. Managing supply chains often means dealing with multiple organizations and working with people across borders. By studying abroad you’ll get a better understanding of how other countries work which will stand you in good stead when you start your career.

Supply chain management program structure

It’s possible to study supply chain management at a range of degree levels including foundation, certificate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels.

One of the most popular options is to study a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management as a BA or BSc. There is very little difference between the two options, but a BSc program often includes more technical or math-based modules. Supply chain management is often taught with business management or logistics and can include a sandwich year spent working on placement.

If you already have a related bachelor’s degree, you can study a master’s in supply chain management. These are often designed for current professionals looking to increase their knowledge or achieve a management role.

Supply chain management programs will be taught through lectures and seminars, and many universities will arrange talks and workshops with industry professionals. Your progress will be assessed through things like essays, coursework and written exams, but this will vary for each module you study.

Exactly what modules and subjects you study will differ for each supply chain management program, but some of the common core modules include:

  • Introduction to supply chain and logistics
  • Procurement
  • Managing performance in operations
  • Accounting for business
  • Facilities and systems
  • Tools for supply chain planning
  • International business Research skills

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Supply chain management study abroad programs

Supply chain management undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in supply chain management

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    Supply Chain Management - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Study Information and Decision Sciences - Operations and Supply Chain Management - BSc University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Supply Chain Management - BSBA University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Supply Chain Management - BSc University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Operations and Supply Chain - BSc University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,928 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in supply chain management

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    Business Administration - Supply Chain and Operations Management - Dip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Post-Baccalaureate in Operations and Supply Chain Management - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,853 CAD
    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Supply Chain and Operations Management – Business Administration - Dip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,907 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Associate in supply chain management

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    Supply Chain and Logistics Management - ASc Goodwin University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,888 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Supply chain management graduate programs

Master's in supply chain management

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    Professional MBA: Concentration in Supply Chain Management - MBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,500 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Business (Supply Chain & Logistics) - MBA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Supply Chain Management - MSc Jacobs University, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,000 EUR
    Start date
    October
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    Global Supply Chain Management - MMgt HEC Liège Management School, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,200 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Procurement and Supply Chain Management - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    23,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in supply chain management

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    Supply Chain & Logistics - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in supply chain management

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    Logistics & Supply Chain Management - PDip C3S Business School, Spain

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    6,500 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Business - Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Co-op) - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,922 CAD
    Start date
    January, February, May, September
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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management - PGDip Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,900 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in supply chain management

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    Supply Chain Management - PGCert Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,000 USD
    Start date
    January, May
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    Supply Chain and Logistics Management - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    19,200 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Supply Chain Management - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    January
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    Supply Chain Management - Logistics - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,726 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in supply chain management

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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management Pre-Master's - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    9,500 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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Future supply chain management careers

Supply chain management is a relatively new discipline, but the skills you’ll develop will be valued by a wide range of businesses around the world. Some of the roles you’ll be well suited for after graduation include:

  • Supply chain manager
  • Procurement manager
  • Logistics analyst
  • Business development executive
  • Management consultant
  • Supply coordinator
  • Distribution manager

Many supply chain management programs include working on a placement, which is a great way to build up real-world experience. This will help you work out what role you might want to pursue after graduation, and will also look good on your resume.