Michigan Schools Provide Top Education in Supply Chain Management

Michigan Schools Provide Top Education in SCM

While some of the earliest formal programs in Supply Chain Management education belong to New York and Tennessee, Michigan offers several of the best programs in the nation.  Universities and colleges within the state add about 700 supply chain management professionals at the undergraduate level to the industry each year.

One Supply Chain Management organization is happy to have such robust educational programs in its own backyard.  Universal Logistics Holdings Inc., headquartered in Warren, Michigan, provides full-service transportation, logistics, and value-added services to major companies throughout North America, specializing in removing customers’ obstacles from their supply chains.

“Given Universal’s home office is based in Michigan, we’re extremely pleased to see so many colleges and universities within the state offering formal Supply Chain Management programs,” said Mike Bautch, Chief Customer Officer of Universal.  “We are continuously looking for the best and brightest talent to support our customers with a variety of Supply Chain Management needs.”

Continually ranked at the top of the list for Supply Chain Management educational programs is Michigan State University.  Often holding the number one or two spot on the Gartner list and others, Michigan State University offers “strong internship participation with big companies” and is one of the larger programs in terms of faculty and student enrollment.

Another highly ranked Michigan school on Gartner’s 2016 report is Western Michigan University, which holds the 9th spot on the top 25 list.  WMU also holds the number two spot on SCM World’s rankings. It has been recognized by Software Advice, a software resource firm, which provides independent research and reviews, for its “blend of engineering, information technology, and manufacturing courses at the undergraduate level.”

Central Michigan University also offers a noteworthy Supply Chain Management bachelor’s degree; estimated to be the fifth largest undergraduate Logistics Management program in the U.S. It has also rated among the top 25 most productive logistics management research institutions in the world and the top 20 logistics programs in the U.S. by a survey of supply chain practitioners.

Lastly, as a stand out on the Gartner Report, Wayne State University has been recognized for its leadership in program scope, meaning it provides a diverse, balanced program in Supply Chain Management. WSU was the only Michigan-based school to earn Gartner’s third-highest score in this category.

One recent graduate of Western Michigan University’s Supply Chain Management Program, Anthony D’Anna, has utilized his degree to obtain a sales-related position at Universal. The company hired D’Anna for his comprehensive education in SCM from one of the top-rated schools in the state.

“The education I received at Western Michigan I believe prepared me very well for a career in Supply Chain Management,” D’Anna said.  “It has also allowed me to be an immediate contributor to Universal’s customers, helping remove obstacles from their supply chains.”

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Next up in our Learning Series on SCM Education, we will address the exciting and growing job outlook for Supply Chain Management-related careers.