July 11, 2018

Schools offer "hybrid" path to SCM master's degree

"Blended learning" programs combine online and classroom instruction.

By DC Velocity Staff

Logistics professionals are gaining more opportunities for advanced education, thanks to the growing number of schools offering "blended learning" programs that combine online and classroom-based instruction.

Purdue University is one of the latest schools to adopt this approach. Purdue recently announced it had joined forces with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to offer a hybrid learning option for students pursuing a master's degree in supply chain management (SCM). Under the arrangement, Purdue will waive 10 credits toward its degree for students who complete MIT's online MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management program (which includes five online courses delivered on MIT's edX platform and a comprehensive exam). Students earn the remaining 20 credit hours by enrolling at the Indiana-based university's Krannert School of Management.

Blended learning opens the door to advanced degrees for students who lack the time or money to commit to a full-time master's program, according to MIT. The average learner in the MITx MicroMasters in SCM has six years of work experience and an average age of 33, suggesting that global learners are taking advantage of the benefits of the approach to advance their careers, the school said. "This hybrid approach to learning is highly accessible and will accelerate the careers of busy supply chain professionals around the world who wouldn't otherwise have been able to complete a master's degree," Chris Caplice, director of MIT's SCM MicroMasters program, said in a statement.

MIT has similar programs in place with seven other schools around the world. Those schools include the Zaragoza Logistics Center (Spain), the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (Malaysia), Rochester Institute of Technology (U.S.), Curtin University (Australia), University of Queensland (Australia), Doane University (U.S.), and Galileo University (Guatemala).

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