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MSU’s top-ranked supply chain management programs help make the world go ’round.

Think about the things we depend on in our daily lives. From shampoo to breakfast cereal to computers to medicine to energy—almost all goods come to us through the global supply chain. It’s something we take for granted, but as the world’s population grows and resources decline, delivering goods and critical services efficiently and effectively on a global scale never has been more vital.

Fortunately, Spartans are hard at work to help make the process faster, better, cheaper, and greener—with MSU’s undergraduate and graduate programs in supply chain management top ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Known for their balanced and holistic approach, the programs in MSU’s Broad College of Business help students develop skill sets needed for integrated supply chain management.

“We realize that students need a deep understanding of each area, from purchasing to manufacturing to logistics, and we teach integrated thinking of how linking these things in an end-to-end supply chain is critical,” says David Frayer, director of executive development programs in the Broad Graduate School of Management.

Imagine the supply chain as an intricate behind-the-scenes web that brings together the materials to make and deliver each product or service we use. They begin as raw materials that are manufactured, sold, and shipped. It’s the process that makes the world go ’round, and if one piece isn’t working effectively, the whole chain breaks.

“The supply chain is important because it affects what we pay for products,” says David Closs, chairperson of the Department of Supply Chain Management in MSU’s Broad College of Business. “It can also reduce waste and congestion and increase the value of goods by getting the right stuff to the right place on time.”

With an ever-more-complex global supply chain, the world stands to benefit from Spartans who are learning not only how to manage a supply chain but how to optimize, customize, and sustain it.

The earth-to-earth approach of MSU’s supply chain management programs takes into account the importance of recycling and minimizing the amount of materials that end up in landfills. In addition, reducing the number of steps it takes to manufacture and deliver products and services in the right amount at the right time provides a competitive advantage and allows companies to invest savings in innovation, which benefits the economy and all of us.

MSU Supply Chain Programs Lead the Nation.

MSU’s undergraduate supply chain program in the Broad College of Business ranks first in the nation for the third straight year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2014 guidebook. MSU’s graduate program in supply chain and logistics ranks second in the nation.

In addition to providing top-ranked supply chain education to undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral students, the Broad College of Business also offers executive education and programs specifically geared toward corporations.

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