The Georgia Tech Master of Science in Supply Chain Engineering (MSSCE) is an engineering graduate degree program designed to meet growing industry demand for business-savvy engineers who can design and synchronize highly complex global supply chains. The program's intensive curriculum delivers academic knowledge in analytic methods, supply chain engineering, and enterprise management while building professional practice skills and real-world industry experience, all leading to a respected engineering graduate degree from the #1 ranked Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE).
The M.S. in Supply Chain Engineering degree program is offered only at Georgia Tech's Atlanta campus, and is most suitable for full-time students. Full-time students can complete the program in 12 months (Fall-Spring-Summer), while those who wish to pursue a full-time summer internship may take up to 16 months (Fall-Spring-Fall). As a STEM-designated program, international students who complete the degree are eligible for the extended Optional Practical Training (OPT) F-1 visa extension which allows a total of 29 months of pre- and post-completion training.
Program applicants may come from a wide range of academic, business, and geographical backgrounds, but they will share a common motivation: to pursue a highly focused graduate education experience in supply chain engineering. Most graduates immediately head to career opportunities with global enterprises, but the program is also useful preparation for follow-on research study in an engineering or business Ph.D. program focused on supply chain challenges.
- Master of Science in Supply Chain Engineering
Admissions to the Master's degree programs offered by the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering are conducted by the School and coordinated by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. Please note that admissions offers will generally not include any form of financial assistance; School assistantship funds are dedicated to Ph.D. students. Students with an interest in research should apply directly to our Ph.D. program.
Students seeking admission to a Master’s degree program must complete an application using Georgia Tech's online application system, accessible via the Graduate Studies website. Students may apply for admission in Fall semester only, with exceptions approved by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.
- M.S. in Supply Chain Engineering
- February 15
The summer (May-July) term* of the M.S. in Supply Chain Engineering program is dedicated to the Capstone Project in which students identify and define a supply chain design and/or analysis problem to be addressed with quantitative modeling. Projects are conducted with sponsors from business, government, or non-government organizations. Students apply their knowledge and skills to the project, and deliver valuable solutions to their sponsoring organizations.
Students can complete the Capstone requirement either as an individual (typically a paid internship) working on an approved project, or within a small group of students (typically 2-4). In either case, each project will be advised by a member of Georgia Tech's supply chain engineering faculty. During the Spring semester, students and faculty work together to identify partners and projects prior to beginning the work. Most students complete their Capstone Project during the summer term while enrolled half time. Others choose to delay the Capstone until the following fall term, and use the summer to instead conduct a full-time internship or to travel. The Capstone project is completed in two phases. A short proposal phase is used to scope the project and define deliverables, which is followed by a work phase. Students report on their projects and results in oral presentations and written reports. Final oral presentations are grouped together on Capstone Project Day, where the whole class gets to hear about all of the interesting work conducted by their cohort classmates.
Students in the program are required to find approved Capstone Projects by early April each year. Once approved by Georgia Tech, the Capstone Project team begins project work in mid-May, and concludes project work by the end of July.
Each student is expected to spend a minimum of 200 productive hours on the project, including time spent preparing a formal work proposal, collecting data and building analytical models, conducting analysis and interpreting results, and preparing a final project report. Students will also deliver proposals and final reports in oral presentations to the faculty and sponsors.
A central objective of the program is to produce graduates ready to make an immediate impact at global product companies, logistics service providers, information technology providers, and consulting firms as well as at governmental and nongovernmental organizations that operate supply chains. Students will regularly meet leaders from such organizations, both at the executive and the operational management levels. Many of our students find job opportunities with our industry partners with whom they will have worked on class projects and on a capstone project.
A sample of initial job titles of our MS IE graduates
- Capital Capacity Manager
- Consulting Engineer
- Continuous Improvement Engineer
- Customer Service Leader - Supply Chain
- Demand Planner
- Industrial and Operations Engineer
- Industrial Engineer
- Inventory Management Analyst
- IT Systems Engineer/Consultant
- Latin America Region Project Coordinator
- Logistics Analyst
- Logistics Manager
- Operations Manager
- Optimization Analyst
- Ph.D. Student
- Planning Manager
- Procurement Specialist
- Project Manager
- Purchasing Manager
- Regional Operations Analyst
- Research Assistant
- Research Engineer
- Revenue Management Analyst
- Senior Consultant
- Senior Logistics Analyst--Supply Chain Development
- Senior Supply Chain Consultant
- Solution Development Manager
- Solution Engineer
- Sourcing Specialist
- Supply Chain Analyst
- Supply Chain Consultant
- Supply Chain Engineer
- Supply Chain Manager
- Value Recovery Specialist
- Warehouse and Distribution Coordinator
- Warehouse Planner
- Zone Raw Material Coordinator
MS SCE alumni have begun careers with the following organizations
- Cisco Systems
- Clear Abacus
- Coca-Cola Refreshments
- Copa Airlines
- DB Schenker
- Deco Plastic, S.A.
- Deutsche Post DHL Internal Consulting
- Dicarina Logistics Services
- Dichter & Neira Research Network
- Eastman Chemical
- Georgia Tech Panama
- Home Depot
- Intel Corporation
- JP Morgan
- Kiva Systems (Amazon)
- Kuehne + Nagel
- LaPrairie Group
- LG CNS America
- Maersk Line
- Manhattan Associates
- Menlo Worldwide
- Miebach Consulting
- MTI Corporation
- NS Solutions
- OM Partners
- Panama Ports Company
- Quantium Solutions - Singapore Post
- Schuff Hopsa Engineering
- Sumitomo Corporation Asia
- SunTrust Bank
- Tesla Motors
- Texas Instruments
- TPG Consulting
- Unisource Worldwide
- UTi Worldwide
- Winn-Dixie (Bi-Lo Holdings)
Future Student Resources
This is discouraged for new Master's students. In rare cases, some students may begin in Spring but our course sequence is designed for Fall semester entrants. Please contact the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies if you are interested in beginning your program in Spring semester.
We are not able to make admissions evaluations via email. Once you complete a formal and complete application, it will be given the consideration it deserves. The admissions process will examine the applicant’s prior academic performance, including our sense of the rigor of prior degrees and their institutions, GRE scores, personal statement and recommendation letters.
Yes, the IELTS exam is accepted. See here for score requirements: https://www.grad.gatech.edu/english-proficiency
Transfer credit is accepted only in rare cases, and must be approved by the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, ISyE. A maximum of six credit hours are transferrable. A transfer credit request should be submitted to the Academic Office in a student's first semester.
MS in Industrial Engineering as well as MS in Operations Research are offered as Distance Learning (online) degree programs.
See here for more information on our online degrees: https://pe.gatech.edu/degrees#tab-master-of-science-degrees
Since the graduate program in the Stewart School is exceptionally large, we have adopted a policy regarding financial aid that is perhaps somewhat different than that pursued by other, smaller programs. Generally, ISyE does not offer funding support to Master's applicants, and it is rare that our faculty offer TA/RA support (especially in a student's first semester) to Master's students. Occasionally, a Master's student might be offered a paying position, but this is usually in a student's second or third semester, and students should never send mass emails to faculty soliciting financial support. Should opportunities arise for Master's students, the Academic Office will send a mass email to all students.
It could be. The M.S. in Supply Chain Engineering is a practice-focused degree and could be good preparation for Ph.D. study in supply chain applications especially for students who do not have much real-world work experience. Quantitative methods for supply chain engineering are covered in depth. However, the primary purpose of the degree is to prepare graduates for industrial practice and not for research.
Applicants should track their status through the CollegeNet online status check at: http://www.gradadmiss.gatech.edu/status-checking
To complete an application, please click here: http://www.grad.gatech.edu/apply-now
We currently admit students to target the following annual class size for each of our programs:
- M.S. in Industrial Engineering: 20 students
- M.S. in Operations Research: 20 students
M.S. in Supply Chain Engineering: 50 students
M.S. in Analytics: 50 students
M.S. in Health Systems: 10 students
- M.S. in Statistics (ISyE): 15 students
For target class sizes for the interdisclipinary M.S. in Quantitative and Computational Finance and the M.S. in Computational Science and Engineering, please consult the respective program directors.
Most current courses are offered between 8 am and 6 pm on weekdays. While it is possible to earn an on-campus M.S. degree while working full time, it will require attending courses during the workday. Contact the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for more information.
No. You can apply without having available scores, however official test scores must be received prior to officially being granted admission to Georgia Tech.
While work experience is not a requirement for admission, it is viewed favorably by the admissions committee when reviewing an application.
Technically, yes. However, an applicant can enroll in only one degree program.
Exceptions are given to applicants from countries where English is the SOLE OFFICIAL language of instruction. An applicant is also exempt if they have studied for at least one academic year at a U.S. college or university. Please visit http://catalog.gatech.edu/admissions/grad/toefl/p for further information on TOEFL requirements for international students.
Yes, you can still apply. However, we can only guarantee a review (and decision) of an application for those who submit a complete application by the deadline.
The MSIE degree is earned solely through completing a set of coursework, and only offers a few courses that touch on supply chain applications of industrial engineering and operations research. It is a broader degree. The MSSCE provides depth of coverage in supply chain engineering, with a special limited enrollment set of courses. Many MSSCE courses feature class projects conducted for industry partners. Students also complete a Capstone Project experience with industry. If you want hands-on experience in your degree program, the MSSCE may be a better choice for you.
For clarification on what the requirements are for international students who will need an I-20, please review the Preparation & Arrival guide under the OIE website: https://oie.gatech.edu/content/international-student-scholar-services?qt-isss_quicktabs=3&qt-isss_quicktabs_jscholar=2
Please review the Georgia Tech English Proficiency Requirements here: https://grad.gatech.edu/english-proficiency.
- M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Statistics, Health Systems, or Computational Science and Engineering: January 15
- M.S. in Supply Chain Engineering: February 15
- Distance Learning Campus: M.S. in Industrial Engineering or Operations Research ONLY
Fall semester = June 1
Spring semester = October 1
Our Master’s degree programs require 30 credit hours. For specific curriculum information, please review our website.
We do not have a minimum, as our admissions committee takes a holistic approach when considering a student for admission. All parts of the application are considered including GRE, recommendation letters, prior academic performance (including our sense of the rigor of prior degrees and their institutions), and finally, any work experience that you may have. With that said, one with a GPA below 3.0 may find it difficult to gain admission.
We hesitate to provide average scores, as our admissions committee takes a holistic approach when considering a student for admission. All parts of the application are considered including GRE, recommendation letters, prior academic performance (including our sense of the rigor of prior degrees and their institutions), and finally, any work experience that you may have.
Copies of your transcripts should be uploaded with your online application. If you are admitted into the program and decide to enroll, you will be required to have official transcripts sent to the Office of Graduate Studies.
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Currently, you can complete a Master's degree in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, or Computational Science and Engineering via Georgia Tech's distance learning program. A complete list of distance learning degree programs is provided by Georgia Tech DLPE.