Top 100 universities

Scoring methodology: 3 points for #1 rank, 2 for #2, 1 for #3

1

Michigan State University

 Michigan State University

Score
1149

Easily topping the list, Michigan State has a large student body, a well-established network of alumni and a highly respected cross-functional programme at both undergraduate and masters levels. Its low ranking in Europe (#23) however points to a gap in global leadership.

2

Penn State University

 Penn State University

Score
736

Penn State combines information technology and supply chain under the same department which conveys a readiness to tackle digitisation in the systems level at least.

3

University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Logo

Score
671

Tennessee tops the list for logistics professionals and is clearly building a relationship with industry that keeps it at the frontier of practical innovation.

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Sloan Logo

Score
641

MIT comes first among our most senior ranking respondents and tops the list as ranked by those in Asia Pacific. Its technical strength is legendary and its business school is among the best in the world.

5

Arizona State University

5. Arizona State University

Score
464

Traditionally oriented to sourcing and procurement functions, ASU has built a solid reputation across functions and appears to be on the rise.

6

University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

University-of-Texas-at-Austin,-McCombs-School-of-Business

Score
464

Relatively new to the discussion about top supply chain schools, Texas’ McCombs School runs a Centre of Excellence that counts among its sponsors key corporate partners like Dell, Chevron, Halliburton, Shell and Wal-Mart.

7

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University

Score
382

Having secured a top five ranking for its undergraduate supply chain programme, Western Michigan demonstrates a solid commitment to cross-functional education. Especially among industrials, this programme scores well.

8

University of Michigan

8.-University-of-Michigan

Score
306

The University of Michigan combines one of the top ranked universities across all subjects with an aggressive effort to extend supply chain education more deeply into the practitioner realm.

9

Harvard Business School

9. Harvard Business School

Score
285

Harvard Business School may not talk publicly about supply chain leadership, but its high regard as a source of supply chain talent says a lot about the shift away from purely technical considerations and toward more general business thinking. Michael Porter deserves much credit.

10

Auburn University

10. Auburn University

Score
271

Auburn, like WMU has a well-regarded undergraduate supply chain programme. As the alma mater of supply chain legend and Apple CEO Tim Cook, Auburn also has something extraordinary to boast about.

11

Iowa State University

11. Iowa State University

Score
241

Having combined its logistics and operations majors under the supply chain management umbrella in 2010, Iowa State is on the right side of practitioner preferences and educational trends.

12

Cranfield School of Management

12. Cranfield School of Management

Score
233

Cranfield’s leadership in supply chain management makes it the most established programme outside the United States. Voters in our poll put Cranfield #2 in Europe and #7 in Asia Pacific. Unfortunately, only nine Americas voters picked Cranfield, leaving it out of the overall Top 10.

13

Vlerick Business School

13. Vlerick Business School

Score
212

Vlerick Business School offers several supply chain management, operations and finance programmes at the MBA and Masters level, as well as a flagship executive master class for high-level professionals and other short-term programmes. Although not well known outside the region, its popularity amongst EMEA-based voters has boosted the school’s position in the overall ranking, putting it squarely on the global map.

14

Georgia Institute of Technology

14. Georgia Institute of Technology

Score
205

Georgia Tech is not only the subject of an outstanding case study in supply chain talent development with The Coca-Cola Company, it also has a top reputation among scholars. Vinod Singhal is the author of one of the most widely cited pieces of scholarly research ever in the field.

15

Stanford University

15. Stanford University

Score
176

Like Georgia Tech, Stanford is home to one of the great supply chain academics of all time, Dr. Hau Lee. Like Harvard, Stanford’s MBA is top tier, and like MIT, Stanford offers world-class engineering education.

16

University of South Carolina

16. University of South Carolina

Score
174

The University of South Carolina runs a research and education centre for supply chain and process management. It works with an executive advisory board to link university education to industry initiatives. The annual summit focuses teams on specific “Capstone” projects.

17

Texas Christian University

17.Texas-Christian-University

Score
143

Like Penn State, TCU houses its supply chain programme alongside information systems as one of five academic departments in the school of business. TCU also maintains an advisory board comprising a wide range of practitioner executives for its Supply and Value Chain Center.

18

North Carolina State University

18. North Carolina State University

Score
135

NC State’s place in supply chain talent development includes both a solid academic programme and a robust industry partnership called the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative. Robert Handfield leads this cooperative ably and contributes to research and thought leadership more generally as well.

19

INSEAD

19. INSEAD

Score
129

Regarded by many as the Harvard Business School of Europe, INSEAD buries supply chain education in the wider area of technology and operations management. The strong showing in our poll shows how much executives value general business education in supply chain hires.

20

The Ohio State University

20. The Ohio State University

Score
113

Ohio State is another Big Ten school with a long tradition in supply chain. Its course offering is a robust collection of applicable subjects under the department heading of operations and logistics. Ohio State also runs a corporate Forum that comprises 15 well-known companies as sponsors.

21

Cambridge University

21.-Cambridge-University

Score
112

Combining stellar reputations in engineering, mathematics and more recently, business, Cambridge is among the world’s great universities. Its supply chain education is embedded in the Operations subject group with only one lecturer clearly committed to supply chain management.

22

Purdue University

22.-Purdue-University

Score
110

Purdue is probably under-ranked in this poll. The university has a long and deep tradition in engineering areas and has run an industry partnership called the Global Supply Chain Management Initiative for almost 30 years.

23

Texas A&M University

23. Texas A&M University

Score
106

Texas A&M runs supply chain within its Information and Operations management department. The school runs an industry partnership called the Supply Chain Consortium which counts as members PepsiCo, Walgreens and Lockheed Martin.

24

University of Wisconsin Madison

24. University of Wisconsin Madison

Score
84

Wisconsin’s Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management provides a richly cross-functional learning environment for students which includes not only operations research material but also marketing and information technology.

25

Northwestern University

Score
78

As a top five MBA with a specialised programme called the MMM which is oriented to integrated innovation, it is no surprise that executives see top talent coming from Northwestern. Like many other pure MBA’s, however, the emphasis is on supply chain within a wider business education.

26

Eindhoven University of Technology

26.-Eindhoven-University-of-Technology

Score
77

Home to some valuable research in supply chain, Eindhoven combines technical excellence with business application. It offers a masters programme in Operations Management & Logistics as one of 23 subject areas. Jan Fransoo deserves note for his work on nano-retail.

27

Carnegie Mellon University

27. Carnegie Mellon University

Score
74

Carnegie Mellon is famed for its mathematics, information technology and engineering excellence, but its view of supply chain seems remote. Supply chain is one 22 component topics that comprise Operations Research with no more than a few courses dedicated to the subject.

28

Duke University

28. Duke University

Score
60

Duke is another top tier American MBA that offers a solid, if unimaginative concentration in operations management.

29

London Business School

29. London Business School

Score
60

LBS is a well-regarded global MBA with a solid offering in management science and operations. The school also features some short run programmes for executive education under the banner of “Supply Chain Leadership”.

30

Copenhagen Business School

30.-Copenhagen-Business-School

Score
60

Copenhagen Business School offers an MSc in Economics and Business Administration that allows for focus in supply chain. The interesting difference is that this course runs through a general management and strategy track rather than operations and information technology.

31

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Score
59

The first Asian university on this list, the IIM in Bangalore runs a Centre for Supply Chain Management that brings industry together with academics to study operational issues in the field. The Institute also offers short executive programmes in strategic sourcing and supply chain management.

32

IMD

32. IMD

Score
52

IMD is one of several established top MBA’s in Europe that offer short executive courses in supply chain. Within the full-time MBA however, supply chain is thinly represented compared to material and faculty focused on strategy, finance and leadership.

33

Oxford University

33. Oxford University

Score
50

As an ancient university Oxford has excellent brand recognition and now a recently endowed full scale MBA programme. Its supply chain education is embedded in the Technology & Operations Management department and its faculty is fairly deep.

34

Indiana University

34. Indiana University

Score
48

Like its Big Ten brethren Indiana offers a range of full scale degree programmes in operations and supply chain management. These programmes reside in Operations and Decision Technologies, which is a prescient title for the wider discipline. Its corporate sponsorship is a bit thin, however.

35

University of Minnesota

35. University of Minnesota

Score
48

Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management has a substantial Supply Chain & Operations department with a masters degree in supply chain management or concentrations in the MBA. The school also has a stellar group of corporate partners including General Mills, 3M and Best Buy.

36

Cornell University

36. Cornell University

Score
47

Cornell teaches supply chain as part of its Operations Research and Engineering Information department within the College of Engineering. The orientation is decision science focused with strong analytics.

37

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

37. University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

Score
45

Wharton is another traditional top five American MBA graduating 1000+ every year. The supply chain pedigree at Wharton includes notable academic Morris Cohen who has made a name in industry as well as academia with his work on spare parts inventory optimisation.

38

Rutgers Business School

38. Rutgers Business School

Score
44

Rutgers is a supply chain programme on the rise with offerings at all levels up to PhD including a relatively new undergraduate major. It has also established a centre for supply chain management with an unusually strong list of corporate partners.

39

Bocconi University

39. Bocconi University

Score
44

SDA Bocconi has featured regularly in our previous polls with a top European MBA and a Logisitics & Supply Chain concentration within the Purchasing, Technology, Innovation and Operations department.

40

Zaragoza Logistics Center

40. Zaragoza Logistics Center

Score
43

Zaragoza Logistics Center is a unique institution on this list, having been formed in 2004 along with MIT to offer highly specialised and intensive education in supply chain management principles at the very edge of innovation.

41

Clemson University

41. Clemson University

Score
43

Clemson’s business school offers concentrations in supply chain management for undergraduates and a PhD in supply chain & operations management. The university has several research centres for supply chain and logistics optimisation within its industrial engineering department.

42

Rotterdam School of Management

42. Rotterdam School of Management

Score
42

The city of Rotterdam is among the most important logistics hubs in the world and the Erasmus Rotterdam University has a reputation as one of the best business schools in Europe.

43

Columbia University

43. Columbia University

Score
42

Columbia is traditionally viewed as an MBA with special strength in finance. Its supply chain course offerings appear in the department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

44

Yale University

44. Yale University

Score
40

Like Oxford, Yale is an old line university with excellent brand recognition. Unlike Oxford however, its education in supply chain appears to be so deeply embedded in the general MBA curriculum as to be invisible.

45

Bowling Green State University

45. Bowling Green State University

Score
38

Bowling Green offers an undergraduate degree in supply chain management and runs a Supply Chain Management Institute comprising some 22 well known companies including charter members John Deere, Bendix and Owens Corning.

=45

University of Maryland

45 University of Maryland

Score
38

Maryland offers a masters in supply chain management. In addition, it runs a Supply Chain Management Center and a “Netcentric” supply chain lab equipped with technology to simulate and understand digitisation in supply chains.

47

IESE Business School

47. IESE Business School

Score
37

IESE is part of the University of Navarra in Spain offering a range of graduate business study. Its supply chain area is part of the Production, Technology and Operations department. IESE also runs a research centre for Logistics, the CIIL.

48

ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

48. ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Score
36

ETH Zurich offers supply chain education within its MBA. The one-year course starts with general management subjects, drills into core supply chain topics and finishes with a six-month thesis project that applies learning to practice.

49

Chalmers University of Technology

49. Chalmers University of Technology

Score
33

Chalmers University in Sweden offers a two-year masters degree in supply chain. The University also runs a research centre along with the University of Gothenburg focused on sustainable logistics which is known as Northern LEAD.

50

University of St. Gallen

50.-University-of-St.-Gallen

Score
31

St. Gallen is one of Europe’s largest and best known business schools. It offers education in logistics and has a strong sustainability commitment.

51

Cardiff University

51. Cardiff University

Score
31

Cardiff, located in Wales in the UK, offers a masters degree in logistics and supply chain management. The university also runs several related research centres including one for Lean and one for Logistics System Dynamics.

=51

Manchester Business School

51. Manchester Business School

Score
31

Manchester Business School is a well regarded business school in the industrial north of England.

53

University of California Berkeley

53. University of California Berkeley

Score
30

Berkeley is probably the top public university in the United States, with a highly regarded MBA.

54

University of Virginia

54. University of Virginia

Score
29

Also a top public university in the United States with a business school known for its quantitative rigour.

55

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

55. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Score
29

One of the top technical universities in Europe, Karlsruhe has featured previously in our polls and at a higher ranking than this year.

56

HEC Paris

56. HEC Paris

Score
29

HEC Paris has long been regarded as the top business school in France (excluding INSEAD which positions itself as international).

57

University of Illinois

57. University of Illinois

Score
27

A public university in the United States with a strong information technology tradition.

58

McGill University

58. McGill University

Score
27

Probably the highest ranked Canadian university overall, McGill is located in Montreal.

59

Tecnologico de Monterrey

59. Tecnologico de Monterrey

Score
27

Tecnologico de Monterrey is the highest ranking Latin American university in this year’s poll. It is based in the most important industrial city in Mexico.

60

University of Antwerp

60. University of Antwerp

Score
26

Antwerp offers an Advanced Masters in Global Supply Chain Management. The programme includes an eight-week field consulting practicum.

61

Aalborg University

61. Aalborg University

Score
26

Aalborg University in Denmark offers a masters degree in operations and supply chain management with traineeships and study abroad programmes.

=61

Indian Institute of Technology

Score
26

IIT is world famous as the most competitive university in India. Its course offerings in and around supply chain and operations management are extensive.

=61

Politecnico Di Milano

61. Politecnico Di Milano

Score
26

Based in the industrial and technical center of Italy, this university offers an 18-24 month masters programme in supply chain and purchasing management.

64

Vanderbilt University

64. Vanderbilt University

Score
25

Vanderbilt is an elite private US university with a strong MBA programme. Its supply chain education is fully based on the Operations faculty.

65

Lund University

65. Lund University

Score
25

Lund University in Sweden offers a two-year masters degree in logistics and supply chain management.

66

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

66. University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Score
23

One of the most respected US business schools, Chicago has an excellent quantitative reputation and strong operations faculty.

67

University of North Carolina

67.-University-of-North-Carolina

Score
22

UNC’s Flagler School of Business is a strong US MBA within a top public university. Its supply chain education is limited to an operations concentration within the MBA. An Operations Management Club arranges industry site visits and an alliance with Tsinghua University links to China.

68

Chinese University of Hong Kong

68. Chinese University of Hong Kong

Score
21

Within the department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management the Chinese University of Hong Kong offers education in supply chain and logistics. Its Operations Research lab conducts field research on logistics topics.

69

University of Arkansas

69. Sam Walton College of Business at Arkansas

Score
20

The Sam Walton College of Business at Arkansas builds on the legend of Wal-Mart’s founder. The school offers degrees from undergraduate to PhD explicitly focused on supply chain and runs a research centre with a huge list of corporate sponsors.

70

Miami University

70. Miami University

Score
20

Miami of Ohio is a private US university with a focus in supply chain and operations management, plus a field practice programme called Crunchtime Experiential Learning.

71

California Polytechnic State University

71.-California-Polytechnic-State-University

Score
20

CalPoly offers a supply chain management emphasis in its Agribusiness Department at the San Luis Obispo campus and classic Technology and Operations Management focus at the campus in Pomona.

=71

National University of Singapore

71.-National-University-of-Singapore

Score
20

National University of Singapore offers a masters degree in supply chain management with the Departments of Industrial Engineering and of Decision Sciences. The programme features an alliance with the Logistics Institute of Asia Pacific in collaboration with Georgia Tech in the US.

73

University of Warwick

73. University of Warwick

Score
20

The University of Warwick has featured prominently in our poll in the past and may be underestimated by this year’s result. As a top UK university, Warwick offers a masters in supply chain and logistics management and has a world-leading reputation in industrial relations.

74

University of Texas at Dallas

74. University of Texas at Dallas

Score
20

UT Dallas offers an 18-24 month masters degree in supply chain management which, in addition to being highly cross-functional, prepares students for professional certification including APICS and CTL.

=74

WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

74. WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

Score
20

WHU has a top reputation as a business school. Supply chain management comprises production, operations, logistics and international business and supply management. The university has developed deep expertise in logistics over 25 years with the renowned Kuhne Institute for Logistics Management.

76

University of Toronto

76. University of Toronto

Score
20

Supply chain is an MBA elective at the Rotman School of Management. Toronto is one of Canada’s top universities.

77

University of California Los Angeles

77. University of California Los Angeles

Score
19

UCLA is a highly ranked public university in the US with a strong MBA. Supply chain is an operations elective within the MBA. One of the world’s top academics also hails from UCLA – Chris Tang who has served as President of the Production and Operations Management Society.

78

City University of Hong Kong

78. City University of Hong Kong

Score
19

City University of Hong Kong offers a masters degree in supply chain. It is also CIPS-certified and has an agreement with University of California Berkeley that allows students to study abroad as part of their degree programme.

79

University of Southern California

79. University of Southern California

Score
17

USC is a top private university located in Los Angeles. Its business school is highly regarded and it offers a masters degree in global supply chain management.

80

Linköping University

80. Linköping University

Score
17

Within its department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University of Sweden houses a division of logistics management.

81

University of Kansas

81. University of Kansas

Score
16

The University of Kansas has a top 25 ranked undergraduate supply chain programme. It also offers a specialised degree at the graduate level.

82

Indian School of Business

82. Indian School of Business

Score
14

The Indian School of Business in Hyderabad offers courses in logistics, supply chain and operations.

83

University of San Diego

83. University of San Diego

Score
14

The University of San Diego is a private university that offers a masters degree in supply chain management. It is closely aligned with the ISM.

=83

Washington University in St. Louis

83. Washington University in St. Louis

Score
14

Washington University is an elite school at all levels. It offers a masters degree in supply chain management within the business school.

85

University Catholique De Louvain

85.-University-Catholique-De-Louvain

Score
13

Louvain’s Center for Supply Chain Management has been active since 2004 and enjoys sponsorship from GSK, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal and FedX among others. The university is in Belgium.

86

Chulalongkorn University

86. Chulalongkorn University

Score
13

Chulalongkorn University is in Bangkok and offers a masters degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management jointly with the University of Warwick in the UK.

87

Northeastern University

87. Northeastern University

Score
12

Northeastern University is located in Boston, USA and offers a graduate certificate in Supply Chain Management within its MBA. Its undergraduate programme is highly ranked.

88

Lehigh University

88.-Lehigh-University

Score
12

Lehigh is located in Pennsylvania, USA and offer an undergraduate major in supply chain management which is regarded as a top 20 programme in the USA.

=88

Marquette University

88. Marquette University

Score
12

Marquette is located in Milwaukee, USA and has a very active Center for Supply Chain Management which counts among its corporate sponsors Rockwell Automation, Uline and Direct Supply.

90

University of Hong Kong

90. University of Hong Kong

Score
12

Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education offers a series of diplomas and certificates in supply chain, logistics, operations and transportation.

91

Aston Business School

91. Aston Business School

Score
12

Aston in Birmingham, UK offers a masters in Supply Chain Management and is accredited by CIPS and CMI.

92

Tsinghua University

92. Tsinghua University

Score
12

Tsinghua University in Beijing, China offers an intensive masters programme in manufacturing and logistics. The university also has an EMBA partnership with the University of North Carolina in the United States.

93

ESSEC Business School

93. ESSEC Business School

Score
11

EESEC is a well-known European business school with some executive education support for supply chain and purchasing.

94

Brigham Young University

94. Brigham Young University

Score
10

BYU’s Marriott School has a well-regarded undergraduate programme in supply chain and offers a major in supply chain in its MBA.

=94

Technische University Munich

94. Technische University Munich

Score
10

TUM consolidates its Production and Supply Chain Management and the Operations Management and Technology groups to comprise supply chain. Extensive field research opportunities are available.

=94

University of Sydney

94.-University-of-Sydney

Score
10

The University of Sydney offers a masters in logistics and supply chain management under the title of Master of Commerce.

97

BI Norwegian Business School

97. BI Norwegian Business School

Score
10

BI offers a major in Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management within its MSc in Business

=97

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

97. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Score
10

HKUST offers a Master of Science in Global Operations. The course appears to be innovative, focused and tuned to the needs of the new century.

99

Clarkson University

99.-Clarkson-University

Score
10

Clarkson offers undergraduate degrees in supply chain with an emphasis on sourcing and logistics. Its MBA programme combines a Master of Engineering earned in the first year with general business in the second year to finish the MBA.

=99

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

99. Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Score
10

Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tang University runs a China Leaders for Global Operations programme in association with MIT and a number of corporate partners. The programme is modelled on MIT’s Leaders in Manufacturing programme.

101

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

101. Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

Score
10

IIM Calcutta offers an Advanced Programme in Supply Chain Management based on a faculty of 14 Operations Management specialists.

102

Stellenbosch University

102.-Stellenbosch-University

Score
10

Stellenbosch University in South Africa has an extensive Department of Logistics which offers a range of logistics and supply chain degrees.

=102

TIAS School for Business and Society

102. TIAS School for Business and Society

Score
10

TIAS offers a two-year Master of Operations and Supply Chain Excellence. Campus affiliations in Tilburg, Eindhoven, Beijing, Taipei and Utrecht provide international exposure.

=102

University of Melbourne

102. University of Melbourne

Score
10

Melbourne offers an 18-month masters degree in supply chain management within its business school.

=102

University of Pretoria

102. University of Pretoria

Score
10

The University of Pretoria in South Africa offers a four-year M.Phil in Business Management with a supply chain option. The course emphasises logistics more than production operations.