Student Experience

Opportunities of a lifetime

During the accelerated, one-year MSCM program, students will have the opportunity to attend networking events, partner with Seattle’s supply chain leaders to solve real-world problems, and much more.

What a typical two week period in MSCM looks like:

week 1

Sunday

Study (4 hours)

Monday

Study (1 hour)

Class (6:00 – 9:30 pm)

Tuesday

Team call

Study (3 hours)

Wednesday

Study (1 hour)

Class (6:00 – 9:30 pm)

Thursday

Optional TA sessions (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Study (3 hours)or

Friday

Study

Night offor

Saturday

Study (3 hours)

week 2

Sunday

Study (5 hours)

Monday

Study (1 hour)

Class (6:00 – 9:30 pm)

Tuesday

Study (3 hours)

Wednesday

Study (1 hour)

Class (6:00 – 9:30 pm)

Thursday

Team call

Optional TA sessions (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Study (3 hours)or

Friday

Study (2 hours)

Saturday

Class (8:30 am – 12:00 pm)

Class (1:15 – 4:30 pm)

Group meeting (1 hour)

Guest speakers

MSCM regular invites influential members of the supply chain community to speak to students during a course or during the Leader Series. The MSCM Leader Series connects students with innovative supply chain leaders though interactive supply chain seminars. During the series students will get the opportunity to apply classroom concepts to real-world scenarios. Past guest speakers include:

  • Janice Sears, Principal, J.L. Sears Consulting Inc.
  • Kent Fisher, V.P. Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, The Boeing Company
  • Alan Van Boven, Principal, Supply Chain Visons
  • Patrick Wainhouse, Director, Accessories Sourcing & Strategy, T-Mobile
  • Ann Ardizonne, VP of Supply Chain, Alaska Airlines

Practicum

Students will work in teams and partner with a local company to develop solutions to complex supply problems. The capstone experience in the MSCM program is an applied project during spring quarter. Students work in teams and serve as consultants for a company-sponsored supply chain project.

Utilizing the knowledge and skills acquired in the MSCM program along with their previous work experience, student teams conduct in-depth analyses and present actionable recommendations to solve supply chain challenges and improve the business. During the 2016-2017 school year, project sponsors included Alaska Airlines, Continental Mills, Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, Expeditors International, F5 Networks, PACCAR Parts, and REI to name a few.

Foster and the UW community

Students are welcome to attend company visits and other events as organized by MSCM, the Foster Operations Club, the Foster Veterans Association, and the University of Washington. Additionally, MSCM students are eligible to participate in UW Alumni’s job shadow program Huskies@Work.

Diversity

At the Foster School of Business, we embrace diversity as one of the foundations of both successful business strategy and a world-class educational experience. Visit our diversity page for a list of resources.

Eligible students are also encouraged to check out Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP).

International Study Tour

MSCM students have the option to join Foster MBA students on an international study tour. Most recently, some MSCM students went to Hong Kong and Vietnam. Read about one student’s experience on the Foster blog.