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Student Experience

Our students appreciate a hands-on approach to higher learning. The curriculum, projects, and format are all designed to deepen the insights and perspectives already at work within the cohort. Learning alongside fellow professionals brings the added benefit of being able to quickly apply what you learn in class—because theory is imbued with reality.

In this program, you will engage around real-time business challenges; travel outside the country to be immersed in global business; and to hear up close from Northwest industry leaders. You’ll be part of a network that includes more than a few lifelong friendships.

The faculty, staff and students of Foster graduate programs frequently remark on how they feel like part of a community that’s looking out for them. That’s part of the culture of Foster, and we invite you to visit a class and check it out.

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

As a student you’ll hear from influential members of the supply chain community who guest lecture and participate in our MSCM Leader Series—connecting students with innovative supply chain leaders though interactive seminars. The series imparts valuable insights as students apply classroom concepts to real-world scenarios. Past guest speakers include:

  • Kalai Elango, Executive Director of Hyperscale Supply Chain, Lenovo
  • Prashant Yadav, Strategy Leader-Supply Chain, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 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

An incredible honor today to hear a lecture from Dr. Prashant Yadav, Harvard scholar and Supply Chain Strategy Leader at the Gates Foundation.
Pictured Left to right: MSCM student Justin Gillebo pictured with Dr. Prashant Yadav

Hands-on learning

The capstone experience in the MSCM program is an applied project during spring quarter. Student teams serve as consultants tasked with a company-sponsored supply chain project. Utilizing the knowledge and skills acquired in the MSCM program alongside previous work experience, the teams conduct in-depth analyses and present actionable recommendations to solve supply chain challenges and improve the business.

Past project sponsors have included Alaska Airlines, Continental Mills, Darigold, Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, Expeditors International, F5 Networks, Foss Maritime, PACCAR, Puget Sound Energy, SSA Marine, 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).

Global Supply Chain Study Tour

MSCM students have the option to join a supply chain study tour during spring break, and it’s often considered a top highlight of the program experience. Previous study tour destinations include Hong Kong and Vietnam (2017) and Netherlands and Spain (2018). Read about one student’s experience on the Foster blog.

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