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What will I learn?

The specialisation is part of the master's programme in International Business and is for students seeking a career managing supply chains for businesses and organisations.

It has never been a more exciting time to delve into the logistical challenges facing the international economy. Society is changing, with the trend of creating your own products and services. Innovations like 3D printing, solar panels, self-diagnosis devices, and online shopping are leading to home manufacturing, power generation, reduced healthcare costs, and shopping convenience. The middleman is vanishing from economic transactions and even the physical store is becoming archaic as cities have trouble filling empty retail spaces because of online shopping. Concepts like the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Virtualisation, The Maker Movement, and Peer-to-Peer economics have sent ripples through society, especially for those working in logistics and SCM, who will be essential in the coming years as product delivery and logistical processes become more competitive.

Supply Chain Management covers all aspects of maintaining a supply chain in the competitive global economy, from new product development to the management and planning of international supply chains to cooperation with suppliers and distributors. Moving products from development to distribution is a complex, international process, often meaning the difference between success and failure. Supply Chain Management thus devotes a great deal of time to value creation, meaning not only optimisation of purchasing, logistics, and marketing processes, but also strategic cooperation with suppliers, distributors, and customers. The end goal is to deliver on the promises made by marketing to consumers and to fulfill their demands. The Supply Chain Management specialisation takes place in Maastricht amid the other specialisations of International Business, meaning participants will benefit from the interaction of business disciplines.

Overseeing supply chains is all about changing focus: being able to zoom in to particular links on the chain while simultaneously overseeing the entire process. Supply chains are the means by which products and services are ultimately transported to customers, entailing purchasing, logistics, operations management, and supply chain management. You should have good interpersonal and communication skills and be customer-oriented, able to talk with a wide range of parties. Managing and improving supply chains requires the ability to look at problems analytically and creatively, so a flexible and open-minded attitude is essential.

Your future

After graduation, you can enter the work force directly, but you may want to further your professional education, either in the Netherlands or internationally, at the School of Business and Economics or at another prestigious institution abroad. At the post-graduate stage, links with the corporate world are even stronger still.

Career opportunities

As competition in the global marketplace increases, so does the demand for Supply Chain Management experts. Graduates will have the theoretical, practical, and managerial skills to analyse supply chains and develop solutions that will lead to their overall improvement. These skills will be an asset to smaller companies that are looking to expand and large multinationals that want to become or remain competitive. You can expect to find a job in almost any industry. These positions often lead to more senior managerial positions where you will be responsible for keeping companies in business.

You can work in many different types of organisations, including:

  • large multinationals
  • small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • logistical service providers
  • original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
  • first- and second-tier suppliers

Which department am I in?

School of Business and Economics

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,14,701) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,

MAASTRICHT,

Limburg,

6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

Graduates from university's bachelor’s programme are eligible for assessment by the Board of Admission. They are required to pass a GMAT/ GRE test.

IELTS exam: minimum overall score of 6.5

TOEFL exam, paper-based: minimum overall score of 575

TOEFL exam, computer-based: minimum overall score of 233

TOEFL exam, internet-based: minimum overall score of 90

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