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Swange

What concentration holds the most potential for good jobs after an MBA - operations management or supply chain management?

I'm looking at the MBA program at Wisconsin, which offers a concentration in SCM, but I'm also considering Purdue's operations management MBA, as well as the one at York Schulich.

Thoughts on career prospects?

What concentration holds the most potential for good jobs after an MBA - operations management or supply chain management?

I'm looking at the MBA program at Wisconsin, which offers a concentration in SCM, but I'm also considering Purdue's operations management MBA, as well as the one at York Schulich.

Thoughts on career prospects?
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Duncan

In the US there are very similar numbers of MBA in those two overlapping fields. Generally schools will include both topics in the same concentration. The FT ranks Wisconsin highest for salary, placement support, and students' aims achieved. http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2013

However, if you are not a permanent NATFA resident, the Canadian labour market is more open.

In the US there are very similar numbers of MBA in those two overlapping fields. Generally schools will include both topics in the same concentration. The FT ranks Wisconsin highest for salary, placement support, and students' aims achieved. http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2013

However, if you are not a permanent NATFA resident, the Canadian labour market is more open.
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ezra

I don't know if you need to make this choice yet. The schools you mentioned all have decent placements in both areas, and if you look at the curriculums, there is a lot of overlap.

Wisconsin is a great school for US options. Similar options you might explore are Smeal and Michigan State - both of which place a lot of students in supply chain and operations role.

A caveat is that if you're considering specific sectors, this might change the calculus. If you're looking at operations roles in health care, for example, Rutgers would be an option. But for industry/automotive/etc., the schools above are excellent.

I don't know if you need to make this choice yet. The schools you mentioned all have decent placements in both areas, and if you look at the curriculums, there is a lot of overlap.

Wisconsin is a great school for US options. Similar options you might explore are Smeal and Michigan State - both of which place a lot of students in supply chain and operations role.

A caveat is that if you're considering specific sectors, this might change the calculus. If you're looking at operations roles in health care, for example, Rutgers would be an option. But for industry/automotive/etc., the schools above are excellent.
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Swange

Thanks, this is really helpful. I keep reading about Wisconsin, and it seems like this school is good in both supply chain and operations... Good placements in automotive companies and other heavy industries.

What about supply chain roles in retail operations (specifically electronics)? I work with a retail company that sources electronics from China, and am not sure if I want to stay in this sector, but it would be good to know if there are any schools that have this specific focus.

Thanks, this is really helpful. I keep reading about Wisconsin, and it seems like this school is good in both supply chain and operations... Good placements in automotive companies and other heavy industries.

What about supply chain roles in retail operations (specifically electronics)? I work with a retail company that sources electronics from China, and am not sure if I want to stay in this sector, but it would be good to know if there are any schools that have this specific focus.
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Notorious

Purdue (Krannert) seems the obvious choice, no?

Purdue (Krannert) seems the obvious choice, no?
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ezra

What about supply chain roles in retail operations (specifically electronics)? I work with a retail company that sources electronics from China, and am not sure if I want to stay in this sector, but it would be good to know if there are any schools that have this specific focus.

That's pretty specific - I don't think that there are any schools that have a focus in supply chain for either retail or operations.

However, Notorious is right - Krannert would be ideal: it has a concentration in operations management, and because of its location places students in firms like Amazon and Dell.

<blockquote>What about supply chain roles in retail operations (specifically electronics)? I work with a retail company that sources electronics from China, and am not sure if I want to stay in this sector, but it would be good to know if there are any schools that have this specific focus.</blockquote>
That's pretty specific - I don't think that there are any schools that have a focus in supply chain for either retail or operations.

However, Notorious is right - Krannert would be ideal: it has a concentration in operations management, and because of its location places students in firms like Amazon and Dell.
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