Is the MSCEM degree an alternative to an MBA?

We certainly don’t look at it that way. The most typical applicant for the Master of Supply Chain Engineering and Management program is someone who is currently completing a B.S. degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discipline. This applicant would be someone who wants to supplement his/her technical training with graduate-level management course work, but who does not have the work experience that the most competitive MBA programs desire in their students. Getting the MSCEM degree could really be viewed as an excellent prelude to the later pursuit of an MBA degree, after building up a few years of work experience.

If I don’t meet the target minimum scores for the GRE, can I still apply?

The target minimum scores are guidelines.  Most successful applicants will have scores well above the minimums, particularly for the quantitative score.  Applicants not meeting one or more of these target levels would be expected to have a compelling case in order to be successful.  All applications are reviewed in their entirety, and then an admissions decision is made.

I took the GMAT. Will the MSCEM program accept this in place of the GRE?

While the GRE is strongly encouraged, GMAT scores will be considered as an alternative. The enrollment criteria for the program have been structured to be consistent with the enrollment criteria for NC State’s graduate programs in Industrial Engineering. The IE Graduate Program has a long history of using GRE scores as a predictor of success in its graduate-level engineering course work. The MSCEM program will, however, attempt to translate GMAT scores into equivalent GRE performance, where appropriate.

Is there any minimum work experience required for the students?

No, the program accepts students right out of a bachelor’s degree program.  Work experience can be helpful though, particularly if other factors in the application are not strong.

I am not sure if my background is acceptable.  Can I get a “pre”-assessment to see if I qualify?

No, we don’t give pre-assessments since they take as much effort as the actual admissions assessment.

I was not sure if this course is only for those who have a sole aim to be recruited by companies sponsoring this program, (e.g. Caterpillar)?

Graduates of the program are free to pursue any employment opportunity they choose.

Can I start the program in any semester?

No, each new MSCEM class starts in the second Summer session (Summer II) which typically starts in late June.

What courses do MSCEM students take?

Please see the program Curriculum page.

Is financial aid available?

Please see the program Financial Aid page.

Is it possible to take additional courses beyond those in the program of study?

The program is very intensive and we do not recommend taking additional courses during the period of study, however advice will be given on an individual basis.

Can I pursue the MSCEM degree at the same time as another NC State Master’s program?

The MSCEM program is very intensive, but if you wish to pursue another Master’s degree program at NC State while you are also working toward the MSCEM degree, you can do this either of two ways:

    • If you wish to start both programs in the same semester, then you must submit an application to both the MSCEM program and the other program. This entails paying the application fee for both programs, but you will ultimately need to send in only one official transcript if you are recommended for admission. You can learn more about the application process in the Graduate Administrative Handbook (specific instructions are addressed in the Graduate School’s FAQs).
    • If you are already admitted to another graduate program at NC State, then after you begin this program, you may indicate your interest in the MSCEM program to the Director (DGP) of your original graduate program. If you have approval from both the DGP of your original program and the DGP of the MSCEM program, you can then be added to the MSCEM program by requesting a curriculum change form.

In both cases, the rules for receiving two Master’s degrees are the same: You must complete all degree requirements of both programs, with no less than 18 credit hours being be unique to each degree program. Thus, since the Master of Supply Engineering and Management program is a 30-credit-hour program, up to 12 hours of credit that applies toward the MSCEM degree can be shared with the other Master’s program.

For more information on this, please see the NC State Graduate Administrative Handbook (multiple Master’s policy, minimum degree requirements).