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Master of Science - Graduate Program

Supply Chain Management (SCM) - The Program

The program educates and trains students to deal with the complex challenges of Managing Supply Chains, using data analytics, data engineering and management skills. The aim is to provide the students with tools and insights on how high-performance and robust global logistics systems can be built and sustainably maintained. The curriculum aims to teach modern leadership and management competencies with a strong emphasis on data analytics and data engineering. This includes the analysis of data-driven business processes, the ability and the readiness to recognize the potential for change, the initiation of change processes and the successful design of those change processes. Studying at Jacobs University takes place in a highly intercultural environment and through this students build up their confidence in an English-speaking work and study environment.

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Career Perspectives

Supply Chain Management combined with data analytics is a growing profession in high demand worldwide. The program prepares its participants to become decision makers in an increasingly interconnected world. Read more...

Web sessions

Learn more about our program MSc Supply Chain Management in our exciting web sessions.

  • MSc Supply Chain Management - An interview with Dr. Schupp from Schaeffler
    In this web session you will join an Interview with Dr. Schupp from the Schaeffler Group, a big German manufacturer of rolling element bearings for automotive, aerospace and industrial uses. Dr. Schupp is also an adjunct professor for Jacobs University.
  • April 28
    11 am – 11.45 am CET
  • MSc Supply Chain Management - An interview with Mr. Sommerfeld from Daimler
    Don’t miss the chance and join the interview with Mr. Sommerfeld from the Daimler AG in this web session. He will provide exciting insights into the current state of the automotive industry.
  • May 26
    11 am – 11.45 am CET

Key Facts

Program Start Date 2021:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)


€ 20,000 per academic year


All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 12,000 per year.
EU students are eligible for a minimum guaranteed scholarship of €4,000.

Application Deadlines 2021:

June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)


2 years full-time


Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 Reasons

5 reasons why you should study Supply Chain Management (SCM) at Jacobs University

  1. Highly interdisciplinary study program with focus on data analytics and data engineering to meet the challenges of supply chain digitalization
  2. Beyond professional qualification the program develops your soft skills for best employability in Germany and worldwide
  3. Small classes, intense teacher-student contact and experience-based learning foster successful program completion
  4. Benefit from a global Alumni network, the university’s access to top logistics companies in Germany, start-up incubators and individual academic and personal support
  5. Live and learn together with students from more than 100 nations and improve your personal and intercultural skills

Scholarships available

Jacobs University has always been dedicated to the principle that everyone has the right to a good education. We therefore award applicants from all over the world that can proof outstanding performance or social engagement. This year we offer three scholarships for master’s degree students.

  • 2 Scholarships for Women in STEM
    These scholarships will be awarded to female graduate students who excel in and wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

  • 1 Scholarships for Social Engagement
    This scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who demonstrates, through his or her past actions and future goals, a passion for volunteering, activism, and making the world a better place for all.

Participate by applying for admission by April 16, 2021. There is no extra application necessary. Students who have already been admitted for the Fall 2021 intake will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

Please Note: Recipients of scholarships for Women in STEM and Social Engagement will receive 3,000 € per year (2 years). These scholarships are additional grants that will automatically be combined with our merit-based scholarships of up to 12,000 € per year. More Information



The demand for leaders capable of dealing with challenges related to highly interconnected and digitalized supply chains will further increase in the future.
Jacobs University’s program Supply Chain Management (SCM) aims to satisfy this demand through a holistic educational approach focusing on interdisciplinary and practical knowledge that prepares its students for the complex challenges facing both industry and logistics research. It does so by encompassing the initially mentioned core challenges in different ways and appropriately roots them into various modules of the curriculum.

What makes Jacobs University SCM program so attractive is its strong focus on data analytics and data engineering. In an increasingly interconnected and digitalized world, a vast amount of data is gathered along supply chains that need to be processed, analyzed and made accessible to decision-makers. Specially tailored modules in data analytics and programming equip our students with these skills, which are in high demand across industries.

A highly interdisciplinary program: Admitting students from different disciplines from different prestigious universities worldwide, the program aligns students´ knowledge on SCM in the first semester and builds on this with specialist modules in the next semester. From the third semester, independent research and application becomes more prominent, which eventually results in preparing a master’s thesis on a challenging topic.

The program is application-oriented in its nature. This is reflected in the modules by aligning the contents with real-world issues, integrating practitioners from successful companies of various industries, collaborating with companies in terms of case studies, and field trips. With regard to content, the program focuses on companies´ needs in today’s world and takes into account external company structures. It explores supplier relationships as well as the management of relevant company networks.

Soft skills and personal competence development for best employability: Apart from professional qualifications, the development of social competence is necessary for a successful career in the field of SCM. Therefore, a core emphasis of the program is placed upon supporting the participants’ personal development in terms of soft skills and language skills. To account for the diversity in the student body and their tendency to work in Germany, we train students in (German) language proficiency and convey country-specific information to give them the best preparation for the national as well as the international job market.

Experience-based learning and intense student-teacher communication: The study program chair believes in the efficiency of experience-based learning. Hence, faculty, lecturers, and tutors intensively use case studies, business games and simulations as active teaching methods. Furthermore, students learn and work successfully in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. Intensive communication and discussion between lecturers and participants are central elements of the program. The personal support of each student by an assigned Academic Advisor as well as regular meetings with the program chair fosters the successful completion of the program despite different learning rates and entry knowledge levels.

Study program structure

The Supply Chain Management curriculum is divided into four semesters and takes two years to complete. Each semester is composed of a mixture of core, research & discovery, math & methods, and career modules, leading to a master’s thesis that may be conducted in collaboration with an industry partner.

The first semester is a foundational semester in which students from different educational and cultural backgrounds get acquainted with general methods and knowledge about supply chain and logistics as well as data analytics, programming, language and soft skills that is essential for the further development of their studies. In the second semester, there is a strong focus on the different facets of supply chains, such as design, purchasing, distribution, etc. In the third semester, emphasis is put on introducing students to complex tasks in science and industry. Here, they can combine modules that best fit their abilities and interests. Students are expected to demonstrate their capabilities to self-organize the preparation of solutions for current theoretical and practical scientific problems of an industrial partner. During the fourth and final semester students work on their master’s thesis.

The modules are grouped into five areas as outlined in the Schematic Study Plan. In the third semester, students have to choose 3 mandatory elective modules (out of 4 modules in the core area).

The areas are:

  • Core Area: 45 CP
  • Research & Discovery Area: 15 CP
  • Math & Methods Area: 15 CP
  • Career Area: 15 CP
  • Master Thesis: 30 CP



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Email: graduateadmission [at]


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Teaching approach

The program’s educational approach is characterized by its strong practical relevance and high involvement of participants. Students are introduced to models, instruments, and methods that can be transferred to all fields related to logistics, supply chain management, and production. The study program chair believes in the efficiency of experience-based learning. Hence, faculty, lecturers and tutors intensively use case studies, business games and simulations as active teaching methods. Furthermore, students learn and work successfully in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams.

Intensive communication and discussion between lecturers and participants are central elements of the program. The personal support of each student by an assigned Academic Advisor as well as regular meetings with the program chair fosters the successful completion of the program despite different learning rates and entry knowledge levels.


The study program is aimed at students with an already completed first-degree, or equivalent training, in the disciplines of logistics, economics, engineering, or information technology, and for those who are particularly interested in this topic and can prove a special affinity for the topic and the desire for further Master-level practical training. The master program expands upon the Bachelor program Industrial Engineering & Management of Jacobs University. Here, it offers an immersion into the areas of supply chain and leadership from the base of intercultural competence.


THE Young University Ranking 2019 Jacobs University has been top-ranked # 26 of 351 universities worldwide younger than 50 years, #11 in “Teaching” among the young universities worldwide as well as #1 in “International Outlook” and “Teaching” in Germany

CHE Ranking 2020 The program achieved top results in the CHE ranking 2020, especially in the category “ support at the beginning of studies”. The most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region not only takes into account facts on the range of courses but also questions students themselves.

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Looking back, I regard the master studies as an effective “simulation project” of the real work-life that comes after graduation.

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