Program emphasis on statistics and analytics earns recognition from national agency
Towson University’s supply chain management master’s degree earned designation as a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the beginning of the spring 2019 term.
The program’s focus on statistics and analytics—increasingly important skills for workforce development—was integral in receiving the designation.
“The STEM designation is formal recognition of the emphasis that we have in the program on statistics and analytics,” says Natalie M. Scala, associate professor and director of graduate programs in supply chain management. “Using analytics is essential for businesses to stay competitive in a global marketplace, and techniques such as artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming more popular. This recognition proves our curriculum is relevant and enabling students to be prepared for careers in supply chain and the service economy.”
TU offers the state’s first master’s degree in a field experiencing tremendous growth. Supply chain managers are in high demand, as organizations look to their supply chains to find value, cost savings, and competitive edge.
The new designation gives international students the benefits of optional practical training (OPT) eligibility and an additional 24 months of United States residency with the STEM OPT extension on their visas. The program also has a five-year accelerated dual degree in business administration (B.S.) and supply chain management (M.S.), which allows international undergraduate students to be eligible for OPT if they choose to add on the master’s degree.
“The STEM designation also helps us to grow in diversity and include international students who have previously inquired about the program but were also looking for a STEM program,” said Scala.
The program has both the option of a full master’s degree and a post-baccalaureate certificate. Most of the Towson University supply chain management graduates have earned positions in companies in the greater Baltimore area and beyond.
This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel’s priorities for Towson University: TU Matters to Maryland.