To take up this master’s programme, you should have a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, General Management, or International Business. The special feature of this Supply Chain Master´s: 180 ECTS are sufficient as a starting requirement. If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree, we will of course be happy to accept your application so that you can continue your studies seamlessly after your bachelor’s degree.
Ideally, your first degree was taught in English and had a logistics or SCM focus. Both increase the likelihood of a very good study success, but a generalist degree is also helpful, as all subject areas were at least touched upon there and this degree is about the big picture. A good command of English is a must in any case, so that you can easily follow lectures, seminars, and soft skills courses. Of course, the exams are in English, just as your master’s thesis must be in English.
If you come from a different field of study, for example, engineering, we check your previous knowledge individually: we can often credit part of the study achievements, and to fill gaps in business knowledge we offer various pre-master's programmes, like the digital summer crash course in the semester break to 2 semesters of pre-study. Contact our student advisory team for more information.
This full-time master’s programme provides 120 ECTS and is classically designed for 4 semesters. The fourth semester has a dual function: You write your master’s thesis as a priority. Since this degree programme has a high practical relevance and is internationally oriented, we encourage you to write your master’s thesis a) at a company, ideally at a branch abroad, or b) if the focus is more on theory, to work on the thesis during a semester abroad at one of our partner universities.
After the Global Supply Chain Master's degree, numerous career options are open to you. You can work for an industrial or trading company and design and optimise global SCM or logistics processes or lead teams. Such positions are sometimes called "junior supply chain manager", as in some companies direct entry positions are called "junior" even after the master’s degree, although the tasks are very demanding.
On the other hand, there is the world of logistics companies, who are also constantly looking for highly qualified graduates. The third big job opportunity is a career start as a consultant: large management consultancies and specialised boutique consultancies also offer exciting opportunities. The advantage is that as a consultant you can get to know many companies and industries. Some companies also offer graduate or trainee programmes as an alternative to direct entry. Our Career Office will support you in your search for vacancies, and CBS also cooperates with many partner companies that are specifically looking for CBS graduates. If you would like to work abroad, you should not only fall back on the well-known online job portals but inform yourself directly on the websites of your target companies. The variety of job titles is immense, as every company has different global structures and challenges.
When looking for a job in the field of SCM, you compete with people with degrees in Business Administration, Industrial Engineering, Business Informatics and even Mechanical Engineering. This shows above all that it is really difficult for companies to find experts at master’s level with a clear SCM focus - which this degree programme provides.
(Junior) Supply Chain Manager (4.0)
European / International / Global Supply Chain Manager
Group Supply Chain Manager
Global Logistics Manager
Supply Chain Engineer
Specialist Supply Chain / Logistics
Inhouse Consulting Project Manager Supply Chain Management / Procurement
Supply Operations Developer
Graduate / Trainee Programme SCM / Logistics
Operations Manager / Project Manager Operations
Positions in Purchasing
Salary prospects at the beginning are roughly in the range of 50,000 to 100,000 euros gross per year, depending on the industry, the task, and your professional experience between your bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Entry-level positions are in the lower third of the salary range; salaries increase with a few years of management experience.
Global Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics require personalities who think in big contexts: here you always have to deal with supply chains and logistics where national borders are crossed. These borders separate economic areas with their own rules, corporate cultures, and national cultures. In addition, transport routes are more sensitive to disruptions: A port strike here, a customs change there, a storm there, and the supply chain comes to a standstill. This makes planning, controlling, and optimising measures very complex. So global supply chain managers have to be able to make good decisions in an environment with a lot of variables, balancing cost, and performance. So, a high level of financial knowledge is required, but also creativity to think through scenarios and to be able to anticipate the impacts of actions. A big part of the job is communication with flair, as there are an immense number of stakeholders involved in global supply chains.
You can study this full-time master’s programme in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management at CBS in Cologne, the largest CBS campus. Cologne is an excellent place to study, as many internationally active companies operate in the Rhineland from Bonn to Düsseldorf, at all levels of the supply chain, from logistics companies to hidden champions in medium-sized businesses to global corporations.
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