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Rutgers Master of Supply Chain Management boosts careers of military and veterans

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Active military and veterans praise the program's prestigious reputation, relevant curriculum and online flexibility as key drivers of their success

NEWARK, N.J., April 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As an aircraft maintenance squadron commander, U.S. Air Force Maj. Dominoe Strong routinely uses what she's learning in the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program at Rutgers Business School. She also sees the program's potential beyond the military.

Active military and veterans praise the Rutgers Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Program's relevant curriculum and online flexibility as key drivers of their success.
Active military and veterans praise the Rutgers Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Program's relevant curriculum and online flexibility as key drivers of their success.

"I've taken a lot away from the classes on how to streamline work and save time," said Strong, who oversees a team of 60 responsible for the upkeep of nine planes that do in-air fueling of fighter jets and other military aircraft.

The master's program has inspired Strong to plan for her post-military career, a venture shipping goods for local, regional and national companies with a small fleet of trucks. "This program is going to set me up perfectly for that," said Strong, a full-time member of the New Jersey Air National Guard for 13 years.

The path that Strong is following is one that other members of the military have chosen too. Active military or veterans represent nearly 15% of the more than 200 alumni who have completed the graduate supply chain management program since it was launched in 2014, said Brody Sheldon, senior program coordinator.

Margaret O'Donnell, manager of Military and Veteran Engagement Programs at Rutgers Business School, said for military veterans as well as those in active duty, Reserve or National Guard roles, the importance of logistics is ingrained. "When people think of expertise they can use while serving, as well as in their civilian careers, procurement and supply come to mind as readily transferable skill sets," O'Donnell said.

"The online aspect of the program makes it doable no matter where someone is living or deployed," she said.

For 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rutgers Business School's online master's programs (non-MBA), including supply chain management, No. 5 in the nation for veterans, and No. 12 overall.

"There was no question in my mind I wanted to enroll," New Jersey Army National Guard Maj. Robert Fernandez said of the supply chain program. "The multiple combinations of the experience and subject matter background of the staff at RBS, the reputation and prestige of Rutgers, the ability to facilitate this program online for working adults like me, and the importance of this field, made my decision easy."

Fernandez earned the degree in three years, taking a summer semester while deployed in Kuwait in 2018.

Sheldon said students have up to 4½ years to complete the 10 courses, but the average is five semesters. The program is asynchronous, so students can work around their schedules, but they must meet weekly deadlines. "It's flexible but still structured," she said.

Read about the experience of Kimberly Chatman, another recent graduate from the online Masters in Supply Chain Management Program: Graduate ready to take supply chain management career to next level

The program's high ranking and flexibility appealed to Strong, who'd earned her bachelor's degree in English at Rutgers University-Camden. She joined the Air Force before her junior year. "My entire adult life has revolved around supply chain and logistics," she said.

Fernandez is the chief operations officer for transportation at the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank, an independent state authority that finances water quality and transportation projects. "I feel that this program has given me the skills through which I can always strive to find improvement and be as efficient as possible," he said.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management at a webinar on May 5. For prospective students interested in starting classes in the summer, the application deadline is May 10. Application deadline for the fall semester is mid-August.


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