The Grainger Center Difference

The Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management has been developing supply chain leaders in an academic-industry partnership since its founding in 1991 by the Grainger Foundation of Lake Forest, Illinois. Grainger Center students acquire deep expertise as the result of interdisciplinary curriculum, renowned faculty, and the learning opportunities experienced through interaction with supply chain executives.

The Grainger Center is differentiated from other university programs as a result of the center’s value proposition, consisting of the following four pillars:

Close Community

close communitySupply chain management students have the best of two worlds – the resources of a large, world-class university and hands-on, personalized attention made possible by the in-depth resources offered by the center. Only 10 to 15 students are admitted to the program each year, allowing strong personal relationships to develop. The center provides each student with tailored career and academic advising. Students are connected directly and personally with an extensive network of industry executives, alumni, corporate partners, and faculty that provides guidance and support throughout the MBA experience and beyond.

Cross-Functional and Applied Curriculum

cross functionalThe cross-functional curriculum takes a strategic view of supply chains that delivers expertise on both the demand and supply side of business, preparing students for a variety of dynamic career paths. Students gain knowledge in supply chain strategy, product development, demand/marketing management, sourcing, distribution, technology systems, and service segmentation from renowned faculty and industry experts. The applied learning program provides global learning opportunities and specialized skill development including Six Sigma, leadership, and advanced analytics.

Industry Partnerships

The center has deep ties to industry. Our extensive network of corporate partners provides real-world perspective that enhances the curriculum and applied learning program, and provides invaluable career guidance to students. The executive advisory board is comprised of senior executives at leading firms ranging from high tech to healthcare, all renowned for supply chain management excellence.

Placement Success

placement successSupply chain management talent is in high demand, as the center's remarkable placement record for summer internships and full-time employment reflects. Strong emphasis is placed on preparing students for their career search and securing positions consistent with their long-term career objectives. Center staff work aggressively at identifying and creating opportunities for students in the program in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, high tech, and logistics, among others. Our graduates achieve quickly and notably. Compensation statistics are among the highest in the School of Business, and average starting salaries are consistently the highest among peer schools, ranging from $85,000 to $125,000.