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The blended master's degree refers to a new option developed by MIT that allows learners to combine the MITx MicroMasters credential with one+ semester at Zaragoza Logistics Center in Zaragoza, Spain (and which will also include 3 week stay at MIT). The MicroMasters credential requires a learner to successfully pass five rigorous online courses in supply chain management and also pass a proctored comprehensive exam. This program requires the successful applicant to come to MIT for January and continue studies in Zaragoza through May.


For the Blended SCM Master's Program, the admissions committee will review the following items:

  • Performance in the five online courses (SC0x, 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x) and the comprehensive final exam
  • Undergraduate transcript to confirm bachelor’s degree
  • IELTS/TOEFL from non-English-speaking nations (TOEFL: Minimum score required: 100, IELTS: Minimum score required: 7)
  • Written description of research project proposal (examples of past SCM research projects)
  • Video statement of research interests
  • Resume to review at least two years of work experience and any awards or commendations
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Research Proposal --- ZLOGb applicants will need to create a two-page description of their proposed Research Project.

Admissions Requirements


For the Blended ZLOG Masters program, we will not require applicants to take the GMAT or GRE test, nor will we be looking at their undergraduate GPA, nor the undergraduate courses they have taken. Performance in the five online courses and capstone exam will substitute for these items. This allows learners with non-traditional backgrounds and education to enter into the SCM masters program.

However, since the Blended Masters students will need to complete their masters capstone in only five months instead of the usual 10 months, we will be looking closely at their outline of their proposed project. Successful candidates will need to put time and energy into carefully preparing their proposal in advance of their application, possibly including engagement with a company to sponsor their project or through an entrepreneurship program.

(NOTE: The Blended Program application is different from the Residential Program Application)
Applications submitted early will not be reviewed until after the deadline. Applicants are encouraged to start their profile and application early.

Round I: February 7
Round II:
March 28


To earn a Blended SCM Masters degree, a candidate must first earn the MicroMasters credential. These five online courses are/will be available for free unless the learner wishes to receive a Verified Certificate (required for the MicroMasters credential), which currently costs US$150 per course. There will also be a cost (estimated at $600) to take the proctored comprehensive final exam for the MITx MicroMasters credential. Therefore, the total cost for the MITx MicroMasters credential will be US$1350.
The tuition for the blended program is 17.700€ (10900€ Academic Fees and 6800€ Other Tuition Costs) plus living expenses. Living expenses vary, depending on your living style and whether students live alone, with roommates, or have a family. Currently, a budget of 600€ per month is recommended for single students.

Leading Global Supply Chains:

Reinforces supply chain concepts and develops management and teamwork skills.  MIT students participate with their peers from CTL’s sister centers in Spain, Malaysia, Colombia, Luxembourg and China.  This is a very intense IAP course that includes the following components:
  1. 5 lectures by leading MIT researchers each with short homework assignments,
  2. 6 lectures by C-level industry executives followed by filmed small team interviews, 
  3. 6 rounds of the team-based Fresh Connection management simulation game,
  4. 6 in-depth leadership workshops,
  5. a major team-based APICS-Sponsored Case Competition (paper, presentation, judges),
  6. 6 Supply Chain Research workshops each with hands-on team-based assignments , 
  7. 1 day-long  tour and one ½ day tour of best-in-class supply chain operations,
  8. a major Research Expo (poster session) attended by 200-300 supply chain executives
Advanced Topics:

The Advanced Topics Seminar spans several terms, featuring elite professors who offer short, intense seminars on advanced topics. We typically feature professors from MIT and from leading schools in Europe. Some of these seminars may be scheduled as the year progresses.

Logistics Facilities & Operations:

This course provides the students with an understanding of how logistics systems behave. Critical factors (costs, variability, labor/space/financial constraints) have a significant impact on the system performance. Commonly used transportation network optimization, routing and scheduling with inventory consideration, capacity management, flow management principles and push/pull systems are discussed. The ultimate goal is to equip students with the necessary tools to improve the system performance (i.e., increasing throughput, improving customer service) in a supply chain setting given the constraints.

System Dynamics:

Uses a mixture of simulation models, role-playing games, and case studies to develop principles for successful management of complex strategies in a dynamic world. Case studies of successful strategy design using system dynamics. Considers strategic issues such as business cycles, market growth and stagnation, the diffusion of new technologies, the misuse of forecasts, and the rationality of managerial decision making.

Energy and Sustainable Supply Chains

The pursuit of reliable energy resources has shaped the history of the world in the past hundred years. The technological advancement of this period is also largely indebted to the technological needs of generating power from nuclear, fossil (oil, coal, natural gas), and renewable (wind, solar, hydropower) sources. Nevertheless, managing the chain of supply is critical regardless of the energy source as a level of service below perfection is unacceptable by the end customers.

In any discussion about energy supply chains, the issue of sustainability cannot be left out. Building on our first four sessions and after introducing the framework to analyze supply chain sustainability, this topic will be showcased by interesting examples from the food (tea, soybean, seafood, chocolate) and apparel industries. These two industries, as well as NGOs and public sector, are among the major users of the supply chain sustainability expertise.

Electives are only offered in the spring. Below is a list of electives that were offered over the past five years:

  • Energy Risk Management
  • Pricing and Revenue Management
  • Factory Logistics
  • Advanced Planning & Execution Systems
  • Impact and Use of Auto-ID & RFID
  • Operations Strategy
  • Supply Chain Contracts & Coordination
  • Advanced Forecasting
  • Service Operations Logistics
  • Reverse Logistics
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Project Management
  • Mass Customization
  • Economics of the Firm for Supply Chain Management
  • Retail Supply Chain Management
  • Humanitarian and Public Health Supply Chains
  • Freight Transportation
  • Manufacturing Logistics

Supply Chain Strategy:

In this course students learn how supply chain strategies must be designed to fit with the particular requirements of various competitive environments, as well as a company's competitive strategy. It also investigates barriers to integrating supply chains, including behavioral issues (e.g., misaligned incentives and change management) and operational execution problems. The course gives special emphasis to the tools students will need to participate effectively in decisions about operations in a global economy.

Spanish Culture

Advanced Topics

The Advanced Topics Seminar spans several terms, featuring elite professors who offer short, intense seminars on advanced topics. We typically feature professors from MIT and from leading schools in Europe. Some of these seminars may be scheduled as the year progresses.

Writing Seminar

Capstone Project

Degree awarded: Master of Engineering in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the University of Zaragoza (own degree/estudio propio) and Graduate Certificate in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from the MIT Global Scale Network.