MicroMasters Basics

arrow_drop_down What is the MITx MicroMasters Credential in Supply Chain Management ?   ¶

The MITx MicroMasters credential in Supply Chain Management is a standalone certification program offered by MITx that is designed and administered by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) and supported by the MIT Office of Digital Learning (ODL). The MITx MicroMasters credential consists of five intensive on-line courses covering all aspects of logistics and supply chain management along with a virtual or in-person, proctored comprehensive final exam.  It is important to also note that the MicroMasters is NOT a degree-granting program nor is it a guarantee of admissions to MIT or the SCM graduate program. It is a separate stand-alone professional certificate. More information on the full 10-Month Supply Chain Management Master's program is here.

arrow_drop_down What are the five online courses required for the MITx MicroMasters Credential in SCM?   ¶

There are five online courses required to complete the MicroMasters credential:

To be eligible for the MicroMasters certificate, you must earn a Verified Certificate in each course.

arrow_drop_down Is there a formal way to enroll in the MicroMasters program?   ¶

No, there is no formal enrollment in the MicroMasters credential. Instead, you should register for each individual course as you schedule permits.

arrow_drop_down How much does the MITx MicroMasters in SCM Cost and is there financial aid?   ¶

The cost to take each course is $150. Five courses are needed to qualify for the capstone exam totalling US$750. The capstone exam fee is US$600. Therefore, the total cost to complete the MITx MicroMasters Credential in SCM is US$1350.

EdX may provide discounts for online courses only. You can learn more and find out if you qualify here

arrow_drop_down How is the MITx MicroMasters in SCM different from the X-Series program?   ¶

The X-Series was the precursor to the MicroMasters. Any learner who completed any SCx course prior to 1 January 2016 is eligible to earn the X-Series in SCM by completing SC1x, SC2x, and SC3x as verified students. We discontinued the X-Series when the MicroMasters was announced in October of 2015. Only students who had earned at least one verified certificate at that time can be grandfathered in.

arrow_drop_down How much time should I expect to spend on each course?   ¶

Each course in the MITx MicroMasters runs 13 weeks. The first week, called week 0, is introductory and there are no assignments. Midterms usually take place in week 6 and finals in week 12. We expect learners to invest between 6 and 12 hours per week during a course.

arrow_drop_down When will the next course be run?   ¶

The next runs of each course are always listed in your MITx MicroMasters dashboard

View a full-sized chart of upcoming courses here (pdf download)

SCM Plan Timeline Draft

arrow_drop_down May I take one of the courses even though I have not taken its prerequisite?   ¶

Yes. The prerequisites for each course are only recommendations on the level of material that will be covered. They are not hard or enforced requirements. We recommend that you look at the Key Concepts Document for each of the prerequisite courses listed to make sure you are comfortable with its content.

arrow_drop_down What are the key concepts covered in each course?   ¶

Key Concepts for the courses will be continually updated at the following links.

arrow_drop_down Do I have to take the SCx courses in numerical order from SC0x to SC4x?   ¶

No. While it is preferred that students take the classes in the numbered sequence, they may be taken in any order.

arrow_drop_down Is there any way to reduce the time needed to take and pass the five online courses?   ¶

No. To earn the MicroMasters Credential you need to successfully earn a verified certificate in all five SCx online courses when they are scheduled and then, pass the comprehensive Capstone Final Exam. The courses are on an instructor-paced schedule rather than self-paced, so there is no way to reduce the time to complete them.

arrow_drop_down Are courses given in real time, or pre-recorded?   ¶

All courses are pre-recorded. Lessons are released every week at 15:00 UTC on Wednesdays. Midterms and final exams are released for one week, usually on week six and twelve respectively. Once you open an exam you have between two and four hours to complete it, depending on the exam. Course schedules are released during the first week of each course. View a sample course on edX.

arrow_drop_down May I use two or more different accounts for the SCx courses?   ¶

No! Each edX student should have a single edX ID (username and email account) that must be used in the five SCx courses and also in the final capstone exam. In fact, using two different edX accounts within the same course are grounds for expulsion from the course.

arrow_drop_down Do I need to be a verified student to earn the MITx MicroMasters Credential?   ¶

Yes. If you are interested in the MIT MicroMasters Credential - you must successfully pass and receive a Verified Certificate in each of the five SCx courses (CTL.SC0x, CTL.SC1x, CTL.SC2x, CTL.SC3x, and CTL.SC4x).

arrow_drop_down What else do I need to do besides pass the courses to earn the SCM MicroMasters Credential?   ¶

You need to successfully pass the proctored Final Capstone Exam in order to earn the MicroMasters Credential. The Capstone exam covers material in all five of the five courses.

arrow_drop_down May I take two SCx courses at the same time?   ¶

Course instructors advise strongly against taking two courses at the same time. Graded assignments and exams often overlap. The weekly time to actively learn the concepts is estimated at 8-12 hours per week, though many learners report some weeks taking much more time.

arrow_drop_down May I repeat a course for a better score?   ¶

Yes, you may repeat a course as many times as you wish. In order for a course to count toward the MicroMasters Credential, the passing course must be taken as an I.D. verified learner. Verification fees are not transferrable across courses.

Comprehensive Final Exam

arrow_drop_down What is the comprehensive final exam (CFx)?   ¶

The CFx is the Comprehensive Final Exam for the MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management. In order to qualify for the CFx you must have completed all five courses prior to April 15, 2017. 

It costs $600 and consists of two 120-minute exams, Exam I and Exam II. Learners who have selected virtual proctoring will have from 19 May at 1500 UTC to 22 May at 1500 UTC to take the exam. Once a student begins Exam I, they must complete both exams within 12 hours. Virtual test takers will use the Software Secure proctoring software to be virtually proctored through edX.  

All students taking the exam in person will travel to their confirmed test site at an MIT SCALE Center to take the test on May 20th. A physical proctor will oversee their exam. Additional details on site logistics will be sent through each exam course update.

arrow_drop_down Where and when will the Final Capstone Exams take place?   ¶

The first Virtual CFx will be held from Friday 19 May 2017 at 1500 UTC to Monday 22 May 2017 at 1500 UTC. Learners selecting Virtual Proctoring must complete this exam within this 72 hour period adhering to the timed exam requirements. Learners selecting Physical Proctoring must take the exam only on Saturday 20 May 2017 at one of the six testing locations within the MIT SCALE Network.

arrow_drop_down What will the Final Capstone Exam be like?   ¶

The CFx consists of two, 2-hour, timed and proctored exams. You will need to use the same username and password for the final exam, as used for all five courses.

Virtually proctored learners will take the exam from their own computers and be able to open each section of the exam for two hours. Physically proctored learners will use their own computers at one of our proctoring test centers and be timed by the proctors. Exam details can be found in the course updates.

The exam is designed to test your broad learnings across the five courses. The questions will be designed according to the limitations presented in the exam: limited time, no additional software, and limited accessibility. The main purpose is to test your understanding of the key learnings from all five courses.

Questions will be a mix of multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer. A score of 60% will be considered passing.

arrow_drop_down What is a proctored exam?   ¶

A proctored exam is a supervised exam taken online or in person. A proctor ensures the security and integrity of the exam process. A proctor is a liaison between edX and its students to ensure that testing is done under fair and secure conditions. The proctor’s main responsibilities include verifying a government-issued photo ID, monitoring students during the exam to ensure students do not use unauthorized aides, and ensuring students follow the instructions outlined by the instructor.

arrow_drop_down What will I need for the exam?   ¶

  • A government-issued photo ID that clearly identifies them by their full name, and that can be used to confirm their identity
  • A computer that meets all system requirements to use the edX platform
  • For in person, students will need to bring their own laptop with wireless capability
  • Key Concepts Document of all five courses will be provided through the testing platform. Download here
  • Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc blank documents (no additional software will be required or allowed for the CFx)
  • Your computer calculator will be allowed
  • You will be allowed a two-sided blank piece of paper and pen or pencil


arrow_drop_down What do I need to be aware of with virtual proctoring software?   ¶

  • Computers used for virtual proctoring must comply with these systems requirements.
  • For virtual test takers, Windows XP and Microsoft Surface laptops do not work with the virtual proctoring software. Please find an alternative to use for the CFx.
  • Students will not need software other than Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc.
  • More details on virtual proctoring can be found at the edX student guide.
  • **There will be an additional opportunity for virtual test takers to practice using the proctoring exam software in advance of the exam.

arrow_drop_down Why do we need a final exam if we passed all the courses?   ¶

To assess your ability to synthesize and apply the learning from all five SCx courses. 

To evaluate your knowledge of the five courses, which is equivalent to one semester of work on campus! Credential earners may then apply for competitive admission to the SCMb Master’s Degree program. Admitted students receive MIT course credit for their five online courses.

arrow_drop_down How should I prepare for the comprehensive final?   ¶

To prepare for the exam, you can review past courses through Quick Questions, Practice Problems, and Graded Assignments. You can use the five-course Key Concepts document in the handouts available during the exam.

arrow_drop_down What if I can't take the CFx this time?   ¶

The CFx will be held twice annually with the next CFx being offered in spring of 2018. An official date has not yet been set for the next exam. Please make sure to have a profile filled on this website, to remain aware future CFx updates. 


arrow_drop_down Why does it cost US$600?   ¶

This fee will cover the administrative cost associated with preparing and testing the exam as well as issue the MITx MicroMasters Credential.

The fee will be standard to all test takers whether in person or virtually.

Verification fees for the final exam are not refundable or transferable after the edX refund window has closed.


Blended SCM Program

arrow_drop_down What are the two paths to earning a SCM graduate degree from MIT?   ¶

The SCM program at MIT awards the Master of Engineering in Logistics (M.Eng. Logistics) degree. There are two paths that students can take to earn this degree:

  1. Traditional – requiring 10 months of full-time residence with matriculation in August and graduation in May.
  2. Blended - on-line (completion of the MicroMasters Credential) and requiring just over one semester-in-residence (January to May).

Both programs require 78 course credits plus a 12 unit Research Thesis. Detailed information and admission requirements are available here.

arrow_drop_down What is the Blended Master's in Supply Chain Management (SCMb)?   ¶

The blended master's program refers to a new option that is being developed by MIT that would allow learners to combine the MITx MicroMasters credential with one+ semester 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 final exam. Learners with the MITx MicroMasters credential in SCM can then apply to MIT to the blended SCM master’s program. This new program would require the successful applicant to come to MIT for January through May to take courses on campus for graduation at the beginning of June. All SCM students (including SCMb) will have two choices of degree. 

  • Master of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management (MASc-SCM) is designed for students who want to take a job in industry or consulting upon graduation. 
  • Master of Engineering in Supply Chain Management (MEng-SCM) is more research-focused and is designed for students who wish to continue on in research or pursue a PhD.

arrow_drop_down What is the admissions schedule for the SCMb?   ¶

Applications for the SCMb program will open in early spring once a year and close in June. Admissions decisions will be announced in August. There is one admission cycle per year. We expect the first blended SCM cohort in the spring term of 2018 to matriculate in January 2018 and graduate in May 2018. Subsequent cohorts will matriculate in January and graduate in May.

arrow_drop_down How many students are admitted through the blended path and are they part of the SCM program?   ¶

Yes. Students admitted to the SCM program through either the traditional or blended paths are part of the same program. Each student in the SCM program will belong to a cohort of 30-40 students during the entire duration of their course work.

arrow_drop_down What will my semester at MIT look like if I come to the SCM program with my SCM MicroMasters Credential?   ¶

The blended cohort will have a combination of courses designed and run just for them as well as courses with other MIT students. The full time semester will be exceptionally intense, as students will have to pass 36 units of classwork and also complete a 12 unit research thesis during their in-residence period. Students will matriculate at MIT during the January Independent Activities Period (IAP) to get oriented, meet the other student cohorts, and earn some credit. They will continue through May and present final theses before graduation in June.

arrow_drop_down What are my chances of being admitted to the Blended SCM Program if I am an average performer in the online classes?   ¶

This is a good question that we do not have a great answer for, since this is a new program. But, obviously, doing better in the online courses will increase your chances of gaining admittance to MIT. However, we should stress that simply having high grades will not guarantee admission – we look at all aspects of an applicant to include SCx scores, writing capability, etc.

arrow_drop_down If I aspire to enroll in the Blended SCM Program, what should be my % target in the SCx courses?   ¶

The individual test scores are just one component in the admissions decision to the Blended MicroMasters Program. Our guess is that it will be in the 90% or higher. But, this is only a guess. In addition to the scores, we will look at the whole person - their experience, their potential, their ability to write and speak, etc. So, we recommend that you try to enjoy the five online courses and do your best. We are not going to just take the top X students with the highest sum of scores!

arrow_drop_down Along with the five SCx classes and the exam, are there any other requirements in order to be eligible to go on campus?   ¶

Yes. You need to be admitted to the program! Earning the MITx MicroMasters Credential does not guarantee admission. It does allow us to look at a more expanded track record for each applicant. Additionally, in the application process you will need to submit some additional material – such as a resume, an essay, and a proposal for your thesis project. I am certain that we will have hundreds of applicants for dozens of spots. We will take the best students we can find for the limited slots that we have available. Space on campus will always be scarce resource so there will always need to be an admissions process. See the Blended Master's program page for more information.

arrow_drop_down What TOEFL score do I need if I am from a non-English speaking nation?   ¶

IELTS or TOEFL Test Results Minimum score required: 7.0 (IELTS) or 100 (TOEFL) Applicants from non-English-speaking nations must offer evidence of written and oral proficiency in the English language by taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To request a waiver (directly in the online application), you must meet the following criteria:Received an undergraduate degree (4 years) from a U.S. University or College OR Attended both primary and secondary schools taught in English. 

TOEFL Code: 3514--MIT Undergrad & Grad. No department code needed.

IELTS: Choose “MIT Graduate Admissions” as reporting option; no code is required.


arrow_drop_down How will having the MicroMasters Credential in Supply Chain Management change the admissions process for the SCM graduate program   ¶

Having the MicroMasters credential provides the admissions committee with significant insight into a student’s capabilities through the completion of five online courses and the capstone exam. Therefore, applicants with the credential will not be required to submit GRE or GMAT scores. This is sometimes referred to as “inverted admissions.” Also, if admitted, students with the MicroMasters credential may opt to complete the SCM program in just over one semester (January to May) in-residence. Applicants opting for the one semester in residence option, however, will need to submit additional material including a resume (for both work and educational background), an essay, and a proposal for their research thesis project.

arrow_drop_down How Long Will the MicroMasters Be Honored for Application to the Blended Program?   ¶

We will honor completed MicroMasters Certificates for up to three years after their issue as valid in an application to the Blended Supply Chain Master's Program.

arrow_drop_down Does the Blended Master's of SCM qualify me for OPT enrollment?   ¶

At this time, due to the limited time spent and credits earned on campus, the Blended Masters does NOT qualify graduates for OPT enrollment.

arrow_drop_down How much does the Blended Master's of SCM cost and is there financial aid a available?   ¶

To earn a Blended SCM Masters degree, a candidate must first earn the MicroMasters credential. To earn the credential all courses must be completed as a verified learner at a fee of US$150 per course. There will also be a cost (estimated at $600) to take the proctored comprehensive final exam for the credential. Therefore, the total cost for the MITx MicroMasters credential will be US$1350.

The tuition fee for the Blended SCM Masters degree has not been set yet, but will likely be somewhat more than 50% of the tuition for the 10-month SCM Masters degree (currently at US$65,446 plus student life fee and medical insurance). Living expenses vary by student. The MIT International Student Office recommends a budget of US$2,690 per month for single students.

Summary:

  • Estimated Cost for MicroMasters credential: US$1350-$1550 
  • Estimated Tuition for the Blended SCM Degree: US$45,000*
  • Estimated Living Expenses: US$13,450 ($2,690/mo. for five months)

*MIT tuition is adjusted annually. By 2017, this amount may be higher

At this time there is no financial aid available through the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Limited scholarships may be available for students from Arab League nations through the Al Ghurair Open Learning Scholars Program. You can learn more here.

Credentials & Certificates

arrow_drop_down Will I earn a separate certificate for each course or just one for the entire MicroMasters Credential?   ¶

You will receive an individual Verified Certificate for each SCx course that you pass as a verified student. Students passing the Comprehensive Final Exam, after completing all five SCx courses, will receive a MicroMasters Credential certificate.

arrow_drop_down Does completion of the MicroMasters Credential guarantee admission to the MIT Supply Chain Management Masters Graduate program?   ¶

No. Please see this requirements faq for more info.

arrow_drop_down How do I earn a Verified Certificate?   ¶

To earn a verified certificate for an online course, you need to successfully complete it. The verified certificate costs $150 per SCx course to administer, and requires you to verify your identity using a webcam and a government-issued ID, so employers and schools know that you, and only you, completed the course work.

arrow_drop_down Which institution issues the verified certificate?   ¶

Certificates are issued by edX under the name of MITx and are delivered online through edx.org.

arrow_drop_down Is it sufficient to keep a "pass" grade in the course, or will the bar for achieving the MicroMasters be higher than merely pass   ¶

The passing grade for each course is independent of the MicroMasters credential. A pass is a pass. The specific grade is set by the instructor and is usually 60% to pass. When applying to the MIT graduate program, we will use the actual scores in the admissions process – but that is independent of earning the MicroMasters credential.

arrow_drop_down How do I share my course certificate or MicroMasters credential with employers and schools?   ¶

Add the individual course certificate, or MicroMasters credential in the education, certifications or accomplishments section of your resume or CV. Your course certificate or MicroMasters credential will have an identifying code that you can also share via hyperlink following these directions. To add your course certificate or MicroMasters credential to your LinkedIn profile, please the Accomplishments section. Use these methods as examples (pdf download)

arrow_drop_down How do I obtain official transcripts of my work?   ¶

The MITx MicroMasters credential is a professional certification. There are no "official transcripts" available at this time. You can share your SCx course certificates and MicroMasters credential from your edX dashboard following these directions. If you are applying to the MIT SCALE SCMr or SCMb programs, MicroMasters in SCM staff will generate a summary of your work at the time your application is accepted and no additional action is needed on your part. EdX and its partner universities are currently working on a secure method to offer transcripts. More information will be available soon.

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Future Courses Dates

Supply Chain Analytics (SC0x): starts April 4, 2018
Supply Chain Fundamentals (SC1x): starts Dec. 27, 2017
Supply Chain Design (SC2x): starts Sept. 6, 2017
Supply Chain Dynamics (SC3x): starts Jan. 3, 2018
Supply Chain Technology and Systems (SC4x): starts April 4, 2018

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