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 online 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 offered by MITx and delivered by edX. Read more or enroll on edX here.

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 MITx MicroMasters in SCM credential:

To be eligible for the MicroMasters certificate, you must earn a Verified Certificate in each course. Read more about verification here.

arrow_drop_down How do I enroll in the credential, and do I need to have an undergraduate degree?   ¶

There is no formal enrollment in the MicroMasters credential. Instead, you should register for each individual course as your schedule permits. Course enrollments are open to anyone, anywhere with an internet connection. There are no pre-requisites or undergraduate degrees required to enroll. Given that these are graduate-level, analytical courses, we suggest you have a grasp of algebra, probability, and statistical concepts, along with curiosity and the willingness to learn. Key Concepts taught in the courses are available here (pdf download).

In order to complete the credential, you do need to enroll as a verified learner in each of the courses and the comprehensive final exam (CFx). Read more about course verification on edX here.

arrow_drop_down Do I need to be a verified student to earn the MITx MicroMasters in SCM 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). Learn more about verified certificates here. After completing the five courses you will be invited to the next Comprehensive Final Exam (CFx) which you need to pass in order to receive the credential. Read more about the CFx here.

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

The cost to take each course is US$150 in 2017. In 2018 the course fee will increase to $200, but the comprehensive final exam cost will decrease from $600 to $200, effectively this reduces the total cost of the Credential from $1350 in 2017 to $1200 in 2018.  

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

arrow_drop_down When will the next SCx course be run?   ¶

The next runs of each course are always listed in your MITx MicroMasters dashboard. Open the image below in a new tab for an overview.

MITx MicroMasters in SCM proposed course dates

View a full-sized chart of upcoming courses including enrollment deadlines, midterms and finals here (pdf download).

arrow_drop_down How much time should I expect to spend on each SCx 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 Is there any way to reduce the time needed to take and pass the five online SCx 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 take one of the SCx courses even though I have not taken its prerequisite?   ¶

We strongly recommend that you at least start with SC0x. We have noticed that people who first complete this foundation course, fare better in any subsequent course. With that said, the answer is still yes. The prerequisites for each course are only recommendations on the level of material that will be covered. They are not enforced requirements. We recommend that you look at the Key Concepts Document (pdf) 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 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 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 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.

arrow_drop_down What else do I need after passing the courses, to earn the MITx MicroMasters in SCM 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 How long will a course remain valid for the CFx?   ¶

Courses remain valid to sit for the CFx for up to five years. This means that you have up to five years from the time you pass your first course as a verified learner to take the Comprehensive Final Exam.

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. To qualify for the CFx a learner must have completed and passed all five SCx courses as an ID verified learner, using the same username. 

The exam consists of two 120-minute tests, Exam I and Exam II. Once a learner 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. See the "When will the next course be run?" FAQ for updates to the exam schedule. Course staff will notify qualified learners when they become eligible.

arrow_drop_down What will the Final Capstone Exam be like?   ¶

Virtually proctored learners will take the exam from their own computers and be able to open each section of the exam for two hours. 

The exam is designed to test broad learning across the five courses. The questions are 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 concepts 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. Though the CFx will be given primarily online, the course team reserves the right to offer an in-person option if needed. 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 learners during the exam to ensure they do not use unauthorized aides, and ensuring learners 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 you by your full name, and that can be used to confirm their identity
  • A computer that meets all system requirements to use the edX platform and has been tested with the virtual proctoring software. (Sample proctored trial tests are offered in advance of the CFx)
  • An abridged Key Concepts Document of all material from the five courses will be provided through the testing platform. You can download the unabridged document here, though it covers more than what will be on the exam. Download pdf here.

    https://scx-static-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/SCx%20Key%20Concept%20Documents/MITx_MicroMasters_SCM_KeyConcepts.pdf


  • 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.

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

The CFx is designed to assess your ability to synthesize and apply the learning from all five SCx courses. 

Whether you intend to earn the MicroMaster credential or continue on to pursue an in-person program, the credential is designed to be equivalent to one semester of work in the MIT SCM on-campus program. In order to meet application requirements for competitive admission to the MIT SCMb and to other universities that accept the credential for campus credit, the course offers one final assessment in the CFx. 

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? When is it offered next?   ¶

The CFx will be held twice annually. Please see the 'When will the next course be run?' FAQ above or download the proposed course schedule here


arrow_drop_down How long will my completed courses remain valid toward the CFx?   ¶

Courses you passed as a verified learner remain valid toward taking the CFx for up to five years. The MicroMasters credential remains valid towards any application for the SCMb program on campus for up to three years.

arrow_drop_down When is the next CFx.   ¶

Please see 'When will the next course be run' above, or download the proposed course schedule (pdf) for updated dates of the CFx here

/documents/7/MITx_MicroMasters_SCM_Draft_Plan.pdf

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Blended SCM Program and University Credit

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 (SCM) – requires 10 months of full-time residence with matriculation in August and graduation in May.
  2. Blended (SCMb) - 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 Cambridge, USA or Zaragoza, Spain. 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.
More information on SCMb Cambridge

More information on SCMb Zaragoza

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. The first blended SCM cohort comes to campus in the spring term of 2018 to matriculate in January 2018 and graduate in June 2018. Subsequent cohorts will matriculate in January and graduate in June each year.

arrow_drop_down Are SCMb students part of the SCM program and how many will be admitted?   ¶

Yes. Students admitted to the SCM program through either the traditional or blended paths are part of the same program. Each student in each SCM program (Cambridge or Zaragoza) 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 as an SCMb student?   ¶

The blended cohort will have a combination of courses designed and run just for them as well as courses taken alongside other MIT SCM 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?   ¶

Doing better in the online SCx courses will increase your chances of gaining admittance to the SCMb at MIT. However, please note that simply having high grades will not guarantee admission – we look at all aspects of an applicant. This includes SCx scores, writing capability, work experience, life experience, 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 SCMb Program. 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 applicants try to enjoy the five online courses and do their best. We do not simply accept the top 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. Applicants 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, applicants will need to submit some additional material – such as a resume, an essay, and a thesis project proposal. 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 full-time 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 comprehensive final exam. Therefore, applicants with the credential are not 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 for the Blended SCM Masters degree at Cambridge 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

The tuition for the Blended SCM Masters degree at Zaragoza 17.700€ (10900€ Academic Fees and 6900€ 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. 

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.

arrow_drop_down What other universities accept the MicroMasters credential for university credit?   ¶

A growing number of universities are accepting the MicroMasters credential in SCM for master's credit. They use the MicroMasters credential to provide insight into a student’s capabilities through the completion of the five online courses and the comprehensive final exam. The following universities accept the MicroMasters in SCM for credit.

Curtin University in Western Australia. SCM page  |  edX profile

Rochester Institute of Technology. SCM page  |  edX profile

The University of Queensland, Australia. SCM page  |  edX profile

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. Read more about course certificates here. Students passing the Comprehensive Final Exam, after completing all five SCx courses, will receive a MicroMasters Credential certificate. View a sample certificate here.

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 pay the fee and verify for the course within the first four weeks and then successfully complete the course. The verified certificate costs $200 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. If you wish to add the MicroMasters credential abbreviation to your title, use MM SCM.

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, you may use the Education or Accomplishments sections of Linked In. Choose MITx as your certification authority under education or MIT CTL under accomplishments. 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.

arrow_drop_down What is an X-Series certificate?   ¶

The X-Series was the precursor to the MicroMasters. Any learner who completed any SCx course prior to 1 January 2016 was eligible to earn the X-Series in SCM by completing SC1x, SC2x, and SC3x as a verified student before the end of 2016. 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 were grandfathered in and able to complete the series with the last run of SC3x completed in October of 2016.

For Business

arrow_drop_down What is group enrollment?   ¶

Group enrollment is offered to any company that wants to enroll ten employees or more and can pay for their verified certificates in bulk, as a group.

arrow_drop_down How does group enrollment work?   ¶

The MITx MicroMasters team works directly with your company contact to set up group enrollment. A coupon code will be provided to your company, that you will distribute to your employees taking the course. Your employees will still have to create an edX account and enroll themselves in the course.

arrow_drop_down When do I enroll my group?   ¶

Group enrollment opens as soon as the course opens on edX. We highly encourage you to enroll before the course starts. However courses remain open for enrollment during the first three weeks.

Courses

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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