MSc in Supply Chain & Purchasing Management


Supply chain and purchasing professionals with the right skills and expertise are in high demand. You need to source both locally and globally, apply the latest digital technologies, deal with increasing supply chain risks and ensure a sustainable supply chain. Become a multi-skilled international mover.

Created in 2009, this programme can launch your career in a thriving field with unlimited career prospects. Our unique approach brings together procurement, global sourcing and supply chain strategies, while also covering contemporary topics such as green logistics, big data, digital transformation, negotiation and commercial law.

  • Conduct exciting consulting projects with top corporations
  • Attract top employers, enjoy personalised career services and complete an international internship
  • Build your reputation at a triple-accredited, highly ranked institution that is also certified by IPSERA
  • Live in the heart of beautiful Nantes, France, one of Europe’s most liveable cities and a hub of business and innovation – the ideal place to develop your skills

The MSCPM programme is accredited by the French accrediting body "Conférence des grandes écoles".

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Key information


MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management

  • MSc: online or in-person terms 1-2; anywhere in the world term 3
  • Extended MSc: online July to Aug. 2021; online or in-person mid-Aug. to July; anywhere in the world term 3

* Some courses may only be available in one format (online or in-person)

ELIGIBILITYProficiency in English
  • MSc programme: 4-year bachelor’s degree in business or engineering OR exceptionally a 4-year degree in another field with business experience or academic honours; Extended MSc strongly recommended for those without a degree in business
  • Extended MSc programme: 3-year or 4-year degree in any field
PROGRAMME STARTExtended MSc: 5 July 2021
MSc: For fall, 18 October 2021; for spring, 18 January 2021
DURATIONMSc: 9 months of classes + 4-6 months work or research experience
Extended MSc: 12 months of classes + 4-6 months work or research experience
TUITIONMSc: €17,500
Extended MSc: €21,500  


Influential industry leaders from across the globe design and partner with Audencia’s MSCPM to give you the expertise and skills you need to thrive. Audencia is triple-accredited, highly ranked and internationally oriented. We are known for global responsibility research and teaching – and great career results.

Our main campus is in Nantes, France – widely recognised for quality of life, and an ideal location for growing your international professional network. Located at the mouth of the Loire river, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and just two hours from Paris, Nantes is the perfect place to study supply chain and purchasing management. Learn more about life in Nantes.

If you’re a highly qualified student with a four-year degree in business or engineering, this MSc programme lets you run at full throttle to complete a Master of Science in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management. If you have a degree in a field other than business or a three-year degree, the Extended programme is for you.

Term 1 (October to January)

The first Term equips you with the key components of supply chain and purchasing management.

Supply Chain & Purchasing Fundamentals:

  • Operations Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Distribution & Logistics Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Negotiation

Business Context:

  • Financial & Accounting Management
  • International Business Management
  • Digital Transformation & Technology
  • Commercial Law

Soft Skills & Competences:

  • Personal Effectiveness

Term 2 (February to July)

In the second Term, you will deepen your understanding of current themes such as sustainability and digital purchasing, and supply chain tools and applications. This will involve live company projects.

Supply Chain & Purchasing Projects:

  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Consulting Project

Responsible Supply Chain & Purchasing Management:

  • CSR & Global Sourcing
  • Green Logistics & Circular Supply Chains

Digital & Technology Applications:

  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Supply Chain Digitalisation & Artificial Intelligence

Advanced Tools & Methods:

  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Advanced Procurement
  • Research Methods

Soft Skills & Competences:

  • Leadership/Managerial Posture

Term 3 (July to December)

(Minimum 4 months, maximum 6 months)

During your final Term, you will complete an individual internship, a collective company mission for a company, or a research project. This is an opportunity for you to further develop your expertise in either supply chain management, logistics or procurement. Our career services consultants, strong corporate network, and successful Alumni network will support you in making your professional objectives a reality.

Internship or Company Mission

You’ll secure your work experience anywhere in the world with the assistance of our career advisors. This professional mission will be guided by a faculty member, so you’ll gain both a hands-on practical understanding and an academic one – something that looks good on any resume.

Examples of companies MSCPM students have interned with include: Airbus, Chanel, Coca-Cola, Energizer, IKEA, L’Oréal, Samsung, Valeo

Internships in France are paid; this will vary from country to country, depending on local laws. Apply your knowledge and skills within your sector, and further strengthen your network and employability.

Research Project

Instead, you may choose to work on a research project with a faculty member, delving into research questions applied to concrete company problems.

Concurrent with Terms 2 and 3 (January to November)

Delve into your real-world international study of a current topic within supply chain and purchasing management that will influence the trajectory of your career. This dissertation is both academic and practical, allowing you to showcase what you have learned and how you plan to apply it.

You’ll write this dissertation and can defend it either in person in Nantes or from any place in the world via online communication tools.

While your programme is 100% English-taught, you have the option of adding French to your steadily increasing list of qualifications – for work or for fun!

You will have the opportunity to take optional French language courses in September 2021 before the programme begins. Audencia offers a four-week French language course with 20 hours of lessons a week for an additional cost of €600.

You may also learn independently at any time using your exclusive online access to Assimil, a proven intuitive language learning method, provided at no additional cost.

Additionally, you can choose to attend French as a Foreign Language (FLE) evening classes at the University of Nantes’ language department, which is situated just across the road from our main campus. There are a wide range of levels available. Contact the University of Nantes [CM1] directly to register. Register early to secure your place.

If you have a four-year bachelor’s degree in a business or engineering field, you can skip this stage and dive directly into the MSc programme. Note that the Extended MSc is still strongly recommended for anyone without a degree in business in order to ensure you begin your studies at the same level as your peers.

If you have a four-year bachelor’s degree in a field other than business or a three-year bachelor’s degree in any field, you will need to successfully complete an additional 30 ECTS from July to October as part of the Extended MSc before starting the core MSc programme courses mid-October.

During this additional 30 ECTS term, you will follow one of two tracks:

For those with a three-year bachelor’s degree in the field of business, the Extended MSc will allow you to deepen your business knowledge, improve your soft skills, learn how to work in multicultural teams and acquire knowledge on the latest business innovations.

Information technology & Fundamentals in management:

You’ll start online (5 July-15 August) with a look at innovation in business through three courses in information technology and fundamentals in management.

Starting 18 August, you will join us on campus to study in-person, or continue your classes online.

Mandatory business courses:

  • Business Simulation
  • Contemporary Economics
  • Working in Multicultural Teams
  • Business English or French as a Foreign Language


Then, you can choose two electives to advance your knowledge:

  • International Business Law
  • EU Commercial Relations
  • Management of International Trade Operations
  • Geopolitics in Trade

Once you’ve completed the 30 ECTS from July to October, you're ready to start the MSc courses.

For those with a three-year or four-year bachelor’s degree in a non-business field, the Extended MSc is the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of management, improve your soft skills, learn how to work in multicultural teams and acquire knowledge on the latest business innovations.

Information technology & Fundamentals in management:

You’ll start online (5 July-15 August) with a look at innovation in business through three courses in information technology and fundamentals in management.

Core courses:

Starting 18 August, you may join us on campus or continue your studies online to study seven core business courses to acquire a solid foundation for your future MSc programme. You will explore each subject in depth and test your knowledge through extensive business simulations. 

  • Business Simulation
  • Working in Multicultural Teams
  • Contemporary Economics
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Principles of Finance
  • Business English or French as a Foreign Language

Once you’ve completed the 30 ECTS from July to October, you're ready to start the MSc courses.


You’ll gain expertise from industry insiders, as business executives visit and share their professional insights during the programme. With a diverse group of faculty members, professionals, peers and partner companies to learn from, you’ll develop a practical and theoretical understanding of Supply Chain and Purchasing Management.

Axys Consultants is a premier partner of your programme.

Career & Alumni

Proven career outcomes for international success

Audencia works hand in hand with the corporate world and is a leader in responsible management practices. As a result, 79% of MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management graduates are employed before graduation.

Note: Statistics are based on the number of replies to the question. They relate to all classes to date unless otherwise stipulated.

Discover our Corporate Partners

  • Aeronautics
  • Agribusiness
  • Automotive
  • Building
  • Chemical
  • Civil engineering
  • Consulting
  • Electronics
  • Energy distribution
  • Engineering
  • Fashion
  • Government
  • Information systems
  • Insurance
  • Mechanical
  • Metals
  • Non-profit
  • Professional services
  • Retail
  • Textile
  • Transportation

Here are a few of the positions graduates are qualified to hold:

  • Purchasing manager
  • Buyer
  • Demand planner
  • Logistics manager
  • Logistics project manager
  • Commodity procurement manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Logistics performance manager
  • Operations manager – logistics and warehousing
  • Procurement consultant
  • Category manager

Here are just a few examples of companies employing MSCPM graduates:

  • CGI
  • LVMH

Audencia provides you with personalised career services that address your specific experiences, strengths and weaknesses, and goals. We also cultivate close ties with the business world, which benefit you in the classroom and in your future career.

  • Individual career coaching and advising
  • 15,000+ employment opportunities posted each year on our dedicated intranet
  • Employment fairs with 120+ companies
  • CV workshops
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Panel discussions with professionals and alumni
  • Assessment centre preparation
  • Personal development programme on topics including leadership skills, communication skills, ethics, intercultural management and networking
  • Auditing sector fair
  • Information resources and online tools
  • Access to 100+ career events on various topics

Audencia also has a business incubator that supports select graduates in their entrepreneurial work.

Join more than 24,000 Audencia Business School alumni working across the globe. Audencia Alumni includes 200+ communities in cities such as London, New York and Shanghai. Furthermore, over 2,000 of our alumni have become CEOs.

The alumni association will help you connect with other professionals and provide additional development and networking opportunities to support your career.

of graduates work internationally
found a job before graduation

Admissions & finance

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Join us in Nantes to internationalise your future career! Here is a breakdown of everything you’ll need to make it smoothly through the application process. Or simply apply now.

MSc programme:

  • Proficiency in English
  • 4-year bachelor’s degree in business, management, engineering or compter science,
    or exceptionally, a 4-year degree in another field with experience in business, engineering, computer science

The Extended MSc strongly recommended for applicants without a degree in business.

Extended MSc programme:

  • Proficiency in English   
  • 3-year degree in any field

Note that you can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.

At Audencia Business School, Corporate Social Responsibility is at the very heart of our values; in order to ensure equal treatment of applications during the admission process, we grade the application files using a 100-point system, tied to a set of objective criteria:

1. GPA conversion

  • Converted to US system of 0-4.0 (55% of the final score)

2. English proficiency

  • TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS tests (up to 40%)
  • English-taught programme for bachelor’s degree (up to 10%)
  • Native speaker (40%)

3. Professional experience in months (up to 5%)

  • 1-12 months (1%)
  • 13-36 months (3%)
  • Over 36 months (5%)

We also award bonus points for the following criteria:

  • Ranked school (ARWU/QS/THE) or accredited school (AACSB/EQUIS/AMBA/ABET) (5%)
  • Country of origin not represented in the class in the past two years (5%)
  • French B2 language level and above (5%)
  • GMAT above 500 or GRE above 300 (5%)

You may begin your online application at any time; you can save it and make changes before submitting. Admissions are open until the programme is full; however, we strongly recommend applying by the early-application deadline of 31 January for the October intake.

In addition to the online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • CV and cover letter in English
  • Copies of diplomas and academic transcripts
  • English test score (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS)*
  • Copy of identity document (e.g. passport)
  • Photo (jpeg, 346 x 366 pixels)

*English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English. Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take a test later in the year.

1. Submitting your application

Complete the online application (recommended by 31 January for the October intake). Upon completion, you’ll pay the €100 application fee using any major credit card. If you cannot use a credit card, you may contact the Office of International Affairs for alternatives.

Your application will be evaluated within seven days. If you qualify, step two will also occur within seven days of your application.

2. Admission interview

At a prearranged time, you will have a 15-20 minute exchange with an admissions counsellor to assess your level of English and make sure that you are a good fit for the programme.

3. Admission decision
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. You should have a decision immediately following your interview. If your application is borderline and requires further review by the programme director, you will have an admission decision within eight days of your interview. Please do expect some delay during holidays.

4. Acceptance
Congratulations! If admitted, you’re invited to officially join the programme. You’ll sign a contract and pay the first instalment of the tuition fees: €1,500 (non-refundable).

Please contact our admissions office with further questions.

You may begin your online application at any time; you can save it and make changes before submitting. Admissions are open until the programme is full; however, we strongly recommend applying by the early-application deadline of 31 January.

MSc in Supply Chain & Purchasing Management€17,500
Extended MSc in Supply Chain & Purchasing Management €21,500

Other costs linked to school fees

  • Application fee: €100.
  • Costs such as visa fees, CVEC, supplementary health insurance, transportation, accommodation and meals are to be paid directly by the student. Visit Student Life to learn more.

We award €500,000+ in scholarships per year, giving high-performing students around the world the chance to study in a world-class environment. In light of the global crisis, Audencia is investing unprecedented funds in scholarships to help you to pursue your goals. This is a reflection of our commitment to global responsibility – and our belief in you as the next generation of leaders.

Early application:
€1,500Applications before 31 Jan for Fall
€1,000Applications before 28 Feb for Fall
€500Applications before 31 Mar for Fall
Diversity€4,000For underrepresented nationalities 
Excellence€5,000Merit-based scholarship, selection based on academic excellence, test scores and other criteria

* The awarding of scholarships is subject to availability of funds and final decision from the Audencia scholarship committee. The scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted but who have not yet started the programmes. Scholarships, waivers and awards are not cumulative. If two are awarded to the same student, only the one with the highest amount will be kept unless otherwise stated.

In addition to an Audencia scholarship, you may be eligible for funding by other public or private bodies. You will find some examples here.