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.
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.
The MSCPM programme is accredited by the French accrediting body "Conférence des grandes écoles".
MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
* Some courses may only be available in one format (online or in-person)
|ELIGIBILITY||Proficiency in English|
|PROGRAMME START||Extended MSc: 5 July 2021|
MSc: For fall, 18 October 2021; for spring, 18 January 2021
|DURATION||MSc: 9 months of classes + 4-6 months work or research experience|
Extended MSc: 12 months of classes + 4-6 months work or research experience
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.
Period 1 (October to January)
The first semester equips you with the key components of supply chain and purchasing management.
Supply Chain & Purchasing Fundamentals:
Soft Skills & Competences:
Period 2 (February to July)
In the second semester, 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:
Responsible Supply Chain & Purchasing Management:
Digital & Technology Applications:
Advanced Tools & Methods:
Soft Skills & Competences:
Period 3 (July to December)
(Minimum 4 months, maximum 6 months)
During your final semester, 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.
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 periods 2 & 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 period, 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.
You’ll start online (5 July-10 August) with a look at innovation in business through your choice of three courses in information technology.
Starting 18 August, you will join us on campus to study in-person, or continue your classes online.
Mandatory business courses:
Then, you can choose two electives to advance your knowledge:
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-10 August) with a look at innovation in business through your choice of two courses in information technology or fundamentals in management.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few of the positions graduates are qualified to hold:
Here are just a few examples of companies employing MSCPM graduates:
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.
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.
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.
The Extended MSc strongly recommended for applicants without a degree in business.
Extended MSc programme:
Note that you can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.
Admissions are based on a point system tied to a set of objective criteria.
English proficiency (40%)
Professional experience (5%)
We award bonus points for ranked and accredited schools, diversity and high GMAT or GRE scores.
Recognised school (5%)
GMAT or GRE (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:
*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.
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.
|MSc in Supply Chain & Purchasing Management||€17,500|
|Extended MSc in Supply Chain & Purchasing Management||€21,500|
Other costs linked to school fees
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.
|€1,500||Applications before 31 Jan for Fall|
|€1,000||Applications before 28 Feb for Fall|
|€500||Applications before 31 Mar for Fall|
|Diversity||€4,000||For underrepresented nationalities|
|Excellence||€5,000||Merit-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.
Purchasing Coordinator (west France) at Eurovia (VINCI)
“We would like to thank the MSCPM class of 2018 for the very rich consulting project undertaken for Eurovia. They brought us new approaches that will surely lead to concrete actions or contribute to upcoming projects and reflections at the very least. Eurovia’s management is now even more convinced that there is plenty to do at the purchasing level! With the innovative drive at Eurovia, this can only lead to beautiful future projects and the class of 2018 would have been a driving force.”
NURBEN OF TURKEY, MSCPM (2015)
Production Coordinator, Vivienne Westwood (Italy)
Vivienne Westwood had a problem with counterfeit items, and while looking for a solution, we became one of the first companies to use RFID [radiofrequency identification] weaved product labels.
Maria Escogido Trejo of Mexico (MSCPM 18)
Sourcing analyst at Mondelēz International
“I chose the MSCPM programme at Audencia because of the quality of the offer and the opportunity to live an international experience within a multicultural learning environment. This programme allows me to see the world from a new context; it will enable me to build and innovate in my field of work. The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship has greatly helped finance my studies at Audencia because it covers living, insurance, food and transportation expenses. I feel very fortunate to have this support.” LinkedIn Profile