Gartner: University of Arkansas Tops 2022 North American Supply Chain Undergraduate Programs

June 10, 2022

Gartner has released the findings from its biennial Top 25 North American Supply Chain Undergraduate Programs report. Fifty-five institutions in the U.S. and Canada participated in the survey.

The report is intended to support chief supply chain officers (CSCOs), heads of supply chain strategy and supply chain HR partners to identify the programs best equipped to support their growing talent needs.

“During the course of the pandemic, the higher education landscape changed massively,” said Dana Stiffler, distinguished VP analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. “Our methodology changed as well. While our 2020 ranking only included on-campus and hybrid programs, this year’s ranking also includes 100% online programs.”

The University of Arkansas led the undergraduate ranking at No.1, retaining its position (see Table 1). The University of Tennessee moved up from the sixth position in 2020 to the No. 2 position in 2022. The University of South Carolina was ranked at No. 3. “The University of Arkansas retained the pole position – they have developed an excellent curriculum and strong industry partnerships,” Stiffler said.

Auburn broke back into the top 5, jumping 3 spots to secure No.4 position. Rutgers University remained a mainstay of the top 5 undergraduate programs for the third cycle in a row at No.5.

Table 1: Top 25 North American Undergraduate Supply Chain Programs

Rank Program
1 University of Arkansas
2 University of Tennessee
3 University of South Carolina
4 Auburn University
5 Rutgers University
6 University of North Texas
7 Northeastern University
8 University of Texas, Dallas
9 University of Houston
10 Pennsylvania State University
11 University of Illinois
12 Arizona State University
13 University of Texas, Austin
14 Western Michigan University
15 Georgia Institute of Technology
16 University of Minnesota
17 Texas Christian University
18 Western Washington University
19 Marquette University
20 University of Oklahoma
21 Wayne State University
22 Texas A&M University
23 Syracuse University
24 Purdue University
25 Bowling Green State University

Source: Gartner (June 2022)

Additional trends to note:

  • Curricula in the Top 25 have standardized. Supply chain leaders must use other criteria, such as experiential learning, DEI initiatives, location, or cost to determine best education partner for their organization.
  • The top programs tend to be more competitive and expensive, so there is an incentive for leaders to look beyond the top 15.
  • In accordance with recent developments in supply chain, many programs put a bigger focus on sustainability and risk management.

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