Wichita, home of big names such as Airbus, Bombardier-Learjet, Textron / Cessna / Beechcraft and Spirit AeroSystems, is known as the air capital of the world. Wichita State University is where anything is possible. Amani Saida Khalloud, from Casablanca, Morocco, now resides in both locations.
“My choice of Wichita State University (WSU) is tied to my experience in the aerospace industry – I learned that all of the aerospace companies I have worked with are in Wichita! One of my internship supervisors at FIGEAC aeronautics also moved to Wichita a few months before my arrival ”, Master in Management Science and Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) explains, adding that WSU’s high reputation among the Fulbright Network was another deciding factor.
She enjoyed her experience of American education, reveling in the relaxed teaching style of the WSU – thanks to her sympathetic teacher, Dr Mehmet Bayram Yildirim.
“He encouraged open communication, listened to everyone and knew how to stimulate conversation. It was a new way of learning, ”she enthuses.
Amani Saida Khalloud greatly appreciated her master’s experience at Wichita State University. Source: Wichita State University
Indeed, the program’s faculty members – from the Barton School of Business and the Wichita State College of Engineering – are one of the main reasons many students enjoy studying at WSU.
“Professor Ashley Gerlach made the procurement and outsourcing course fun and easy to learn with real life examples where she shared her own experience with us,” says Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul, a graduate from Thailand. “Dr. Mehmet Barut and Dr. Khawaja Saeed have always provided great support on professional training guidelines and documents for internship documents.
In the Transportation and Logistics class, Khalloud realized that the interesting case studies they were working on turned out to be their teacher’s actual experiences. The eye-opening experience has become one of his favorite WSU memories.
In addition to having in-depth knowledge of their subject, the faculty also ensures that all students enjoy learning there.
“The learning experience was very warm – I didn’t have any uncomfortable feelings during my year of learning,” recalls Mahajaroenkul.
Khalloud adds that “all documents, papers and lectures always included something up to date”, making his lessons even more memorable.
WSU is distinguished by having the most racially and ethnically diverse college campus in all of Kansas. Their students come from 110 countries, and over 40% are first generation students.
Wichita State University is Kansas’ most diverse university. Source: Wichita State University
“WSU allows me to meet new people from different backgrounds and cultures, to network with other students and also gives me the opportunity to try new cuisines,” shares Yoyi S. Kadiri from Nigeria, a current student. .
Khalloud agrees, saying, “There are always a lot of events where I have met great people!” Cultural diversity, tolerance and extrovertness are of a high level.
With all of these features, it’s no wonder that WSU ranks well in multiple rankings. It is the most affordable research university in the region as well as one of the fastest growing research universities in the United States with funding of US $ 164 million annually. It is also the best university for transfer students to Kansas – for 10 consecutive years.
Wichita – the largest city in Kansas – is also a major exporting region in the United States with several large headquarters focused on food and commodities. WSU – being ideally located in Wichita – thus benefits from a close relationship with many local, regional and national companies through its 30 centers and institutes, allowing their students to have an applied learning in all majors.
At the same time, WSU’s Innovation Campus is attracting a growing number of companies to locate there, including Dassault Systèmes and Boston Consulting Group. Deloitte is also building its first smart factory there to help companies accelerate their digital transformation.
The easy access to many high-end companies at WSU explains why around 96% of co-op placements are paid (significantly higher than the national average of 47%). WSU also has the highest number of students hired within one year of graduation – 74% – among state universities.
In addition, Wichita has a robust business environment, which makes it ideal for studying supply chain management. The MSSCM is an innovative, interdisciplinary 33-hour STEM degree, a collaboration between the W. Frank Barton School of Business and the College of Engineering. The Barton School holds dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting; only 5% of business schools in the world have this dual accreditation.
In fall 2022, the Barton School of Business will move into the new state-of-the-art Woolsey Hall, located at the heart of WSU’s innovation campus, which will provide MSSCM students with even greater access to the businesses there.
With two streams – Management and Analytics – students can graduate in 18-24 months and work in various areas of supply chain management such as logistics, distribution, and warehouse management. Being a STEM program also allows international students to work in the United States for up to three years after graduation – a highly desirable incentive for the 65% of MSSCM students who are international. [BC6]
Graduate scholarships are also available for international students with a GPA of 3.3, which gives a tuition reduction of 38%; Assistantships and graduate scholarships are also available.
If you are an international student looking to pursue a graduate program in Supply Chain Management at Kansas’ most diverse and affordable university, apply here today.