The MIT Global SCALE Network is an international alliance of leading research and education centers dedicated to supply chain and logistics excellence through innovation. The Network consists of students, researchers, and faculty at six centers spanning four continents. Most offer a masters degree programs in Supply Chain Management, and one offers a six-week graduate certificate course. 

MIT Global Scale Network Students at work site with light rail


Create the next generation of supply chain management professionals who have a system-wide and global perspective, strong analytical problem solving skills, grasp of latest and emerging technologies, and practical change leadership capabilities. It is designed and operated as a balanced network where each center contributes resources to conduct joint research, administers educational programs, and works with corporate sponsors. They are not meant to be MIT outposts, but instead are structured with 10 - 20 year contracts where local expertise is hired, grown and developed.

Guiding Principles

  • Focused Work – 10-month, on-campus program (6 weeks for GCLOG certificate)
  • Small Cohort – 30-35 people per program class
  • Young Professional – 3-8 years of work experience
  • Industry Involvement in coursework, master’s thesis, etc.
  • Global View – Students, sponsors, and study
  • Focus on Real Problem Solving – combine theory & practice
  • Leadership Skills – negotiate, persuade, communicate

The Global SCALE Network allows faculty, researchers, students, and affiliated companies from all six centers to pool their expertise and collaborate on projects that will create supply chain and logistics innovations with global applications, and help companies to compete in an increasingly complex business environment. 

MIT Global SCALE Network Centers

MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL):

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics is a dynamic solutions-oriented environment where students, faculty, and industry leaders pool their knowledge and experience to advance supply chain education and research.

Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC):

ZLC is a research institute established in 2003 by the Government of Aragon in Spain in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Zaragoza. The ZLC campus is located in the Dinamiza Business Park, designed as a window into the future for Zaragoza, in a unique area near the city centre that operates as the city’s economic and leisure hub.

Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI):

In 2008, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and the logistics education and GS1 firm LOGyCA, signed a multi-year agreement to create the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI) as part of the MIT Global SCALE Network of supply chain research centers. Through this partnership, the MIT Global SCALE Network has developed a vibrant academic and research network throughout Latin America.

Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL):

The Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the University of Luxembourg, through a long-term partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL), at the end of 2015 founded the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics (LCL). The LCL is establishing Luxembourg as the European standard for training, research and innovation in the logistics sector.

Ningbo China Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (NISCI) :

The government of Ningbo, China — home of the world’s busiest port — partnered with the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics in 2016 to create a global center for supply chain education and research. The Institute's mission is to become an international center of excellence for research and education in logistics and supply chain management after a decade’s effort.

Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI):

The Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) was founded by the Government of Malaysia and MIT CTL in 2011. 


SCALE Connect brings students from all global SCALE centers together in Cambridge for three intense weeks of workshops, seminars, industry speakers, facility tours, and team-based work. The intense schedule wraps up with Research Expo, where students present their work to date on industry-sponsored research projects aimed at addressing real-world problems. 

This unique opportunity to work and learn with fellow supply chain and logistics students from all over the world is something only MIT-SCALE master's and graduate certificate programs offer. 

Learn more on the SCALE website...