MS-SCM Program Options & Courses
The MS in Supply Chain Management curriculum is industry driven, and derived from many interviews with local organizations across the region. The listing below describes the courses in detail.
Program Options: Part-time with workshops | Flex-time
Duration: Flex-time allows students to attend less than part-time and select from classes below on their own schedule
Delivery: Online with residential workshops
Focus: The transition to a digital supply chain
Fall courses (August-December)
SUPPLY CHAIN WORKSHOP I [1cr.] 2 days on-campus, August
SCMM 6500: This course introduces the students to the Supply Chain program and provides an initial view of the purpose of the masters, i.e. the transition from traditional to digital supply chains. Students will experience a manual supply chain game which helps to familiarize them with the dynamics of the supply chain and the dynamic nature of information sharing across the supply chain. The 3-day Workshop concludes with a case competition where the students compete in teams during a live case study (see Appendix D for an example of the workshop content and format). The content of the workshop is such that this cannot be made available in an online format due the experiential component, i.e. the dynamic interactions of students and faculty.
SOURCING IN THE DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN [2cr.] 100% online
SCMM 6510: Our world is becoming increasingly complex and complicated. Shrinking technology and product life cycles, emergence of hyper‐competition, increased demands on product/service variety and response times in combination with sustainability pressures are resulting in today’s business environment that is uncertain, volatile, complex and under a constant change. An ample of evidence is showing that companies that are winning in this environment are the ones with best-configured and managed supply networks. Purchasing and supply management is playing a pivotal role in overall organizational and supply network performance. This course has been designed in response to some of the most critical operational, tactical and strategic issues that companies are struggling with today. Students will be taken systematically through an entire process of designing sourcing strategies, supplier evaluation, and selection process, as well as design and execution of buyer-supplier relationship strategies. Throughout this process students will also learn basics of negotiations and contracting, supply risk management and costing techniques that will help them with their careers in purchasing and supply chain management. The course builds on exemplar cases from various industries; hence it is interactive and designed heavily around online class debates.
INDUSTRY/SUPPLY CHAIN 4.0 [2cr.] 100% online
SCMM 6515: The term Industry 4.0 encompasses a promise of a new industrial revolution—one that marries advanced manufacturing techniques with the Internet of Things (IoT) to create a digital manufacturing enterprise that is not only interconnected, but communicates, analyzes, and uses information to drive further intelligent action back in the physical world.
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING [1cr.] 100% online
SCMM 6520: This course gives an overview of additive manufacturing (also known as 3D Printing), the various approaches and applications of additive manufacturing. The course also highlights the various challenges of deploying additive manufacturing in a supply chain context.
SUPPLY CHAIN COLLABORATION [2cr.] 100% online
SCMM 6535: This provides a broad view of the opportunities for collaboration, internally, with customers and with suppliers, including the many layers of collaboration. It reviews the emerging technologies that enable and support collaboration. Finally, it considers the Regulatory / legal challenges which limit collaboration and the impact of geographical/cultural/ and legal jurisdictions on the ability to fully collaborate.
SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE [3cr.] 100% online
SCMM 6530: This workshop provides an intense overview and application of commercial negotiations practices, from both supplier and customer perspectives.
Spring courses (January-May)
WORKSHOP II - NEGOTIATION [1 cr.] On-campus, offered in May or August depending on the year.
Two-day workshop on campus
LOGISTICS – METHODS AND SYSTEMS [2cr.] 100% online
SCMM 6505: This course provides an overview of the key elements of a successful logistics function that meets both customer and company objectives. Topics include an introduction to location analysis (warehouses and distribution centers) and network design, transportation management, inventory management, international logistics, logistics technology, and warehouse management.
BLOCKCHAIN [1cr.] 100% Online
SCMM 6931: This course is intended to provide students with a grounding in blockchain basic concepts to enable them to understand potential applications within the supply chain. As the technology continues to develop and evolve, new use cases will emerge. Supply chain leaders need to know the capabilities offered by blockchain along with the potential risks and challenges associated with blockchain's use and implementation. Students will connect with real world organizations that are pushing ahead with the technology as a way to show its potential.
BUSINESS ANALYTICS [3cr.] 100% Online
MBA 6100: Study of several data mining techniques with hands-on experience exploring, cleansing, visualizing, integrating, and analyzing data sources. Interpretation of business value and tuning of data mining algorithms.
APPLIED PROJECT [2cr.] 100% online
SCMM 6545: In this course, the students in teams, will work on applied projects (with local companies), taking their understanding from the previous courses in the master’s program and apply these to a real business problem.
SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGY CAPSTONE [3cr.] 100% online
SCMM 6997: This course focuses on bringing together all the major concepts covered in the master’s in SCM program and how each interconnect and relate to one another. Adopting a strategic perspective, the capstone looks at how organizations develop and implement a variety of supply chain strategies.
SUPPLY CHAIN CAPSTONE WORKSHOP III [1cr.] 2 days on campus, May
SCMM 6550: In this on-campus workshop, students will present the results of their applied projects, to the project sponsoring organizations, in the forms of a case competition.
Summer Courses (May-August)
SUPPLY CHAIN FOUNDATIONS [1cr.] 100% online
SCMM 6501: This provides a holistic overview of the supply chains, and the various functions (e.g. Sourcing and Procurement; Manufacturing and Operations; Logistics and Distribution) and cross-functional processes (e.g. balancing supply and demand), that when integrated can provide firms with a sustainable competitive advantage.
TRANSPORTATION AND NETWORK DESIGN [2cr.] 100% online
SCMM 6525: Provides a holistic view of how to design a distribution network, including the factors that influence the design; various strategies relating to where inventories are held and how they are shipped to customers and consumers; role of carriers and 'last mile' delivery issues; and importance of product/information flows and the rise of Digital Networks.