Supply Chain Management Curriculum

The MS in Supply Chain Management Program strengthens the strategic and analytical capabilities needed to manage supply chains from end to end. The result is a learning experience that is rigorous, relevant, and offers enduring value. This one-year, intensive program caters to working professionals with predominantly in-person evening courses, in concert with online classes and condensed courses on select weekends. Students complete 32 credits throughout the fall, spring, and summer semesters in the cohort-based program, which begins in August each year.

What you'll learn

The MS SCM Program spans fall, spring, and summer semesters. The program starts in August and consists of four seven-week terms throughout the traditional academic year, plus an 11-week summer experience that is built around a capstone project. This one-year, intensive program caters to working professionals with predominantly in-person evening courses, in concert with online classes and condensed courses on select Saturdays.

Students in the MS SCM program can also take elective courses outside of the MS SCM program to further expand their skills, knowledge and professional network. For example, MS SCM students have the opportunity to enroll in the Carlson Consulting Enterprise as an elective option. The Carlson Consulting Enterprise is a unique management consultancy and academic program that brings the brightest student minds to bear on significant business challenges for premier companies. MS SCM student participants will work with MBA students on their consulting enterprise project to build relationships with business leaders, apply concepts from the classroom to the real-world environment, and get valuable work experience. *Please note that the Carlson Consulting Enterprise is only offered as a daytime class option

Students typically take two in-person courses and one online or condensed class during each term. Here is a sample schedule:

Fall A & B:

  • Managing Supply Chain Operations (4 credits) - Cohort Experience 

Fall A:

  • Statistics (2 credits) 
  • Operations Excellence via Lean Thinking (2 credits) 

Fall B:

  • Big Data Analytics in Supply Chains (2 credits) 
  • Logistics & Transportation (2 credits) 

Leadership Development (2 credits) - This program spans all semesters.


Spring A:

  • Strategic Sourcing (2 credits)  
  • Managing Technology in Supply Chains (2 credits)  
  • Elective (2 credits)

Spring B:

  • Responsible Supply Chain Management (2 credits)  
  • Supply Chain Finance (2 credits)  
  • Elective (2 credits)
  • Sales , Inventory & Operations Planning (2 credits) 
  • Global Operations Strategy Experiential Course (4 credits) 

Students can tailor their course load to their career interest by choosing electives that focus on specific sectors or functional areas.

Sector-specific electives

  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare & Medical Devices

Other electives

Note: Some electives are offered as online or condensed courses

*Only offered as a daytime class option

Maximize your leadership potential

Starting from day one, leadership development is at the program's core. Leadership sessions are incorporated throughout the yearlong program, empowering students to assess themselves at the start, identify strengths, create a personalized development plan, and measure growth. 

Students receive coaching from a leadership expert who helps them learn how to lead others, lead beyond boundaries, and continue growing as leaders long after graduation.

Key principles for supply chain leaders:

  1. Leadership 
    Identify and build upon your strengths and hone your leadership style.
  2. Strategic Orientation 
    Elevate your thinking about how an end-to-end supply chain can deliver value.
  3. Global Perspective 
    Sharpen your international business acumen to handle global challenges.
  4. Analytics 
    Cut through the noise and make data-driven decisions.
  5. Social Responsibility 
    Build a new perspective to inform your supply chain design.

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