What Will I Study?

Global supply chain students learn about each aspect of a supply chain in detail and how to make each aspect work together in the best way possible. A supply chain consists of all the steps that lead to the production of goods and services, including supplier and distribution channels. Effective supply chain managers optimize all of these steps so that the right amount and the right type of goods and services are delivered to customers at the right time. Good managers also understand how to coordinate the links of the supply chain to maintain quality and customer satisfaction while keeping costs low.

Students will develop managerial-level decision-making ability through repeated practice problem-solving in realistic supply chain scenarios. They learn to integrate technology and data-analysis skills with supply chain frameworks and principles. Courses will also focus on developing interpersonal and customer-relationship management skills, as well as global competence and awareness.

Graduates will be prepared for managerial positions in the supply chain field, including purchasing, inventory and supplies, logistics and transportation, and operations.

Program Structure

The global supply chain management major is a 64-credit hour limited enrollment program. The program accepts eighty-five students yearly to start GSCM coursework fall semester. Students are encouraged to take about 15 credits each semester after admittance so they can graduate in three or four semesters. Students take GSCM classes in a 16-credit envelope of classes with their cohort, choose from two specific program electives, and a capstone their final fall semester as follows:

GSCM Core Classes

Fall Semester Year 1

  • GSCM 326: Career Development (1.0 credits)
  • GSCM 401: Operations Management (3.0 credits)
  • GSCM 402: Quality Management (3.0 credits)
  • GSCM 403: Purchasing and Supply Management (3.0 credits)
  • GSCM 404: Supply Chain Logistics (3.0 credits)
  • MSB 325: Introductory Business Analytics (3.0 credits)

Winter Semester Year 1 Electives (complete 2 of the following)

  • GSCM 411: Global Business Negotiations
  • GSCM 412: Operations Analytics
  • GSCM 419: Customer Relationship Management
  • GSCM 585R: Pre-PhD GSCM Seminar

Fall Semester Year 2

  • GSCM 429: Global Supply Chain Strategy 

Students are also heavily encouraged to complete an internship during the spring/summer after their first year in the program. No academic credit is required, but an internship is almost essential to finding a good job after graduation.