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Supply Chain Management M.S.

Supply Chain & Operations
Curtis L. Carlson School of Management
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Contact Information
Phone: 612-625-5555
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 32
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The one-year, 32-credit MS degree in supply chain management will provide students with an end-to-end view of supply chain and will develop both their strategic and analytical capabilities needed to manage supply chains. The hallmarks of this MS degree will include leadership development as a programmatic theme, global immersion, corporate social responsibility and the flexibility to focus on supply chain management in specific industry sectors that are foundational to the economy of the State of Minnesota such as health care and medical devices, food and agribusiness, and retail.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by AACSB. The M.S. in Supply Chain Management is STEM designated.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
A minimum of 3 years of work experience is required.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit all application materials through the University's admissions system. Application materials include: - A GMAT or GRE General Test that is not more than five years old, with an acceptable score. - For international students, an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) International Language Testing System (IELTS). - Three letters of recommendations need to be submitted through the online application. - A personal statement of career goals, and objectives for pursuing a M.S. degree in Supply Chain Management. The personal statement questions are the following: Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why are you choosing to pursue an M.S. in Supply Chain Management at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so? Why are you interested in pursuing an M.S. degree in Supply Chain Management at the Carlson School of Management? What do you feel makes you a strong candidate for the program? How will you contribute to the M.S. in Supply Chain Management program overall? Applicants must submit a current resume that includes job responsibilities and accomplishments in the online application. - Applicants may choose to submit an essay to comment on any item(s) in their application they consider worthy of further explanation. - Applicants may be required to complete an admissions interview, which are by invitation only.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
  • GMAT
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 32 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Core Courses: Fall (12 credits)
SCO 6290 - Managing Supply Chain Operations (4.0 cr)
SCO 6190 - Statistics (2.0 cr)
SCO 6191 - Big Data Analytics in Supply Chains (2.0 cr)
SCO 6098 - Operations Excellence via Lean Thinking (2.0 cr)
SCO 6090 - Sales, Inventory, and Operations Planning (2.0 cr)
Core Courses: Spring (8 credits)
SCO 6072 - Managing Technologies in the Supply Chain (2.0 cr)
SCO 6094 - Responsible Supply Chain Management (2.0 cr)
SCO 6045 - Strategic Sourcing (2.0 cr)
SCO 6048 - Logistics and Transportation (2.0 cr)
Core Courses: Summer (6 credits)
SCO 6192 - Supply Chain Finance (2.0 cr)
SCO 6292 - Global Operations Capstone (4.0 cr)
Core Course: Leadership Development - All Year (Fall, Spring and Summer) (2 credits)
SCO 6291 - Leadership Development (0.0-2.0 cr)
Spring Electives (4 credits)
SCO 6095 - Supply Chain Management in the Food and Agribusiness Sector (2.0 cr)
SCO 6096 - Supply Chain Management in the Health Care and Medical Devices Sector (2.0 cr)
SCO 6097 - Supply Chain Management in the Retail Sector (2.0 cr)
SCO 6041 - Project Management (2.0 cr)
SCO 6092 - Supply Chain Risk and Security (2.0 cr)
SCO 6093 - Negotiations in Supply Chain (2.0 cr)
MGMT 6004 - Negotiation Strategies (2.0 cr)
 
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SCO 6290 - Managing Supply Chain Operations
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course serves as an introduction to the program, providing an overview of the fundamental concepts of supply chain and operations management. The course is taught as a cohort experience with opportunities to interact outside the classroom. Supply chain professionals from a variety of industries are featured throughout to highlight how the concepts apply in different contexts. Students learn methods and models for evaluating and improving end-to-end processes and gain an understanding of the operational challenges inherent in managing global supply chains. The course takes a strategic and cross-functional view of supply chains in both product and service based industries.
SCO 6190 - Statistics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course introduces quantitative and business statistics concepts for managerial decision making and problem solving. The course first focuses on the nature of statistical studies and the differences between observational and experimental studies. Methods for producing data, including sampling techniques, process monitoring, and designed experiments will be discussed. Students learn graphical and numerical methods for descriptive statistics. Foundations for statistical inference are covered, including basic probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, and sampling distributions of statistics. Students then learn how to apply the two basic inferential methods of statistics, statistical estimation, and tests of statistical hypotheses. These methods are used to make inferences about population parameters including means, proportions, and standard deviations. The students also learn to identify sample size requirements.
SCO 6191 - Big Data Analytics in Supply Chains
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
With the advancement of digital technologies and networking capabilities, firms are actively engaged in capturing “big” data related to their supply chains. Firms recognize the immense potential in mining big data for improving the quality and timeliness of decisions, and becoming proactive in sensing and responding to external and internal signals of threats and opportunities. Course develops the capability to analyze and interpret data that is fundamental to managing supply chains and provides an overall understanding of the data and information management framework. This includes an overview of enterprise resource planning, value chain management and customer relationship management frameworks, the interconnections and interdependencies of functions from an information and data perspective. Through a combination of case studies and hands-on exercises, students learn (i) various facets of data analytics: data access, data aggregation, data analysis and data visualization; (ii) appropriateness and inappropriateness of big data analysis; and (iii) big data based predictive analytics.
SCO 6098 - Operations Excellence via Lean Thinking
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course introduces the concepts and theory of quality control, philosophical foundations of lean thinking, and technical concepts related to flow and pull, and tools such as value stream mapping, A3, and 5S. Students learn to identify, measure, and eliminate non-value added activities; process capability analysis; statistical process control; and acceptance sampling from extended value chains in manufacturing and service settings through hands-on exercises.
SCO 6090 - Sales, Inventory, and Operations Planning
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Sales, Inventory, and Operations Planning (SI&OP) is an important process for a firm and can provide significant payoffs. SI&OP links strategic goals with production while coordinating financial, operations, sales, marketing, and HR objectives. Sales, inventory, and operations plans serve as input to the master production schedule (MPS), helping coordinate material resources and capacity levels with strategic business objectives. SI&OP focuses on getting the big picture right by balancing demand and supply at product family level. Planning of mix (individual products and orders) becomes easier once volume (rates & levels) is effectively planned. Course is designed to address these questions: What should an executive know about SI&OP? How does SI&OP link with strategic planning, MPS, capacity plans, etc.? What are challenges in developing an effective SI&OP process? What techniques are most effective? To address these questions, the course covers: forecasting, aggregate planning, master production scheduling, capacity planning, inventory planning, and material requirement planning.
SCO 6072 - Managing Technologies in the Supply Chain
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course prepares students to develop capabilities for (i) making well-informed technology choice decisions; (ii) effectively managing the development and implementation of technologies; and (iii) collaboratively engaging in crisis management and problem solving during technology development and implementation. The central question around which the course will be organized is: How can technologies and the related process and people issues be managed to design and sustain reliable, responsive, resilient, and responsible supply chains? Contemporary topics such as big data analytic applications to supply chain management; technology project management as it relates to offshoring and near-shoring; managing technologies in the context of supply chains in emerging economies; and managing technologies for sustainable supply chains will be covered in the course. Implications of globalization for managing technologies in supply chains will be a theme that will run through the entire duration of the course.
SCO 6094 - Responsible Supply Chain Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Companies around the world are facing increasing pressure to perform well on the triple bottom line—People, Planet, and Profit—and responsible supply chain management is often a cornerstone of the CSR strategy for many companies. This course looks at how and why responsible supply chain management could be a powerful strategy to enhance a company’s triple bottom line. The course focuses on the social and environmental aspects of managing supply chain operations. Particular emphasis is placed on human rights, health and safety, and environmental issues faced by supply chain managers and the linkage to the firm’s supply chain strategy.
SCO 6045 - Strategic Sourcing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Procurement and supply management has become increasingly visible in a world where supply is a major determinant of organizational success. Supply chain performance influences not only operational and financial risks but also reputational risk. Although this course explores cost containment and supply process improvement methods, it also pushes into revenue enhancement. The job of the supply manager today goes way beyond the scope of value and efficiency to the search for competitive advantage through the supply network. In addition to organizing the supply function for strategic advantage, the course explores strategic sourcing, supplier selection and evaluation techniques, supplier development methods, global sourcing techniques, as well as legal and ethical challenges. High-performance supply managers live for the challenges associated with building and maintaining a high-performance supply chain.
SCO 6048 - Logistics and Transportation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
As supply chains become increasingly global, managing the complexity of distribution and transportation is critical to supply chain performance. This course focuses on the role of logistics and distribution networks in customer order fulfillment. Particular emphasis is placed on the linkage among logistics, warehousing and information systems, and the trade-offs involved in alternative distribution strategies. The course also explores the role of third-party logistics providers. Students learn models and techniques related to designing distribution networks that align with the firm’s supply chain and corporate strategy
SCO 6192 - Supply Chain Finance
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Managing the financial flows and capital is just as important as managing the physical flow of goods and services. This course focuses on the underlying link between supply chain performance and the financial systems within an organization. Students learn concepts and tools related to supply chain costing, valuation, and projecting cash flow and capital requirements. The course looks at issues including tax and trade credits, and students develop an understanding of how financial considerations influence and inform a firm’s supply chain strategy.
SCO 6292 - Global Operations Capstone
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
This course will examine, compare and contrast business models that work globally, and require a careful design of processes and supply chains to deliver the capabilities necessary to create a competitive advantage. This course helps students understand the strategic nature of decision making in operations, and allows them to apply such thinking to the design and improvement of global supply chain networks that span both developed and developing economies. The course contains an essential experiential component. Students will work with companies, either locally in Minnesota or across the world, on real world supply chain applications.
SCO 6291 - Leadership Development
Credits: 0.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Carefully designed lectures, exercises and assignments are positioned through the year to assess and develop leadership skills personalized to each student at three levels: (i) how to lead self: leveraging current strengths, (ii) how to lead others: teamwork, collaboration, motivation, and feedback, and (iii) how to lead organizations: operating in complex global work environments. Substantively, the course is committed to creating an intellectual context that is now viewed as central to developing supply chain leaders. Specifically, the course provides opportunities for raising environmental, social and political awareness; learning about social media and related communications technologies and channels; and interacting with non-commercial organizations such as government and NGOs.
SCO 6095 - Supply Chain Management in the Food and Agribusiness Sector
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The food and agribusiness supply chain is complex. It spans input companies, farmers, traders, food companies, and retailers. The goal of this supply chain is to provide access to affordable food, feed, fiber, and fuel in a sustainable manner. The course covers topics relevant to achieving this goal such as supply management, production management, and demand management to consumers. Issues such as diversity of production and demand, bulkiness of produce, perishability, seasonality, and complexity of supply chains of food and agricultural products will be addressed.
SCO 6096 - Supply Chain Management in the Health Care and Medical Devices Sector
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course identifies the inter-relationships between the partners in a health care supply chain that links the development of care to the delivery of care. Issues addressed in the course include managing health care supply chain with: increasing complexity of manufacturing pharmaceuticals and medical devices; increasing variety in drugs, devices and equipment to meet rapidly changing markets; increasing demand for affordable products from emerging economies; growing quality and compliance challenges with drugs and devices becoming more complex and regulatory scrutiny becoming stricter; and increasing frequency of recalls. Some examples of specific problems in health care delivery are: capacity planning and management in hospitals, location of health care facilities, supply chain management of blood banks, ambulance service planning, etc.
SCO 6097 - Supply Chain Management in the Retail Sector
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course reviews how the retail sector has evolved over the years and the significance of supply chain management in the retail sector. The course examines the various functional components of retail supply chain management, and focuses on analysis and metrics required to effectively manage a retail supply chain. The students learn the “language" of retailing and acquire the fundamental skills needed to effectively analyze the performance of retail supply chains. Cases are discussed to illustrate how customers are becoming more exacting and demanding ever-increasing levels of service; and how retailers are responding by increasing product variety, becoming more price competitive, striving towards higher service levels, and utilizing advances in computing capabilities, information technologies, and retail analytics to improve their supply chain efficiency.
SCO 6041 - Project Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
In the course of their careers, contemporary managers spend a significant amount of time either participating in or leading projects. Projects are frequently used as proving-grounds for high-potentials. The skills that are required in project management are often the very same attributes that are required for successfully managing a business. While every project is by definition unique, some concepts and tools (e.g., critical path method, time and cost tradeoffs, resource utilization, methods to deal with uncertainties) in project management apply to a wide range of different types of projects. The aim of this course is to equip students with these concepts and tools (e.g., Monte Carlo simulation, risk analysis) and to develop them into successful project managers, as well as team members.
SCO 6092 - Supply Chain Risk and Security
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course covers the organizational and behavioral aspects of managing quality, risk, and security within and across organizations. It covers various frameworks such as ISO 28000 (security) as a starting point. It covers various organizational issues such as managing organizational culture and navigating across national boundaries to address quality, risk, and security issues. It draws on various management theories to understand how to manage quality, risk, security, and disruptions across the supply chain. The course draws on examples from a variety of industries and government.
SCO 6093 - Negotiations in Supply Chain
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Negotiation is the art and science of securing agreements between two or more interdependent parties. Managing supply chains often requires extensive negotiations related to pricing, joint problem solving and collaboration. This course (i) helps students understand the theory and processes of negotiation as it is practiced in supply chains, (ii) highlight the components of an effective negotiation, and (iii) help students analyze their own behavior in negotiations. The course is largely experiential, providing an opportunity to develop skills by participating in supply chain negotiation exercises and integrating experiences with the principles presented in the assigned readings and class discussions.
MGMT 6004 - Negotiation Strategies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Art/science of securing agreements between two or more parties who are interdependent and seek to maximize their own outcomes. Individual, group, organizational behavior. Theory/process of negotiations applied to problems faced by managers/professionals. prereq: MBA student