Chairperson:  Dr. Mark Barratt, Ph.D.

Degree offered

MS in Supply Chain Management

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

MS in Supply Chain Management is a 24-month, 31-credit cohort program designed to develop ethical leaders in the field of supply chain management. The program is a mix of predominantly online, and three short (3-4 day), face-to-face residential workshops. Students are required to attend and complete all three in-residence workshops that are held on campus at the beginning, middle and end of the two-year period, to complete the program. Students are required to complete the on-line course materials and assessments. All students are required to complete and achieve a pass in the masters capstone applied project. Cohorts begin in the fall term. 

The program is aimed at individuals with technical or business degrees who are looking to further develop their understanding of the roll of supply chain management in their organizations, lead technical teams and units as well as supply chain initiatives and innovations, and expand their organization's competitiveness through innovation use of supply chain management for business effectiveness and efficiencies. 

Students may pursue a specialization in Data Science. The student needs to take 6 additionally specified credits beyond the master's program requirements, which extends the student's program. Students may also apply to the Certificate in Data Science via the Graduate School's Mathematics and Computer Science program and potentially achieve the certificate versus the specialization. A maximum of 9 credits may double count between the master's degree and certificate program.

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION

Admission to the master's in supply chain program requires: a) a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; b) an acceptable record of academic achievement at the bachelor's level and in any previous graduate course work; c) acceptable scores on required admission tests; and d) an overall composite profile of admission data (including an evaluation of previous work experience) that predicts success in the program.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Students may apply for Regular Degree, Temporary Non-degree or Non-degree status. It is recommended that students apply for Regular Degree Status when possible. The application is online via the GSM website. Then click on Apply Now.

  1. A completed application form and fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  3. Official test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE).
  4. Resume or job profile.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.
  6. (For international applicants only) an official TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Note: Temporary non-degree applicants (admission valid for one term only) must submit all of the above, except the GMAT or GRE scores. Temporary non-degree status is not available to international students. International applicants must apply for regular degree admission status.

Students are encouraged to complete all application materials and apply for degree status. Temporary non-degree status is valid for one term only. Temporary non-degree status students are not eligible to continue taking M.S. classes beyond one term without degree admissions. Typically, non-degree admission is not recommended in the M.S program.

All application material should be sent to:

Graduate School of Management
David A. Straz, Jr., Hall Executive Center, Suite 275
Marquette University
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Supply Chain Management

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program (SCMM) is designed to be completed in 24 months. This is a 31-credit, cohort program designed to develop ethical leaders in the field of supply chain management. The program is mix of predominantly online and three short (3-4 day), face-to-face residential workshops. Applicants without the required supply chain management background are required to successfully complete SCMM 6501 Supply Chain Foundation at the beginning of the program. Those with a supply chain background may request a waiver of this requirement.

Students enroll in six (6) credits of courses each term. Three (3) of the total 31 credits are formed by three (3) residential workshop periods.

PROGRAM DETAILS

MSCS 6520Data Analytics3
SCMM 6500Supply Chain Workshop 11
SCMM 6501Supply Chain Foundation1
SCMM 6505Logistics - Methods and Systems2
SCMM 6510Sourcing in the Digital Supply Chain2
SCMM 6515Industry 4.02
SCMM 6520Additive Manufacturing1
SCMM 6525Network Design2
SCMM 6530Supply Chain Workshop 21
SCMM 6535Supply Chain Collaboration2
SCMM 6540Transportation1
SCMM 6545 Applied Project2
SCMM 6550Supply Chain Workshop 31
SCMM 6931Topics in Supply Chain Management1
SCMM 6997Supply Chain Capstone3
And two electives (6 credits) from the following: 16
Supply Chain & Planning
Global Strategy Sourcing
Lean Enterprise
Supply Chain Finance
Enterprise Systems
Business Intelligence
Topics in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (Data at Scale)
Topics in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (Advanced Data Science)
Topics in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (Ethical and Social Implications of Big Data)
Total Credit Hours31

Specialization and Certificate Options

A Data Science specialization is available. To achieve the specialization, the two Supply Chain Management electives must be substituted with MSCS 6931 Topics in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (Ethical and Social Implications of Big Data) and MSCS 6510 Business Intelligence. MSCS 5931 Topics in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (Advanced Data Science) and MSCS 6931 Topics in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (Data at Scale) are required components for the specialization. All courses for the specialization must be completed prior to graduating from the MSCM program. Students may graduate from the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program upon completion of the required 31 credits without the specialization. Courses applied to the specialization must have the grade of B or better. 

Specialization courses are: MSCS 6510 Business Intelligence,  MSCS 6931 Topics in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (Ethical and Social Implications of Big Data), MSCS 5931 Topics in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (Advanced Data Science) and MSCS 6931 Topics in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (Data at Scale).

Students have the option of either the Data Science specialization - completed prior to the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management graduation; or applying for, being admitted to, and completing the MSCS Certificate in Data Science and complete the certificate program requirements (specialization courses above, plus MSCS 6520 Data Analytics). For more information on the Certificate in Data Science, please see the Graduate School Bulletin.

Nine credits pending a B or better grade may transfer from the MSCS Certificate in Data Science to the Supply Chain Management program pending admission or vice versa. Obtaining both the specialization and certificate is not permitted. The grade of B or better is required in all courses related to a specialization.

Courses

SCMM 6500. Supply Chain Workshop 1. 1 cr. hr.

A 4-day, in-residence workshop that introduces the students to the Supply Chain program and provides an initial view of the purpose of the master's, i.e., the transition from traditional to digital supply chains. During the 4-days students 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 4-day workshop concludes with a case competition where the students compete in teams during a live case study. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6501. Supply Chain Foundation. 1 cr. hr.

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. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6505. Logistics - Methods and Systems. 2 cr. hrs.

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. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6510. Sourcing in the Digital Supply Chain. 2 cr. hrs.

Students are 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. Students 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. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6515. Industry 4.0. 2 cr. hrs.

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. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6520. Additive Manufacturing. 1 cr. hr.

An overview of additive manufacturing (3D Printing), the various approaches and applications of additive manufacturing. Highlights the various challenges of deploying additive manufacturing in a supply chain context. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6525. Network Design. 2 cr. hrs.

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 and information flows and the rise of the Digital Networks. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6530. Supply Chain Workshop 2. 1 cr. hr.

A 4-day, in-residence workshop that provides an intense overview and application of commercial negotiations practices, from both supplier and customer perspectives. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6535. Supply Chain Collaboration. 2 cr. hrs.

Provides a broad view of the opportunities for collaboration, internally within an organization and with customers and suppliers; including the many layers of collaboration. Reviews the emerging technologies that enable and support collaboration. Finally, considers the regulatory and legal challenges which limit collaboration and the impact of geographical, cultural and legal jurisdictions on the ability to fully collaborate. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6540. Transportation. 1 cr. hr.

Focuses on fundamental principles and role of transportation systems, costing and pricing. Explores motor carrier, railroad and airline transportation. Students learn about transportation risk management and global transport planning and execution. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6545. Applied Project. 2 cr. hrs.

Students work in teams on applied projects with local companies, taking their understanding from the previous courses in the program and applying these to a real business problem. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6550. Supply Chain Workshop 3. 1 cr. hr.

A 4-day, in-residence workshop, in which students present the results of their applied projects to the project-sponsoring organizations in the form of a case competition. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6555. Supply Chain & Planning. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on leading edge techniques used in developing a manufacturing strategy, inventory management, cycle time reduction, production scheduling ERP, JIT/Kanban, synchronous manufacturing, supply chain management and advanced manufacturing systems. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6560. Global Strategy Sourcing. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on strategic sourcing in the global economy. Explores the process of segmenting third-party external spend for ensuring that scarce procurement resources are directed to the most important categories. Spend analysis is used to establish categories or commodities on which to focus where the greatest impact can be made. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6565. Lean Enterprise. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on the key concepts of lean and leading cultures of continuous improvement. Explores how to engage others in the lean thinking transformation process. Also explores a broad range of lean tools and how to use these in a lean transformation. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6570. Supply Chain Finance. 3 cr. hrs.

An introduction to understanding supply chain financial performance and management. Includes the following: the case for supply chain finance; working capital management; managing costs across the supply chain; managing inventory from a financial perspective; organizations involved in the supply chain financial ecosystem; value propositions and the options for supply chain finance; and cross-borders issues for global supply chain finance. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6575. Enterprise Systems. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on how an IT system like ERP supports and integrates core business processes within an organization and across its supply chains. Format includes a combination of lectures and in-class exercises using SAP's ERP system. Discusses key ERP concepts and issues from functional, technical and implementation viewpoints. Also includes hands-on working experience (through simulation) in manufacturing and distribution using SAP in the following areas: Sales Order Process, Purchasing, MRP, Production Ordering, Accounting and Forecasting. Investigates the reasons why many ERP installations are considered “failures” and ways to circumvent these unfortunate outcomes, competing ERP platforms, and business intelligence tools available within SAP. To demonstrate an understanding of course-related ERP content, students experience a “real world” market simulation requiring knowledge derived from this course and previous courses. Data from this simulator are used for data modeling and analytics. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir.

SCMM 6931. Topics in Supply Chain Management. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Topics vary. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM.

SCMM 6997. Supply Chain Capstone. 3 cr. hrs.

Brings together all the major concepts covered in the SCMM program and how each is interconnected and related to one another. Adopting a strategic perspective, the capstone explores how organizations develop and implement a variety of supply chain strategies. Prereq: Admitted to SCMM.