Supply Chain Management (M.S.)

Maryland's only Master of Science degree program in supply chain management is designed to develop professionals who can manage, analyze and control activities across the entire supply chain from upstream procurement and logistics to downstream distribution channels.

e-Business and Technology management professor teaches a course in the supply chain innovation lab

A Career in High-Demand

The supply chain management field is growing tremendously with the combination of globalization, competition and increasing environmental concerns. Organizations are looking to their supply chains to find value, cost savings, innovation, and competitive edge, and they need the experts to do just that.

Almost every industry and company, from a small business to a Fortune 500 company, appreciates the knowledge and skills of supply chain management professionals, including manufacturing, third-party service firms, retailers, government, and educational institutions. Specific job functions may vary, including buyer, negotiating supply contracts, inventory manager, import and export manager, transportation and logistics manager, supplier selection and development, warehousing,e-commerce, operations, technology and customer relationship management.

Who Is This Program For?

Our program works for people who are already in a career path, see the opportunities in supply chain and want to retool themselves, or for students who have been supply chain professionals for 10 or 20 years and want a program that gives them a 360-degree approach that covers logistics, distribution, technology, procurement and project management. We've had students who said, “My whole career has been in procurement. I'm a supply chain professional.” And they're absolutely correct — but they've never seen the rest of the supply chain. So our program works for multiple profiles and brings everybody full-circle. Students can take this program completely in the evenings without affecting their current jobs and careers and still complete the degree in two years. 

Career Opportunities

In addition to earning a post-baccalaureate certificate upon completing the first five courses, graduates can proceed to professional certification and pursue careers including:

  • purchasing specialists
  • contracts administrators
  • procurement officers
  • supply chain management professionals
  • procurement managers
  • business analysts
  • demand managers

Admission and Degree Requirements

Admission to the supply chain management programs is competitive. See admission requirements and deadlines. View degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Please note that international students must be enrolled full time (9 credits) each semester to fulfill immigration requirements. Students who opt to complete the M.S. in SCM as well as the Post-baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Project Program and Portfolio Management (PPPM)  would be able to maintain full-time status while receiving a degree and a certificate.  

 

Contact Information

Tobin Porterfield
Program Director
Tobin Porterfield
Location
Department of e-Business and Technology Management, Stephens Hall, Room 316K