Supply Chain Management M.S.

Degree: Master of Science
https://www.towson.edu/cbe/departments/business-analytics-technology-management/grad/supplychain/

Program Director: Dr. Natalie M. Scala
Phone: 410-704-2773
Email: nscala@towson.edu                  

The Master of Science degree in Supply Chain Management and the embedded Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Supply Chain Management are designed to develop professionals who can manage, analyze, and control activities across the entire supply chain, from upstream procurement to downstream distribution channels. The types of employers targeted by this program include companies, consulting firms, and government agencies that need to achieve competitive advantage and cost efficiencies by improving their supply chain performance. This program has been designed by benchmarking content and courses against industry credentialing offerings so that graduates of the program can proceed to professional certification based on the knowledge gained in the program.

Students have the opportunity to complete courses in a combination of face-to-face, online and blended formats. Statistics proficiency for the courses can be achieved by (1) completing a department approved online or in-person course in introductory statistics, (2) providing a transcript that shows exemplary performance in an introductory statistics course within the last five years or (3) successfully completing the department's Statistics Qualifier Exam.

Graduates with a supply chain management background can pursue careers as purchasing specialists, contract administrators, procurement officers and managers, supply chain management professionals, business analysts, demand managers and more. In fact, the majority of U.S. jobs fall somewhere in a supply chain, whether it is procurement, logistics and operations, marketing, or sales and service. International students may benefit from the program's STEM designation, which supports an optional practical training extension.

Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s Program

Students may also earn the M.S. in Supply Chain Management through the accelerated bachelor's to master's program (BS-MS). This program is designed for Business Administration (BUAD) majors who have a concentration in Project Management and Business Analysis (PMBA).  Business Administration (BUAD) majors in other concentrations, Business Systems and Processes (BSAP) majors, and Business Administration (BUAD) minors may complete the program through an individualized plan.

Admitted BUAD majors and BSAP majors may apply for the accelerated Bachelor’s-Master's in Supply Chain Management program once 60 total undergraduate units are earned, or junior standing. Students may then begin taking selected graduate courses once 90 undergraduate units are earned, or senior standing. Up to nine units of 600- and 700-level courses can be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. A bachelor’s degree is awarded after all the bachelor’s degree requirements are met. 

Prospective students must complete an application for the BS-MS program. Once accepted into the program, they must then complete a full application for graduate admission in order to continue in the program upon completion of their undergraduate degree. A GPA of 3.00 or higher is needed, and admission to the BS-MS program is both limited and competitive. Students not admitted in the current semester can reapply for admission in future semesters.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are accepted, and admission decisions are made, on a rolling basis.

Admission to the Master of Science degree in Supply Chain Management is competitive. The eligibility requirements to be admitted into the program are:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from a regionally accredited college or university**, and/or three years post-bachelor’s experience working in supply chain related areas is recommended. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a scale of 4.00) or equivalent on the most recent 60 units of graduate or undergraduate work. Conditional admission may be granted with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Applicants must submit a résumé and a one- to two-page statement describing their past relevant experience, their career goals and how they expect this program to support those goals.
  • Two reference letters are required, describing the student's interest in and readiness for advanced coursework.

Students who have no background in statistics or received their B.S. degree more than five years ago are required to take a course in statistics—EBTM 501—prior to taking classes in the program.

Applicants must submit the online application plus the required materials.  

Non-immigrant International Students

Admission Procedures: See additional information regarding International Graduate Admissions and Graduate Admission policies

Program Enrollment: F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full-time. The majority of their classes must be in-person and on campus. See the list of programs that satisfy these requirements, and contact the International Student and Scholars Office with questions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a total of at least 30 units:

  • 18 units in six core courses taken by all students
  • 9 units of elective courses
  • 3 units of capstone project
Required Courses 1
EBTM 602INTRODUCTION TO SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT3
EBTM 604INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT3
EBTM 610OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT3
EBTM 620PROCUREMENT AND SOURCING3
EBTM 710LOGISTICS AND DISTRIBUTION3
EBTM 720SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYTICS3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT
SIX-SIGMA QUALITY
CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
INDEPENDENT STUDY
INTERNSHIP IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Supply Chain Management Project
The extended project offers a practical, real-world, problem-solving experience for the student. Ideally, students will take on a project from their workplace, an agency of federal, state or local government, or a private business. They will begin work on the project after taking 15 units of course work and may continue working on the project while completing other course work.
EBTM 881SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE PROJECT3
Total Units30
1

Students who successfully complete EBTM 602, EBTM 610, EBTM 620, EBTM 710, and EBTM 720 earn a Post- Baccalaureate Certificate in Supply Chain Management as part of their Master of Science degree.

Learning Objective 1

Compare and contrast methods to manage, analyze and control supply chain activities. (Bloom’s Level 4 – Analyze)
Courses assessed: Intro to Supply Chain (EBTM 602); Logistics and Distribution (EBTM 710).

Learning Objective 2

Analyze a supply chain setting using critical thinking and problem-solving skills. (Bloom’s Level 4 – Analyze)
Courses assessed: Operations Management (EBTM 610); Procurement and Sourcing (EBTM 620). 

Learning Objective 3

Develop creative alternatives to supply chain problems using appropriate technology. (Bloom’s Level 6 – Creating)
Courses assessed: Intro to Supply Chain (EBTM 602); Supply Chain Analytics (EBTM 720). 

Learning Objective 4

Synthesize and integrate concepts and methods to evaluate and recommend supply chain improvements. (Bloom’s Level 6 – Creating)
Courses assessed: Supply Chain Capstone Project (EBTM 881); Exit Survey.

Courses

EBTM 501 APPLIED BUSINESS STATISTICS (3)

Statistical data analysis for managerial decision making. Includes an examination of summary measures, probability, random variables and their distributions. Presents estimation and hypothesis testing, including z-test, t-test and chi-square test, correlation and linear regression analysis, and their applications to business problems. The use of statistical data analysis is an integral part of this course. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

EBTM 602 INTRODUCTION TO SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (3)

Basic concepts and strategies adopted in SCM. Primary focus is to develop a good understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues of SCM and become familiar with the integration of various SCM entities. Topics include: supply chain strategy and deplaning, supply chain operations, procurement, supply chain risk management, supply chain coordination and integration, global SCM, supply chain revenue management, coordinated product design chain and SC, and supply chain information technologies. Prerequisites: graduate degree seeking status and statistics proficiency.

EBTM 604 INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT (3)

Introduces students to the behavioral ad technical aspects of managing projects. Challenges of planning, monitoring and controlling complex projects to achieve the desired cost, quality and performance objectives will be discussed. Topics covered will also include cross-functional project teams, project integration, time management, time-cost trade-offs in project completion and resource allocation. Prerequisite: graduate degree seeking status and statistics proficiency.

EBTM 610 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (3)

Demonstrates the significance of efficient and effective management of operations for competitiveness and success in manufacturing and service organizations. Topics include: Overview of the field, capacity management, facility location, Six-sigma quality, statistical quality control, sales and operations planning, inventory control, lean production. Prerequisites: graduate degree seeking status and MKTG 607 or statistics proficiency.

EBTM 620 PROCUREMENT AND SOURCING (3)

Topics include purchasing decisions and strategy, the legal aspects of purchasing, negotiation product and service quality, lean purchasing, supplier selection and evaluation, supplier relationship management, and special purchasing applications such as health care purchasing, government purchasing, professional service purchasing, transportation service purchasing. Prerequisites: graduate degree seeking status and statistics proficiency.

EBTM 625 PROJECT LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION (3)

Advanced project management topics necessary for implementation of, and excellence in, project management. Topics include human resource management, risk management, quality management, project office, conflicts, project leadership and communications management. Project management software will be used to support the course material. Prerequisite: program admission or department consent.

EBTM 710 LOGISTICS AND DISTRIBUTION (3)

The study of logistics system and distribution network and related firm strategy in the context of supply chain management. Topics include inventory, logistics network, warehouse management, transportation infrastructure and management, packaging and material handling, outbound logistics, distribution management, reverse logistics, and international logistics. Prerequisite: program admission or department consent.

EBTM 715 PROJECT COST ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE (3)

Information and exercises relating to project cost estimation, budgeting and scheduling, cost management, and cost control within several organizations' frameworks and strategies. Course subjects include a review of accounting, financial analysis, and managerial accounting. Project specific topics include resource planning, cost estimating, cost bugeting, cost control, and business case preparation and analysis. Prerequisite: graduate degree seeking status.

EBTM 720 SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYTICS (3)

Addresses analytics applied in different stages of supply chain and focuses on how technology is used to collect and analyze data to support decision making in the supply chain. Topics include supply chain decision support systems, supply chain optimization technologies, supply chain intelligence, supply chain visibility and collaborative technologies, and other emerging supply chain technologies. Prerequisites: graduate degree seeking status and statistics proficiency.

EBTM 730 BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT (3)

Designing and monitoring processes today can involve designing and orchestrating massive systems. Business Process Management (BPM) is a discipline that helps managers and analysts to design, run, administer, and monitor enterprise business processes. Explains BPM concepts, architecture and specifications, introduces the student to process modeling / design tools used to design and optimize business processes as well as performance measuring approaches for evaluating business process performance. Hands-on experience in process modeling using Process modeling and/or workflow software is also provided. Prerequisite: graduate degree seeking status.

EBTM 735 SIX-SIGMA QUALITY (3)

Understanding of the processes involved with the implementation of projects involving quality management and six sigma methodologies. Topics will include quality improvement, quality management, process analysis, process redesign, root cause analysis, and continuous improvement. Software including spreadsheet modeling, project management, and flowcharting will be used to support the course material. Prerequisites: graduate degree seeking status and statistics proficiency.

EBTM 740 CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT (3)

Theories and applications in customer relationship management which include analyzing customers to identify their needs and wants, satisfying customer needs and wants by developing customer-centric projects and services, building sustainable customer relationships, and ultimately achieving customer retention and loyalty. Provides students with knowledge and skills that are essential for consumer analyses and market strategies. Students will obtain hands-on experience and analytical CRM as well as data mining applications commonly used in business. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

EBTM 750 PROGRAM AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT (3)

Managing portfolios and programs from a strategic firm perspective. Principle areas of focus within program management will be strategic alignment, benefits management, stakeholder and communication management, risk management and leadership. Principle topics within project portfolio management will include project portfolio methodology, establishing a governance process, project selection techniques, and application of methods to optimize and balance a project portfolio. Using a case study and software tools, students will explore the importance of using organizational strategies to align projects, and apply practices to create portfolio and programs to leverage organizational assets. Prerequisites: EBTM 604 and graduate degree seeking status.

EBTM 790 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (3)

Current topics in supply chain management covering contemporary and emerging issues. May be repeated for credit provided a different topic is covered. Prerequisite: graduate degree seeking status.

EBTM 795 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3)

Independent research in specific areas of the field of the degree being pursued. A total of 3 units for any combination of directed readings or independent research is allowed in the area of study. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

EBTM 797 INTERNSHIP IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (3)

Supervised experience in a field setting which facilitates the application of supply chain knowledge. Prerequisites: graduate degree-seeking status and consent of instructor. Graded S/U.

EBTM 881 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE PROJECT (3)

Capstone course and an independent research or applied project in content areas related to supply chain management. Students work under the supervision of their faculty advisors to address a significant theoretical or applied problem in supply chain management. The completed project should clearly present the problem of the research subject investigated or applied project undertaken, its significance to theory and business practice, the research or project background, a well-defined method, results or findings, and their implications. Prerequisites: EBTM 602 and completion of at least 15 units in the Supply Chain Management MS program.

EBTM 882 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE PROJECT CONTINUUM (1)

Designed for students to continue their independent supply chain project in EBTM 881. Students work under the supervision of their faculty advisors to address a significant theoretical or applied problem in supply chain management. The completed project should clearly present the problem of the research subject investigated or applied project undertaken, its significance to theory and business practice, the research or project background, a well-defined method, results or findings, and their implications. Prerequisites: EBTM 602 and EBTM 881 and completion of at least 15 units in the Supply Chain Management MS program.

Faculty

Professors: Chaodong Han (Chairperson), Xiaolin Li, Barindra Nag, Sharma Pillutla, Stella Tomasi, Dong-Qing Yao

Associate Professors: James Otto, Neeraj Parolia, Natalie Scala (Graduate Program Director)

Assistant Professors: Feng Cheng, Mona Mohamed

Lecturers: William Cook, Rana Rassipour, Mohan Sundaram, Alice Zhang