Supply Chain Management FAQ

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General Program Overview
  • What is the study of MS Supply Chain Management about?
  • The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS SCM) degree program teaches design and management of industrial supply chains, including how to improve operations and how to resolve related key issues. SCM integrates supply and demand management within and across companies.

  • What kind of careers can I look forward to?
  • The SCM graduates can have careers in positions such as Chief Operations Officer, Vice President Purchasing, Distribution Manager, Manufacturing Manager, Materials Manager, Operations Director/Manager,Operations Project Manager, Logistics and Procurement Manager, Operations Analyst and many more.

  • How long does it usually take to complete the MS SCM program?
  • The MS SCM Program is a 36 semester credit hour program. It usually takes 1 to 2 years to complete the program.

  • Are there any Student Clubs/Organizations?
  • Yes, you may join ISM (Institute of Supply Management), APICS (The Association for Operations Management) and INFORMS which is the largest society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research, management science and business analytics. These organizations operate at national level and students get a chance to meet and network with experienced industry officials along with understanding the practical aspects of supply chain.

  • Are there any online classes for the MS SCM degree?
  • Yes, our MS SCM curriculum has several online courses in which we offer them mostly in Fall or Spring semesters. This provides a flexibility and choice for students to take a course either in a traditional class format or take it online via Internet.

  • Can we take the whole MS SCM program online?
  • Not yet, but we are working on it.

  • Are there any international trips in MS Supply Chain Management program?
  • Yes. International study trips help students to understand the operations and management of key issues related to supply chain at a global level.

  • How many hours can be transferred into the program?
  • Upon approval, up to 9 hours of graduate level course work from other universities/colleges may be transferred into MS SCM degree program.

  • Are there any other limitations on transferring work from other institutions?
  • Waivers of program requirements may be granted in recognition of previous course work completed with grade “B”; or better within the past six years in a specific business program area. Waivers are approved by the program director through a process that allows a student to skip a core course and take the next higher level course in the same academic area with no reduction in the overall program hour requirements.

    Transfer of credits may be granted for equivalent graduate course work taken at other universities with a grade of “B”; or better within the past six years. Up to 9 semester credit hours of course work from other universities may be waived from or transferred to the MS SCM program.

  • Can courses be taken at other institutions after enrolling in a School of Management graduate program?
  • Students officially admitted to our graduate program must obtain prior approval before taking any courses at another university. The resultant transfer hours may be denied if prior approval is not obtained.

  • How do I satisfy the calculus prerequisite?
  • Students who do not have this requirement may be admitted into the program, but must satisfy that within the first 12 hours of UT Dallas course work. This means that you need to take a MATH 5304, MATH 1325 or an equivalent to satisfy the calculus prerequisite.

Admission Requirements/Procedures
  • I would like to start the admission process. Where do I begin?
  • Please visit online application form:

  • In case of more than one GMAT score, would you consider the average or the best score?
  • For MS SCM program, we consider the best GMAT score.

  • While applying for the program, do I need to submit an original transcript?
  • Yes, you need to submit the official transcripts.

  • I am an international student and received my Bachelor’s degree in the United States. Will I need to submit a TOEFL score?
  • No, there is no need to submit a TOEFL if you have graduated from a university in the United States.

  • What documents do I need to send to UT Dallas for admission?
  • - An official GMAT or GRE score report completed no more than five years prior to application
    - Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
    - An official TOEFL score report completed no more than two years prior to application (international students only)
    - Three letters of recommendation/references (employers, community leaders, teachers, academic advisers, etc.)
    - A resume detailing your employment history since high school
    - One page essay outlining the applicant’s personal objectives, academic interests and goals

  • What are the application deadlines?
  • For domestic applicants (Fall-July 1, Spring-November 1, Summer – April 1) For international applicants (Fall-May 1 , Spring-September 1 , Summer-March 1 )

  • Who should write my letters of recommendation?
  • Your current academic adviser, faculty or if you are working, your supervisor/manager or colleague/coworker is the best person to write one of your letters of recommendation.

Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Are scholarships available for students?
  • Yes. Please visit following links for more information:
    Jindal School of Management Graduate Student Scholarship.
    Scholarship at UT Dallas.

  • Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
  • Yes, students can apply for as many as scholarships as they wish.

  • Do I need to apply for scholarships separately or will I automatically be considered for scholarships upon admission?
  • If the student’s application is considered in the top applicants, then the student may be considered for a scholarship automatically, in which you will be notified accordingly.

  • Do I need to be enrolled at UT Dallas to apply for the scholarship?
  • No, students do not need to be enrolled at UT Dallas to apply for the scholarships but they should register for the required number of semester credit hours once they come to UT Dallas.

  • I am an international student and have taken the GRE. Can I still apply for scholarships?
  • Yes, absolutely, we consider both GRE and GMAT.

Career, Internship and Job Placements
  • I am an international student. When am I eligible for internships?
  • Based on the United States Immigration Law, all international students holding an F-1 visa are eligible for internships after completing 2 long semesters (Fall and Spring or 18 semester credit hours).

  • At what extent can the Career Center help international students find an internship or job?
  • The career center helps international students in various areas such as: resume, mock interviews, English improvement, job fairs, career counseling and other services. Please visit the career management site for more information.

International Students
  • I am an international student and would like to know more about orientation, student health insurance, medical screening, housing, financial sponsorship and visa rules. How can I proceed?
  • UT Dallas has a separate student services department

Program Certificates
  • Are there any SCM certifications?
  • Yes, Lean Six Sigma, Supply Chain Management and Product Lifecycle Management are three certifications offered for students at UT Dallas.