Master of Science in Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is the management of business activities from product development, sourcing, production and logistics to managing the resources and related capabilities the organization needs in the accomplishment of its strategic objectives.

Note: To apply for this degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).

The MS SCM program which started in Fall 2008 provides students with advanced knowledge on how to identify, resolve and manage complex operational problems and introduces students to current supply chain operating practices, analysis methods, technology, applications and strategy developments.

The MS SCM at UT Dallas is a 36 semester credit-hour program, and a full-time student can complete it in 12 to 24 months. Our in-depth supply chain program uniquely prepares students to be next-generation business leaders with skills and competencies necessary to perform across functions within an organization. Download our MS SCM brochure.

Did you know UT Dallas is one of the six universities that have formed a partnership with the United States’ Army Logistics Management College (ALMC).

The ISM Approved Master of Science in Supply Chain Management

Our Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program has received a seal of approval from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the largest supply management association in the world.

Supply chain management has earned top of mind awareness among the world’s leading executives within the telecommunications, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, healthcare management, logistics, transportation and information technology industries.

As a business discipline, supply chain management concepts and practices are translating to real job market value. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects demand for management analysts of logistics, purchasing and operations management to increase up to 83 percent by 2018.

Shawn Alborz, PhD
Assistant Dean
Director, SCM Programs

(972) 883-6455
Office – JSOM 3.207

The ISM-approved Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS SCM) degree is designed for students with or without a previous background in supply chain. At least 36 semester credit hours of management course work beyond prerequisite courses are required to earn the MS SCM degree.

Students also can obtain a dual MS SCM/MBA degree by successfully completing a total of 63 semester credit hours (if all prerequisites are met).

Business Core and SCM Core Courses (18 semester credit hours)

Business Core Courses (9 semester credit hours)

  • OPRE 6301 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business
  • OPRE 6302 Operations Management

  • And one of the following courses:
  • ACCT 6305 Accounting for Managers
  • FIN 6301 Financial Management*

SCM Core Courses (9 semester credit hours)

  • OPRE 6366 Global Supply Chain Management
  • OPRE 6370 Logistics, Distribution and Warehousing
  • OPRE 6371 Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management

SCM Elective Courses (15 or 18 semester credit hours)

Option 1: Select six elective courses
Option 2: Select five elective courses and one free elective course.

Free Elective/Optional (3 semester credit hours)

Students may choose one SCM technology based or any three-credit-hour graduate-level course within JSOM (including an international trip) to satisfy this portion of the degree plan.

Sample free elective course may include an international trip or:

* Executive Education students may take FIN 6301 as an elective with prior approval of the program director.

The following requirements are applicable for all applicants. Complete the UT Dallas online graduate application and pay the application fee by the deadline date for the semester to which you are applying.

Application Requirements

  • All applicants MUST submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. These transcripts must be certified, signed or stamped official by the university’s Registrar’s Office.
  • International and U.S. citizen/permanent resident applicants with an international degree MUST submit a copy of their diploma, certificates and official transcripts in both local language and English translation.
  • An official GMAT or GRE score, no more than five years old by date of application. Our school codes for GMAT are ZTZ-PQ-09 or ZTZ-PQ-39 and our GRE code is R6897.

  • International applicants are required to provide an official English proficiency exam score, no more than two years old from the date of application. We accept the TOEFL (minimum 80 IBT), IELTS (minimum 6.5), and the Pearson Test of English (PTE, minimum 67). Our institutional TOEFL code is 6897. International applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in the United States are exempt from the English proficiency score requirement.
  • A detailed resume of all work history is required. Work experience is not required for joining the MS SCM program. However, prior working experience is highly considered.
  • Three letters of recommendation from current/past employers, community leaders, current/former professors, advisor, etc. are required. There is no specific format for recommendation letter.
  • A one page personal objectives statement that outlines the applicant’s academic interests and goals is required (no specific format).

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizen and Permanent Residents International and Visa Applicants
Fall Deadline: July 1st
Spring Deadline: November 1st
Summer Deadline: April 1st
Fall Deadline: May 1st
Spring Deadline: September 1st
Summer Deadline: March 1st

Texas residency is not based on citizenship. It is based on when you moved to the state and how long you have continuously resided here. Please visit Residency for detailed information.

Tuition at UT Dallas is on a sliding scale. The more semester credit hours you take a semester, the cheaper the semester credit hours are, and the sooner you finish the degree, therefore, the lower the total cost of the degree.

UT Dallas also offers a guaranteed tuition plan, so whatever the semester credit hour rate is when you come into your program that will not change during your program. Payment plans for tuition and short-term loans are available. Please visit UT Dallas Bursar’s Office for more information.


We offer the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship program for new and continuing students. This is a competitive scholarship program and offers students with $1,000 (one-time for the year) and in-state-tuition for the entire year. This means that international students will pay the same tuition as our Texas resident/US citizens. So, we encourage you to apply for the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship.

In addition to scholarships, US citizens may apply for financial aid through the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office.

We are proud of our supply chain management students. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience and represent an array of races, gender, geography and cultures.

Fall 2013 Student Profile

Class Statistics

Percentage or Number

Canada, China, India, Iran, Taiwan, and USA
Average GMAT
Average TOEFL (iBT)
Average Work Experience*
3.5 Years
Average Age
Average Undergraduate GPA
Average Graduate GPA
Undergraduate Degrees**
Engineering, Business, Science
Internships/Job Placements
Average Salary (after graduation from MS SCM Program)

* Work experience is not required for joining the MS SCM program.
** To apply for MS SCM degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).

Supply Chain Management

Our Center for Intelligent Supply Networks (C4ISN) offers a comprehensive curriculum of three-day modules and site visits allowing students to earn a professional certificate in supply chain management in three months. The program requires a completion of four modules (12 days; eight hours per day).

Students with or without professional experience or academic training can attend the program. Typically, students are professional individuals who come from different segments of supply chain community such as service, manufacturing, product development, procurement, distribution, warehousing, logistics, IT and consulting. This certificate program complements their experience and provides them with an edge over their peers. It also enables our students to network with other professionals and become current in best practices and trends in the field of supply chain management.

Lean Six Sigma

The curriculum combines the Lean and Six Sigma approaches which has been proven to result in significant cost savings and process improvements. Those interested in learning and applying a systematic approach to quality improvement, cost reduction and process efficiency will benefit from this program. No previous training is required for eligibility to the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt or Green Belt.

Training toward a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate requires the completion of seven days of class work and a project. Students typically identify a project within the company where they are working. C4iSN will assist the Green Belt candidate find a project. Participants who do not complete the project in eight months from the start of the program will automatically receive a Yellow Belt certificate as long as they have met other requirements. Students can opt to enroll in the Yellow Belt program only.

Students who have successfully completed the Green Belt program are eligible to register for the Black Belt program. The Black Belt program requires completion of 10 days of training, class assignments and quizzes. In addition, they are expected to complete one Lean Six Sigma project. Students who do not complete the project in 10 months from the start of the program will automatically receive a Brown Belt certificate as long as they have met other requirements. Students can opt to enroll for the Brown Belt program only.

Product Lifecycle Management

This certificate program offers a comprehensive curriculum of nine days in which participants earn a professional certificate in product lifecycle management in three months. The program requires completion of 9 days (8 contact hours per day). Upon completion of this program, Individuals make fewer mistakes, improve product performance and become more effective in collaborating with other functions of the organization while reducing cycle time. Students also learn how to be more efficient in using technology and applying the latest techniques from industry and academic experts.

For more information about any of these certificate programs, tuition or schedule, please visit the C4ISN page or contact the managing director, Divakar Rajamani or call (972) 883-4843.