Master of Science in Supply Chain Management
The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS SCM) degree program explores the key issues associated with the design and management of industrial supply chains, including methods for improving supply chain operations by lowering costs, speeding delivery and improving quality. Students gain business management knowledge and analytical decision-making skills (especially for complex systems) along with real-life experiences through projects with area companies.
Note: To apply for this degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).
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).
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.
- Students’ Profile
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
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 Courses (9 semester credit hours)
SCM Core Courses (9 semester credit hours)
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.
MS SCM Student Profile
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
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* Work experience is not required for joining the MS SCM program. However, prior working experience is highly considered.
** To apply for MS SCM degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).
MS SCM Student Testimonials
What really impressed me about the Supply Chain Management program at UT Dallas was the strong practical emphasis, focus on collaboration with peers and professors and access to career advancement opportunities. Many courses I took were based on the case study method, incorporating simulations and practice related models, while allowed me to solve companies’ real-world problems. Moreover, professors with industry background shared their experiences and provided valuable insights about current industry trends. Multiple career events, guest speaker series and seminars took place every week allowing me to network with industry leaders. I am happy to have been part of this program and would definitely recommend it.
Petya Nedeva, Class of 2014
There are many good schools and very fast-growing cities. But, I believe Dallas and UT Dallas is in top of the list for supply chain program. I was looking for a supply chain program that would prepare me for future challenges in this fast paced and competitive world we live in.
UT Dallas Supply Chain Management program consists of a top ranking faculty and curriculum, which was a key factor for me. Having the opportunity to study alongside students from different countries and cultural backgrounds has given me the opportunity to learn from a global point of view. I’ve gained a lot since I started the program and I use my UT Dallas earned knowledge every day at work.
Nima Esfandiari, Class of 2013
While researching graduate schools, I quickly selected the UT Dallas as my top choice. The Supply Chain Management program at UT Dallas is one of the best in the nation because it offers a solid knowledge base for students who are seeking the ability and confidence to tackle various challenges within business.
Earlier this year, I was promoted to CFO of a newly established bulk fuel supply company with operations located throughout the southeast US. I believe this is due in a large part to the skills and knowledge acquired throughout my supply chain management courses studies at UT Dallas. The faculty and staff are incredibly dedicated and I am sincerely thankful for their guidance along the way.
Patrick Thibodeau, Class of 2012
Our master of supply chain management (MS SCM) degree program maintains many corporate relationships to support the recruitment of our SCM graduates. The MS SCM degree in Supply Chain Management prepares you for various careers in the supply chain management positions in almost all industries.
The Dallas area is home to leading supply chain companies that are all run complex supply chains and constantly looking for qualified professionals to manage them. In 2011, Texas ranked second in America’s Top States for Business by CNBC, providing our students with significant opportunities for internship and job placement.
Typical supply chain management positions include:
During the academic year of 2013, about 84% of MS SCM students secured internships/jobs. The graph below shows the type of roles they played.
How to Calculate Tuition
The proximate tuition for an MS SCM degree program (36 semester credit hours) for:
- Local students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) taking 3 courses every semester (9 credit hours) will be about 4 x $5,970 = $22,880
- International students taking 3 courses every semester (9 credit hours) will be about 4 x $11,141 = $44,564
For more information, please review UT Dallas guaranteed tuition rate.
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.
- 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).
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Fall Deadline: July 1st
Spring Deadline: November 1st
Summer Deadline: April 1st
Fall Deadline: May 1st
Spring Deadline: September 1st
Summer Deadline: March 1st
Based on direct feedback from our SCM Industry Advisory Board and research by Gartner Supply Chain Talent Research and Supply Chain Council, we have incorporated several critical elements into the curriculum (i.e., real-world experience, SCOR framework and supply chain capabilities model, SCM career tracker, and more).
Upon completion, UT Dallas MS SCM graduates will be able to: