Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Degree Plan
In 2011, 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:
- Perform effectively in matrixed team environments
- Integrate information and think analytically to make managerial decisions
- Practically apply the SCOR Model (Plan, Source, Make, Deliver and Return) to analyze and recommend improvements to supply chain-driven operations
- Leverage technologies to reduce risk and develop innovative supply chain solutions
- Gartner Model and
Supply Chain Council Framework
- Casptone Project /
Real-World Experience OpportunitiesWe have built strong relationships with companies in industries dependent on efficient supply chain operations. Our Industry Advisory Board is comprised of 32 companies spanning multiple industries: high-tech, retail, oil & gas, transportation, manufacturing and consulting.
These industry relationships allow us to close the gap between the skills and competencies the supply chain industry needs and what we teach our students. These curriculum modifications ensure our future supply chain leaders possess the core competencies essential to optimize organizational supply chain performance.
Gartner Supply Chain Capabilities Model
The newly redesigned program ensures that the capabilities defined by Gartner are covered in the supply chain courses. These changes will develop our graduates into supply chain professionals with skill sets demanded by the industry. The curriculum changes not only help to increase the overall number of internships, but also allow hiring companies to build talent pipelines of potential hires.
Supply Chain Council SCOR Framework
The Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR®) model provides a unique framework that links business process, metrics, best practices and technology features into a unified structure to support communication among supply chain partners and to improve the effectiveness of supply chain management and related supply chain improvement activities.
The program’s unique structure prepares students for an exciting new career path and advancement in the SCM industry by learning how to integrate their skills and knowledge to manage supply chain operations, optimize efficiency and resolve key issues. Because of this integration, the need for SCM expertise has grown dramatically in recent years.
MS SCM graduates use their analytical decision-making skills and advanced knowledge to address supply chain concerns that arise as operations become increasingly more sophisticated. The program’s ultimate objective is to empower graduates to use SCM to transform business operations into competitive tools in the global economy.
Recent benchmarking in SCM indicates that there are five main competencies students must have in order to be successful in the supply chain profession. Our modified curriculum reflects such industry needs. Below is a list of courses preparing SCM students in the areas of:
- Social Skills
- Decision Making Skills
- Time Management Skills
- General Knowledge
- Problem Solving Skills
Capstone project is a course sponsored by major supply chain companies that provide our students with opportunities to apply the supply chain management skills and knowledge gained to solve real world challenging problems.
During the course, students work in a team environment, interact with industry leaders, gather/analyze data to identify improvement opportunities and root causes and develop a specific solution.
SCM case competitions are an essential part of the program for gaining practical experience. Students learn how to assess global supply chain issues, build solutions, execute and manage their activities under very tight deadlines and perform well during the case competition. SCM case competitions provide students with opportunities to showcase their talents in real-world business situations to potential employers and build their professional networks.