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).

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.



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


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

Email
(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 Global Logistics and Transportation
  • 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.

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

Class Statistics

Percentage or Number

International
73%
Canada, China, India, Iran, Taiwan, and USA
Women
47%
Minorities
8%
Average GMAT
604
Average TOEFL (iBT)
89
Average Work Experience*
3.5 Years
Average Age
24.6
Average Undergraduate GPA
3.2
Average Graduate GPA
3.4
Undergraduate Degrees**
Engineering, Business, Science
Internships/Job Placements
%86
Average Salary (after graduation from MS SCM Program)
$62,000

* 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 UTD 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 SCM 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 UTD earned knowledge every day at work.
Nima Esfandiari, Class of 2013




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:

  • Chief Operations Officer (COO)
  • Chief Purchasing/Sourcing Officer
  • Vice President of Strategic Sourcing
  • Operations Manager/Director
  • Product/Service Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Logistics, Transportation or Distribution Manager
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Materials Manager
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Supplier Relationship Manager
  • Operations Analyst/Specialist

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.


Application Requirements

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).

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

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
Hover over the graphic to learn about the courses that cover each area.
OPRE 6367 Capstone Project in Supply Chain Management OPRE 6367 Capston Project in Supply Chain Management MS SCM students will go through systematic series of career development programs Job Well Done OPRE 6302 Operations Management
OPRE 6366 Global Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6367 Capstone Project in Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6371 Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management
OPRE 6396 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
OPRE 6379 Product Lifecycle Management
MKT 6301 Marketing Management
MKT 6333 Channels and Retailing
OPRE 6335 Risk and Decision Analysis
OPRE 6340 Flexible Manufacturing Strategy
OB 6301 Organizational Behavior
OB 6321 Principles of Leadership
OPRE 6302 Operations Management
OPRE 6311 Game Theory
OPRE 6332 Spreadsheet Modeling
OPRE 6335 Risk and Decision Analysis
OPRE 6377 Demand and Revenue Management
OB 6301 Organizational Behavior
OB 6321 Principles of Leadership
OPRE 6396 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
OPRE 6368 Industrial Applications in Supply Chain
OPRE 6369 Supply Chain Software (SAP APO SCM)
OPRE 6378 Supply Chain Strategy
OPRE 6393/MIS 6320 Database Foundations
OPRE 6302 Operations Management
OPRE 6362 Project Management in Engineering and Operations
OPRE 6363 Inventory Control
OPRE 6366 Global Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6367 Capstone Project in Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6371 Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management
OPRE 6377 Demand and Revenue Management
OPRE 6385 Scheduling
OPRE 6302 Operations Management
OPRE 6363 Inventory Control
OPRE 6366 Global Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6367 Capstone Project in Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6371 Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management
OPRE 6371 Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management
OPRE 6302 Operations Management
OPRE 6340 Flexible Manufacturing Strategy
OPRE 6361 Production Planning and Control
OPRE 6364 Quality Control (Lean Six Sigma)
OPRE 6366 Global Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6367 Capstone Project in Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6368 Industrial Applications in Supply Chain
OPRE 6385 Scheduling
OPRE 6302 Operations Management
OPRE 6366 Global Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6367 Capstone Project in Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6371 Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management
OPRE 6371 Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management
OPRE 6388 Engineering Packaged Goods Distribution
OPRE 6302 Operations Management
OPRE 6366 Global Supply Chain Management
OPRE 6371 Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management
OPRE 6371 Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management
These items into the MS SCM curriculum so student can gain realworld experience SCM students would gain the essential skill sets for their future career

1 Based on Gartner’s Supply Chain Talent Model
2 Based on Supply Chain Council’s SCOR Framework