Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Program



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
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

Real-World Experience Opportunities

We 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.

  • Simulations
  • Case Studies
  • Student Group Projects
  • Supply Chain Technology (i.e., SAP APO)
  • Executive Guest Lectures
  • Executive Mentorship/Shadow Programs
  • Capstone/Industry Projects
  • Industry Site Visits
  • Industry Partnerships
  • Internships/Apprenticeships

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.