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Executive Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management

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The process of delivering goods and services better, faster and cheaper sounds simple but can sometimes be unpredictable and lead to shortages or surpluses. Over the past two decades, the supply chain journey has evolved through a number of distinct phases along with a shift in power from suppliers to customers. Over the course of this evolution, supply chain professionals have expanded their perspective and philosophy from an inventory-centric view to an order-centric view to a product-centric view today. As product lifecycles shrink, innovation has risen to the top of the CEO agenda. But product innovation cannot meet the business objectives of lifecycle profitability without supply chain process considerations.

Academic Focus of the Program

The program focuses on educating executives and industry sponsored employees in the disciplines of product lifecycle and supply chain management by combining theory and practice. It emphasizes the need to understand and the importance of renewed focus on product lifecycle from design to disposal and supply chain from end to end. Students are trained to be effective problem solvers to continuously improve the product performance and supply chain efficiency.

The program employs lectures, case studies and site visits in addition using of quantitative and qualitative methods to meet the learning objectives of the program. Students are required to integrate classroom learning with work projects. The program leverages a world-class faculty in the operations management and industry leaders to deliver the program.

Target Audience

A typical student is an expert in one or more functional areas such as engineering, manufacturing, product development, procurement, distribution, warehousing, logistics, information technology and consulting and aspires to become a product manager, operations manager, general manager or business partner and is interested in gaining a cross-functional knowledge and managing projects across multiple functions and extended global enterprises.

The program can be taken in a blended format (1-3 days/month on campus & online) or 100% online. With 2 to 3 courses each semester, earn a Graduate Certificate in 12 months or an MS SCM in 22 months or an MBA with product lifecycle and supply chain management concentration in 28 months. Work experience required. No GMAT or GRE is needed.

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Future supply chain professionals need to get involved in the product development process to enable both product and process innovation. The product lifecycle perspective becomes more important because it provides a holistic view across disparate enterprise silos to provide a coordinated response to the end-customer. Integration of product lifecycle and supply chain management can provide fresh perspectives and critical insights that are often missed due to the extreme fragmentation of functions within the enterprise and across supply chains.

For questions related to application, admission, tuition and information sessions please contact the following:

Divakar Rajamani, PhD Director

Paula Baxter Financial Services Manager (Financial Aid)

The Supply Chain Core classes consist of 5 courses which, upon completion will earn a Certificate in Supply Chain Management. Upon completion of the Supply Chain Core, students may continue on to earn either of the followings:

For complete course descriptions, please visit UT Dallas Catalog.

*OPRE 6366 and OPRE 6370 include a prerequisite of Statistics and Operations Management. These must have been completed prior to enrollment.

The Executive Education program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management offers a Master of Science degree in Supply Chain Management which is earned by completing the following business core courses in addition to the supply chain management core requirements.

For course description, please visit UT Dallas catalog.

Product Lifecycle & Supply Chain Management Courses

*OPRE 6366 and OPRE 6370 include a prerequisite of Statistics and Operations Management. These must have been completed prior to enrollment.

Business Core Courses

The Executive Education program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management offers an MBA with a product lifecycle and supply chain management emphasis that can be earned by completing 16 semester credit hours over and above the supply chain core program requirements and business core courses. To earn an MBA, students must waive the master’s of science degree and earn the additional 16 semester credit hours from the courses listed below. If the student does not waive the MS degree, an additional 30 semester credit hours are required for the MBA.

For course description, please visit UT Dallas catalog.

Product Lifecycle & Supply Chain Management Courses

*OPRE 6366 and OPRE 6370 include a prerequisite of Statistics and Operations Management. These must have been completed prior to enrollment.

Business Core Courses

MBA Core Courses

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Applications for the Executive Education Product Lifecycle & Supply Chain Management program are reviewed upon receipt of all required documents, and admission decisions are made as soon as possible. Candidates are notified shortly after the admission decision has been made. Early submission of all application documents is strongly recommended.

Admission Procedure

The following must be submitted before an applicant will be considered for admission:

Step 1 – Complete online application


  1. Click on the “Apply Now” button – do not click “Application Process” on the top of the page.
  2. Sign in with your username and password – create one if this is your first time.
  3. When you get to the “NEW APPLICATION” screen, please select the following:
    • What level you are applying for? Executive/Professional
    • What School are you applying for? Naveen Jindal School of Management
    • What program are you applying for? Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management Executive MBA or Supply Chain Management Exec MS Program
    • Term: Fall 20XX or Spring 20XX

Include the following documents in your application (upload):

  • Resume
  • 1-2 page essay explaining why you want to enter the program and what benefits you hope to achieve
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Names and email addresses of three professional evaluators (supervisors and/or co-workers)

Tuition Payment Questionnaire
(Complete and return by email to divakar@utdallas.edu)

$250 application fee

Step 2 – Request official transcripts

Paper Transcripts

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(Do not select the default admissions address)

The University of Texas at Dallas
Product Lifecycle & Supply Chain Management Program
800 W. Campbell Rd. SM10
Richardson, TX 75080

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  • Applicants who have earned a three year baccalaureate degree are eligible to apply for admission to UT Dallas graduate programs. Admission decisions are based on each program’s admission committee’s holistic review of the applicant’s credentials. An overall grade point average of 3.0 (based on 4.0 scale) or better is expected.
  • Send all transcripts or mark sheets as well as diplomas and/or degree certificates directly to UT Dallas from the issuing institution. UT Dallas evaluates your foreign credentials using its own established policies and standards. UT Dallas will deny you admission or transfer credit if your credentials are deemed unacceptable.
  • Submit all documents in their original language along with certified English translations. The academic institution, government agency or a academic translation service must perform the translation services

Step 3 – Interview with program director

Call Dr. Divakar Rajamani at 469-371-4300 to schedule your interview

Additional Information

  • The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required. Test results will, however, be considered if forwarded to Supply Chain Admissions.
  • Prior to enrollment, tuberculosis (TB) screening is required for all persons born outside the United States regardless of the status of their application. For additional information visit the Student Health Center-site.
  • International students whose native language is not English must have a score of 6.7 on the PTE, 6.5 on the IELTS, 550 on the TOEFL paper test or 80 on the TOEFL internet-based test (this may be waived by the program director if English proficiency is demonstrated).

The table below shows the tuition for the Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management program. The tuition is inclusive of most costs except for books. A virtual bookstore is available for online purchase of new and used textbooks. Tuition is billed each semester.

Program Tuition
Supply Chain Certificate (15 semester credit hours) $15,000
Business Core – both degree options (23 semester credit hours) $23,000
Total cost of MS Degree Option $38,000
Courses for MBA Degree Option (15 semester credit hours) $14,400
Total cost of MBA Degree Option $53,000

Financial Aid

Students who need financial assistance may apply for long-term student loans. More information is available by contacting the Executive Education Financial Services Manager, Paula Baxter or call (972) 883-4114.

Degree-seeking students may borrow through the Federal Student Loan Programs (Direct Unsubsidized and Graduate Plus). More information regarding the Federal Student Loan Programs for graduate students can be found at the Federal Student Loan Programs website and the Graduate and Professional Degree Students brochure.

Students seeking only the Graduate Certificate or ineligible for federal student aid may access private educational loan information via the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office website.