Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Gary Cohen

Gary Cohen is Assistant Dean of Executive Programs and Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow. He has held several senior executive positions in his 30-year corporate career. He worked in several disciplines, including international business, supply chain management, product development, marketing and sales. Mr. Cohen served as Executive Vice President of Nuway Distributors, President of Majestic Tool Corporation, President and COO of Bestway Dealer Warehouse, and Executive Vice President for West Chester Holdings, Inc. Mr.

Jahangir Boroumand

Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Jahangir Boroumand is a Tyser Teaching Fellow and Senior Executive Fellow at Robert H. Smith School of Business. He received his Ph. D. in Economics in 1981 from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and holds a MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the same university.

Leigh Anenson

Professor Anenson is an Associate Professor of Business Law at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and a Senior Fellow in the Department of Business Law & Taxation at Monash University.

2013 SCM Industry Day & Career Fair

Industry Day is an annual event held by the Supply Chain Management Society SCMS (undergraduate student club) and the Logistics, Business and Public Policy Department to promote the major and foster relations between our students and employers. The event featured a presentation by the Person of the Year, a recruiter/student lunch and a Career and Networking Fair.


October 11, 2013 - 8:00am to 3:30pm

Department Information

Dianne Fox, Supply Chain Program Manager
3411 Van Munching Hall, College Park, MD 20742
E-mail: supplychain@rhsmith.umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-2190

Academic Program Contacts

Undergraduate Program
E-mail: undergradinfo@rhsmith.umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-2286

MBA/EMBA Programs 
E-mail: mba_info@rhsmith.umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-9565

MS in Supply Chain Management Program
E-mail: masters@rhsmith.umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-2559

PhD Program
E-mail: businessphd@rhsmith.umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-2214 

Logistics Course Requirements

Student Organizations


PhD in Supply Chain Management

  1. Introduction
  2. Admissions
  3. Program Structure and Requirements
  4. Research Paper Requirements
  5. Steps in the Doctoral Program
  6. Financial Aid
  7. Faculty
  8. Computer Resources
  9. Further Information


The doctoral program in Supply Chain Management is designed to produce outstanding scholars in the fields of logistics, transportation, and supply chain management. Graduates of the program are well-qualified to take academic positions in colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Recent graduates have accepted full time positions at the following academic institutions: University of Texas at San Antonio, Arizona State University, Ohio State University, Lehigh University, University of Houston, Michigan State University, National Taiwan University and the University of Arkansas. Students in the PhD program achieve excellence through: (1) extensive preparation in the major, a related minor, and associated research tools (primarily statistics or operations research); (2) joint research with faculty; (3) independent research culminating in a doctoral dissertation; and (4) the teaching of courses for undergraduate majors in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management.

Faculty Positions of University of Maryland, Smith School Supply Chain Alumni


The Supply Chain Management faculty at the Robert H. Smith School of Business seeks to attract PhD students with strong academic credentials interested in pursuing academic careers. Applicants should have a strong interest in both research and teaching. Only students willing to work on their PhD on a fulltime basis will be considered for admission. No part time students will be admitted into the program. Competition for spots in the Supply Chain Management PhD program is keen. In recent years, 30-40 applications have been received for admission into the Supply Chain Management PhD program but only two or three students per year have been admitted. Admission totals depend on the quality of the applicant pool and the availability of resources to support students. Although the completion of a master’s level degree is not a requirement for admission to the PhD program in Supply Chain Management, it is one criterion used to assess the potential ability of applicants to complete the PhD program. Other criteria used to assess applicants include: interest in pursuing an academic career in Supply Chain Management; relevant academic and work experience; math, verbal, and oral communication skills; and English language abilities.

Applicants seeking admission into the Supply Chain Management PhD program should follow the procedures outlined on the website of the Robert H. Smith School of Business PhD program. The required "Statement of Purpose" should indicate the applicant's career intentions and program goals as closely as possible. Preparation in differential and integral calculus (2 semesters of calculus) is an admission requirement. All applicants must be interviewed as part of the admissions process. Interviews will take place either face-to-face or over the telephone.

Applications to the Supply Chain Management PhD program will be considered during the spring semester, generally during March and April. Interviews will take place during that time. Admission decisions are made by the Supply Chain Management faculty subject to approval by the Director of the PhD program and the availability of financial aid as determined by the Dean’s Office.


Each student develops a detailed Program Plan in consultation with the Supply Chain Management PhD Advisor and the Director of the PhD Program. The process of program planning can begin at the time of application and continue at orientation/registration. A complete Program Plan should be in force for each student by the end of the first semester, and subsequent modifications require explicit approval.

Formal transfer credit is not granted; however, course work successfully completed at other institutions may be accepted as fulfilling some part of the Program Plan, with the approval of the PhD Director and the Supply Chain Management PhD Advisor. As the Graduate School Handbook emphasizes, a doctoral degree is "earned by competence" (as demonstrated in exams and research), not by the completion of course requirements alone.

The Supply Chain Management Doctoral Program consists of the following four elements:

1. Major field – Logistics & Transportation (18 credits)
2. Minor field (12 credits)
3. Research tools (12 credits)
4. Additional course requirements which vary depending on the educational background of the student but may include a graduate course in economics, two MBA core courses, and a research methods course. A student wishing to pursue a double major would need to take 18 credits in a second major field (instead of 12 credits for a minor field) increasing total requirements by 6 credits.

Both major and minor field courses are typically satisfied by taking doctoral seminars. Although the title and content of the Supply Chain Management doctoral seminar are subject to change, the six major field seminars may be as follows:

1. Logistics Research
2. Supply Chain Research
3. Supply Chain and Information Technology
4. Logistics Modeling
5. Industrial Organization
6. Transportation and Supply Chain Economics

In each of the seminars, students read relevant research papers and are tested on their knowledge of these papers. As well, students are required to write research papers for each of the seminars.

Students are encouraged to choose a minor field that fits well with their academic interests. Minor fields that work well with Supply Chain Management majors include Marketing, Management Science, Information Systems, and Strategic Management.


Conducting high quality research is an integral part of the doctoral program, and writing publication-quality research papers is an important component of the doctoral seminars in Supply Chain Management. As part of the curriculum, each student is required to write one research paper in the first year of his/her program and a second research paper in the second year of his/her program. The grades received on these papers count towards course grades. In addition, students are expected to submit the research papers to reputable refereed journals; i.e., one submission at the end of the first year of the program and one at the end of the second year, after receiving permission from the Supply Chain Management faculty. Students must meet this requirement in a timely manner to remain in good standing in the program.

Selected Recent Publications by Supply Chain Faculty, Students and Alumni


  1. Course Work – A typical path toward completion of a PhD degree would begin with two to three years of course work. This time will vary depending upon a student's background and requirements.
  2. Paper Requirements - Two research papers must be submitted to acceptable refereed journals before comprehensive exams are taken.
  3. Comprehensive Exam – After Supply Chain Management major credit requirements are completed, typically after two years of course work, and the paper requirements are met, students write their comprehensive exam. The general policy is that the comprehensive exam is subdivided into six questions, each testing knowledge from one of the Supply Chain Management seminars.
  4. Oral Comprehensive Exam – An oral exam is only required if the student earns less than a grade of pass on the written comprehensive exam.
  5. PhD Dissertation Proposal – The dissertation proposal is defended by a PhD candidate after the student has made progress on defining a dissertation topic and writing about the proposed topic. All faculty and other PhD students are invited to attend and participate in the proposal defense.
  6. PhD Dissertation Defense – The final step is for the candidate is to complete the thesis research and defend the results. The dissertation must exhibit the candidate's competence in analysis, interpretation, and presentation of research findings, and should be a major contribution to the literature. The candidate must defend the dissertation in a public defense.

The typical time for completion of the PhD program is 4-5 years of fulltime work. Throughout the PhD program a student will have the opportunity to discuss plans and progress with a number of faculty members. In addition there will be an annual review of the student’s progress with the Supply Chain Management PhD advisor.


Please see the PhD Program Web site for a discussion of financial aid.


National prominence among leading universities requires, among other things, a strong faculty research orientation. Maryland's faculty clearly has this orientation and the research efforts of faculty members has led to numerous publications in leading academic journals. The members of the Supply Chain Management faculty are also active in various editorial and reviewing capacities for the leading journals. High quality teaching is an essential requirement demanded of our Supply Chain Management faculty and the faculty's teaching efforts has consistently ranked among the best in the College.

Supply Chain Management faculty members include the following:

Thomas M. Corsi
Michelle E. Smith Professor of Logistics & Co-Director, Supply Chain Management Center
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Yan Dong
Assistant Professor 
Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park

Martin E. Dresner
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Stephanie Eckerd
Assistant Professor 
Ph.D., The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business

Philip T. Evers
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Curtis M Grimm
Dean's Professor of Supply Chain and Strategy
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Robert J. Windle
Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Through the University of Maryland and the Robert H. Smith School of Business, students have access to a wide array of software packages that may be used for research purposes.


Further information is available from the PhD Office’s Web site. For application and financial support information, please contact the PhD Office at 301-405-2214. For information on the academic content of the program, please contact Robert Windle, the Supply Chain Management PhD advisor, at 301-405-2187.


MS in Business: Supply Chain Management

MS in Supply Chain Management

Today’s supply chains are truly global. Effective supply chain management is crucial and solves many of the problems encountered by businesses today. Supply chain professionals are sought after in a wide variety of industries, with new and growing opportunities in biotech, cyber-security – even aid logistics.

Whether you’re a recent graduate with an interest in how goods move around the globe, or a manager who would like to broaden your understanding of the global supply chain, the Smith MSB in SCM will help you develop strong managerial skills and make connections with supply chain executives from a cross-section of industries. You’ll be prepared to lead innovation that drives business growth, promotes efficiency and helps sustain the planet - and gain the relevant, real-world experience most sought after by recruiters.

Our outstanding teaching and research faculty is unparalleled and consistently ranks among the top five American universities in research productivity in top-tier logistics, supply chain management and transportation journals.

The Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC), established in 1998, was one of the first SCM centers in academia, garnering clients such as the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). The center builds on the university’s half-century commitment to advancing supply chain practices and research, and is distinguished by state-of-the-art technology. It has built working prototypes of leading-edge supply chain portals, developed RFID demos to help hospitals lower costs and improve patient care by managing their inventories in real time, and, through its collaboration with Delft University in the Netherlands and with Interactive Learning Solutions (ILS), Inc., created the world’s first real-time global supply chain game, helping students prepare for careers and compete for jobs by learning in a decision-rich environment that closely mimics today’s complex global supply chain. A new version of this game has been designed to mirror volatility in a global environment. The center is currently working on a multidisciplinary collaboration with the University of Maryland to design a national test bed for Cyber Supply Chain Risk management.

We have one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the world for research in supply chain management – our Supply Chain Laboratory. The lab provides students with the opportunity to receive training in industry leading supply chain software, such as SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) and i2 network design.

Classes are held at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus, located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, an area which spans from Baltimore to northern Virginia and boasts employment opportunities in private industry, government, not-for-profit, and the military.

Learn more about the MS in Business: Supply Chain Management



MBA Electives

Smith's MBA electives enable you to build a personalized portfolio of management knowledge and skills. In addition to acquiring expertise in one or more functional areas of business, you'll further develop your ability to analyze, synthesize, and communicate. Elective course content is both timeless-exploring theories that are the foundation for modern business practice-and timely-incorporating the "best practices" emerging from today's technology-powered global markets.



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