MS in Business: 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
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 analytical and interpersonal communications 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
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.