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Supply Chain Management Overview

The Smith MS in Supply Chain Management is a cohort-based, lock-step program requiring 30 credits for graduation. The program is designed as a 16-month program; students have the option to accelerating the program and earn their degree in 10 months.  International students who require student (F-1) visas should plan on completing the program in no more than 16 months. Classes are scheduled throughout the day at the University of Maryland College Park campus, a short distance from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and northern Virginia – a great place to live, work and make lasting connections in industry.

Lean Six Sigma Certification

Providing our students with strong analytical skills is a core goal of our program. Our Lean Six Sigma in Supply Chain Management course prepares our students for highly quantitative careers paths in fields such as consulting, operations and quality management.  Using case studies, the course capstone project provides an opportunity to apply the new knowledge to improve business processes to meet customer requirements. Successful completion of this course makes a student eligible for the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification issued by the University of Maryland Smith School of Business


Business Fundamentals for Supply Chain Managers I and II: Read More

This two-part series is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to quantify the impact of supply chain management decisions on the bottom line. Students will gain a solid understanding of accounting, finance and the link between supply chain and overall financial performance.  Students will analyze financial statements and explain the implications of supply chain management decisions on standard financial ratios and all components of the balance sheet and income statement.  Through interactive supply chain finance models, students will demonstrate the sensitivity of outcome of multiple independent variables.  Students will also learn how to apply the net present value technique to evaluate the feasibility of investment projects in supply chain.

Date Models and Decisions I and II: Read More

In this two part series, students will learn to
a. identify analytical structure in seemingly complex and amorphous decision problems,
b. understand the role of uncertainty and risk in the decision-making process
c. analyze available data to understand relationships among variables and to create predictions
d. understand the trade-offs involved in decision making and
e. use available computing technology (e.g., spreadsheets) to arrive at optimal solutions

Technology Applications in Supply Chain Management: Read More

Students will gain skills necessary to quantify the impact of supply chain management decisions on the bottom line. During the semester, the students will be given hands-on experience managing a company’s integrated supply chain using a sophisticated ERP system, gaining an understanding of accounting, finance, production cost, scheduling, and the link between supply chain and overall financial performance.  There is absolutely no difference between the user-interface and software screens that the students will use in the classroom and the interface and screens used on a daily basis by corporations around the world. 

Assessing and Managing Supply Chain Risks: Read More

This course explores methods to build enterprise resilience from the perspectives of the supply chain planner and supply chain manager. Students will learn assessing strategic and operational risks, day to day uncertainties in demand and supply, and ensuring business continuity after low probability but high impact events such as a terrorist attack or earthquake.

Project Management: Read More

This course addresses project management skills that are required by successful managers in increasingly competitive and faster-moving environments.  Students will examine fundamental concepts of successful project management, and technical and managerial issues, methods and techniques. 

Global Supply Chain Resources Planning: Read More

Provides an understanding of how firms use an advanced supply chain planning (ASCP) application as an integral part of their materials management process which includes such activities as production planning, materials requirements planning, and distribution requirements planning.

Lean Six Sigma for the Supply Chain Managers I & II: Read More

This course series is designed to familiarize students with the Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodology, a program adopted by companies throughout the world to improve the quality of critical supply chain management processes.  Through in-class lectures, online coursework, and a case study project, the students in this course series will learn tools and techniques commensurate with the Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge and apply them in a variety of exercises and formats. Students who complete this class will be capable of analyzing and solving complex quality problems to achieve superior supply chain effectiveness, including improving customer service levels and reducing inventory investment. This course series requires strong probability and statistics knowledge. Students completing are eligible to receive Yellow Belt certification upon completion of both courses.

Global Supply Chain Management: Read More

This course offers a practical blueprint for understanding, building, implementing, and sustaining supply chains in today's rapidly changing global supply chain environment. The course provides a survey of the evolution of supply chain strategies, business models and technologies; current best practices in demand and supply management; and methodologies for conducting supply chain-wide diagnostic assessments and formulating process improvement plans. 

Networks and Influence: Read More

This course focuses on networks, social capital, and influence as they relate to operating effectively in organizations. It draws heavily on emerging literature on networks and social capital, but also integrates concepts from persuasion, communication, and motivation literatures to aid in student’s efforts to build a successful track record.  This course relies on the underlying assumption that Smith students can be more effective leaders through greater attention to personal branding, networking and power issues, enabling students to make a positive difference in their world and the broader one.

Global Trade Logistics: Read More

This course acquaints students with managerial issues in international logistics and transportation, and provides students with an understanding of issues related to import/export management and the global marketplace.

Global Transportation Management: Read More

The intent of this course is to introduce transportation as a field of managerial and governmental responsibility and to understand the features that make the transportation arena unique and therefore worthy of advanced study.  Each of the five modes of transportation within supply chain management will be examined.  Issues related to passenger transportation will also be addressed.  Throughout the course, particular attention will be paid to the significant impact that transportation has on economic development and growth.

Supply Chain Strategy: Read More

This course examines supply chain management at the strategic level.  Students learn to determine how firms can best align supply chain strategy with business strategy and to the other functional strategies of a firm. Students learn about the impact of various environmental and market considerations.  This course also allows students to improve oral/written communication skills as well as critical analysis skills. 

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