Curriculum

Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Curriculum

Fall 2020/Spring 2021

Maryland Smith’s curriculum is interactive, data-focused and adjusts to reflect the trends of the modern business world. The courses you’ll take are taught by knowledgeable scholars and experts with years of experience leading others in their field.

Business Fundamentals for Supply Chain Managers
2 credits | BULM 700

This course is part of a series of two courses Business Fundamentals for SCM part I and, part II. The series is intended to provide you 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 to multiple independent variables. Last but not least, students will also learn how to apply the net present value technique to evaluate the feasibility of investment projects in supply chain.

Business Fundamentals for Supply Chain Managers II
2 credits | BULM 701

This is the second course of the series Business fundamentals for Supply Chain Managers. This course is intended to provide you 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 to multiple independent variables. Last but not least, students will also learn how to apply the net present value technique to evaluate the feasibility of investment projects in supply chain.

Data Driven Decision Making I
2 credits | BULM 710

Analytical modeling of business decisions; uncertainty, risk, and expected utility; regression modeling to infer relationships among variables. 

Data Driven Decision Making II
2 credits | BULM 711

Analytical modeling of business decisions; uncertainty, risk and expected utility; regression modeling to infer relationships among variables. 

Global Supply Chain Management
2 credits | BULM 721

Offers a practical blueprint for understanding, building, implementing, and sustaining supply chains in today's rapidly changing global supply chain environment. It will provide the student with a survey of the fast-moving Supply Chain Management discipline and practice, including 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.

Global Supply Chain Resources Planning
2 credits | BULM 742

Provides students with an overall 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.

 

Technology Applications in Supply Chain Management
2 credits | BULM 731

In this course, we introduce the knowledge and skills necessary to quantify the impact of supply chain management decisions on the bottom line. Students will gain an understanding of accounting, finance, production cost, scheduling, and the link between supply chain and overall financial performance.

Global Transportation Management
2 credits | BULM 754

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, thus,worthy of advanced study. Each of the five modes of transportation, along with other forms of carriage, will be considered. In addition, the importance of freight 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.

Project Management
2 credits | BULM 735

Addresses project management skills that are required by successful managers in increasingly competitive and faster-moving environments. Examines fundamental concepts of successful project management, and the technical and managerial issues, methods, and techniques. 

Assessing and Managing Supply Chain Risks
2 credits | BULM 734

Supply chain managers are facing an increasingly volatile operating environment, with constant danger of trading community disruption from business, social and environmental risks. Students are provided with a working knowledge of both the core techniques of supply chain risk assessment and mitigation; as well as best practices in establishing formal corporate supply chain risk management programs. A semester-long X-Treme Supply Chain Simulation will enable students to gain hands-on experience in navigating a computer company through a complex and risky four quarters of global business operations.

Negotiations in Supply Chain Management
2 credits | BULM 724

This high experiential course will improve students' negotiation skills and capacity to acquire and effectively use power. By using a variety of assessment tools, feedback sources, skill-building exercises, and exercise debriefings, the class will increase students' negotiating self-confidence and improve their capacity to achieve win-win solutions to individual, team, and organizational problems. The course is designed to enhance students negotiating self confidence and improve students analytical skills, interpersonal skills, creativity (e.g., identifying creative solutions to conflict), and persuasive abilities.

Networks and Influence
2 credits | BULM 732

Focuses on networks, social capital, and influence as they relate to operating effectively in organizations. It draws heavily on emerging literature related to social capital and networks, but also integrates concepts from persuasion, communication, and motivation literatures to aid your efforts to build a successful track record for yourself and your organization.

Lean Sigma for the Supply Chain
2 credits | BULM 750

This course is part of a series of courses. This the second part of the Lean Six Sigma for SC Managers course series. We will be focusing on the Analyze, Improve and Control phases of the Lean Six Sigma methodology. Lean Six Sigma is a robust methodology for problem solving aiming to improve quality and reduce speed within a process. This course covers up to the Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt level body of knowledge. You will be expected to conduct a project on a case study of a business looking to improve their processes to meet customer requirements.

Lean Sigma for the Supply Chain II
2 credits | BULM 751

This course is part of a series of courses. The first part will cover the Introduction, Define and Measure Phases of the Lean Six Sigma Methodology. Lean Six Sigma is a robust methodology for problem solving aiming to improve quality and reduce speed within a process. This course covers up to the Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt level body of knowledge. You will be expected to conduct a project on a case study of a business looking to improve their processes to meet customer requirements. 

Supply Chain Strategy
2 credits | BULM 756

The course examines supply chain management at the strategic level. Through class lectures, case discussions, and assignments, students first learn about the determinants of corporate strategy. Supply chain strategies are then discussed, along with the need to properly align supply chain strategy with corporate strategy. Finally, there is a discussion of how to implement supply chain strategy, given various environmental and market considerations.

0 Credits | BMGT099 | Download Sample Syllabus

This online course allows you to gain academic recognition for completing an internship in your area of study. This course is offered through Maryland Smith’s Office of Career Services (OCS).

  • The course is offered in fall, winter, spring and summer semesters.
  • You’ll apply the business concepts you learn in class to the real world. Gain more industry insight, clarify your career goals, and develop your professional and technical skills.
  • Assignments include completing a work log, reflection activity, LinkedIn post and employer survey. All are completed virtually using Canvas.

Prerequisites and Guidelines

Prior approval from OCS is required to register for the course. More information on this process can be found in the Registration Process, Process Map and Registration Approval Checklist documents. To be approved, you must:

  • Be in good academic standing. 
    You must be a current student enrolled in a specialty master’s program for at least two consecutive semesters. You must also have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Meet the working hours requirement and location guidelines. 
    You must work at least 75 hours at your internship during that semester. Depending on which semester you enroll, workplace location guidelines may also apply.
  • Update your Internship putcome and complete an Experiential Learning profile. 
    Submit your information on HireSmith and upload the following forms to your Experiential Learning profile:

Special Guidelines for International Students

Registration in this course does not guarantee Curricular Practical Training (CPT). However, this course does fulfill the academic requirement for CPT. Authorization is granted by the Office of International Student and Scholars and Services (ISSS). Once you are enrolled in this course, see ISSS for more details on CPT authorization.

For questions about the course and receiving internship credit, email Angela Vaughn, director of Specialty Master’s Programs for OCS, at BMGT099@rhsmith.umd.edu.