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Supply Chain Management

Reduce response time with less inventory


Every organization has internal supply chains and links to external suppliers and customers. Interlinking organizations span the spectrum from raw materials to production and distribution to finished products and services to the consumer. The structured dependency of such chains, the uncertainty of forecasts, systemic delays, unexpected disruptions are amplified as individual links in the supply chain try to optimize their own performance. Even minor changes in the environment and external conditions can cause wild swings in supply chain operations and performance.

Modern operations and management theories can stabilize supply chains and optimize performance to benefit the supply chain system as a whole. Strategy and tactics of supply chain management include “how to” techniques to implement, measure, and reward to maximize supply chain throughput and flow. Topics from the field of operations research and analytics, lean and six sigma, risk management, and theory of constraints contribute to reduce variability, right-size inventory, shorten response time, minimize stock-outs, increase variety, and cut operational costs all at the same time. A well-functioning supply chain can dramatically reduce waste and increase productivity and profits.

Benefits of Supply Chain Management

This program provides the knowledge and skills needed to be more effective in the workplace, specifically those who wish to pursue leadership, managerial, and supervisory roles and advance their careers in the area of supply chain management. When completed, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the goal and objectives of the supply chain and align supply chain decisions to the success of an organization’s or a business’ overall strategy and value proposition.
  • Identify and describe major components and links of the supply chain from suppliers to the customers.
  • Understand the various functions and processes of an integrated supply chain that are aligned to business strategies and customer needs.
  • Differentiate and apply quantitative and qualitative tools and methods to support supply chain management decisions.
  • Analyze and develop solutions for complex supply chain management problems.


Students must successfully complete three courses (9 credit hours).

Masters Program (METM)

The ETM program is specifically tailored for technical professionals who want to advance their careers while still working full time. METM Combines technical and business skill development meant for managing and leading engineering/ science/ technical teams, projects, and organizations.

Graduate Certificate Programs

The ETM graduate certificate program allows students to complete shorter professional blocks of coursework relevant to their specific needs.

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