Management and Marketing

Supply Chain Management: A Signature Academic Program

Program Details

A degree program in Supply Chain Management (SCM) offers a unique area of concentration for undergraduate students that has garnered widespread recognition due to the quality of its graduates. The WIU Supply Chain Management program is one of approximately 50 SCM programs worldwide that are offered through a university accredited by the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Coursework incorporates corporate best practices and hands-on experience in working with faculty and top executives and in utilizing course knowledge within the corporate environment.

Integrated Baccalaureate and Master's Degree Option

Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management/Master of Business Administration

The Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management (SCM)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) integrated degree program provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate Supply Chain Management majors to complete both a Bachelor of Business degree in Supply Chain Management and an MBA in five years. The integrated degree allows a student to begin taking up to 6 semester hours of MBA courses during the senior year and to count these courses toward both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. View detailed integrated degree requirements.

Student Professional Organizations

Students are encouraged to join and participate in the Supply Chain Management Student Association. Membership in the organization broadens education through discussions; visits with leading SCM officials; assistance with résumé and interview preparation; and field trips to warehouse, transportation, distribution, and production facilities.

Department Minors

  • Human Resource Management: Macomb, Quad Cities
  • International Business: Macomb, Quad Cities
  • Management: Macomb, Quad Cities
  • Marketing: Macomb, Quad Cities
  • Supply Chain Management: Macomb, Quad Cities

Additional Resources

Career opportunities in SCM are exciting, challenging, and rapidly expanding.

Alumni Job Titles

Within 5 Years of Graduation
  • Commodity Merchandiser
  • Demand Planner
  • Inventory Specialist
  • Materials Buyer
  • Ocean Export Specialist
  • Project Coordinator
5+ Years Past Graduation
  • Inventory Optimization Specialist
  • Logistics Planning Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Supply Management Specialist
  • Terminal Manager
  • Truckload Modal Manager

Supply Chain Management Day

Supply Chain Management Day is an annual networking event and career fair for undergraduate supply chain management majors and minors, pre-business majors, MBA students, and community college logistics degree students interested in related careers. Tuesday, September 18, 2018 marked the program’s 15th SCM Day event at WIU!

Learn more about the SCM Day networking event.

career fair

The Face of Supply Chain

Visit and learn what the industry says about careers in SCM.

Employers of Alumni

Companies around the world are looking for SCM graduates, and WIU is one of the few colleges or universities in the world that offers this degree. Each year, dozens of top companies recruit WIU graduates. In addition to full-time jobs, these companies seek WIU students as paid interns and for part-time employment, which often leads to a full-time career.

  • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
  • Allstate
  • Caterpillar
  • Cobham Mission Systems
  • Colony Brands Inc.
  • Dot Foods
  • Group O
  • HON Company
  • Hub Group
  • JB Hunt
  • John Deere
  • Monsanto
  • Rock Island Arsenal
  • State Farm
  • Target
  • Trinity Logistics

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

Course Descriptions


211 Supply Chain Management. (3) A survey course in Supply Chain Management. The student will study strategies involving quality and service, procurement, inventory management, warehousing, material handling, transportation, supplier selection, information flows, international trade, and rigorous statistical analysis of business uncertainties.

330 Warehouse Management. (3) An examination of the body of handling and warehousing knowledge common to all materials management. Should provide the student with skills necessary to cope with problems in the areas of purchasing, inventory control, traffic management, and production. Prerequisite: SCM 211 or permission of instructor.

340 Transportation Management. (3) Deals with the day-to-day buying and selling of transportation services. Reviews the basic job of a traffic manager, the decision variables considered by a traffic manager, the organization position of traffic management, and freight classifications and tariff interpretations. Prerequisite: SCM 211 or permission of instructor.

400 Supply Chain Management Internship. (1–12, repeatable to 12) Integrates Supply Chain Management theories with application to actual business practice. All internships are supervised by a faculty coordinator and an executive in the business firm. A maximum of 3 s.h. can be applied toward meeting the requirements for a Supply Chain Management major or minor. Prerequisites: SCM major or minor; written approval of the department chairperson; completion of SCM 211 with a grade of “C” or higher; 2.0 GPA; and BCOM 320 or COMM 241 or permission of instructor. Graded S/U only.

411 Global Supply Chain Management. (3) (Global Issues) Advanced study of global Supply Chain Management and the managerial functions involved in the movement of goods into and out of businesses. Prerequisite: SCM 211 or permission of the instructor.

451 Supply Chain Negotiation. (3) Course examines the various aspects and processes of supply chain negotiation, particularly between buyers and sellers of goods and services. Through instruction and practice, students gain knowledge and understanding of the principles and techniques of business bargaining. Crosscultural comparisons will be included. Prerequisite: SCM 211 or consent of instructor.

453 Supply Management. (3) A study of procurement with specific attention to strategic sourcing of goods and services. Emphasis is on supplier relationship management; supplier selection, evaluation, and development; as well as e-sourcing, lean supply chain management, contract management, and purchasing law and ethics. Prerequisite: SCM 211 or MGT/OM 352 or permission of instructor.

457 (Formerly OM 457) Project Management. (3) Examines principles of selecting, organizing, staffing, controlling, and directing projects in operations/supply chain management. Topics include developing crossfunctional teams, leading and mentoring team members, applying critical thinking methods while meeting outcomes and objectives, CPM/PERT techniques, and utilizing project management software. Prerequisite: MGT/OM 352 or SCM 211 or permission of instructor.

460, 461 Independent Study in Supply Chain Management I, II. (1–3 each, not repeatable) An independent research or study course on Supply Chain Management problems for selected students. Prerequisites: SCM major or minor, 2.75 GPA or higher, 12 s.h. of SCM coursework, and permission of instructor and chairperson.

465 Supply Chain Risk Management. (3) Examination of effective risk management in global supply chains. Topics include: identification of risk sources; contingency planning; risk and disaster mitigation and recovery; responses to government regulatory, sustainability, societal, and stakeholder demands; and financial aspects of managing supply chain risk. Prerequisites: SCM 340 or 411 or 453 or permission of instructor.

470 (Formerly SCM 370) Inventory Strategy. (3) A review of current and emerging strategies for managing and controlling inventory levels. Emphasis is on the development of quantitative techniques for successfully managing inventory costs and supply. Prerequisites: SCM 211 and STAT 171 or equivalent.

499 SCM Knowledge Assessment. (0) All Supply Chain Management majors are required to complete the knowledge assessment examination prior to graduation. Prerequisites: senior standing; Supply Chain Management major. Graded S/U only.


Department of Management and Marketing

Dr. Craig Conrad, Chairperson
Location: Stipes Hall 414
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1535
Fax: (309) 298-1019

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College of Business & Technology (CBT)

Dr. John A. Elfrink, Interim Dean
CBT Email:
Location: Stipes Hall 101
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-2442
Fax: (309) 298-1039

CBT Website

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Andrea Riebling, Academic Advisor
Business Disciplines (A-I)

Chris Ramsey, Academic Advisor
Business Disciplines (J-L)

Sara Lytle, Director/Academic Advisor
Business Disciplines (M-O)

Anna James, Academic Advisor
Business Disciplines (P-Z)

Macomb: Stipes Hall 133
Phone: (309) 298-1619
Website: Stipes Hall Advising

Ashley Wilkinson, Academic Advisor
Quad Cities Campus
Quad Cities: QC Riverfront 109
Phone: (309) 762-5787
Website: Quad Cities Advising

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SCM students and faculty with Steve Wozniak

SCM students and faculty visited the 2015 ProMat tradeshow and conference in Chicago which is the largest material handling and warehouse logistics event in the world. Student and faculty are pictured here with Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak (seated).

What is SCM?

Strategic Sourcing

A method of managing procurement processes for an organization in which the procedures, methods, and sources are constantly re-evaluated to optimize value to the organization. Strategic sourcing, which is considered a key aspect of supply chain management, involves elements such as examination of purchasing budgets, the landscape of the supply market, negotiation with suppliers, and periodic assessments of supply transactions.


Except for the actual purchase price of items, transportation is the largest of all logistics costs. Transportation includes the management of modal and carrier selection, the negotiation of rates and services, and the scheduling of the delivery and services that transportation provides. Basically, successful transportation gets everything to where it is needed, when it is needed.


The overall management of the way resources are obtained, stored and moved to the locations where they are required. Logistics management entails identifying potential suppliers and distributors; evaluating how accessible and effective they are and establishing relationships and signing contracts with the companies who offer the best combination of price and service. A company might also choose to handle its own logistics if it is cost-effective to do so. Logistics has both domestic and global elements including transportation, warehousing, inventory control, material handling, packaging, and documentation.


The movement of goods and services from the source through a distribution channel, right up to the final customer, consumer, or user, and the movement of payment in the opposite direction, right up to the original producer or supplier.

Risk Management

Directing or conducting the activities necessary to reduce, eliminate or mitigate the impact of factors that could lead to injury, loss, damage or failure.

Inventory Management

Inventories are stockpiles of raw materials, supplies, components, work in process, and finished goods that appear at numerous points throughout a firm's production and logistics channel. The inventory decisions involved in determining how much, where to locate, when to have, and many other issues are complicated and must look throughout the entire supply chain. The basic goal is to have the stuff you want where it is needed, when it is needed.

Q & A

Are scholarships available for SCM students?

Yes, there are numerous scholarships available through our program and many more available from outside trade organizations (such as CSCMP, ISM, MHI). We have approximately 10-15 scholarships available annually specifically for SCM majors ranging from $750 to $2000 each.

What opportunities will I have outside of the classroom that will help me grow in my knowledge and experience of SCM?

You will have the opportunity to get involved in the Supply Chain Management Student Association (SCMSA), attend SCM-specific recruitment events, attend numerous field trips to businesses, factories, distribution centers, trade shows, and conferences, and complete at least one internship.

What skills do I need to be successful in the SCM program?

The SCM field utilizes a wide-variety of skills including skills in relationship and team-building, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, logic and reasoning, and analysis. However, many of those skills will be learned. To be successful in the program, you must be able to apply logic and reasoning, possess some quantitative (math) and interpersonal (relationship, communication) skills.

What is the job placement rate for graduates of WIU's SCM program?

Currently in the field of SCM, demand for SCM graduates far exceeds the supply. In other words, job placement rates are near 100 percent.

What type of jobs are graduates getting and where?

The job possibilities with a degree in SCM are too numerous to list; however, our graduates are getting jobs with Fortune 50 companies, like Archer Daniel Midland (ADM), Deere & Co., and Caterpillar, as well as jobs with many other well-known companies. See the recruiting companies list for more examples. Additionally, graduates are getting jobs regionally, nationally, and even internationally with excellent starting salaries!

Download additional program details: The SCM Programs at Western Illinois University: Meeting the Needs of Industry (pdf)