Graduate Studies

Supply Chain Management

Interim Chairperson: Tara Feld
Office: Stipes 101
Telephone: (309) 298-2442
Location of Program Offering: Macomb, Quad Cities, Online

Learning Outcomes

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Program Description

The post-baccalaureate certificate program in Supply Chain Management (SCM) is intended to prepare students for employment and advancement within the supply chain management field. The certificate provides a solid preparation in logistics, transportation, and warehousing, with an opportunity to choose electives that meet the specific career interests of the student. The SCM Certificate is also well-suited for someone interested in graduate business education but is unsure of making a commitment to complete the full 33 semester hour Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program. The Supply Chain Management Certificate can be completed online or through face-to-face courses at the Macomb or Quad Cities campuses.

Students who choose to complete the Supply Chain Management Certificate may apply hours earned in the certificate towards a WIU MBA degree. Please note that certificate students who wish to pursue the MBA degree must meet the entrance requirements for the MBA program.

Requirements for Enrollment

Applicants to the Supply Chain Management Certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree and meet one of the following criteria:

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (or a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 over the last 60 semester hours), OR
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and significant acceptable work experience/career relevance (please include a letter from the applicant describing his/her experience and the relevance of the certificate to his/her career goals), OR
  • Meet the criteria for acceptance into the WIU Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

Students must also be able to meet the prerequisites of the courses required in the certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

I. Core Courses:  6 s.h.

SCM 531 Supply Chain Management (3)
SCM 539 Transportation and Warehouse Management (3)

II. SCM Electives: 6 s.h.

SCM 465G Supply Chain Risk Management (3)
SCM 529 Worldwide Logistics and E-Commerce (3)
SCM 549 Strategic Procurement and Sourcing (3)

III. Directed Electives: 6 s.h.

HRM 532 Seminar in Human Resource Management (3)
DS 533 Applied Business Planning and Forecasting (3)
MGT 540 Applied Business Research (3)
SCM 529 Worldwide Logistics and E-Commerce (3)
SCM 549 Strategic Procurement and Sourcing (3)
SCM 457G Project Management (3)
SCM 465G Supply Chain Risk Management (3)
IS 524 Corporate Information Systems (3)

TOTAL: 18 s.h.

Course Descriptions

Decision Sciences (DS)

533 Applied Business Planning and Forecasting. (3) A survey of the basic forecasting methods and techniques essential for modern managers. Topics include moving average and decomposition techniques, ARIMA processes, regression techniques, and technological methods such as Delphi and S-curves. Prerequisites: DS 503 or STAT 171 or equivalent.

Human Resource Management (HRM)

532 Seminar in Human Resource Management. (3) Concepts drawn from various disciplines (such as psychology, management, law, and statistics) are applied to human resource management activities (such as staffing, training, appraisal, and compensation) to improve human resource outcomes (such as performance, turnover, satisfaction, and costs. Emphasizes case work and readings.

Information Systems (IS)

524 Corporate Information Systems. (3) A survey of information systems in organizations including their role, associate technologies, functionality, development, impacts, and management. Prerequisite: IS 340.

Management (MGT)

540 Applied Business Research. (3) A general outline of the methods of conducting research in business, including research design, data collection and analysis, and presentation of results. The emphasis is on the methodology of conducting applied business research. Prerequisite: STAT 171 or equivalent.

Supply Chain Management (SCM)

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

465G 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 SCM 411 or SCM 453 or permission of the instructor.

529 Worldwide Logistics and E-Commerce. (3) Introduction to worldwide logistics that include both domestic and global logistics. Topics covered include transportation, warehousing, inventory control, material handling, packaging, documentation, terms of trade, and other domestic and global issues. E-commerce is also introduced as it pertains to supply chain management and especially logistics.

531 Supply Chain Management. (3) A survey course in supply chain management from the perspective of the operations and/or supply chain manager. Students will examine effective supply chain strategies involving logistics, transportation, physical distribution, customer materials flow, order processing, inventory management, materials flow, warehousing, distribution network design, procurement and supply management, supply base risk management, and global logistics.

539 Transportation and Warehouse Management. (3) A survey course covering the fields of transportation and warehousing. Transportation topics include modes of transportation, pricing, regulation, traffic management, and other special issues. Topics discussed in warehousing include receiving, handling, storage, and interfaces with purchasing, inventory control, transportation, and operations. Prerequisites: SCM 531 or permission of the instructor.

549 Strategic Procurement and Sourcing. (3) Survey of direct and indirect procurement in service and manufacturing industries. Topics include supply base management, supply risk, supplier selection and evaluation, sourcing strategy, supplier quality, global sourcing, contracting, lean procurement, and total cost analysis. Prerequisite: SCM 531 or permission of the instructor.