University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Master of Science in Supply Chain Management


With increased demands from customers, suppliers and shippers, a wide array of employers are seeking professionals with advanced knowledge of supply chains. Students in this program will learn a systems approach to sustainably manage the flow of materials into and through an organization to its customers.

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management is designed for early-career business professionals who want to return to school to receive specialized training in supply chain management.

Be prepared for careers in manufacturing, sourcing, planning, logistics, distribution and new product introduction. Learn a systems approach to sustainably manage the flow of materials into and through a firm to its customers by applying analytical, technological and managerial skills. The degree is grounded in an understanding of the increasing complexity and breadth of the supply chain discipline. Effective supply chain management also necessitates cross-functional expertise. Thus, students will choose to specialize in specific tracks to complement their supply chain courses, such as:

  • Business Analytics
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Retail Supply Chain Management
  • Finance
  • Blockchain Enterprise Systems

 

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Master of Science in Supply Chain Management

Program Length: 30 hours – flexible schedule

Program Start Date: Fall

Application deadline:
April 15

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Required Test: GMAT or GRE

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Program Designation:
This is a STEM designated program.

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Career Outlook

Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of logisticians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028.” Common job titles associated with the knowledge and skills obtained from the program are:

  • Supply chain managers
  • Logistics managers
  • Director of operations
  • Purchasing managers/buyers
  • International supply chain manager
  • International logistics consultant
  • Commodities manager
  • Director of supply chain operations
  • Logistics management analyst
  • Logistics director
  • Global logistics manager
  • Manufacturing and operations director
  • Supply chain project manager

According to salary.com, the median salary for a supply chain manager with a master's degree or MBA is $106,966 - $115,084. Experience and supervisory duties influence salary amounts.

Jobs and Salaries

$106,966 - $115,084

National median salary for a supply chain manager with a master's degree or MBA in 2019.

174,900

Number of logistician jobs in the United States in 2018.

+8,400

Projected numeric change in the number of employed logistician from 2018 to 2028. (+5% change)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

 


 

Industry Survey: Employer Feedback

In August 2019, Walton College surveyed local employers to inquire about their needs for candidates with a supply chain management graduate degree. At that time, the following companies responded with their anticipated job position needs for similar candidates in the next 2-5 years.

 

Transplace, LLC

(Third Party Logistics)

10

positions

$100,000-$150,000

salary range


J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.

(Transportation, Logistics, Supply Chain)

100

positions

$100,000-$150,000

salary range


Bayer

(Healthcare, Pharmaceutical)

5-15

positions

<$100,000

salary range


LLamasoft

(Supply Chain Design Software and Services)

35-40

positions

$70,000 - $120,000

salary range

 


 

Courses and Program Schedule

To obtain the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, students must complete the following 30 hours of coursework.

Supply Chain Management Core Courses 21 credit hours
Choose one of the following:
 

ISYS 5213 or ISYS 5103 that is taken for the Supply Chain Management core will not count towards the nine hours required for the following concentrations: Business Analytics, Enterprise Resource Planning, or Blockchain Enterprise Systems.

Choose 9 hours from one of the six concentrations 9 credit hours

 

 

Additional Degree Requirements: In addition to 30 hours of required coursework, students must take a comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam will take the form of the final project in SCMT 5623. An individual’s grade of B or above in the project will be considered a pass on the comprehensive exam.


 

Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (SCMTMS) program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. “Evidence of ability” means superior grade-point average, an acceptable test score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and recommendations with respect to ability for successful pursuit of graduate-level work. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis. Students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Special consideration is given to applicants with work experience.

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International Students

International applicants and resident aliens must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission. Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis. Students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 



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