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.

Our master’s program will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to drive success and deliver value in your organization.

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The Master of Supply Chain Management will prepare you for leadership roles in sourcing, planning, logistics, and new product introduction.

You’ll learn a systems approach to sustainably manage the flow of materials into and through an organization to its customers by applying analytical, technological, and managerial skills.

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This specialized degree can be obtained part-time on campus in a blended weekend delivery, or 100% online.

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Courses and Schedule

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Career Outlook

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Just the Facts

How Much? How Long?
Who can enroll?

How Do I Enroll?

Admission to Walton College masters programs is selective. Enrollment in each program is limited. 

Current Student Listing

Wondering who you’ll meet in class? Get to know our current students.

Elite Supply Chain Degrees

Gartner, the leading global research firm, ranked our supply chain graduate programs as the second best in North America in 2022.

U.S. News also ranked our graduate programs in the top 10 of public universities in 2022.

And our undergraduate supply chain program was ranked #1 in North America by Gartner in back to back periods (2020 and 2022).

 

Flexible Course Schedule

Completing a Masters Degree

Part-Time Schedule

The flexible, part-time schedule, is built for working professionals in mind.

Online Masters Program Student

100% Online Option

Students can choose online delivery for flexibility and convenience.

Program Courses

30 credit hours for the Master of Supply Chain Management

The Department of Supply Chain Management and the Graduate School of Business have structured this program to meet the needs of working professionals as well as traditional full-time students. Do you have questions about your schedule options? Contact us.

Just the Facts: Master of Science in Supply Chain Management

Program Length

30 Credit Hours

Flexible Schedule

Start Date

Fall Semester

Both the on-campus program and the 100% online program begin in the Fall Semester.

Admissions Info

Do I Qualify to Enroll?

Complete your undergraduate degree and meet additional requirements. View Requirements

Entrance Test

GMAT or GRE

Students may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA or 3 years of professional work experience. Please review our master's admissions policies.

Application Deadline

Applications will begin to be reviewed starting April 15.

Note: After April 15, we are accepting applications on a space available basis.

Total Program Cost

 

On-Campus Program
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100% Online Program
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Class Profile

Current Students

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S.T.E.M. Program Designation

STEM Designation

This graduate degree is a STEM designated program.

Career Outlook

Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of logisticians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029.” 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 $105,668 - $113,865. Experience and supervisory duties influence salary amounts.

Jobs and Salaries

$105,668 - $113,865

National median salary for a supply chain manager with a master's degree or MBA in 2020.

188,200

Number of logistician jobs in the United States in 2019.

+8,200

Projected numeric change in the number of employed logistician from 2019 to 2029. (+4% change)

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

 

Career Development

Close ties with our corporate partners facilitate recruiting and networking opportunities, internships, and careers.

Students can participate in corporate internships, career counseling, and take advantage of all the Walton College Career Services has to offer.

Career Services

 

The Northwest Arkansas Community

Join a supportive and engaging community located in the vibrant business network of Northwest Arkansas, with over 300 Fortune 500 companies with a presence in the region.

Business leaders and Walton College alumni are closely connected to the college and the Supply Chain program, not just during your studies, but throughout your career.

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Courses Overview

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

Strategic Fundamentals: Strategic Integration (required)

Foundations of Supply Chain Management Supply chain management is the integration of key business processes from end-user through suppliers. This course focuses on the business fundamentals and core processes that must be linked throughout the global supply chain to ensure the effective development and delivery of products and services that satisfy customers. Core capabilities in plan, source, make, deliver, service/customer management, new product design & launch, strategy, governance, project management, performance management, technology enablement, and supply chain finance are explored to provide professionals with a comprehensive cross-functional view of demand-driven value networks.
Supply Chain Strategy and Change Management Evaluate and select appropriate supply chain strategies, change management approaches, and governance structures for business situations. This course leverages plan, source, make, deliver, customer service, and new product development capabilities to meet strategic and financial goals in demand-driven value networks.

Functional Expertise: Plan, Source, Make, Deliver (required)

Demand Planning and Inventory Operations This course examines the integrated planning and management of supply chain activities including, notably, demand forecasting and replenishment within sales & operations planning. In addition to modeling related decisions both in within-firm and supply chain contexts, strategic issues related to interfirm coordination and collaboration will be discussed.
Global Procurement and Supply Management In the global supply chain, sourcing and procurement plays a critical role in ensuring supply, growing margins and contributing to reliable delivery to customers. This course covers the core sourcing and procurement processes of strategic sourcing and supplier relationship management and takes a leadership approach to those covering topics such as change management and business alignment issues. It furthers learning by considering how sourcing and procurement process and techniques can support progress in hot topic areas and current challenges in the global supply chain, including digitization, supplier enabled innovation for growth, sustainability and growing resilience in the supply chain. Using hands-on projects and class discussions based on case studies and current articles, students will explore how to incorporate and implement best practices and tools covered in the course.
Achieving Operational Excellence This course focuses on understanding the key manufacturing and service processes involved in providing valuable products and services for customers as well as important approaches (i.e., Lean and Six Sigma) to continuously improve these processes. Once improvements are identified, project management skills are needed to develop new, innovative competencies in supply chains. Learners will leave this course with skills necessary to continuously improve the key manufacturing and service processes involved in providing valuable products and services to customers, as well as the agile project management competencies necessary to embed new, innovative capabilities in their supply chains.
Customer Service and Distribution Management This course focuses on ‘deliver’ in the plan, source, make, deliver framework. It is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the customer service and delivery processes needed to drive demand-driven value networks. The emphasis of this course will focus on systemic alignment across the functional capabilities of customer fulfillment service quality, transportation, distribution and return capabilities across the supply chain, with a specific emphasis on governance, performance management and the integration of advanced technologies.

Emerging Enablers: Financial, Resilience, Technology, Sustainability (choose three electives)

Supply Chain Performance Management and Analytics This course will examine standard and advanced analytical techniques used to transform data into actionable business intelligence and students will gain hands-on experience with these techniques. Students will gain an understanding of the practical considerations that arise in real-world applications by means of a term project. They will gain exposure to data science software capable of advanced predictive analytics and also through cases, expose them to innovative ways in which firms are using analytics to improve supply chain management processes.
Supply Chain Financial Management This course addresses the question of how to make the “best” supply chain decisions that result in the optimum operational and financial results. This course examines the supply chain value proposition by understanding and applying the goals of maximizing operating income and optimizing capital efficiency and the larger financial metric of Return on Capital Employed (ROCE). Supply chain decisions, activities and investments affect the financial results of the business organization. It is essential that the supply chain professional has an understanding of how supply chain performance is reflected in financial reporting, both internally (within the company) and externally (to outside parties such as investors and creditors, and importantly ESG).
Technology-enabled Supply Chain Design and Optimization This course focuses on supply chain network design and the established and emerging digital technologies needed to manage a supply chain as business conditions change and evolve. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with design thinking skills that they can employ to design digital solutions that optimize supply chain performance considering costs, constraints and structure. The course is a combination of industry projects, development of working knowledge of supply chain technologies, and supply chain optimization case studies (network-level planning, sourcing, producing, delivering).
Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management. 3 Hours. Explores key sustainability concepts across supply chain functions of supply management, operations, and distribution. Course topics include values-based leadership, globalizing sustainability, marketing sustainability, voluntary product standards and governance, stakeholder engagement, reverse logistics, humanitarian logistics, and transportation. Overall, we will consider the feasibility and role of firms in producing sustainability in global supply chains. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing and Departmental Consent.
Supply Chain Risk, Disruption, and Resilience Properly addressing risks and facing possible disruptions are of primary importance to supply chains. With the wake of high consequence disruptive events and the constantly changing political and technological landscapes, risk identification and disruption response activities have become ever more critical. This course is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the fundamentals of Organizational Resilience, Business Continuity, and Risk Management. The course focuses on methodologies for assessing threats which may lead to disastrous events, evaluating control alternatives and implementing strategies. The course discusses concepts and solutions to enable an organization to mitigate risk, manage crisis and recover after a disaster.

Saturday Class Dates


Fall
2022
Spring
2023
August
27
January
21
September
24
February
18
October
8
March
11
October
29
April
1
December
3
April
29

* Students admitted to the professional programs in the Walton College are required to attend a multi-day orientation prior to the start of scheduled courses. Dates to be determined. Please contact gsb@walton.uark.edu for more information.

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