Management School Unveils Supply Chain Degrees
Jul. 12, 2010
UT Dallas is launching a supply chain management program this fall to help a new generation of leaders connect every facet of business in ways that cut costs, enhance efficiency and improve customer service.
The School of Management’s Executive Education area is offering the program with several options, including a master’s degree in Supply Management and an Executive MBA with an emphasis on supply chain management.
Potential students may learn more about the program, meet faculty members and speak to current students and alumni about the program by attending an online or on-campus information session.
“The Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management EMBA program at UT Dallas helps provide students the skills and practical approach to business that connects all the dots – from product design to production, marketing to service, and distribution to disposal,” said Dr. Divakar Rajamani, the program’s director.
“Each step in the product life cycle and supply chain impacts the others,” Rajamani said. “It’s the executive who understands the big picture who is the most likely to maximize his contribution to any business.”
Courses will focus on educating executives and industry-sponsored employees in the disciplines of product life cycles and supply chain management. Courses will integrate theory and practice by including lectures, case studies, site visits, work projects and an international study tour.
The program is geared toward experts in engineering, manufacturing, product development, procurement, distribution, warehousing, logistics, information technology and consulting. The courses are intended to help executives become product managers, operations managers, general managers or business partners with a special interest in managing projects across multiple disciplines.
“This program is on track for what is needed now and well into the future. It will allow professionals to not only have the academic credentials to cross silos but also have practice experience,” said William Wissing, senior vice president of distribution and logistics at Blockbuster Inc. and one of the program’s advisory board members.
“For businesses to thrive, it is essential that individuals understand product life cycles and supply chain management,” Wissing said. “They must have the ability to educate the organizations on the need to collaborate across all disciplines to maximize a product potential to the company.”
The School of Management’s internationally recognized operations management professors and leading executives from global industry players teach the school’s supply chain courses.
Supply Chain Management
The program offers three avenues to career advancement, beginning with a graduate certificate in supply chain management. The program is delivered both on campus and online.
Certificate in Supply Chain Management
The certificate consists of five three-credit-hour core courses:
The certificate can be completed in nine to 12 months and used to pursue a master’s in supply chain management or an executive MBA degree.
Master's in Supply Chain Management
Students may earn the master’s degree by completing the 15 hours of core courses plus 16 business core courses and an international study trip.
MBA with Supply Chain Emphasis
For an MBA, degree-seekers must complete 16 credit hours above the supply chain management and business core courses. Both degree programs begin in September each year and take 28 months to complete.