Master of Science in Supply Chain and Operations Management
There is an explosive growth in supply chain and operations challenges, arising from globalization, big data, e-commerce, social media, mobile technologies and automation.
Developments in information technologies and analytical tools enable analyses of vast troves of data to provide enterprises with greater visibility of their supply chain operations. This trend has fueled a demand for people with knowledge and skills for managing supply chains and operations.
The UIC MS in Supply Chain and Operations Management Program is directed at meeting the growing demand for professionals in supply chain and operations. It provides foundational knowledge in this area, integrating analytical modeling approaches, enterprise systems, data, analytics and business intelligence, and develops leadership skills and a global context.
UIC graduate students study in the heart of Chicago, a major supply chain and operations hub, with many leading companies in close proximity. Faculty instructors are both researchers and professionals at the forefront of developments in their field; an additional benefit of students being enrolled in UIC—a Carnegie M1 research institution.
Fast-paced program, flexible schedule
The 32-credit hour program can be completed in one year of full-time study (or more than one year of part-time study). The program offers a flexible structure and schedule to allow completion while students are working full-time. The broad choice of electives enables the students to customize the curriculum to specific career or company interests.
The distinguishing feature of this program is its blend of business and functional knowledge, with technical and analytical skills, systems thinking, leadership capabilities and global orientation.
The program is designed to prepare students for varied work roles from supply chain planner to analyst, or manager, logistics coordinator, pricing analyst, procurement specialist, quality officer, among others. It develops a strong background for supply chain and operations roles in a range of industries such as manufacturing, transportation and logistics to retail, distribution, pharmaceutical and personal products, health and medical, food and software systems.
The MS in Supply Chain and Operations Management incorporates a practicum capstone experience course where students work with a client organization on supply chain and operations issues. This course integrates course material with project work that involves either detailed study of supply chain and operations strategy and practice in organizations, or development of supply chain related solutions for specific problems.
Who should enroll?
We encourage applicants with undergraduate degrees from business and other disciplines who seek specialized knowledge and training to work in varied business roles addressing supply chain and operations, as well as working professionals looking to enhance their skills and capabilities in this field.
IDS 552 Supply Chain Management
Strategic design of the supply network; demand and supply planning, inventory analysis, aggregate planning, transportation planning, sourcing, revenue management; operational control of materials and information flows; strategies to manage supply chain risk. Data and analytical methods for supply chain decisions.
IDS 544 Global Sourcing & Logistics
International trade theory, exporting and importing of goods; transportation, distribution and business infrastructure. Issues covered include terms of payment and trade, exchange rate exposure hedges, international insurance, customs clearance, agency and distributorship sales contracts, packaging, transportation, risk and security.
IDS 555 Applied Supply Chain Strategy & Practice
Projects and case studies to synthesize knowledge acquired across the program and learn how to apply learned concepts and skills to practical problems. Experiential learning through client based project. Operations and supply chain related issues in the context of enterprise strategy.
IDS 553 Supply Chain Analytics & Decision Models
Modeling and state-of-the-art analytics relevant to logistics and supply chain functions, including warehouse management, distribution management, transportation. Methods, tools and case studies are utilized to facilitate learning and hands-on training. Contemporary considerations such as last-mile delivery routing and same-day delivery, crowdsourcing, sustainability.
IDS 571 Quality Control & Lean Process Management
Tools and techniques to improve quality and process management in an organization. Planning and analyses of data to understand quality and operational performance. Application of process control techniques, statistical methods. Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
IDS 535 Vendor Management
Fundamentals of vendor management and contracting, including procurement process, vendor selection, contracts, negotiation, relationship management, offshoring, service level agreements governance.