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M.S. in Supply Chain Management

Master the Science of Supply Chains

Supply chain management is a critical component of virtually every industry. As companies expand their reach and seek resiliency in a fast-paced global environment, demand is high for individuals with the skills to help organizations better understand, manage and coordinate their supply chains.

Nebraska’s 30-credit-hour online program is offered in eight-week terms to give you the flexibility to pursue a degree while balancing your current responsibilities. Through a combination of required and elective courses, you will discover the concepts and innovative tools used in supply chain management and learn to apply analytics to design, analyze and improve supply chain systems. You’ll also have access to dedicated faculty and award-winning career resources.

Whether your background is in business or another discipline, you will graduate prepared to excel in a wide variety of fields including manufacturing, sourcing and operations consulting.

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Admission Requirements

You may apply for admission for the fall, spring or summer semesters. Students admitted before the semester starts may take classes in either or both of the eight-week terms (term A or term B) offered that semester. If you miss the semester deadline, you will be considered for admission in the following semester. Application deadlines are July 1 for the fall semester, November 1 for the spring semester, and April 1 for the summer semester.

Prerequisites for the M.S. in Supply Chain Management
M.S. in Supply Chain Management applicants are expected to have developed proficiency in using Microsoft Excel before beginning the program.

Bachelor’s Degree, 3.0 GPA Recommended
Official transcripts are required for admission.
Along with a bachelor’s degree and GPA of 3.0 or higher, we recommended you have three or more years of work experience. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA, or without GMAT or GRE scores, but who have five or more years of professional experience will still be considered for the program.

GMAT or GRE Score

  • A GMAT score of 600 is highly recommended. Alternatively, a comparable GRE score will be considered. Scores must be from the last five years. Applicants who already hold an advanced degree will not be required to submit a GMAT or GRE score.
  • If you choose to take the GMAT, please have your results forwarded to Nebraska (school code S40-HW-48). Once you take the exam, enter your unofficial scores into the graduate application. GMAT scores more than five years old will not be accepted. Please visit the official GMAT website for more information and to register for the test.
  • If you choose to take the GRE, please have your results forwarded to Nebraska (school code 6877). Once you take the exam, enter your unofficial scores into graduate application. GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted. A comparison tool is available to see how your GRE scores compare to our recommended 600 GMAT. Please visit the official GRE website for more information and to register for the test.

Three Reference Names and Contact Information
All three references must be former or current supervisors or professors. Nebraska will contact your references only if the committee deems it necessary. You do not need to include letters of recommendation.

Professional Résumé
A professional résumé should be submitted with your graduate application. Please include the following: relevant work experience, skills, involvement and education.

Personal Statement
A personal statement (approximately 250-500 words in length) should also be submitted with your application. Your personal statement is an opportunity to highlight your unique qualities and experiences. It should describe why you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree and what you hope to accomplish with the degree. It should also include your work experience, honors, awards and any other information you consider important.

TOEFL Exam (required for international students)
TOEFL score (minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer-based or 80 iBT) Alternatively, international students may submit IELTS scores. A score of 6.5 is required.

Requirements During the Program
Once you are admitted to the M.S. in Supply Chain Management, you will be required to maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, along with grades of C or better in each of the program courses.

Admissions Process

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Upload Supporting Documents

All Supporting Documents including unofficial transcripts and test scores are uploaded directly via the graduate application.

You are required to submit an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended during the application review process.


Submit Official Transcripts

If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript sent directly from each institution you have attended to The Office of Graduate Studies. We recommend that you complete this task before your admitted term begins. A hold will be placed on your account if they do not receive your official transcripts by October 1 for the fall term, February 1 for the spring term and July 1 for the summer term. Students will have until that day to submit official transcripts or your admission will be rescinded.

Transcripts can be sent electronically to graduate@unl.edu or by mail to

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Graduate Admissions
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619

International Student Transcript Submission

If you are an international student, please refer to the Nebraska Office of Graduate Studies for transcript and document information.

International Transcript Information

Additional information on Application Requirements can be found at Graduate Studies website.

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Fair Tuition

$650 per credit hour*
30 total credit hours required

Nebraska’s M.S. in Supply Chain Management is one of the best values for the money because of our combination of fair program cost and strong preparation for career advancement.

The flat $650 per credit hour rate applies to all students, regardless of where you live.

*Based on 2020–21 Tuition Rates

Build Your Skills through Relevant and Interactive Courses

The curriculum combines a core of business fundamentals with specialized supply chain management courses. This provides you with a solid introduction to business concepts and quantitative tools, as well as the foundations of supply chain management. Three electives enable you to tailor the program to suit your needs and interests.

You will learn logistics, production planning and control, sourcing and procurement, lean management and project management. You will also gain experience with supply chain software and learn to apply statistical and analytical methods such as forecasting, data mining, optimization and simulation.

21

Core Credit Hours

12 credit hours of business fundamentals
+ 9 credit hours of supply chain essentials

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9

Elective Credit Hours

=

30

Credit Hours to Your M.S. in Supply Chain Management

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8-Week Courses

Complete Five Required Core Courses

GRBA 815: Supply Chain Management Strategies

This course enables you to better develop and sustain a company’s competitive advantage through effective supply chain management. You will develop an understanding of internal and external operations that support corporate level strategies and simultaneously coordinate with other functional areas. Concepts and tools used in operations and supply chain management are discussed and then implemented using a supply chain simulation to develop further understanding of the implications of decisions and applications.

GRBA 851: Business Analytics

In this course, you’ll gain a broad understanding and knowledge of important business analytic topics and how they can be used to support decision-making in all business areas, as well as government, education and agriculture. The course emphasizes the methods and procedures that are used to describe data, make predictions and enable decision-making. You will learn how data exploration results in a sequence of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive processes that result in new information, based on which better and more informed decisions can be made.

SCMA 832: Planning and Controlling Supply Chain Systems

Planning and Control Systems provide the framework and infrastructure necessary to guide decision makers. Basic and advanced planning and control tools are discussed and applied. These tools are then implemented through simulations to expand the understanding between the analytical methods and the practical application.

SCMA 844: Managing Logistics in the Supply Chain

This course focuses on the physical distribution activities in the marketing mix from the viewpoints of both providers and users of components of logistics systems. The course blends theoretical and practical applications used for planning the movement and storage of goods through the supply chain. Particular emphasis is placed on risks and opportunities of current and changing events that affect decision-making and the evolution of distribution systems.

SCMA 839: Global Supply Chain Management*

This course focuses on global aspects of supply chain management with primary emphasis on sourcing and distribution strategies. Specific issues include make versus buy decisions, supplier evaluation and selection, total cost of ownership, contracts and legal terms, negotiation, and purchasing ethics with emphasis on how these topics impact organizational performance. A significant portion of this course is a project/application that integrates supply chain topics.

M.S. in Supply Chain Management degree students must take this course near the end of their program.

* SCMA 839 serves as the capstone course for the program and must be completed near the end of the program of study.

Select Two of the Following Business Fundamentals

GRBA 809: Financial Accounting

This course provides a broad understanding of financial accounting for managers who will be “customers” of financial information. The course focuses on providing an understanding of accounting from a user’s perspective and gaining insight into how economic events such as financing transactions, company investments and operating activities are recorded in financial statements.

GRBA 811: Managerial Finance

In this course, you’ll gain operational knowledge of corporate finance by combining theory and applications. It will introduce the concepts of risk, return and time-value-of money as applied to valuation of securities and capital budgeting. It will further develop skills in the areas of financial analysis and planning.

The goal is to become familiar with fundamental managerial decisions such as investing and financing.

GRBA 812: Managerial Economics

The subject of this course is competition among businesses operating in typical product markets. The course has three objectives: 1) to solidify understanding of fundamental tools of economic analysis so that these tools can be used, 2) to explore a range of issues where economic analysis can provide useful insight, and 3) to begin to build skill in competitive analysis, which entails formation of marketing, production, channel, investment and pricing strategies based on the way competitive forces appear to work themselves out in the market. It provides the foundation for many future classes in business and finance, and many theoretical and practical learning opportunities that you may use in your career.

GRBA 813: Managerial Marketing

In this course, you’ll explore the theory and practice of marketing management and will integrate the knowledge from various marketing sub-fields, including consumer behavior, marketing research and channels of distribution. The course will follow a four-stage learning approach including: 1) comprehensively reviewing and analyzing all aspects of marketing management, 2) learning tools for marketing problem analysis, 3) understanding how to apply core marketing concepts, theories and frameworks and 4) developing an original marketing plan for a new product launch.

Choose Three Electives

** A maximum of two courses can be taken from the business analytics focused electives.

See a list of electives
Supply Chain Management Focused Electives:

SCMA 831: Advanced Enterprise Systems
Enterprise systems integrate information and decision tools across the functional areas of an organization. These systems play a significant role in decision-making in operations and supply chain management and provide the mechanism for integrating these decisions, as well as sharing data and information with other decision makers.

SCMA 834: Advanced Topics in Lean Supply Chain Management You will learn how well-known companies (like Toyota) have implemented continuous improvement approaches, such as Lean and Six Sigma, within their organizations. You will also apply what you learn practically and work to answer questions such as: How can I make improvement and agility part of everyday work? How do we develop and utilize the capabilities of my team to achieve new levels of performance? How can we build the confidence in my organization to tackle difficult situations and exceed customer expectations? This class provides new tools for your “toolbox” and explores techniques to maximize your organization’s results.

SCMA 836: Project Management and Implementation
Project management involves managing people and resources to accomplish a new activity. This course provides an introduction to techniques that are used for planning and managing projects, from project initiation through implementation. You will learn a variety of tools and techniques that can be used for budgeting, planning and scheduling, risk management and project implementation.

SCMA 847: Information Technologies for Operations and Innovation
In today’s turbulent and uncertain marketplace, organizations compete based on their dynamic capabilities of agility, flexibility, resilience and adaptability. Business leaders must be knowledgeable and capable of leveraging the advanced information and communication technology (ICT) for innovation to support smart operations. In this course, you will learn foundational components along with the most advanced new ICTs and how they are currently being used to operate, innovate and grow businesses. You will study new disruptive ICTs (Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, (X)R, IoT, Digital Manufacturing, Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, Software-defined Infrastructure, Drones, etc.) to explore their potential and actual roles in innovation and smart operation through digital transformation.


Business Analytics Focused Electives:

SCMA 837: Risk and Simulation Modeling**
Simulation is the process of building a computer model of a system or a decision-making problem and experimenting with the model to obtain insight into the system’s behavior or to assist in solving the decision-making problem. This course addresses the simulation of business systems that are subject to uncertainty and risk. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to carry out the entire process of designing a simulation model, implementing it in appropriate software, executing the simulation, collecting and analyzing output data and using the results of the analysis to evaluate alternative decision scenarios.

SCMA 851: Predictive Analytics**
There are three main categories of analytic tools: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive. Predictive analytics extends statistical and/or artificial intelligence methods to provide forecasting capability. In today’s environment, predictive analytics involves applying knowledge management to analyze large quantities of data. In this course, you will be exposed to the analytic methods and statistical tools that are commonly used for predictive analytics in business, enabling the organizations to use these methods and software to solve business problems. The risks associated with the handling of big data are also discussed.

SCMA 853: Data Mining and Descriptive Analytics**
Data mining applies quantitative analysis to support humans in identifying actionable information from large quantities of data. Actionable information is information that enables a business to make better decisions and improve their overall profits. This course focuses on how descriptive data mining has been successfully applied in business. Descriptive analytics involves initial examination of data, seeking to discover patterns and other knowledge. The course describes the tools commonly used in descriptive data mining and also address ethical and privacy issues related to the use of information obtained through data mining.

SCMA 855: Prescriptive Analytics** There are three main categories of analytic tools: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive. Prescriptive analytics focuses on the use of data from the other business analytics domains, such as descriptive and predictive analytics, to achieve strategic and operational objectives. This course focuses on how optimization techniques can be used to make decisions in a variety of business applications. The techniques covered include linear, integer and network models, sensitivity analysis, stochastic optimization, sequential decision making and two-objective optimization. The application of these techniques for solving real-size problems in businesses is emphasized. Several case studies related to topics such as financial planning, logistics, production planning and inventory management are discussed.

Built with Leading-Edge Learning Technology

The online program for the M.S. in Supply Chain Management is mobile-optimized and uses the Canvas learning management system, which is designed to be easy and efficient.

Guided Video Walkthroughs

Forget the standard PowerPoint presentation. Professors will frequently serve as on-camera guides to break down the lesson.

A Classroom in Your Pocket

Our mobile app will send you notifications for course updates and give you the option to message faculty or jump into coursework no matter where you are.

Connect with Your Professors

The online program allows you to learn from anywhere in the world, but it doesn’t mean your professors will be distant. You can make the same connection with your instructors as students on campus.

Consistent Class Structure

Tech stress won’t slow you down as you easily jump from one class to the next, finding a consistent structure that helps you focus on what’s important.

Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements

Minimum technology requirements include a webcam and microphone, as well as an operating system that is compliant with the online learning platform, Canvas.

Screen Size

Canvas is best viewed at a minimum resolution of 800x600. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.

Operating Systems

• Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
• Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
• Linux - chromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

• iOS 7 and newer (versions vary by device)
• Android 4.2 and newer

Computer Speed and Processor

• Use computer less than 5 years old if possible
• 1GB of RAM
• 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.

Minimum of 512kbps

Screen Readers

• Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
• PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer)
• PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
• There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome

Additional Requirements

Some courses may require additional technological components. Please review the syllabus and contact the instructor with specific questions about technology required for a given course.

Focused on Your Advancement

Nebraska pairs easy-to-use and engaging course technology with world-class Big Ten faculty to give you a dynamic, yet accessible learning experience. With a comprehensive combination of courses, our program will help you develop quantitative skills that are transferable across industries and necessary to solve the complex questions of today.

Designed for Balance

Each course follows an 8-week schedule, which means you can continue advancing your career while excelling in your current position. This format allows you to take multiple classes per semester, concentrate on one concept at a time, and keep your family commitments.

Designed by Experts

Classes are designed by faculty who are experts in advancing research and leading conversations on the future of business. Engage with Big Ten faculty as you gain valuable skills used by supply chain professionals.

Learn from Distinguished Big Ten Faculty

Nebraska faculty bring real-world expertise and their research findings into the classroom. Our students benefit from working with professors who are thought leaders connecting the classroom to the real world.

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Personalized Career Coaching

Resources such as an expert career coach, a strong culture of networking and our online resume review will help launch you ahead in your career.

Graduate students and alumni can schedule an in-person or online appointment with a career coach, who will help assess where you are in your career and what experiences you might need to move forward. Your coach will review relevant job opportunities, help you market yourself effectively and connect you to alumni working in your desired field.

Additionally, you’ll have access to Beyond B-School, a career management resource that covers job search topics such as résumés, interviews and cover letters. Beyond B-School helps you think about marketing yourself as an experienced professional and how to highlight the value of your degree.

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