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Supply Chain Management Program Contents

Supply chain management programs are offered at all levels of desired expertise including certificate or diploma, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, or master's level. The supply chain management program integrates various supply chain topics from manufacturing, purchasing, transportation, and physical distribution into one unified program. Students learn the foundation and structure of what makes up a supply chain and are able to pursue various areas of concentration within the program.

Advanced topics in the program may include quality management, supply chain metrics, electronic markets, and interfaces and research.

The core curriculum in supply chain management consists of such courses as procurement and supplies, manufacturing planning and control, logistics and transportation management, and supply chain application. The procurement and supply chain management or supplies consists of introducing the students to purchasing processes, procurement cycles, research, negotiations, how to make effective relationships with suppliers, and commodity planning. The introductory courses available in the program provide students with enough exposure to the field that they can make an informed decision on the correct career path.

Other courses that make up the supply chain management program include specialized negotiation skills, transportation management, decision modeling in supply chains, and advanced topics in supply chain management. Advanced topics in the program may include quality management, supply chain metrics, electronic markets, and interfaces and research. Today an emphasis on environmentally-friendly manufacturing has become a specialized area of interest and students are taking advantage of this area of study to enhance employment viability upon graduation.

For most associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs an internship is offered at various stages of the student's academic career. Typically taking place in the summer months, the internship offers a six to twelve week paid or unpaid program that allows students to put their skills to work in a real-life environment. The completed internship provides the opportunity to lead into future employment with the employer and long-term relationships can be established.