Supply chain management is the management of business activities ranging from product development, sourcing, production, and logistics to managing the resources and capabilities needed to accomplish strategic objectives. The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program at CSULB will provide you with advanced and highly demanded training in modern supply chain management practices, analysis methods, technology applications, strategy development, and other relevant skills that will advance your career prospects and prepare you for lifelong learning in a global supply chain environment.
The program is located within one of the world's most active supply-chain environments. Most Fortune 500 companies have a presence in California and more than two dozen Fortune 500 companies are headquartered within an 80-mile radius of the university. All fast-growing industries, such as health care, energy, entertainment, high-tech, and business services have a large presence in the region. The nearby ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles handle about 40% of the nation's containerized goods, and the surrounding region hosts a massive transportation and logistics industry, which accounts for approximately 600,000 of the region's jobs. The demand for logisticians and supply chain management talent is exceptionally high in the region. The close proximity of the university to those businesses gives our graduates a distinct advantage in terms of networking and job placement.
The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program’s requirements comprise a 30-unit, lock-step sequence of courses covering three core components: (1) developing an advanced understanding of operations planning, supply chain management, logistics and transportation, project management, and leadership in a global supply chain environment, (2) acquiring business analytics, statistics, and information-technology skills required to tackle real world supply chain management challenges, and (3) demonstrating competency through a culminating (“capstone”) experience in which students interact with local industry leaders to identify improvement opportunities and develop data-driven solutions.
Through a unique combination of quantitative, technical, operational, strategic, and behavioral preparation, the program will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills needed to identify, analyze, and resolve complex supply chain challenges faced by global-scale businesses. The program concludes with a capstone seminar that requires you to research a real company, collect data, conduct analysis, and offer improvement recommendations.
Graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Business, Economics, Industrial Engineering, or related subject
Students who prefer a rational, logical thinking style and who are comfortable with quantitative analysis
Supply chain management professionals who want to strengthen their knowledge and advance their career