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Top-ranked universities and national institutions strut their know-how in supply chain education


We’re all aware of Education 101: Math, English and Science. Heck, even some schools require some credit hours in Physical Education as a prerequisite to graduate high school. But were you aware of the vast amount of specialized supply chain education available at the college undergraduate and graduate level? This month, we bring you a snapshot of the national universities and institutions that are spreading supply chain education across campus via available degrees and continued education certification for current business professionals in the field.

The College of Business Administration, University of Tennessee - Knoxville (UTK)

Supply Chain Management Degrees Offered—Bachelor’s degree with a major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management; full-time MBA with a SCM concentration; an Executive MBA in Global Supply Chain Management; The Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management offers two PhD program concentrations: one in Logistics & Supply Chain Management and one in Marketing.

Program YTD—Supply chain education (predecessor curriculums in transportation and logistics) offered at UTK since the 1930s.

Average Number of Courses Required to Earn Minimum Certification—The Bachelor’s degree with a major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management comprises five courses (15 semester hours) in the major with complementing coursework representing a collateral (minor) or dual concentration (total 24 semester hours); the 17-month full-time MBA with a SCM concentration requires a minimum of nine total credit hours in the concentration; the Executive MBA in Global Supply Chain Management represents 45 credits (36-curriculum, 9-Organizational Action Project), the integrated curriculum is 60 percent core MBA course content, 40 percent global supply chain management course content. A comprehensive offering of Operations and Supply Chain Management non degree courses are offered through UTK’s Center for Executive Education. Minimum course requirements are specified for certification including Lean and Six Sigma.

Average Enrollment Rate—500+ students in the undergrad logistics & supply chain program, 90+ students in the full-time MBA program (20-25 in the SCM concentration), PhD program enrollment is highly competitive with an average of 15-20 doctoral students enrolled in the Logistics & Supply Chain and Marketing concentrations.

General Enrollment Requirements—For undergraduate students the completion of core academic subjects comprising 14 units (increasing to 17 units in 2013), GPA, standardized test scores, and other relevant factors; the full-time MBA and Executive MBA program admissions requirements include submission of transcripts, minimum GPA, GMAT score report, Letters of Recommendation, essays, and relevant work experience; PhD program admissions requirements include MBA or equivalent masters degree, minimum GPA, minimum GMAT, and appropriate industry work experience.

How is the University of Tennessee keeping pace with the supply chain skill-sets necessary today?

“As one of the top-ranked universities in the field of supply chain management, the University of Tennessee has a comprehensive offering of degree and non-degree programs. We stay connected with industry through a very active ‘Executive in Residence’ program, internships for our students, and The Global Supply Chain Institute. The Global Supply Chain Institute is our center for supply chain management research, the supply chain audit practice and also directs the Global Supply Chain Forum. The Global Supply Chain Forum has over 60 corporate members representing a diverse industry base and meets annually in five world locations (North America, Western Europe, Central/Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America). The Global Supply Chain Institute Advisory Board is comprised of over 40 VPs and EVPs of Supply Chain Management and meets twice annually to provide insights and guidance on key supply chain issues, curricula, and the research agenda.”—David Ecklund, University of Tennessee

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