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New Ross School degree in supply chain management

A new Master of Supply Chain Management program will be offered by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business beginning January 2008. The admission deadline for the inaugural class is Aug. 1.

The one-year program is designed to add breadth and depth of knowledge in business and supply chain management, Ross School leaders say. In line with the school's action-based learning approach to business education, the program integrates a team-based summer project experience into the curriculum. Students will work on real-world assignments sponsored by companies with guidance from faculty in the Operations and Management Sciences department.

"No other top-ranked business school currently offers a supply chain concentration, let alone a comprehensive one-year MSCM degree," says program director Ravi Anupindi, associate professor of operations management at the Ross School. "The program is highly selective and designed to prepare students to assume a leadership role in the rapidly changing field of supply chain management.

Through small class size and one-on-one interaction, students will have ample opportunity to work closely with leading faculty in operations and management science and gain insights into current issues facing the profession, he says.

"The supply chain touches almost every function of global commerce. Business leaders view supply chain management as the central nervous system of the global economy," Anupindi says. " That's why companies are increasingly looking for innovative leaders with the vision and skill to manage their supply chains."

The 30-credit-hour program will grant admission for a winter-term start only. Courses include Manufacturing and Supply Operations, Supply Chain Analytics, Logistics, Strategic Sourcing, Project Management, IT for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and several electives and projects courses in operations management and other business disciplines.

Admission is open to graduates of accredited colleges and universities in virtually all areas of study, including science, economics, engineering, business and other areas. Previous courses in engineering, science and mathematics are important, but not essential.

Before enrolling, students must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree and have taken the Graduate Management Admission Test.

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