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IMSE, Business team up on supply chain management certificate

Two students grab a bucket off a supply line.

According to the 2016 Peerless Research Group (PRG)/Logistics Management survey, the average annual salary for occupations in the area of supply chain management is $105,675. The new certificate will allow Mizzou graduates to be even more marketable and competitive when seeking jobs in this growing sector. Photo by Amy Parris.

The MU Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department and Trulaske College of Business’ Department of Management are teaming up on a new Global Supply Chain Management certificate, offering students at the intersection of business and logistics the ability to boost their degrees with sought-after, specialized skills.

According to the 2016 Peerless Research Group (PRG)/Logistics Management survey, the average annual salary for occupations in the area of supply chain management is $105,675. The new certificate will allow Mizzou graduates to be even more marketable and competitive when seeking jobs in this growing sector.

According to the description of the certificate program, “(Supply chain management) draws heavily upon expertise in operations management, strategic management, marketing, logistics, transportation, information technology, and decision sciences.” It has become a core part of business and industrial engineering education, and this certificate leverages MU’s strengths in both areas.

“This was an obvious area to build a collaborative program, we already had supply chain faculty, they recently hired faculty in the area, and there is a demand from the students,” IMSE Professor Jim Noble said. “So we were able to start it pretty quick.

“There’s a natural synergy because we each bring different things to the equation in terms of looking at the supply chain problem. I think having an interdisciplinary certificate allows for both perspectives to be considered and provides more value to the students.”

The certificate requires nine course hours in core courses taught in both IMSE and Management:

  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • MANGMT 4010 Operations Management or IMSE 4350 Production and Operations Analysis
  • BUS AD 4500 Practicum course or IMSE 4910 Industrial Engineering Internship

In addition, students must complete six hours from a list of electives related to various facets of supply chain management for a total of 15 credit hours:

  • MANGMT 3930 Managing Global Trade
  • MANGMT 4060 Project Management Fundamentals
  • MANGMT 4450 Management of Electronic Commerce
  • MRKTNG 4250 Retail Marketing
  • MRKTNG 4201-01 Marketing Supply Chain Analytics
  • IMSE 4330 Material Flow and Logistics System Design
  • IMSE 4360 Supply Chain Engineering
  • IMSE 4370 Service System Engineering and Management
  • IMSE 4380 Six Sigma Methodology

“Supply chains in general permeate almost all organizations. But there are aspects that have more of a managerial component, and there are things that have require more of an engineering perspective,” Noble said.

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