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MS in Supply Chain Management
Whether you are a career changer or a veteran in the supply chain and logistics community, our MS in Supply Chain Management degree program will enable you to understand and solve the complex challenges of moving goods globally—on time and on budget.
Our program is ranked No. 15 by U.S. News and World Report, 2023.
- Real-world issues: The program focuses on real-world supply chain issues and provides the technical expertise and management skills to start or accelerate your career.
- Leading faculty: Our faculty are nationally recognized leaders with a commitment to teaching, inside and outside of the classroom.
- Connect with industry: Network with and learn from industry leaders who are engaged with the Supply Chain and Sustainability Center. This network helps ensure that our curriculum—and your degree—remains relevant and cutting edge.
- Nationally ranked: Our MSSCM is ranked No. 15 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, 2023.
- STEM designation: With a national shortage of professionals trained in STEM related fields, employers are actively pursuing STEM degree holders. Distinguish yourself in business with a STEM-designated degree.
What You'll Learn
- Advanced supply chain strategies
- Methodologies to improve or optimize operations across a wide range of industries
- Process design and improvement
- Transportation management
- Inventory management
- Purchasing management
- Forecasting methodologies to predict demand
Graduates of our program are in high demand. Within a month of graduating, 100% of our graduates have a job, and usually within one month of graduation.
Our students and alumni work at companies including BNSF, BP, Bosch, ITW, IBM, GE, Whirlpool, Maersk, Morton Salt, Fellowes, Northrop Grumman, Stepan, and Feeding America.
Because Loyola is a member of the Jesuit network of 27 colleges and universities nationwide, our graduates can receive career services at Quinlan's Business Career Services, as well as at career centers at U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities.
Classes are held weekday evenings on Loyola's Water Tower Campus, which is conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago, as well as online. All courses are offered on campus and the majority of the courses are also offered online. The program is on a 10-week quarter system, and you can begin the program in the fall or spring quarters.
The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management's 12-course curriculum prepares you to be a responsible leader in the supply chain field. Additional prerequisite courses may be required, depending on your academic background.
All courses listed are three credit hours.
ISSCM 491: Managerial Statistics or ISSCM 402N: Quantitative Methods II - Statistics Primer
The purpose of the course is to provide the student with statistical and data analysis tools useful for managers. The course emphasizes all the steps and procedures required to successfully managerial problems in which data are useful - from the definition of the managerial problem to statistical formulation of the problem, to data collection and data analysis, and the use of the statistical information in decision making. Topics considered are measures of central tendency and dispersion, theoretical distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, and time series analysis. MS Excel and PHStat will be used to analyze data.
* The prerequisite requirement is met if you have completed a minimum of one undergaduate course (3 credit hours) of comparable content in the prerequisite subject area within the last seven years with a grade of B (or equivalent) or higher if the course is determened to be appropriate by their academic advisor.
Required Courses (8)
BSAD 443: Business Analytics
Business analytics leverages the vast amount of streaming data (“big data”) to extract actionable insights and drive better business decisions. It incorporates the best in data engineering, analytics methods, visualization techniques, and communication of results. Business analytics relies heavily on statistical and quantitative analysis, and predictive and prescriptive models to provide a forward-looking business decision making.
ISSCM 495: Forecasting & Demand Management
This course covers current concepts in forecasting methods and use, with focus on implementation of these concepts in context to demand projections, economic and financial data analysis. This course uses R statistical language to create and implement various models. Main topics of the course include Regression, Time series analysis, and Markov Processes.
ISSCM 595N: Decision Analysis
Making good decisions in the face of uncertainty and risk is at the heart of successful management. This course provides a coherent set of critical thinking and decision analysis tools that are used to carve out well-structured decision models from ill-structured real-life problems and perform analyses to generate insights.
SCMG 480: Intro to Operations Management*
*This course can be substituted with a program elective by the approval of the academic director and depending on the academic background.
Introduction to concepts and methods for managing operations in manufacturing and service organizations. Topics today include forecasting, capacity and aggregate planning, material requirements planning, scheduling, facility layout and location, inventory management, just-in-time, total quality management, project planning, and logistics.
SCMG 486: Global Logistics
This course examines how business partners along the supply chain can work together to gain competitive advantage in moving products and services around the world to satisfy customers. The course will be an examination of the planning and management of global supply chain operations. Emphasis will be placed on the areas of traffic management, carrier operations, and warehousing. Each area will be analyzed in terms of its key goals, operational processes, technology applications, and performance control mechanisms.
SCMG 487: Purchasing Management
A study of organizational procurement processes and decision making framework. Topics include insourcing/out-sourcing decisions based on total cost of ownership, purchasing cycle and processes, developing material and technical specifications, supplier evaluation, selection and management, supplier quality management, purchasing capital goods and services, global sourcing and e-commerce, and purchasing tools and analytics.
SCMG 488: Inventory Management
A study of the fundamental principles of effective management of inventory with emphasis on inventory costs, product stratification, performance measures, demand forecasting, periodic and continuous review, safety stock, material requirements planning, customer service, and use of technology in inventory management. Issues related to storage and the handling of inventory stock are also studied.
SCMG 489: Supply Chain Analytics
A study of the design, development, and use of decision models for analysis of supply chain problems. This course provides an example-driven approach to learn about important supply chain models, problems, and solution methodologies.
Ethics Requirement (Choose 1)
MGMT 441N: Business Ethics
Students are introduced to theories about social and political institutions, and how they affect our ability to make moral decisions. Topics may include: social psychology, capitalism and its critics, democratic theory, labor relations, and social inequalities. Classes are dedicated to understanding and engaging with social and political theory on this topic. Assignments will involve students using these theories to critically assess corporate practices and contexts.
MGMT 446: International Business Ethics
This is an advanced business ethics course that addresses the ethical issues that arise in the global business environment, including the standards for the operation of multinational corporations and the ethical perspectives of managers in different countries.
Ethics and Data Analytics
The rapid advancement in technology necessitates an equally rapid advance in the ethics of data analytics. We will explore ethical questions in this field through the use of business case studies. We will also look at examples of ethical codes of conduct.
Electives (Choose 3 or 4, if SCMG 480 is substituted)
SCMG 481: Performance Improvement in Business Processes
The course focuses on a process view of the organization and provides students with a formal approach to designing, monitoring and improving business processes. The course provides the tools, methods and practical examples to help managers learn how to think from a process standpoint and how to ensure critical processes are controlled and functioning efficiently and effectively in their organization.
SCMG 482: Lean Production Concepts and Practices
Methods for managing operations in manufacturing and service organizations based upon the Toyota Production System. Topics include the principles lean production: employee empowerment, workplace organization, smooth process flow, pull production, setup reduction, TPM, cellular manufacturing, standard operations, visual management, and supplier partnerships.
SCMG 483: Management of Service Operations
This course explores the management of services in general, and the application of operations concepts to the design and management of service delivery systems in particular. A case study approach will be used, supplemented with lectures.
SCMG 589: Supply Chain Management Consulting
This course is the capstone of the Supply Chain Management Portfolio of the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management curriculum. As such, it is designed to integrate course topics covered in the foundation courses and engage students in discussions of critical supply chain leadership topics.
ISSCM 484N: Project Management
The art and science of project management as applied to a variety of business and technical projects in commercial, public, and private sectors. The course covers: project life cycle and methodology; team-building; project organization, stakeholders and leadership; proposals and contracts; techniques for project planning, estimating, scheduling, and control; and PMO.
INFS 492: Database Systems
This course covers current concepts in database theory and use with a focus on design, implementation, and utilization of business database management systems. This course provides coverage of operational (traditional) database systems. Main topics of the course include ER modeling, relational modeling, normalization, and a comprehensive coverage of SQL.
INFS 493: Strategic Uses of IT
This course focuses on helping future business leaders, in increasingly competitive environments, think about the strategic use of technology in the development and management of competitive advantages. The course will use case discussions, expert presenters, and real-world projects to help students understand how to leverage emerging technologies—i.e. machine learning, artificial intelligence, block chain, cognitive analytics—as well as an understanding of innovation processes—i.e. design thinking—in developing sustainable business strategies.
INFS 494: Data Mining
Data Mining involves the search for patterns in large quantities of data. The fundamental techniques used in data mining include, but are not limited to, clustering, decision trees, neural networks, and association analysis.
INFS 592: Data Visualization
The amount of data that our world generates is growing at a torrid pace. Sifting through and making sense of these gargantuan mountains of data is crucial to ensuring business growth and success and to making scientific discoveries and advancements. Data visualization plays an increasingly important role in this process. In this course, students will lean the theory that drives data visualization and the practice of creating beautiful and meaningful charts, graphs, and dashboards using Tableau.
NFS 791: Programming for Business Decision Making
This course focuses on how to effectively use a computer programming language to support decision making in business. Examples include using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to create applications within Microsoft Excel or using Python for manipulating and analyzing data. In addition to covering the concepts of programming using the specified language, this course covers developing user interfaces, working with external data and debugging code.
INFS 796: Data Warehousing
This course covers current concepts, components, and design issues related to data warehouses and business intelligence techniques for extracting meaningful information from data warehouses. Oracle, Informatica, Greenplum, and Tableau tools will be used to demonstrate design, implementation, and utilization issues. Most recent technologies in context to big data like MPP system, NoSQL, Hadoop (Pig, Hive, and MapReduce framework, etc.) will also be covered in detail. Advanced analytical SQL methods will be taught as well.
INFS 797: Applications of Visualization
Students will explore human perception and cognition, the use of best design practices, and interacting/storytelling with data.
FINC 620: Financial Mathematics and Modeling
This course focuses on how to effectively use Microsoft Excel and its built-in programming language, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), to build financial models. The course will examine equity, fixed-income, option, and portfolio optimization problems. The course is a combination of both lecture and lab.
MGMT 573: Business Strategy or MGMT 574: Corporate Strategy
MGMT 573 analyzes the responsibilities of general management in formulating, communicating, and implementing a strategic plan. Whereas Corporate Strategy (MGMT 574) defines the scope of the firm with the emphasis on strategic insights and perspectives, Business Strategy (MGMT 573) is concerned with how the firm generates sustainable competitive advantage within a particular industry or product market with the emphasis on strategic analysis and frameworks.
TJ Wiley, MS '13, MBA '14
"Quinlan’s Supply Chain Management program does a great job of keeping students engaged through exciting opportunities beyond the classroom."READ MORE
Harold Dillow, MBA '14, Supply Chain Concentration
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All graduate programs in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system, and new students begin the MSSCM in the fall or spring quarters.
All graduate programs in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system. Beginning Fall 2022, students will be able to start Quinlan graduate programs in the Spring and Fall Quarters.
|QUARTER||APPLICATION DEADLINE||QUARTER START|
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|Spring||January 15||Late February|
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These application materials are mandatory for all applicants
Completed Application Form
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Test Scores (GMAT/GRE)
Letter of Recommendation
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Statement of Purpose
The statement should provide context for area(s) of weakness, accomplishments to date, and how Loyola's Quinlan School of Business graduate degree program will prepare you to achieve your career goals. Limit personal essay to 2-3 pages, double-space.
Non Degree Seeking Option
The non-degree-seeking option is for students who wish to sample classes before applying to a degree program, transfer credit to another institution, or obtain professional or personal enrichment.
Non-degree-seeking students may apply a maximum of 9 semester hours (3 courses) toward a degree at Quinlan.Admission as a non-degree-seeking student does not guarantee admission to a formal program. Should you decide to pursue a degree program, a new application and all supporting materials are required.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The Quinlan School of Business and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their graduate business education at Loyola affordable.
Dean's Merit Scholarship
In recognition of stellar academic performance, Loyola University Chicago automatically considers students accepted into the Quinlan School of Business for a merit scholarship. Eligibility is generally determined by GPA and GMAT scores. Scholarships typically cover one or two Quinlan courses.
Awardees must use the scholarship in the term in which they are awarded and enroll in at least two Quinlan classes. Two-course scholarships are generally issued over two quarters.
No additional paperwork is needed for consideration.