Master of Science in Supply Chain Management

The University of Kentucky’s Master of Science in Supply Chain Management is an 11-month, 30 credit-hour program that blends end-to-end supply chain concepts like strategic sourcing and channel management with big data analytics, cross-functional business knowledge, and hands-on, industry experience.

The Supply Chain Management program requires both quantitative and interpersonal skills. This field is ideal for candidates who hold a bachelor degree in the following fields: Business, Engineering, Economics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Agrieconomics and Communications.

Career Opportunities

General and Operations Manager

Industrial Project Manager

Purchasing Manager

Logistician

Business Operations Specialist

Operations Research Analyst

STEM

Certified

11

Month Program

$57,823

Starting Salary

Real-World Experience

Gatton partners with the following companies to provide students with Supply Chain Management-related projects.

Highlights

  • STEM Certified Program
      Eligible for 3 years OPT
  • Industry project to gain real industry experience
  • Solve real world supply chain challenges
  • Small class sizes with individual faculty attention
  • Info Sessions
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All majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be evaluated for admission based upon their undergraduate coursework grade point averages (GPA), GMAT or GRE, recommendation letter, resume and English language proficiency.

Applicants are required to have completed and earned a 2.0 in at least one college level statistic course. Examples:

  • STA 296 Statistical Methods
  • STA 381 Engineering Statistics
  • ECO 391 Economic and Business Statistics
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • One (up to two) recommendation letters
  • Current resume
  • $65 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • One (up to two) recommendation letters
  • Current resume
  • $75 application fee
  • TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo scores
    The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. The minimum Duolingo score is 115.

TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waivers can be offered to students who earned their bachelors' degrees from other U.S. universities.

For more information, contact Yingnan Song.

  • Applicants with an earned bachelor's degree or higher from the University of Kentucky within the last five years with a 3.4 or higher GPA.
  • Applicants already in possession of a terminal degree such as a JD, Ph.D., MD, PharmD, or equivalent
  • Applicants who are presently enrolled in a terminal degree program such as a JD, Ph.D., MD, PharmD, with good academic standing
  • Applicants with extensive relevant professional experience, especially those in leadership positions.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students
Fall semester: July 23

International Students
Fall semester: July 1

GRE and GMAT Information

Currently, both GRE and GMAT exams are available online.

GRE Online Exam
GMAT Online Exam

Fall

  • MKT 630: Supply Chain Fundamentals & Strategies
  • MKT 632: Supply Chain Modeling & Analysis
  • MKT 633: Applied Data Analytics
  • MKT 635: Logistics Management

Spring

  • MKT 631: Production & Operations Management
  • MKT 634: Quality Management & Lean Operations
  • MKT 636: Sourcing, Purchasing & Contract Management
  • MKT 637: Negotiation in Supply Chain

One elective course. Choose from the following:

  • MFS 613: Sustainability, Ethics & Leadership in Manufacturing Organization (Fall/Spring)
  • SCE 614: Sustainable Systems and Supply Chain (new course in progress at UK’s College of Engineering
  • MFS 606: Global Issues in Manufacturing (Fall)
  • MKT 530: Service Marketing Management (Fall/Spring)
  • MGT 610: Global Management (Fall/Spring)
  • MGT 697: Leadership, Communications & Ethics (Summer)
  • CPH 600: Health Services and Systems Organizations (Summer)
  • PA 602: Strategic Planning and Organizational Change in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (Fall)
  • HMT 588: Strategic Management in the Hospitality & Food Service Industry (Spring)

Capstone Course

  • MKT 740: Industry Project (10 weeks in summer)

Fall, 1st year

  • MKT 630: Supply Chain Fundamentals & Strategies;
  • MKT 635: Logistics Management;

Spring, 1st year

  • MKT 631: Production & Operations Management;
  • MKT 637: Negotiation in Supply Chain

Fall, 2nd year

  • MKT 632: Supply Chain Modeling & Analysis;
  • MKT 633: Applied Data Analytics

Spring, 2nd year

  • MKT 634: Quality Management & Lean Operations;
  • MKT 636: Sourcing, Purchasing & Contract Management;

Summer, second year

  • MKT 740: Industry Project

One elective course. Choose from the following:

  • MFS 613: Sustainability, Ethics & Leadership in Manufacturing Organization (Fall/Spring)
  • SCE 614: Sustainable Systems and Supply Chain (new course being proposed at CoE)
  • MFS 606: Global Issues in Manufacturing (Fall)
  • MKT 530: Service Marketing Management (Fall/Spring)
  • MGT 610: Global Management (Fall/Spring)
  • MGT 697: Leadership, Communications & Ethics (Summer)
  • CPH 600: Health Services and Systems Organizations (Summer)
  • PA 602: Strategic Planning and Organizational Change in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (Fall)
  • HMT 588: Strategic Management in the Hospitality & Food Service Industry (Spring)

Course Descriptions

Supply chain management concerns the integration of key business processes that enable the fulfillment of end-customers real needs. Central to supply chain management philosophy is integration - the socio-technical linkages that facilitate the efficient flows of information, ideas, knowledge, goods, services, and cash through the supply chain. This course will introduce students to the terminology, concepts, and skills related to supply chain management, with a focus on strategic, relational, and operations issues. Through this course, students will develop an understanding of important supply chain terminology, processes, systems, and improvement methodologies that enable effective management and strategy deployment.

This course will introduce students to concepts, tools, and techniques necessary for planning and control of production and other operations of an organization. Organizational processes from sourcing and inventory management to production planning and scheduling as well as quality control will be covered. Students will learn how to model and analyze operations, and to evaluate impact of various strategies on the processes and on products/service quality, productivity, efficiency, and cost effectiveness, especially when there are uncertainties.

This course teaches students how to make business decisions based on the data and quantitative models. It introduces students to the optimization methods used in business primarily linear and integer programming. The concepts are studied mainly in the context of applications to the operations and supply chain management field. Examples from other business disciplines such as finance and human resource management are included too. In this course, students learn to model the business problems on Excel spreadsheets, analyze and solve the models, and then interpret the solutions obtained to make recommendations to managers.

In today s business settings, knowledge workers increasingly rely on data-driven decision- making strategies. This course provides the necessary data analytics background for subsequent coursework dealing with topics such as quality control, inventory management, sourcing, and logistics management. It introduces students to the Normal distribution, Decision Tree Analysis, Demand Forecasting, and Interactive Data Visualization, all of which rely on data as the grist to help generate useful managerial information and insights.

This course focuses on the principles, and practices of total quality management (TQM) and lean operations. Topics that are covered include: process focus; continuous improvement; service quality; customer satisfaction; process control and capability; Six-Sigma methodology and tools; economics of quality; and organizational learning.

This course focuses on the physical distribution, movement, and delivery of goods and services throughout the supply chain so that the right amount of materials and/or products arrive at the right place at the right time. It requires the co-ordination, organization, and management of an organization s distribution network to perform such function as facility location, transportation, storage, material handling, packaging, inventory control, order fulfillment, and reverse logistics.

This is an advanced course that aims to educate students about strategic considerations and complex decision-making processes in sourcing, purchasing and contract management. The course broadens and enhances students knowledge and skills to manage related issues through a mixture of lectures and case analyses and discussions. Students will learn how to systematically and effectively approach complicated supply chain management problems on strategic sourcing, supplier selection, and contract design by integrating and applying the knowledge, analytics skills, and ways of thinking that they acquired in prior SCM coursework.

This course focuses on developing your negotiating skills and making you a more confident negotiator. By the conclusion of this course, you will have improved your ability to diagnose negotiation situations, strategize and plan upcoming negotiations, and engage in more fruitful negotiations, even in situations where you are dealing with difficult negotiation partners.

This is a team-based industry project course where collaborative teams of Supply Chain Engineering and Supply Chain Management students are paired with a company or organization. Each company or organization provides the team with a supply chain related problem of importance. Student teams are co-advised by Engineering and Business faculty who have direct contact with the company. The faculty co-advisers will mentor and guide each team to work together collaboratively to propose solutions for a real-world supply chain problem with an industry partner.

Resident Non-resident
Total program tuition costs $25,000 $35,000
Per Credit Hour tuition $833 $1,166
University Mandatory Fees (Estimate) $1,500 $1,500

Financial Assistance

University Level Funding Opportunities
The University of Kentucky Graduate School provides various funding opportunities for graduate students through fellowships, assistantships, and support funding.

More Information

MSSCM Financial Assistance
Merit-based scholarship and teaching assistant opportunities are available to selected students. The recipients are selected based on their academic performance, such as GPA, GMAT/GRE scores, personal statement, recommendations, and other factors. To be considered, apply by May 15th. Note that these awards are competitive and cover only partial tuition costs.

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Connect with Us

Haoying Sun

Haoying Sun
Director, MS in Supply Chain Management
Department of Marketing and Supply Chain
hsu237@uky.edu

Rick Mason

Rick Mason
Director of Professional Recruiting
Professional Resource Center
(859) 218-5550
rickmason@uky.edu