Management, Supply Chain Management Concentration, M.S.
Dan Morrell, Program Director
The Department of Management offers the Master of Science in Management program with three concentrations: Organizational Leadership, Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management, and Supply Chain Management. The Master of Science in Management enhances students' planning, communication, and ethical decision-making skills and exposes them to real world experiences that help them mature as managers. The Management M.S. program allows students to develop the skills to be promoted into higher levels of management at different types of organizations.
Graduates of this program may work in a variety of positions, including mid-to upper-level management positions in corporate offices, healthcare facilities, distribution or logistics centers, manufacturing facilities, not-for-profit organizations, state or local government, and service industries such as banking, insurance, and real-estate.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
To be admitted to the Master of Science in Management program, applicants should have
- minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale;
- minimum of 400 on GMAT (or GRE equivalent).
Applicants with post baccalaureate managerial work experience may receive 10 points toward the GMAT score for each year of professional work experience; e.g., four years of work experience = 40 additional points toward the GMAT. GMAT waivers may be granted to applicants with more than ten years of professional work experience.
Applicants without related previous experience or academic preparation may be required to complete the following prerequisite courses: MGMT 6000 (or MGMT 3610 and MGMT 3620) and ACTG 3000 (or ACTG 6100).
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
- submit a current resume' or curriculum vita.
The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Supply Chain Management requires completion of a minimum of 33 credit hours.
- complete a minimum of 33 semester hours as listed below. No more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dual-listed as undergraduate/graduate hours can be counted toward the degree;
- successfully complete an applied project MGMT 6800) in the last semester.
Curriculum: Management, Supply Chain Management
The Supply Chain Management concentration provides students with business and operations management skills that can be applied to work in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management careers. In addition to 15 hours of core courses in management, the concentration requires 12 hours of courses in supply chain management, including two required courses: international supply chain management and total quality management. The concentration electives are selected from among these courses: distribution center management, marketing systems, continuous improvement, applied business analytics, and supply chain operations. Students will also elect 6 hours of courses in a professional area that relates to their career interests.
The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.
Core Courses (15 hours)
MGMT 6100 - Strategic Decision Making
Prerequisite: MGMT 3610 or MGMT 6000. Managerial theory and practice of solving problems, making decisions, and developing strategies for services and/or products. Emphasis on developing practical responses to decision issues using creativity and innovation in a team environment. (This course is not open to students earning a Master of Business Administration degree.)
MGMT 6200 - Lean Project Management Principles
Prerequisite: MGMT 3620, MGMT 6000, or MGMT 6650.Theory and practice of managing projects for services, products, and/or events in the context of operations management methods. Emphasis on application of lean concepts to project management.
MGMT 6680 - Seminar in Human Resources Management
Focus on the responsibility of all managers with respect to the effective development of human resources. The responsibility of all functional areas in the human resource department or impinging forces such as technology, organized labor, and government legislation examined along with the emerging concepts, problems, and theories supported by research in the field.
MGMT 6750 - Business Ethics
Impact of individual values and ethics on the management of organizations. Topics include legal and ethical aspects of dealing with organization stakeholders: stockholders, consumers, employees, and the general community. Emphasis on using ethical theory to make good business decisions.
MGMT 6800 - Applied Management Project
Prerequisites: Open only to M.S. in Management students who are in their last semester of coursework (must have completed 24 graduate level hours); permission of department required; must be completed with B- or better. Capstone course that provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize knowledge gained throughout the graduate program. Development of a substantial project that demonstrates mastery of competencies, concepts, principles, and practices for success in their field of leadership, supply chain management, or not-for-profit management.
Required Courses (12 hours)
MGMT 6730 - International Supply Chain Management
Principles of supply chain management and supply chain management environments. Examines integration with other companies to manage flow of resources, including materials, information, people, etc., in a global supply chain environment.
MGMT 6700 - Supply Chain Key Performance Indicators
Focuses on strategic use of key performance indicators (KPIs, dashboard metrics, and balanced scorecards) as a method to manage business processes. Aspects of performance measurement will be studied including design, data sources, conflicting KPIs, and presentation of results.
Choose two from the following:
MGMT 6550 - Distribution Center Management
Prerequisite: MGMT 3620 or MGMT 6000 or MGMT 6650. Focuses on the concepts and techniques required to manage a contemporary distribution center. Emphasizes the role of a distribution center within a supply chain and best practices leading to efficient operational performance.
MGMT 6760 - Continuous Improvement/Problem Solving
Applies two major Continuous Improvement strategies to business process improvement efforts. Compares the Baldridge Performance Excellence Framework to overall organizational evaluation (gap analysis). Applies Lean Six Sigma techniques to specific problem solving and process improvement situations.
MKT 6830 - Marketing Systems
An analytic, decision-oriented study of marketing channels. Problems of integrating relevant variables within the marketing system to achieve optimum returns for all members.
MBAM 6875 - Supply Chain Operations
Prerequisite: MBAI 6835. Overview on the integration between supply chain operations strategies/decisions and their impact on other business functions in an organization.
BIA 6905 - Applied Business Analytics
(Same as MBAI 6905.) An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.
Career Electives (6 hours)
In consultation with their advisors, students will select and complete 6 hours of courses in a professional area that relates to their career interests, or they may select and complete 6 hours of business electives that apply to supply chain management.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.