MAJOR: SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
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The supply chain management (SCM) major is designed to prepare students to become leaders in supply chain management, a total systems approach taken by companies, suppliers, and partners to deliver manufactured products to the end customer. Information technology is used to coordinate all elements of the supply chain from sourcing parts to coordination of retailers to achieve a level of integration that results in a competitive advantage that is not available in traditional logistics systems.

One of the important advantages of being a supply chain management major is the linkage that exists between the major and the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence. This McCombs-wide research center has over a dozen sponsor companies from across various industries, including: Advanced Micro Devices, Boeing, Chevron, Dell, Frito-Lay, Procter and Gamble, and Texas Instruments, along with several others. This critical relationship between industry and the faculty and students in the SCM program at McCombs creates a forum for the curriculum to be constantly reviewed by industry to ensure its relevancy and content. It also promotes numerous opportunities for the students and sponsor companies to interact regularly and build relationships that can potentially lead to future employment. The center works with students, faculty, and sponsor companies to promote internships, practicum projects, field trip, and recruiting events.

Entry-level positions in supply chain management include buyer, materials manager, risk management analyst, logistics planner, and staff consultant. Supply chain managers tend to be individuals with good communication and negotiation skills who are systems oriented (analytical people who see the "big" picture).

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to change to a business major need to apply for an internal transfer. Internal transfer applicants are students currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who are seeking to transfer within or into a major in the McCombs School of Business. Find out more about the internal transfer process, including the procedures, requirements to apply, historical summary of acceptance, and additional opportunities.

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Required Courses

View the supply chain management degree plan to learn more about the required courses for the SCM major. For additional information, read about the majors and degree requirements in the McCombs School of Business.

Specializations

Supply chain management does not offer specific concentrations or tracks; however, there is variety offered in the SCM electives a student must choose to take. By choosing different options in the elective courses a student can focus on procurement, logistics, or operations management, but a focus in a particular area is not required.

Personality

Supply chain management students tend to be analytical thinkers. They must be able to apply learned concepts and equations to situations. The theories and best-practices are not mandatory rules to abide by and follow, but rather, they serve as guidelines. Students must be able to evaluate a situation and utilize what they've been taught in the classroom in order to resolve unique circumstances. A large part of SCM is product and service procurement, and a significant part of that is negotiation. SCM majors must be excellent communicators on a 360 basis: up, down, and laterally.

Skills

  • Ability to understand and apply fundamental operational concepts, as well as the equations and statistics that support them
  • Ability to relate knowledge and theory to case studies and other related situations
  • Ability to manipulate and customize classroom knowledge in order to apply it to the unforeseen situations in future workplace environments
  • Analytical skills utilized in case studies are related to Supply Chain Management theories, but also managerial, marketing, and financial matters
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to identify best practices in field and apply knowledge to realistic situations