Supply Chains and Operations Management Curriculum

This 30-credit program can be completed in one year. The curriculum consists of nine 3-credit courses and a 3-credit interactive project supervised by a faculty member. Key courses, such as Production and Inventory Planning and Logistics Management, are taught in a state-of-the art laboratory having access to SAP/R3 ERP software. The School of Management is a member of the SAP University Alliances Program.

The course sequence is as follows:

First Semester - Fall

  • MGO631 Production and Inventory Planning
  • MGO634 Project Management
  • MGO636 Supply Chain Design, Modeling and Optimization
  • MGA604 Financial Analysis and Planning
  • MGI 601 Principles of Workforce Engagement

Second Semester - Spring

  • MGO632 Strategic Quality Management
  • MGO633 Supply Chains and Global Operations
  • MGO637 Purchasing and Global Supply Management
  • MGO638 Logistics and Global Distribution Management
  • MGO647 Integrative Project supervised by faculty (3 credit hours)

The final integrative project is typically an industry-based project. In the past, students have worked on supply chain projects at Moog, an Aerospace industry context; at IBM on a supply chain risk mitigation project; at Rich Products on a demand forecasting project, at Niagara Lubricant on production management and ERP projects, and at Kaleida Health System and Buffalo General Hospital on health care materials management and purchasing management projects.

The development of soft skills in communication and leadership is emphasized throughout the entire curriculum. Students are also encouraged to network with executives in various professional organizations and to acquire professional certifications offered by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).