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Master of Science in Supply Chains and Operations Management

The objective of the Master of Science in Supply Chains and Operations Management program is to develop globally competitive graduates for leadership positions in global supply chains, logistics, procurement and manufacturing and service operations management. With a state-of-the-art curriculum, students are exposed to the latest conceptual developments and industry best-practices. In addition, students are provided ample opportunities to interact with industry executives and augment their communication and soft skills.     

This program is intended for those who have completed an undergraduate degree in business, engineering arts and sciences. This full-time, one-year program offers admission in the fall only. 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. The course sequence is as follows:

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Key courses in the curriculum such as Production and Inventory Planning and Logistics Management are currently taught in a state-of-the art laboratory having access to SAP/R3 ERP software. The UB School of Management is a member of the SAP University Alliances Program

The final integrative project is typically an industry-based project. Students in spring 2013 semester worked on supply chain projects at Moog, an Aerospace industry context. Current students intend to work with firms such as IBM on a supply chain risk mitigation project, and Buffalo General Hospital on a health care materials management project.  

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

Student Linkages with Professional Institutions

The UB SCOM Club, our student association is an affiliate of the Buffalo Niagara Professional Alliance (BNPA), and it works with American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), Institute for Supply Management (ISM), Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), American Society for Quality (ASQ) and other national organizations. The student chapter of APICS was also established to provide networking opportunities with professionals. APICS activities include conducting plant tours, inviting professionals for guest lectures and preparing for APICS certification (CPIM/CFPIM/CSPC/CIRM) examinations. Students also have the opportunity to join ISM, CSCMP and other supply chain organizations.  The Buffalo Niagara region, located on the US-Canada border, is a major logistics hub with numerous manufacturing and logistics firms. Student activities can also be found at their Facebook site.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include man­agerial, consulting and analyst positions across the entire range of supply chain functions, in both general and functional management positions in procurement and global sourcing, production plan­ning, materials management, logistics management, quality, information systems, technology management, global outsourcing, and globally distributed services. Our student placements have been very good and all our past students currently work in leading industry positions in the U.S. and overseas. View a list of recent placements [PDF] of our students.


Our faculty members are leading researchers and award-winning teachers who are recognized internationally. They teach regularly in UB’s international programs and they consult and conduct industry education programs in many countries in North America, Europe and Asia. Their research is published in leading journals on supply chains and operations management. They are also affiliated to UB’s new Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics (ISTL). Our faculty members are also approachable, and they are committed to guiding students individually to succeed in the global workplace.  For more information on faculty members: http://mgt.buffalo.edu/faculty/academic/operations.

For more information, contact:
The Graduate Programs Office
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260
Tel: 716-645-3204
Email: som-apps@buffalo.edu

To speak to a faculty member, contact:

Dr. Charles Wang, Program Director; Tel:  (716) 645-3204; Email:  cxwang@buffalo.edu

Dr. Nallan Suresh, Department Chair; Email:  ncsuresh@buffalo.edu

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Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
University at Buffalo
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Tel:  716-645-3204
Fax: 716-645-2341

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