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Master of Supply Chain Management Curriculum

Taught by world-class faculty, The Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) is a 12-month (4 quarters), degree program that begins in summer quarter of each year and completes in spring. MSCM is a STEM degree program.

Evening and weekend classes let you work full-time

Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings (6-9:30 p.m.) and every other Saturday (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with lunch breaks). Outside class study time typically ranges between 15-20 hours a week.

Download the detailed program calendar here.  

Visit the UW academic calendar for specific dates of instruction.

Course components

The Master of Supply Chain Management curriculum is uniquely structured to provide a balanced combination of skills in three different components:

1. Supply Chain:

Includes core concepts and models in sourcing, manufacturing and distribution of goods and services.

2. Business Management:

Gain the knowledge of different management activities that interface with the supply chain function in an organization. It includes major concepts from areas like finance, accounting, marketing and organizational behavior.

3. Industry:

Integrates supply chain and management skills into implementable steps in a real-world situation.

Connections with supply chain leaders

Networking with supply chain leaders is built directly into the MSCM curriculum. Two such opportunities are the Leader Series and end of the year practicum

No thesis is required for completion of the program. Classes will be offered in-person at PACCAR Hall and are open only to students enrolled in the program.

MSCM courses

See the tabs below for a list of all Master of Supply Chain Management classes and a course by quarter breakdown.

MSCM courses at-a-glanceSummerAutumnWinterSpring

MSCM courses at-a-glance: 44 credits

SCM 500: Finance and Accounting for Supply Chain Managers (3 credits)
SCM 501: Probability and Statistics (3 credits)
SCM 502: Negotiations (2 credits)
SCM 503: Leadership and Professional Development (2 credits)
SCM 510: Marketing Strategy and Channel Management (3 credits)
SCM 511: Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (2 credits)
SCM 512: Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Enterprise (2 credits)
SCM 513: Operations Management and Process Analysis (2 credits)
SCM 520: Forecasting, Inventory Management and SC Analytics (3 credits)
SCM 521: Managing Supply Chain Projects (3 credits)
SCM 522: Lean Management, Total Quality and Six Sigma (2 credits)
SCM 523: Competitive Strategy (2 credits)
SCM 530: Managing and Mining Big Data (3 credits)
SCM 531: Enterprise Systems and Integration (2 credits)
SCM 532: Global Supply Chain and Logistics (3 credits)
SCM 533: Special Topics in Supply Chain Management (2 credits)
SCM 599: Supply Chain Leader Series (1-2 credits, 5 max)

Summer quarter

SCM 500: Finance and Accounting for Supply Chain Managers (3 credits)

Concepts and tools needed to understand, apply, and explain finance and accounting information for managerial decision and performance evaluation. This course is a part of the business component. Topics covered include:

  • Cash flow analysis
  • Cost-Volume-Profit analysis
  • Cost structure decisions
  • Relevant costing
  • Design of performance evaluation and control systems
  • Capital budgeting
  • Variances
  • Transfer pricing
  • Cash budgeting and management of working capital

SCM 501: Probability and Statistics (3 credits)

Statistical tools, techniques, and models for aiding management decisions. Use of spreadsheets in basic business problems. Frequency and probability distributions, random sampling and standard errors, testing hypothesis, ANOVA, multiple regression models, and logistic regression models. This course is a part of the business component. Topics covered include:

  • Probability rules
  • Logistic regression models and predictive analytics
  • Summarizing and visualizing data
  • Building and testing time series models
  • Estimating population characteristics and testing hypotheses about population characteristics
  • Conducting correlation analysis, building and testing linear regression models

SCM 512: Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Enterprise (2 credits)

Introduction to formulation and modeling of business problems in a spreadsheet environment. Prerequisite: SCM 501 or equivalent. This course is a part of the business component. Topics covered include:

  • Linear and integer programming
  • Decision analysis
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Monte Carlo simulation

SCM 523: Competitive Strategy (2 credits)

Develops students’ ability to think as practicing executives; and provides practice in analyzing, evaluating, and modifying organizations’ strategies in light of changing macro-economic conditions. Broadly, the emphasis will be on highlighting the interplay between competitive strategy and supply chain management concepts. This course is a part of the business component. Topics covered include:

  • Analyze the attractiveness of the external business environment and the internal resources and capabilities of an organization in order to make important strategic decisions pertaining to but not limited to the supply chain.
  • Formulate a strategy for an organization or a business unit to compete effectively in the existing business environment.
  • Recognize when an organization needs to change its strategy or its supply chain configuration, and describe the process that should be employed in driving such change.

SCM 599: Supply Chain Leader Series (1-2 credits, 5 max) Offered each quarter

Provides the capstone learning experience. Includes seminars given by supply chain leaders, a final quarter student report and student project are assigned. Provides students the opportunity to complement their in-class learning experience with related practical experience by working on a project. This course is a part of the industry component.

Autumn quarter

SCM 502: MSCM Fall Immersion (2 credits)

Supply chain management requires analytical skills to discover optimal solutions to problems, and a broad array of negotiation skills is needed for these solutions to be accepted and implemented. The course allows participants the opportunity to develop these skills experientially and to understand negotiations in useful analytic frameworks. This course is a part of the business component. Topics covered include:

  • Dispute resolution, conflict and mediation
  • Multi-party negotiations
  • Become familiar with the dynamics of power, of culture, of coalitions, of interests, or relationships, and of emotions that affect human interactions

SCM 511: Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (2 credits)

Discusses strategic sourcing and procurement in Supply Chains. Topics such as Total Cost of Ownership, Outsourcing, E-Sourcing / Auctions, Spend Analytics, Supply Contracts and Supplier Scorecard will be covered. This course is a part of the supply chain component. Topics covered include:

  • Supplier selection decisions
  • Identify risks related to sourcing
  • Design procurement processes for different item-types and analyze spend
  • Develop sourcing strategies aligned with business strategies
  • Analyze total cost of ownership for make-or-buy decisions

SCM 513: Operations Management and Process Analysis (2 credits)

Introduction to Operations Management, which focuses on efficient operations and on time delivery of goods and services. Prerequisite: SCM 501 or equivalent. This course is a part of the supply chain component. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to operations management
  • Process and flow management
  • Theory of constraints
  • Capacity analysis and design
  • Queues and waiting Lines

SCM 520: Forecasting, Inventory Management and SC Analytics (3 credits)

Forecasting methods, deterministic and stochastic inventory models, lot-sizing and MRP, JIT, design for logistics, bull-whip effect and other contemporary topics are introduced. Prerequisite: SCM 501, SCM 511, SCM 513. This course is a part of the supply chain component. Topics covered include:

  • Forecasting models
  • Lot-sizing and Material Requirement Planning (MRP)
  • Deterministic Inventory Models, Stochastic Inventory Models
  • Time Series, Moving Average, Exponential Smoothing, Holt and Winter’s Model

SCM 521: Managing Supply Chain Projects (3 credits)

Examines the management of complex projects. Specific topics include project teams, project selec-tion, scheduling and budgeting, risk management, and monitoring and control. We will also discuss PM software products, and relationships between these products and the requirements of managing risky projects in today’s economic environment. This course is a part of the supply chain component. Topics covered include:

  • Project Selection
  • Project Planning, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Assessment and Control,
  • Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Project Scheduling (CPM and PERT), Budgeting, and Time-Cost Tradeoffs
  • Resource Allocation in Project, Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM)

SCM 599: Supply Chain Leader Series (1-2 credits, 5 max) Offered each quarter

Provides the capstone learning experience. Includes seminars given by supply chain leaders, a final quarter student report and student project are assigned. Provides students the opportunity to complement their in-class learning experience with related practical experience by working on a project. This course is a part of the industry component.

Winter: 11 credits

SCM 503: Leadership and Professional Development (2 credits)

Assessment and development of written and oral communication to develop strong interpersonal and leadership skills needed to succeed in the cross-functional and cross-cultural team environments common in a global supply chain environment. This course is a part of the business component. While in the course, students will:

  • Work in teams
  • Deliver clear, effective and persuasive presentations
  • Implement change in an organization
  • Create a leadership skills development plan

SCM 522: Lean Management, Total Quality and Six Sigma (2 credits)

Describes the basic principles, tools, and methods of Lean and Six Sigma. Discusses their implementation in variety of settings and shows how to apply them in real supply chains. This course is a part of the supply chain component. Topics covered include:

  • Seven wastes
  • Value stream Mapping
  • Quality tools
  • One-piece flow
  • DMAIC
  • Lean office

SCM 530: Managing and Mining Big Data (3 credits)

Explores issues related to managing and mining business big data. Topics include data storage, visualization, clustering analysis, supervised learning techniques, text and web mining, and mining networked data. Real-world applications in supply chain management. This course is a part of the business component. Topics covered include:

  • Big Data Concepts and Examples in Supply Chain
  • Data Definition and Structural Query Language (SQL)
  • Hadoop and Data Storage
  • Data Visualization and Pre-processing
  • Data Mining Software and Tools
  • Text Mining, Sentiment Analysis, and Web Mining
  • Data Mining Process and Techniques: Supervised Learning, Clustering Analysis

SCM 599: Supply Chain Leader Series (1-2 credits, 5 max) Offered each quarter

Provides the capstone learning experience. Includes seminars given by supply chain leaders, a final quarter student report and student project are assigned. Provides students the opportunity to complement their in-class learning experience with related practical experience by working on a project. This course is a part of the industry component.

Spring: 12 credits

SCM 510: Marketing Strategy and Channel Management (3 credits)

Analysis and decision-making in management of exchange processes with customers. Analysis of market forces and choice of marketing strategy, objectives, and marketing mix variables. This course is a part of the business component. Topics covered during this course include:

  • Marketing analysis
  • Marketing implementation
  • Marketing objectives and strategy
  • Marketing ethics

SCM 531: Enterprise Systems and Integration (2 credits)

Provides an overall understanding of the complex role of information systems in transforming organizational processes and integrating them as part of an enterprise system. Topics include the concept of process-enabling information technologies and enterprise resource planning systems that support supply chain management processes. This course is a part of the business component. Topics covered include:

  • Master data
  • Business process integration
  • Enterprise system implementation
  • Enterprise architecture

SCM 532: Global Supply Chain and Logistics (3 credits)

Examines the designing and managing complex global supply chains. Specific topics include global SC design, logistics and sourcing, supply chain inventory models, postponement, supply integration and contracts. We will also discuss the interrelation between supply chain management and product design. This course is a part of the supply chain component. Topics covered include:

  • Supply chain and product design
  • Supply chain inventory models
  • Supply integration and contracts
  • Network and supply chain design
  • Global supply chain design, logistics, and sourcing

SCM 533: Special Topics in Supply Chain Management (2 credits)

Aims to review current topics of supply chain management such as forming teams (selecting team members and developing shared mental models), revenue management, new product design and development, and shaping organizational cultures. This course is a part of the supply chain component. Topics covered include:

  • Motivation and building influence
  • Cognitive and social biases in decision-making
  • Team process (managing conflict, learning, and adapting)

SCM 599: Supply Chain Leader Series (1-2 credits, 5 max) Offered each quarter

Provides the capstone learning experience. Includes seminars given by supply chain leaders, a final quarter student report and student project are assigned. Provides students the opportunity to complement their in-class learning experience with related practical experience by working on a project. This course is a part of the industry component.