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SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management at Charleston Southern Online gives you the skills and abilities to think in concert about the people, processes, and technologies required for world-class integrated supply chain management. Supply chain managers are responsible for synchronizing the flow of products, information, and funds between their organizations and both their suppliers and customers in a way that adds value.


Why Supply Chain Management?

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management prepares graduates with critical skills necessary to succeed in the emerging field of data science. The CSU curriculum emphasizes effective analytical techniques, data mining, business analysis and modeling, analytic decision-making and more.

  • Increase your advancement and earnings potential
  • Accelerated employment growth rate of 26% (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Median salaries for managers - $84,000; directors - $127,000 (Payscale)
  • Listed as one of the "Best Jobs of 2012" (U.S. News and World Report)

Curriculum

MSOM 601 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

This course introduces new graduate students to strategies for academic success as it relates to thinking. Topics include Graduate School tools and competencies and written and verbal communication skills. This course introduces the conceptual, analytical and practical foundations of problem-based learning. This will be done in the context of problem definition, research and information utilization, critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, negotiation skills and stakeholder communication skills. Problem-based learning will be framed in the context of the alignment of societal, organizational and personal values.

MSOM 602 Servant Leadership

This course serves to provide students with a foundation in Christian Leadership talents, strengths and skills as it relates to the servant leader. Included in this course would be an investigation of how the individual plays a role in his or her own management or leadership styles. Students would complete a personal profile assessment; develop a research paper in the area of leadership or management related to a comparison between the servant leader/manager and their own leadership/management style. Finally, students will develop strategies for how to implement the 10 characteristics of the Servant Leader into business, community and professional outcomes.

MSOM 603 Making Ethical Management Decisions

Can a corporation have a conscience? Should it? Ethics has been called the soft side of business, but in fact, the hardest and most painful questions you will ever face are probably ethical ones. Why? Ethical questions involve choices and the weighing of consequences and responsibilities not an easy discernment process. Further, business ethics involves choosing the best response to a gray situation among different legal choices. This course, while concentrating on the ethical decision making of managers, will also discuss how Christian ethics and values impact business decisions. Is there a difference between ethical business practices and ethical Christian decisions in a business setting?

MSOM 605 Talent Management

Talent is often overlooked when determining who can or cannot perform a job. This course examines how to assess and measure talent and then manage that talent to the fullest. A comprehensive review of talent assessment will be provided throughout the course. Developing measurements for assessment, implementing a talent based organization and creating a talent centered organization are essential constructs of this course. Students will learn how to put a strong group of individuals together to ensure a positive business outcome. This course will be based on both group activities and individual assessment and will utilize case studies and application scenarios as part of the critical thinking and implementation process.

MSOM 607 Managerial Innovation Strategies

This course will examine the innovative linkages, collaboration and partnership building systems and techniques that impact the management of any new and emerging business. A concentration on the use of social websites that contribute to these innovative strategies will be considered an essential part of this course. An examination of the collection of ideas that not only influence change but enables the development of partnerships and collaborative elements that enhance customer service, product development and/or enhance measurable innovative outcomes for all businesses.

MSOM 610 Managing Diverse Cultures

In this course, students will explore aspects of leading and working in global and diverse environments. Students will be asked to apply their own experiences and challenges to understanding the impact the virtual and diverse worker has on business. Students will gain an understanding of the personal and professional role of leadership in diverse cultures and the strategies used to lead more effectively within those cultures.

MSOM 611 Project Management

This course serves as the introduction to project management. It examines the context of projects and differentiates between projects and operations. The life cycle of a project is defined and a framework for integration is presented. Identify the unique characteristics of projects versus operations. Describe the project life cycle. Develop a plan that guarantees all of the various elements of a project are properly coordinated. Plan for the necessary resources, accurately estimate cost, allocate the budget to specific work items and control changes in the project budget. Evaluate the quality of the product or service in order to ensure that it meets the previously established needs of the organization.

MSOM 650 Strategic Procurement

This course offers an analytical approach to the foundations of supply chain management and a comprehensive study of the concepts, processes, and strategies used in the development and management of the procurement process. Topical coverage will include:  legal aspects of purchasing, inventory management, strategic outsourcing, bargaining and negotiations, supplier selection and evaluation, and partnership characteristics. Student learning will be facilitated by critical thinking, writing, research, problem solving, and the completion of a comprehensive course project.  Character and operational excellence principles related to management activities are also explored and applied.

MSOM 651 Transportation and Distribution Management

Students in this course examine the critically important areas of transportation, distribution, and logistics and how they relate to overall supply chain management. Current domestic and global transportation, distribution, and logistics concepts, tools, and trends are covered. Specific topics include transportation modes (truck, rail, air, & ship), transportation regulations, transportation costing, logistics planning, cross-docking, pull production, lean, and risk management. The course combines theory and application to provide an up-to-date, practical learning opportunity that focuses on the needs of modern managers and professionals in an age of global competition and rapid technological change. Character and operational excellence principles related to management activities are also explored and applied.

MSOM 632 Product and Service Delivery Management

This course enables the student to delve into the vital field of delivery management and how it relates to supply chain management. Major areas of study include the evolution, philosophy, concepts, tools, and techniques associated with delivery management. Specific topics to be examined include demand forecasting; sales and operation planning; master production planning; inventory management; materials requirements planning; just-in-time; pull systems; capacity requirements planning; outsourcing; and lean manufacturing. The course combines theory and application to provide an up-to-date, practical learning opportunity that focuses on the needs of modern managers and professionals in an age of global competition and rapid technological change. Character and operational excellence principles related to management activities are also explored and applied.

MSOM 653 Supply Chain Information Technology

This course serves to provide students a foundation in supply chain information technology management and how it relates to overall supply chain management. The use of information technology (IT) is considered a prerequisite for the effective control of todays complex supply chains. This course explores how key supply chain information is created, processed, and shared among the supply chain entities. Specific topics covered include transaction processing, logistics planning, order tracking, inventory management, scheduling, forecasting, delivery coordination, and major software packages. The course combines theory and application to provide an up-to-date, practical learning opportunity that focuses on the needs of modern managers and professionals in an age of global competition and rapid technological change. Character and operational excellence principles related to management activities are also explored and applied.

MSOM 654 Supply Chain Management Capstone (Prerequisites MSOM 611, 650, 651, 632 & 653)

This capstone course deftly integrates all aspects of the supply chain management material covered in the preceding supply chain management courses (strategic procurement; transportation, distribution, and logistics; production and inventory management, information technology; and project management). Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the supply chain management discipline by applying the key concepts and techniques that they have mastered while they manage a simulated supply chain. Character and operational excellence principles related to management activities are also explored and applied.

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