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BBA in Supply Chain Management

Begin your management career in the fast-growing and evolving supply chain management industry

The Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in supply chain management is designed for students who want to pursue a business undergraduate degree with a specialization in managing supply chain processes. Ever wonder how the Baltimore Bridge collapse will affect stocks of your favorite or essential products on store shelves? This program is designed to provide students with the skills and competencies they need to develop processes and provide an unbroken flow of products within the modern supply chain management industry. These skills further develop analytical skills developed by the business major core. The curriculum is designed to increase and expand the knowledge needed to be an effective manager in the supply chain industry.

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As networks have continued to expand, supply chain management (SCM) has become one of the most critical areas for companies with a need to move products around the globe. Several hundred thousand new jobs in supply chain and logistics have been created since 2018, and this growth is likely to continue as more and more companies recognize the importance of optimizing their supply chain.

Because the importance of this role has grown so rapidly in recent years, the labor market is currently experiencing a dearth of supply chain professionals, and most of the people working in this area do not have a formal education in supply chain management. Companies are correspondingly desperate to find talented college graduates in supply chain management and are willing to pay for their services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, logisticians in SCM earn a median salary of $76,270. Research from Universal Logistics highlights that for supply chain specialists with 3-5 years of experience, average salary jumps to $97,000. Furthermore, students who secure jobs in this field will be able to have a real impact, as global supply chains continue to proliferate and impact economies and environments throughout the world.

Our Supply Chain Management major is intended to provide students with the relevant skills to address these areas and to succeed as the highest performers in this burgeoning field. While they will also receive a traditional business education, graduates from this program will be able to point to specific skills they have learned and developed in SCM that will allow them to stand out amongst all applicants.

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About the Program

When conducting meetings with large-scale employers throughout the country, we learned a very simple truth: companies want well-rounded graduates that have received a diverse education but can also perform a specific skill at a high level. Employers are well aware that the best employees are those who can think critically, learn quickly, problem solve, strategize, and operate with degrees of freedom within the business. However, their hiring needs at the entry-level are increasingly specialized - they need employees who can perform specific tasks reliably from day one.

Our Supply Chain Management major is correspondingly designed to provide students with a comprehensive skill set in supply chain management while also leaving ample room in their schedules for foundational courses imperative for their long-term success. The ultimate goal of this major is to help students learn the skills necessary to secure an entry-level position in SCM, while also providing them with the educational background necessary for them to grow in their careers in the years to come. This major is therefore built on top of existing business curricula, where students will acquire a well-rounded knowledge base of business concepts. In tandem with this learning, students will also enroll in SCM-specific courses, where they will learn the skills necessary to work in supply chain management roles in today’s economy. Finally, students will culminate their majors with a capstone course created in partnership with corporations, allowing them to gain hands-on experience in the type of work they will be required to perform in a professional setting and create a portfolio of work that can be shared with potential employers.

This curriculum was designed by Dr. Rudi Leuschner of Rutgers University in collaboration with various Fortune 500 companies and our Curriculum Development Team. Professor Leuschner is an associate professor of supply chain management and the program director for the online M.S. in Supply Chain Management at Rutgers Business School. He is at the forefront of online education as the faculty coordinator for distance and online learning and the creator of the world's most popular Supply Chain Management MOOC specialization.

Dr. Leuschner's status as one of the foremost academics in supply chain management as well as his experience in developing online education made him the best possible choice for developing this curriculum. Furthermore, our continued collaboration with employers ensures that this curriculum will be consistently relevant to the modern workforce.

Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Rudolph Leuschner, Rutgers University - Dr. Leuschner is an associate professor of supply chain management and the program director for the online M.S. in Supply Chain Management at Rutgers Business School. His primary research focuses on the end-to-end supply chain and the integration of its three primary flows: product, information, and financial. Specifically, in the new field of supply chain finance, he has been active in developing relevant insights for academic and practitioner audiences. His work has appeared in the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Decision Sciences, the Journal of Business Ethics, Harvard Business Review, and Rutgers Business Review.

Leuschner has been a frequent speaker at academic as well as practitioner conferences. His teaching interests at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education level on the topics of supply chain strategy, innovation, supply chain finance, and demand management. He received his Ph.D. in logistics with a minor in marketing from The Ohio State University.

Professional Advisors

This curriculum was inspired by meetings with 20+ employers throughout the country, the vast majority of whom indicated that they had significant interest in hiring college graduates with supply chain management degrees. These same employers were then consulted about our finalized curriculum to ensure that the intended learning outcomes matched their hiring needs. Finally, we worked at length with two Fortune 500 companies with extensive supply chain departments (one fashion company and one furniture company) to verify that the final curriculum covered all learning outcomes and did not include any unnecessary courses.

Curriculum Committee

The Supply Chain Management concentration places a strong emphasis on real-world scenarios and case studies. Assignments require students to analyze and devise logistics networks and contingency plans for actual products, ensuring they gain practical, hands-on experience. The curriculum has been updated to reflect the latest trends and challenges in the supply chain industry such as the integration of AI and the importance of sustainability. The courses now cover a wider range of topics, offering a comprehensive overview of supply chain management. This broadened scope ensures that students receive a well-rounded education covering essential aspects of supply chain and logistics.

Curriculum Committee Membership

Member

Organization

Notes

Rudi Leuschner

Rutgers Business School

Academic representative

Joshua Eaton

American Military University

Academic representative

Matt Gornstein

Harry's

Industry representative

Cathy Weiss

Lasell University

Academic representative

William Brophy 

NABIS

Industry representative

 

  • Project Work - All classes feature one or more projects intended to help students practice real-world skills. These projects are designed to mimic professional workstreams as closely as practical.
  • Capstone Project - The Capstone class will predominantly feature a term-long project in which students will analyze an existing corporate supply chain strategy, identify strengths and weaknesses, and design a new and improved supply chain. Students will have the opportunity to present this project to stakeholders at the company in question.
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  • Students will be able to quantitatively forecast inventory needs and build a logistics plan to meet demand.
  • Students will be able to critically assess the costs and logistical requirements of setting up a physical goods supply chain.
  • Students will be able to use popular methodologies (such as six sigma) and common technologies to make and implement practical decisions.
  • Students will be able to solve real-world supply chain management problems and clearly articulate end-to-end considerations for any proposed solution.

Why should prospective students choose SXU for their degree?

  • The online courses, developed by top management academics and supply chain managers, deliver in-demand supply chain management knowledge and skills.
  • Small class sizes allow for close interaction with your professors and student colleagues.
  • You will develop the habit of lifelong learning and be ready to manage in the growing supply chain industry.
  • Saint Xavier University’s core values of service, integrity, and excellence, critically important in the supply chain industry, support your development as an asset to your employer and community.

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