• MS in Supply Chain Management

    This program provides students with broad supply chain knowledge and technical skills in sourcing, logistics, planning, inventory, pricing, and consulting. The program has a strong interdisciplinary flavor, letting students select from a wide range of electives that relate to everything from information technology, to accounting, to strategy.

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  • Overview

  • DESIGNED FOR SUCCESS

    At Katz, we prepare our students to gain a broad introduction to their distinct business area and develop the advanced technical skills sought by the world’s leading organizations. See our sample schedule below.

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    Faculty Director

    Prakash Mirchandani
    Professor of Business Administration
    Director of the Center for Supply Chain Management
    E-mail: pmirchan@katz.pitt.edu

    Curriculum

    Fall Term

    15

    Credits

    Finely-tuned core coursework designed to offer a solid foundation in business.

    Sample Courses

    • BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis: Uncertainty, Prediction, and Quality Improvement

      3 CREDITS

      BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis: Uncertainty, Prediction, and Quality Improvement

      Course Description

      This course provides students with a set of integrated statistical tools and methodologies useful in a managerial environment. The emphasis is on the use of real data for modeling and solving problems in the areas of marketing, finance, human resources, and operations management. Topics covered include data analysis and modeling, simple and multiple regression (estimation, testing, and prediction), analysis and design of experiments, nonparametric statistics, and statistical quality control. Prerequisites: None.

      3 Credits

    • BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies in Manufacturing and Operations Management

      1.5 CREDITS

      BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies in Manufacturing and Operations Management

      Course Description

      This course provides a foundation in the use of decision technologies for solving complex management problems in a variety of functional areas. Over the past decade, the use of computers and the availability of spread sheet-based software have changed the way businesses analyze and evaluate decision alternatives. This course is a combination of management-science/operations research (MS/OR) and operations management (OM) techniques. The objective of this course is to introduce two major MS/OR methodologies, namely, Linear Programming and Simulation, with emphasis on applications. Other topics covered include: Network models including CPM/PERT, Inventory Models, Queueing Systems and Decision Analysis using decision trees. Prerequisites: BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis

    • BQOM 2523 Process Engineering

      1.5 CREDITS

      BQOM 2523 Process Engineering

      Course Description

      This course studies the design and engineering of the business processes - the way businesses organize “work” in service as well as manufacturing operations. The interrelationships among design parameters, market/demand variability, and performance measures will be studied. The principles learnt here are critical in engineering and/or reengineering of the business processes in supply chains. Prerequisites: BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis and BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies. Note: This course and BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies may be taken concurrently.

    • BMIS 2074 Strategic Information Technology in Global Supply Chains

      1.5 CREDITS

      BMIS 2074 Strategic Information Technology in Global Supply Chains

      Course Description

      In today’s business world, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software plays a critical role in providing the necessary tools for agile business decisions, customer management, & operations management. ERP systems provide a competitive advantage by allowing the company to manage its many different functions and processes in one large integrated information system. Using SAP as our learning platform, this course examines the advantages and complexities of the enterprise software, showing how ERP can improve processes and streamline operations. Additionally, we will expand the ERP concept outward into the supply chain, advancing ERP adoption and best practices with a focus on Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems. We will be taking an in-depth view into SAP’s SCM components, discussing the various processes and functions that make up SAP/SCM solution and how firms today depend upon the continuous exchange of data when sourcing, manufacturing demand planning, sales forecasting, logistics planning and managing service commitments, within the supply chain. We will discuss and explore the SAP/SCM solution using text, lecture, group case studies, and simulated project experiences within the SAP system to provide the student with a working environment to validate key concepts covered in the course. Prerequisites: None.

    • MS SCM Electives (Fall Term)

      7.5 CREDITS

      MS SCM Electives (Fall Term)

      Course Description

      Choose from elective courses with an Operations, IT, Marketing, Finance, or Strategy Focus. Download the MS Supply Chain Management Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 


    Recommended Electives

    Download the MS Supply Chain Management Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 

    • MS SCM Electives (Fall Term)

      7.5 CREDITS

      MS SCM Electives (Fall Term)

      Course Description

      Choose from elective courses with an Operations, IT, Marketing, Finance, or Strategy Focus. Download the MS Supply Chain Management Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 

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    Spring Term

    15

    Credits

    Specialized courses and real-world application of fundamental tools and theories.

    Sample Courses

    • BQOM 2533 Global Supply Chain Management

      3 CREDITS

      BQOM 2533 Global Supply Chain Management

      Course Description

      This course will consider multi-facility supply and demand network management from all three perspectives: operational, tactical and strategic. We will emphasize the creation and maintenance of value in the supply network, an activity critical to the survival of all organizations. Value creation can be accomplished by increasing revenue (e.g., by making the delivery system more flexible and responsive to the customer) and/or by decreasing cost (e.g., by eliminating unnecessary activities, and efficiently managing the others, from the distribution channel). Topics covered will include those in the shorter version of the course but in more detail. In addition, network design in uncertain situations, inter-organizational partnerships for effective inventory control, and revenue management will be covered. Using real-life case studies and software packages, we will examine these intricacies of supply and demand network management, learning about the underlying tools, methodologies and decision support systems. A laptop is required for this course. Prerequisites: BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis and BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies . Note: This course and BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies may be taken concurrently.

      3 Credits

    • BQOM 2534 Strategic Procurement and Sourcing Management

      1.5 CREDITS

      BQOM 2534 Strategic Procurement and Sourcing Management

      Course Description

      The course provides a special emphasis on the development and management of strategic sourcing relationships and promotes an understanding of the strategic role of supply management in effective supply/demand/value chain operations. Purchasing and supply management play an essential role in the ability of the firm to operate efficiently and be competitive in the contemporary global business environment. Included in these processes are activities involved in identifying potential suppliers, creating relationships with selected suppliers, obtaining the needed materials in the most efficient quantities at the highest quality levels, and developing strategies designed to ensure an uninterrupted flow of goods and materials. The objective of this course is to make students aware of the demands placed upon purchasing professionals, and to understand the impact of purchasing on the competitive success and profitability of the firm. They must also have an understanding of legal and ethical considerations which affect purchasing decision-making. Prerequisites: None

    • BIND 2024 Consulting Field Project

      3 CREDITS

      BIND 2024 Consulting Field Project

      Course Description

      This course teaches management consulting as a problem-solving framework. In doing so, students are provided a unique opportunity to apply the analytical tools and concepts taught by Katz, and do so in a practical manner. Each project includes three to five students assembled as a team. Each project involves a single “client” organization, which may be a profit, non-profit, or governmental. Each client provides its assigned study team with a project of immediacy and an executive dedicated to working with the team. A faculty advisor is assigned to each team. Students schedule their own time, dovetailing with client schedules and that of their faculty advisor. Students are required to attend four scheduled Saturday morning workshops led by experienced consultants. An end-of-term competitive competition is also held, the winner being awarded the McKinsey Cup. Prerequisite: BACC 2401 Financial Accounting. Students must provide documentation in order to be assigned to a project. See ‘Special considerations’ section below. Special considerations: Prior to enrollment in the course, students must complete the survey by Monday, April 17 with their resume and a brief statement of career interest. Based on this information, and client needs, student teams are assembled prior to the beginning of term. This way, students begin working with their team and their client immediately. Please keep in mind that completion of the survey does not equal registration for the course. You will still need to register along with your other courses. Please note that attendance is required for all events.

      3 Credits

    • BOAH 2532 Negotiations, Teamwork and Change 1

      1.5 CREDITS

      BOAH 2532 Negotiations, Teamwork and Change 1

      Course Description

      This course will introduce you to effective techniques for negotiating and collaborative decision making in dyads, as well as in groups. It will further cover the methods for negotiating, facilitating, and leading change in organizational contexts. This is an experiential course and you will be involved directly in negotiating, leveraging team dynamics, and facilitating change in a range of contexts. These experiences will involve a host of tangible and not-so-tangible outcomes, ranging from monetary terms and conditions to matters of goodwill, trust, and information-sharing. Because this is an experiential course involving collaborative exercises, class attendance is critical and students must commit to attend all parts of the course to obtain course credit. Please note: enrollment is limited. Prerequisites: BOAH 2409 Organizational Behavior

    • MS SCM Electives (Spring Term)

      6 CREDITS

      MS SCM Electives (Spring Term)

      Course Description

      Choose from elective courses with an Operations, IT, Marketing, Finance, or Strategy Focus. Download the MS Supply Chain Management Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 


    Recommended Electives

    Download the MS Supply Chain Management Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 

    • MS SCM Electives (Spring Term)

      6 CREDITS

      MS SCM Electives (Spring Term)

      Course Description

      Choose from elective courses with an Operations, IT, Marketing, Finance, or Strategy Focus. Download the MS Supply Chain Management Curriculum Plan to view the complete list of elective options. 

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    Academics

  • TAKE THE FIRST STEP

    We are here to offer you support through the admissions process. Below, find all of the information, requirements, and key dates you’ll need to submit your application.

    Before You Apply

    Basic Requirements

    Applicants must meet the following requirements before filling out an online application.

    As this a new program a Student Profile is not available however students interested in submitting a competitive application for the MS in Supply Chain Management program should have a 3.0 GPA and at least a 600 on the GMAT exam. International applicants must also have at least a score of 100 on TOEFL or 7 or Higher on the IELTS. No prior work experience or prerequiste courses are required. 

    Questions regarding the application process can be e-mailed to admissions@katz.pitt.edu.

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    The Application

    Getting Started

    The following information and components are necessary to advance in the application process.

    In order to be considered for admission to the MS in Supply Chain Management program, an applicant must submit all of the following items:

    Online Application Form.  To be considered complete, the application must be submitted with all corresponding materials including the official transcript and letters of recommendation.
    Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed.  You will also submit the following through your online application account:

    • Application fee (online)
    • Two recommendations
    • Essay responses
    • Current resume

    Application fee of $50. Each applicant is required to submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.  You are permitted to pay by bank check drawn on a U.S. bank, or by credit card.  If paying by check, please make the check payable to the University of Pittsburgh, and mail to:  Master's Admissions, 301 Mervis Hall, Pittsburgh, PA  15260.  If paying by credit card, please follow the instructions for payment which are included in the online application.

    Official transcripts.  An unofficial copy can be uploaded into the Educational Information section of the online application.  The unofficial copy will suffice for the application review process.  Once an applicant is admitted to the MS in Supply Chain Management program, an official copy of the transcript will be requested.

    Report of the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results may be accepted, but GMAT scores are preferred. When requesting that scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business MS Program in Supply Chain Management, the school code you must provide to Pearson Inc for the GMAT is DPZ-M5-28 and to ETS for the GRE is 1629.

    Two letters of recommendation  from persons who have known the applicant in academic or professional capacities (at least one from a faculty member is preferred). Applicants can enter the name and email address of their chosen recommenders in the online application. The recommenders will then receive an automatic email from the online application system, notifying them to complete the letter of recommendation.

    International applicants must also submit the following: a) official academic records accompanied by notarized English translations, including diplomas for degrees earned; (b) test scores in the Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL (required of applicants whose official native language is not English even if English was the medium of instruction in the foreign schools attended by the applicant). When requesting that TOEFL scores be sent to the Katz Graduate School of Business MS in Supply Chain Management program, the school code you must provide to ETS is B155.

    All submissions and other correspondence should be addressed to:

    Katz Graduate Admissions
    The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
    301 Mervis Hall
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260

    All applicants are responsible for checking their application status by logging into the online application system. Any questions regarding the status of an application should be addressed to admissions@katz.pitt.edu. It is wise to do so several weeks before the completed application is due.

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    Additional Information

    Need To Know

    PART-TIME PROGRAM

    The Admissions Committee reviews applications for the part-time program on a rolling basis with three entry points during the year. To be guaranteed consideration for a given entry, we must received your application and all component parts by the following deadline dates.

    Application Deadlines

    Decision Notification

    July 1 (for August entry)

    Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application.

    November 1 (for January entry)

    Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application.

    March 1 (for May entry)

    Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application.

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    ROLLING ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

    The Admissions Committee reviews applications for this program on a rolling basis. To be guaranteed consideration for the program, the Admissions Committee must have received a completed application that includes all required documents. The application deadline for the Fall start date is as follows:

    Application Deadlines

    Decision Notification

    November 1

    January 15

    January 1

    March 15

    March 1

    • Deadline for international applicants

    April 15

    May 1

    • Deadline for domestic applicants

    June 15

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    Admissions

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition and fees vary based on program, residential status, and other factors.

    Tuition & Fees

    Program Tuition & Fees

    Part-Time Program: Rate per Credit

    In-State Resident

    $1,083

    Out-of-State Resident

    $1,543

    Part-Time Program: Mandatory Fees per Term

    Student Activity Fee

    $15

    Wellness Fee

    $65

    Computer Network Service Fee

    $100

    Security and Transportation Fee

    $90

    Professional Development Fee

    $350

    Total Mandatory Fees per Term

    $620

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    ELIGIBILITY

    State residency is determined by the University of Pittsburgh from information you provide on your application. Your invoice will indicate your classification. A student classified as out of state will also receive instructions on how to appeal the classification, provided their circumstances fall within the University’s guidelines. For details, please view the University Tuition Eligibility Guidelines.

     
     

    Tuition

    $19.332

    Professional Development

    $850

    Activity Fee

    $30.00

    Wellness Fee

    $130

    Computing & Network

    $175

    Security & Transportation

    $90

    Total per term

    $20,607

    Est. Total Tuition & Fees

    (2 terms)

    $41,214

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    ELIGIBILITY

    State residency is determined by the University of Pittsburgh from information you provide on your application. Your invoice will indicate your classification. A student classified as out of state will also receive instructions on how to appeal the classification, provided their circumstances fall within the University’s guidelines. For details, please view the University Tuition Eligibility Guidelines.

     
     

    Tuition

    $14,270

    Professional Development Fee

    $850

    Activity Fee

    $30.00

    Wellness Fee

    $130

    Computing & Network

    $175.00

    Security & Transportation

    $90.00

    Total per team

    $15,545

    Est. Total Tuition & Fees

    (2 terms)

    $31,090

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