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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Supply Chain Management Overview

Supply chain management involves managing the flow of products and the logistics that help transform materials into final products. It has become one of the most critical areas for companies needing to move products around the globe. Our degree programs provide the flexibility to lead you to the career of your dreams. With your professional advisors helping you along the way, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the perfect degree tailored to you and your career aspirations. Plus, you’ll graduate with a strong foundation in liberal arts.

Because this role’s importance has rapidly grown, in recent years, the labor market is currently experiencing a shortage of supply chain professionals. This program teaches such topics as consumer behavior, forecasting and logistics, operations and accounting. SMWC offers you the opportunity to gain a comprehensive skill set in supply chain management along with solid fundamental business skills.


What is supply chain management?
Supply chain management is the management of the flow of goods and services and includes all processes that transform raw materials into final products. It is a process that works to help maximize customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Supply chain activities cover everything from product development, sourcing, production and logistics, as well as the information systems needed to coordinate these activities.

Why get a degree in supply chain management?
Supply chain management is a degree that offers a variety of skills. If you enjoy problem-solving, logistics may be the way to go. If you like working with people, you may point towards sourcing or operations. You may work in analysis, inventory, distribution, transportation or production. If you like working through problems or solving puzzles, interacting with people and are looking for a degree that opens a ton of doors to different high-growth careers, then supply chain management is the perfect degree for you.

What can you do with a degree in supply chain management?
Supply chain management majors at SMWC are prepared for positions that require graduates to manage the flow of goods and services to maximize customer value while gaining a competitive advantage for their company. This major provides a core foundation for positions in:

  • Logistics manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Strategic sourcing manager
  • Procurement manager
  • Facilities manager

Check out our blog 8 careers you can have with a supply chain management degree

What is the average annual salary of someone with a supply chain management degree?
As you look at starting salaries, keep in mind that the cost of living and opportunities to move with a career or industry sector should also factor into your decision. For instance, Indiana is known for job growth due to the lost cost of living. Your dollar simply goes further here. Logisticians with supply chain management degrees have a median annual wage of $77,520, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs.
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