Have you ever wondered how an iPhone is manufactured, mass produced and sold, how your local grocery store has beer from six continents, why a T-shirt made in Peru sells in St. Louis for $5, how soybeans from Missouri feed chickens and hogs in China, or how a vaccine can be effectively delivered to everyone in the world?

Welcome to Supply Chain Management, a field that studies the processes and relationships to procure materials, transform them into useful products and services and deliver them to customers. It encompasses activities including purchasing, production, operations, logistics, transportation and integration. Driven by increasing business competition, evolving new technologies such as the internet of things, drone deliveries and autonomous vehicles, the growing availability of data and the power of business analytics, supply chain management is a vibrant and dynamic field with a plethora of career opportunities. It’s essential to our economy and everyday life, strong supply chains are vital for responding to the challenges posed by natural disasters and pandemics.

Business analytics and big data provide the tools to make data-driven decisions that drive the economy and improve our world. Data itself does not speak, but requires various analytical methods and tools to describe what happened (descriptive), predict what will happen (predictive), and prescribe what to do or how to react to achieve objectives (prescriptive). Supply chain management is a prominent arena for all kinds of analytics applications.

The UMSL Supply Chain & Analytics Department offers the most comprehensive and affordable supply chain programs in the greater St. Louis region and the state of Missouri. We focus on applying descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics across our programs, including the:

Our faculty is comprised of supply chain and analytics thought leaders who are most connected to the region’s businesses. We conduct cutting-edge research that makes an impact across verticals including manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, military, humanitarian logistics, etc., and brings our expertise into student-centered teaching. The Department houses two research centers: the Supply Chain Risk and Resilience Research Institute (SCR3) and the Center for Business and Industry Studies (CBIS), which actively engage in applied research and professional events.

Our departmental Advisory Board, made up of senior executives from area companies, provides strong support and guidance to aid in the department’s initiative of becoming the Supply Chain Analytics Center of Excellence in the University of Missouri System and beyond. The board also helps keep our curriculum up-to-date and participates in a wide variety of student engagement programs to enrich student experiences.