The efficient and timely flow of goods and services across the globe is vital to the world economy. Enterprises rely on teams of highly-trained supply chain professionals and data-driven decision making to manage the supply, production and delivery of products and services. As global trade between countries continues to open, with the ongoing growth of emerging markets and availability of data, and as ecommerce becomes prevalent, there is a growing need to fill the current “talent gap” with managers who have a fundamental knowledge and training in supply chain management and data analytics.

In 2021 the Master of Science in Supply Chain Analytics program was ranked #8 in “Best Master’s in Supply Chain Management” by Intelligent.com.

 

Program type:

Graduate, MS

Format:

 On-Campus, 100% Evenings

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MS Supply Chain Analytics
Degree Overview

Master of Science, Supply Chain Analytics

The MS in Supply Chain Analytics program is designed to meet the current and future demand for professionals in the broad fields of Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics. In particular, the program produces “Citizen Data Scientists,” as coined by Gartner Research, who bridge the gap between a pure data scientist and a supply chain domain expert and refers to an advanced data analytics professional or data professional who needs or wants to implement machine learning technology.

This STEM-designated 30-credit hour program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in business, economics, computer science or engineering who would like to apply data science and analytics in the domain of supply chain management. Professionals who currently work in purchasing, operations, logistics and transportation and want to enhance their data and analytical skills to move into management/leadership positions in supply chains and data scientists/analysts who want to gain domain knowledge in supply chain management.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will gain knowledge and training in both supply chain management and business analytics. Students will graduate with in-depth training and skills in data analytics including the three-pillars of analytics (descriptive, predictive and prescriptive techniques) and the application of analytical techniques for data-driven decision-making in supply chain management. Students will also gain a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of supply chains including purchasing, operations, logistics and transportation.

Employment of logisticians is projected to grow up to 4% to 2029, with a median annual salary of $95,750, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Association for Supply Chain Management.


95,750

Median annual salary

4

Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Capacity Manager
  • Demand Manager
  • Inventory Manager
  • Load Planner
  • Logistics Manager
  • Logistics and Transportation Analyst
  • Logistics Resource Planner
  • Market Analyst

 

Application Deadlines

For domestic applicants: Fall admission: July 1; Spring admission: December 1; Summer admission: May 1

For international applicants: Fall semester: May 1; Spring Semester: October 1

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendations from persons qualified to evaluate the student's recent work are required.
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
    • Successful applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree in business, economics, computer science, or engineering before beginning the master’s program.
  • Entrance examinations
    • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is not required but may add value to the application.
    • International students are required to document English proficiency by providing scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decision is made on admission. Visit International Admissions for more information.
  • Grade Point Average a.Minimum of 3.00 on 4.0 scale.

Plan of Study

Required Courses

SCMA 5300 Statistical Analysis for Management Decisions 3
SCMA 5310 Supply Chain Strategies 3
SCMA 5320 Supply Chain and Operations Management 3
SCMA 6321 Strategic Sourcing 3
SCMA 6330 Business Logistics Systems 3
SCMA 6331 Supply Chain Modeling 3
SCMA 6345 Business Analytics and Data Mining 3
SCMA 6350 Management Science Methods 3


Elective Courses


6

Choose two of the following
SCMA 5354 Simulation for Managerial Decision Making
SCMA 5381 Global Supply Chain Management
SCMA 5389 Supply Chain Management Practicum
SCMA 6347 LOM Project Management
SCMA 6395 Seminar in Logistics and Operations Management
INFSYS 6830 Data Programming for Business Intelligence
INFSYS 6860 Advanced Data Integration
INFSYS 6862 Artificial Intelligence Applications for Business and Cybersecurity
FINANCE 6503 Computer Applications in Finance
FINANCE 6523 Fixed Income Analysis
FINANCE 6524 Portfolio Analysis and Management
MKTG 5740 Marketing and Business Analytics

Total Hours

30

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Career Services – Students have access to professional career counselors who can assist in everything from resume development and interview preparation to lining up an internship or connecting you with your next fulltime career. UMSL alumni also enjoy high quality, lifelong career management programming, services, events and resources to assist in all phases of career development.

Networking – with the largest alumni network in the region, UMSL graduate students have access to leading professionals engaged in business, research, entrepreneurship, non-profit, government, community organizations. Our academic units engage this network in curriculum development to ensure our graduate students gain the skills needed to advance along their choose career path.

Research – There are many opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research including our annual Graduate Research Fair, which is open to students from all graduate programs. Doctoral and thesis master’s students can also compete in the Three Minute Thesis challenge to be evaluated by a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes.