Master of Business Administration - Operations Supply Chain Management

In this increasingly competitive global economy, the ability to effectively manage the flow of goods and services through production and supply chains is invaluable. Colorado Technical University’s Master of Business Administration - Operations/Supply Chain Management (MBS-O/SCM) degree helps students prepare for the practical and logistical demands of a career in production and distribution-oriented industries. This comprehensive degree program is designed to teach managerial operational philosophies and concepts, as well as quantitative and qualitative methodologies for product design, warehousing, procurement and contracting.

The logistics industry is expected to add 1.4 million new supply chain jobs by 2018,1 and Colorado Technical University’s MBS-O/SCM degree can help provide the expertise necessary to compete in this growing field. This concentration falls under the umbrella of CTU’s online Master of Business Administration degree programs. For the second year in a row, CTU’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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  • Program Outline

    CTU’s MBS-O/SCM degree program includes 48 total credit hours of required instruction. These include 32 hours of core business administration courses and an additional 16 hours of concentrated operations and logistics instruction. The core coursework will provide a foundation of essential business administration concepts, while the concentrated credits will relate those concepts directly to the operations and supply chain management industry.

    In total, the MBS-O/SCM curriculum consists of:

    • Core Education: Students admitted into this concentration must meet the core requirements of CTU’s Master of Business Administration program, which includes a background in higher education, related professional experience or both. The 32 hours of core coursework will build on this experience to help provide a deeper understanding of key business administration philosophies and practices. Core education courses in the program include Applied Managerial Accounting, Strategic Human Capital Management, and Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making. Students entering the program without an undergraduate degree will also be required to complete three MBA preparatory courses before moving onto the core MBA curriculum.
    • Concentration: The Operation/Supply Chain Management program is designed to provide graduates with the technical and practical knowledge expected of an industry expert. Thus, the concentrated courses in this program address real-world management strategies and industry-relevant procedures related to product design, procurement and distribution. Courses under this concentration include Operations Management, Operations Strategy, and Logistics/SCM Inventory and Distribution.
    • Capstone: During the last quarter of the program students will complete 4 hours of Management Capstone credit. This final project will allow students to apply the skills taught in both core and concentrated classes to a real-world Operations/Supply Chain scenario.
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    Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    ACCT614Applied Managerial Accounting4
    ECON616Applied Managerial Economics4
    MGMT690Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments4
    FINC615Applied Managerial Finance4
    INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making4
    MGMT600Applied Managerial Decision-Making4
    HRMT620Strategic Human Capital Management4
    MKTG630Applied Managerial Marketing4
    Total Credit Hours:32
    Courses: Concentration
    MGMT640Operations Management4
    MGMT647Operations Strategy4
    MGMT655Management Capstone4
    SCM610Logistics/SCM Inventory and Distribution4
    Total Credit Hours:16

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    MBA Foundation Requirements

    The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid business background to succeed in some of the core MBA courses. Therefore the MBA requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core business disciplines to be successful.
    Students entering in the MBA program without an undergraduate degree in business will be required to successfully complete three MBA foundation courses (MGMT501, MGMT502, and MGMT503) covering the following areas of business: accounting; economics; finance; marketing; statistics; management; business law; ethics; business policy; business strategy; information technology; operations management; and global leadership.
    If the student can show evidence of a GMAT score of 500 or above the foundation requirements may be waived. Students that can show evidence of successfully completed business law and business ethics courses may have the MGMT501 requirement waived. Students continuing from any of CTU’s non-business bachelor programs are exempt from MGMT501, but must complete the other MBA Foundation Requirements. The foundation courses are also available to students with an undergraduate business degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.
    MBA foundation courses must be completed prior to respective MBA required courses that hold MGMT501, MGMT502, or MGMT503 as a prerequisite. Students must successfully complete and pass MGMT501 prior to starting INTD670 and complete and pass MGMT502 and MGMT503 prior to the end of the first quarter. Students who do not meet the MBA foundation requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MBA program. Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the foundation course with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the foundation course, students are encouraged to work with the Student Advising department if they have questions regarding these foundation courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.

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  • Outcomes

    In addition to the skills associated with the core Master of Business Administration degree program, students who earn a concentration in Operations/Supply Chain Management may be equipped to:

    • Synthesize ethics, leadership, strategy, critical thinking and reasoning skills in a business environment.
    • Integrate professional applied research in order to validate and justify decision making.
    • Formulate information in order to communicate effectively across the appropriate channels.
    • Utilize appropriate technology to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in order to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.
    • Combine the major functional areas of business administration including the critical skills necessary to solve business problems, individually and collaboratively.
    • Demonstrate a competency of operational considerations and logistics and supply chain methodologies to businesses operating in a global environment.
    • Conduct research in the field of operations management.
    • Apply managerial operational philosophy and concepts, as well as quantitative and qualitative methodologies to product design, warehousing, distribution, procurements, and contracting decisions.
    • Design an integrated operating system from the raw material to delivery to the customer, including reverse logistics considerations.

    These Operations/Supply Chain Management skills can be applied to wide range of industries. Students who complete the degree program may consider a number of different careers2 including:

    • General Manager
    • Regional Director
    • Business Analyst
    • Business Development Manager
    • Program Manager
    • Administrative Director
    • Director of Sales
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1Fortune. (May 1, 2014.). Wanted: 1.4 million new supply chain workers by 2018. (Visited 6/10/16)

2; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.