Supply Chain Management
Supply chain management (SCM) is an interdisciplinary field that examines, supports and improves cross-functional scenarios to enhance a company’s competitive advantage. It involves forecasting, resource allocation, production planning, flow and process management, inventory management, customer delivery, after-sales support and service and other business processes.
Economists and employers single out supply chain management for its strong growth potential. In fact, U.S. News & World Report describes it as one of the 20 hottest job tracks of the new century. Successful supply chain managers embrace change, have strong analytical and people skills, enjoy problem solving and are adept in information technology. If those characteristics describe you and you are intrigued by the connections within and between organizations, you may be well suited for a career in SCM.
Established in 1919, Whitman’s SCM program was the first in the nation, and it has evolved into one of national prominence. We are consistently recognized among the best by leading publications and organizations including the Journal of Business Logistics, The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Gartner and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Choices in Courses and Careers
The SCM degree entails a challenging globally immersed curriculum and a myriad of opportunities to gain relevant, real-world experience. Because SCM requires strategic thinking, as well as strong analytical capabilities, our classes will prepare you for the course of your career not just for your first job. Many students combine SCM with a second major (e.g. accounting, finance or marketing). If you plan your courses wisely, you may double major with the same total credits as a single major program.
While classroom instruction is the foundation of your professional preparation, experiential learning is where skills are enhanced and even tested. While pursuing SCM at Whitman, you will find an abundance of opportunities to listen, learn and engage through internships, competitions, corporate visits, seminars and networking events. One of our signature events is the Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program, recognized as one of the most prestigious award programs in the field of transportation and SCM. Each year, the program brings accomplished executives to campus to share insights and expertise.
Clubs, Centers and Connections
Whitman offers and supports a number of student groups and organizations that provide opportunities for learning, engagement and networking. Among those is the Franklin Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Syracuse University Roundtable. Through various field trips and guest speakers, the club provides the opportunity to see SCM in action as well as learn more about current events and issues affecting the field. Whitman houses several centers dedicated to advancements and excellence in SCM. The H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management brings together Whitman students, faculty, alumni and active supply chain professionals to share research and advancements in the industry. The Robert H. Brethen Operations Management Institute supports Whitman students and faculty with funding for scholarships and research. The Brethen Institute also supports SU's chapter of APICS, an international professional society representing manufacturing, service and resource management professionals, providing students and professionals with varied networking opportunities. Whitman supports students in their pursuit of APICS certification to further bolster their marketability.
Primed for Placement
The many opportunities to gain hands-on experience and expert perspectives, combined with comprehensive and timely coursework, will strengthen the appeal of your resume. Whitman’s dedicated Career Center team provides a full spectrum of preparation and placement services to support your search for the first stop on a successful career path. Major corporations, such as Pratt & Whitney, Gorton’s of Gloucester, BASF and BAE, look to us for their company’s future supply chain leaders.
Supply Chain Management Advisory Board
Accomplished industry professionals share their time and experienced perspective as members of the Advisory Board to help enhance the program and its offerings.
David Aquino ’93 | Barco Uniforms
Chantel Campbell-Goutcher ’94 | CSX Transportation
Robert D'Avanzo ’88 | Accenture
Caryn Espy ’09 | Unilever
Gar Grannell ’88 | Mohawk Global Logistics
Patrick Hackett ’84 | Bed Bath & Beyond
Anthony Ilacqua ’80 WHIT/NEW ’87 MBA | New York State Department of Transportation
Nancy Jenkins Kennedy ’77 | IBM (Ret.)
Ron Leibman ’83 MBA | Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, LLP
John Levine | Pinsly Railroad Company
Lt. Gen. Charles McCausland ’57 (A&S) | US Air Force (Ret.)
Matt Menner ’94 MBA | Transplace
John O'Sullivan ’81 | Mohawk Global Logistics
Nicholas T. Pinchuk | Snap-on Incorporated
Jason Seidl ’93 | Cowen and Company
John Springer ’79 | Nike Inc.
Paul Svindland ’93 | EZE Truck Holdings, Inc.
Richard Zarski ’76 | Fujitsu Frontech North America