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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, sourcing, flow and process management, inventory management, customer delivery, after-sales support and service and other business processes. 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.

Choices in Courses and Careers
The SCM major 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. finance, marketing or retail management), or information systems through the iSchool.

Clubs and Connections
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, as well as Syracuse University's chapter of ASCM (formerly APICS), an international professional society representing manufacturing, service and resource management professionals. Whitman also supports students in their pursuit of APICS certification to further bolster their marketability.

Real-World Readiness
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, projects involving corporate partners, 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.

Here is a sampling of the kinds of internships and jobs our SCM majors have had:

Dell Technologies - Procurement Intern
Otis Elevator Co. - Supply Chain Strategy Intern
Pratt & Whitney - Global Supply Chain Intern

JobsAmazon - Operations Manager
Cognizant - Digital Strategy Management Consultant
Parker Hannifin - Supply Chain Leadership Associate