Program accreditation
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Program goal

The Master of Supply Chain Management program will educate students on the theory, skills and practices necessary to manage the daily challenges in managing global supply chains. Students will be introduced to supply management and logistics systems, international logistics, transportation management, enterprise resource planning and innovation processes. In addition, students will learn how to identify problems, gather information, analyze data, interpret solutions, establish contingencies and effectively present results.

Although developed in collaboration with the U.S. Army, the intent of the program is to provide an opportunity for both military officers and civilians to earn a master’s degree in supply chain management.

Student learning outcomes

Students in the Master of Supply Chain Management program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how to manage the complexities present in global supply chains
  2. Demonstrate the ability to add value in global supply chains
  3. Demonstrate how to design, plan and control organizational processes using information technology
  4. Demonstrate how to manage data and uncertainty in supply chains
  5. Apply cross-disciplinary skills to foster innovative solutions to supply chain challenges and opportunities
  6. Develop research and communications skills

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on graduation requirements.

Other information

School of Business policies and procedures for graduate master’s degree students are available on the school’s website at business.vcu.edu/graduate-studies/current-graduate-students.

Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Admission requirements

Degree: Semester(s) of entry: Deadline dates: Test requirements:
M.S.C.M. Fall Jul 1 GRE or GMAT
Spring Nov 1

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:

  • Curriculum vitae and personal statement
  • Personal interview if requested by the graduate program director

Degree requirements

In addition to the VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. These credit hours consist of six core courses (18 credit hours), two analytics courses (six credit hours) and two elective courses (six credit hours).

Curriculum requirements

Foundation course
Statistical Fundamentals for Business Management 1
Core courses
SCMA 602Global Supply Chain Management3
SCMA 603SAP ERP and Supply Chain Management3
SCMA 606Supply Chain Innovation3
SCMA 645Management Science3
SCMA 675Operations Management3
SCMA 697Guided Study in Supply Chain Management3
Analytics courses
Select two from the following:6
Introduction to Econometrics
Econometrics
Statistical Quality Control
Statistical Analysis and Modeling
Analytics for Organizational Decision-making
Developing and Implementing Forecasting Methods for Business
Quality Management and Six Sigma
Electives
Select two approved electives which may include the following (and courses not used toward analytics requirement above):6
Managerial Accounting Concepts
Data Communications
Business Process Engineering
Information Systems for Managers
Information Systems for Business Intelligence
Negotiations
Entrepreneurship
Best Practices in Leadership
Marketing Management
Marketing Research
Service Quality Management
Digital Marketing
Marketing Analytics
Applied Multivariate Methods
Total Hours30
1

Course may be waived for demonstrated equivalence.

Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 30 (33 if foundation course is required) 

Graduate program director
George Zsidisin, Ph.D., C.P.M.
Professor, Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Email: gazsidisin@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-1488

Additional contact
Colleen A. Davis
Senior director, master’s programs
Email: androvichcm@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-4622

Program website business.vcu.edu/graduate/mastersupplychain.html