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The supply chain management program offers a robust foundation for diverse career opportunities covering sourcing, logistics, sustainability, operations, process, quality and inventory management. The curriculum equips students with essential qualitative and quantitative methodologies to enhance supply chain efficiency and responsiveness. Students develop analytical skills to address contemporary challenges in global supply chains and enhance organizational operations. By engaging in hand-on applications and utilizing modern analytics software, students apply their knowledge to make well-informed decisions with complex, real-world data. Our program highlights the importance of cultural competence, ensuring students are prepared for success in diverse global supply chain environments.

Learning goals

Graduates will employ knowledge of supply chain management and effectively utilize analytics tools to provide insight and solutions to complex business issues. 

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Qualitatively assess the core responsibilities and measures of performance for supply
    chain functions
  2. Identify and apply appropriate managerial strategies to supply chain problems
  3. Quantitatively analyze the risk exposure of organizations within a supply chain and
    propose solutions to mitigate it
  4. Evaluate the requisites and available data pertaining to analytics-based problems
  5. Determine suitable analytical techniques for problem analysis and deploy those methods
    to facilitate decision-making
  6. Employ computational tools and quantitative techniques to improve supply chain

Special requirements

The admission requirements for the School of Business detail the deadlines and other requirements for students to be admitted to one of these major programs of study. The following courses must be completed before the student may declare a specific business major: ACCT 203, ACCT 204, BUSN 201 or BUSN 205, BUSN 212 or MATH 200, BUSN 225, ECON 210, ECON 211, UNIV 111, UNIV 112 and UNIV 200.

The School of Business has special academic policiesincluding policies on transfer credits, that apply to all undergraduate degrees. 

All baccalaureate degree programs in the School of Business require successful completion of the business knowledge exam as administered in BUSN 499

Students may need to take additional mathematics courses as prerequisites to BUSN 212 or MATH 200. These credits will count as open electives in the degree program. 

No more than six credits from the BUSN 16X Digital Literacy courses may be applied to the degree.

INTL 493 may not be counted toward a business degree.

Credit for SPCH 121 or SPCH 321 will substitute for BUSN 225, and no more than three credits of these courses may be applied toward a business degree. Students who earned a minimum grade of B in either ECON 203 or ECON 205 at VCU may substitute that credit for ECON 210.

The pass/fail grading policy may not be used for many course requirements. Students should check with their academic adviser before taking the pass/fail grading option.

Degree requirements for Supply Chain Management and Analytics, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Course Title Hours
General education
Select 30 credits of general education courses in consultation with an adviser.30
Major requirements
• Major core requirements
SCMA 302Business Statistics II3
SCMA 303Business Analytics3
SCMA 339Quantitative Solutions for Supply Chain Management3
SCMA 350Introduction to Project Management3
SCMA 386Global Supply Chain Management3
SCMA 410Logistics and Distribution Strategy3
SCMA 420Strategic Sourcing3
SCMA 439Process Management and Quality Control3
• Restricted electives
Select six credits from:6
Cost Accounting
Principles of Consulting
and International Consulting Practicum
Financial Modeling
Business Intelligence and Data Mining
Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
Negotiation, Influence and Conflict Management
Business-to-business Marketing
Professional Selling I: The Art of Persuasion
Retail Management
Customer and Marketing Analytics
Professional Selling II: Advanced Sales Techniques
Product Development and Management
Data Management and Visualization
Data Mining and Forecasting
Topics in Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Independent Study in Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Internship in Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Ancillary requirements
• Ancillary core requirements
ACCT 203
ACCT 204
Introduction to Accounting I
and Introduction to Accounting II
BUSN 225Winning Presentations3
BUSN 301Career and Professional Development 1
BUSN 499Business Knowledge Exam0
ECON 210Principles of Microeconomics (satisfies general education BOK for social/behavioral sciences and/or AOI for global perspectives)3
ECON 211Principles of Macroeconomics3
FIRE 311Financial Management3
INFO 360Business Information Systems3
MGMT 303Creativity and Ideation3
MGMT 310Managing People in Organizations3
MGMT 434Strategic Management3
MKTG 301Marketing Principles3
SCMA 301Business Statistics I3
SCMA 320Production/Operations Management3
• Additional ancillary requirements
BUSN 201Foundations of Business 13
or BUSN 205 Introduction to the World of Business
BUSN 212Business Problem Solving and Analysis (either satisfies general education quantitative foundations)4
or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
BUSN 323Legal Environment of Business3
or FIRE 325 Real Estate Law
or FIRE 459 Insurance Law
Open electives
Select any course. 217
Total Hours120

BUSN 205 satisfies general education AOI for global perspectives.


Students may choose electives to reach the minimum total of 120 credits.

The minimum number of credit hours required for this degree is 120.

What follows is a sample plan that meets the prescribed requirements within a four-year course of study at VCU. Please contact your adviser before beginning course work toward a degree.

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
UNIV 111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I (satisfies general education UNIV foundations) 3
General education course 3
General education course 3
General education course 3
Open elective (prerequisite to BUSN 212 suggested) 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
BUSN 212 Business Problem Solving and Analysis (satisfies general education quantitative foundations) 4
BUSN 225 Winning Presentations 3
UNIV 112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II (satisfies general education UNIV foundations) 3
General education course 3
Open elective 3
 Term Hours: 16
Sophomore year
Fall semester
ACCT 203 Introduction to Accounting I 3
BUSN 201
Foundations of Business
or Introduction to the World of Business
ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics (satisfies general education BOK for social/behavioral sciences and/or AOI for global perspectives) 3
UNIV 200 Advanced Focused Inquiry: Literacies, Research and Communication (satisfies general education UNIV foundations) 3
General education course 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
ACCT 204 Introduction to Accounting II 3
BUSN 301 Career and Professional Development 1
BUSN 323 Legal Environment of Business 3
ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3
SCMA 301 Business Statistics I 3
 Term Hours: 16
Junior year
Fall semester
MGMT 303 Creativity and Ideation 3
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3
SCMA 302 Business Statistics II 3
SCMA 320 Production/Operations Management 3
SCMA 350 Introduction to Project Management 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3
INFO 360 Business Information Systems 3
SCMA 303 Business Analytics 3
SCMA 386 Global Supply Chain Management 3
Restricted elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Senior year
Fall semester
SCMA 339 Quantitative Solutions for Supply Chain Management 3
SCMA 420 Strategic Sourcing 3
Open electives 4
Resricted elective 3
 Term Hours: 13
Spring semester
BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam 0
MGMT 434 Strategic Management 3
SCMA 410 Logistics and Distribution Strategy 3
SCMA 439 Process Management and Quality Control 3
Open electives 6
 Term Hours: 15
 Total Hours: 120

The minimum number of credit hours required for this degree is 120.