Supply Chain Management Major

Undergraduate Program in New Brunswick

The Field

Supply Chain Management is how business gets done. Supply chain management spans all movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point-of-origin to point-of-consumption. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Supply Chain Management is projected to be one of the fastest growing industries in recent years. [Read Poets & Quants article about "Why Supply Chain Management Has Become A Hot Major At Business Schools," featuring Rutgers Business School.]

Countless firms rely on new technologies and the coordination of processes to expedite the distribution of goods. The use of computers to analyze work routines in order to optimize the use of available labor has led to increases in productivity. Modern systems development and related processes have created an entirely new set of integrated operations management functions, which require managers of supply chains, resource managers of material or manufacturing resources planning (MRP), and process and inventory control managers.

The Supply Chain Management undergraduate major offers students the comprehensive knowledge and technological skills they need in order to ensure employment in leading supply chain management roles. The requisite knowledge and skill sets extend overall supply chain echelons and functional areas: strategic sourcing, global procurement, contract management, business performance improvement, supply chain technologies, and six sigma, pricing analysis, channel coordination, brand management, new product development, supply chain alignment, retail management, and distribution management.

Upon graduation, graduates will have the ability to re-engineer the business processes involving multiple firms and different functional departments to achieve a higher level of business performance and profitability.

 

Hear from Professor and Director of the SCM Undergraduate Program, William McLaury, about why you should consider majoring in Supply Chain Management.

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Key Facts

  • Rutgers Business School Supply Chain Management undergraduate program is ranked 2nd in North America (Gartner, 2020)
  • Over 92% of graduating seniors are placed within 3 months of graduation with 75% placed at or before graduation
  • The average starting salary for a Rutgers Supply Chain Undergraduate is $60,000
  • 25% of SCM graduates are double majors

Career Paths

The new generation of business school graduates who are competent and well-prepared, with solid knowledge in both supply chain management and marketing/sales management, are in high demand across all industries. Supply Chain Management students are prepared for positions such as procurement/sourcing manager, logistics planner, supply management analyst, acquisition project analyst, marketing analyst, and sales/distribution managers. Industries such as pharmaceutical and healthcare companies are investing heavily in creating and supporting supply chains that achieve new heights of efficiency and productivity.

Rutgers Business School students graduate from the SCM program with a strong business foundation and are well prepared to enter the job market.

Sample Occupations

  • Buyer/Senior Buyer
  • Demand Manager
  • Materials Analyst
  • Procurement Manager
  • Purchasing Agent/Analyst
  • Senior Procurement Specialist
  • Supplier Relationship Manager
  • Vice President, Supply Chain Management

Compensation

According to the 2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, supply chain professionals with a bachelor’s degree earned a median salary of $74,750 (May 2019).

How to Apply

Curriculum

RBS Core Courses

Business Core
CourseCreditsNotes and Prerequisites
33:010:275 Intro. to Managerial Accounting3pre-req: 33:010:272
33:011:300 Business Forum2 
33:136:370 Management Information Systems OR 33:010:458 Accounting Information Systems333:010:458 required if double majoring in Accounting, pre-req for 33:010:458 is 33:010:272
33:136:385 Statistical Methods in Business3 
33:136:386 Operations Management3 
33:140:320 Business Law I OR 33:522:334 Business Ethics333:140:320 required if double majoring in Accounting
33:390:300 Financial Management OR 33:390:310 Financial Management for Finance Majors333:390:310 required if double majoring in Finance or declaring a Finance Concentration
33:620:301 Intro to Management3 
33:620:302 Management Skills3 
33:620:492 Business Policy and Strategy3pre-reqs: 33:390:300 or 33:390:310, 33:620:301, 33:630:301; senior year only
33:630:301 Intro. to Marketing3 
33:799:301 Intro. to Supply Chain Management3 
Credit Total35 

Required Courses

Required Supply Chain Courses
Course Credits Notes and Prerequisites
33:799:305 Global Procurement & Sourcing Strategies 3 pre-req: 33:799:301
33:799:330 Business Logistics and Transportation 3 pre-req: 33:799:301
33:799:310 Demand Planning and Fulfillment 3 pre-req: 33:799:301
33:799:380 Intro. to Project Management 3 pre-req: 33:799:301
33:799:493 Internship in Supply Chain Management OR 33:799:421 Co-op in Supply Chain Management OR 33:799:420 SCM Industry Client Projects 3 pre-req for 33:799:493 and 33:799:421: 33:799:301; pre-reqs for 33:799:420: 33:799:305 or 33:799:330, and 33:799:380, and senior year only; Internship and Co-op by application only through the Supply Chain department
Supply Chain elective 3  
Supply Chain elective 3  
Supply Chain elective 3  
Credit Total 24  

 Elective Courses

Course Credits Notes and Prerequisites
33:799:430 Supply Chain Risk and Disruption Management 3 pre-reqs: 33:799:305 or 33:799:330
33:799:440 Supply Chain Environmental Management / Green Purchasing 3 pre-reqs: 33:799:301 or 29:799:301
33:799:460 Introduction to Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing 3 pre-reqs: 33:799:301 or 29:799:301
33:799:410 Service Management 3 pre-reqs: 33:799:301 or 29:799:301
33:799:498 Independent Studies in Supply Chain Management   pre-req: 33:799:301
33:799:450 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management with SAP 3 pre-reqs: 33:799:301 or 29:799:301
33:799:470 Business Intelligence for Supply Chain and Marketing 3 pre-req: 33:799:301
33:799:491 Supply Chain Finance 3 pre-reqs: 33:799:301 or 29:799:301
33:630:370 Business to Business Marketing 3 pre-reqs: 33:630:301 or 29:630:301 
33:620:350 Negotiations 3 pre-reqs: 33:620:301 or 29:620:301 
33:630:369 New Product Planning 3 pre-reqs: 33:630:301
33:630:368 Retail Marketing 3 pre-reqs: 33:630:301 or 29:630:301  
33:630:385 Marketing Research 3 pre-reqs: 33:136:385 and 33:630:301 or 33:136:385 and 29:630:301
33:630:401 Sales Management 3 pre-reqs: 33:630:301 or 29:630:301 

 

Supply Chain Management Double Major Policy

Students who major in Supply Chain Management (799) and another business school (school 33) major double count 3 elective credits as follows:

  • If you major in Supply Chain Management and Finance, you may double count 33:390:440 Treasury Management
    • If Finance is dropped as a major this course cannot count as a SCM elective
  • If you major in Supply Chain Management and Accounting, you may double count 33:010:451 Cost Accounting
    • If Accounting is dropped as a major this course cannot count as a SCM elective
  • If you major in Supply Chain Management and Marketing, you may double count 33:630:385 Marketing Research
    • If Marketing is dropped this course can still count as an SCM elective
  • If you major in Supply Chain Management and Leadership and Management, you may double count 33:620:350 Negotiations
    • If Marketing is dropped this course can still count as an SCM elective
  • If you major in Supply Chain Management and BAIT, you may double count 33:799:450 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management with SAP

 

Supply Chain Major Special Notes 

  • There are two introductory Finance courses that can fulfill a business core requirement. If you intend to double major in Finance or declare a Finance concentration you will need to take Financial Management for Finance Majors (33:390:310). You can take Financial Management (33:390:300) if you have no intention of majoring in Finance or declaring a Finance Concentration. Credit will not be given for both courses if you take both due to switching to a Finance major or declaring a Finance concentration at a later date. 
  • If you major in Accounting as your first, second or third major, you are required to take 33:010:458 Accounting Information System and 33:140:320 Business Law I. You will not earn credit for taking 33:136:370 Management Information System. You can earn credit towards graduation if you take 33:522:334 Business Ethics but it will not fulfill a major requirement. 
  • Students with more than one Business School major may only double count one RBS course between those majors.
  • Students can take a maximum of 3 experiential credits to count towards their Supply Chain required courses for their major from among these three categories: Industry Client Projects, Internship in Supply Chain Management, and Co-op in Supply Chain Management. Co-op in Supply Chain Management is a total of 6 credits which will count as a combination of Supply Chain required credit and Supply Chain major elective credit. Co-op in Supply Chain Management and Internship in Supply Chain Management for SCM required credits are by application only through the Supply Chain department. Any Co-op or Internship general elective credits are by application through the Office of Career Management.