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MBA Designed to Advance Your Career

The Supply Chain Management MBA at Anderson University is specifically designed to advance your career. You will work first hand with highly experienced and knowledgeable faculty who will teach you state of the art business strategies to drive an organization forward. 

AU’s MBA concentration in Supply Chain Management will equip you with a thorough knowledge in decision sciences which focus on logistics, operations management, data analysis, procurement, and quality management. The student will be able to attain positions and advancement in both the manufacturing, service, and governmental sectors in the global market. This will gain the skill set to pursue careers in demand management, production scheduling, sourcing, global logistics, inventory management and supply chain analysis.  

Our 45-credit program covers all aspects of business success—from forecasting, optimization strategy, leadership, and building the company to its highest potential. You will be fully equipped to climb the corporate ladder or follow your entrepreneurial aspirations to start your own business.

Six Sigma Certification included in Tuition

Six Sigma is a certification that focuses on quality control and optimization. This certification not only provides you with vital tools to drive an organization forward, it is a certification that is in high demand. A green belt certification can cost up to $1,500, however at AU it is included in your MBA tuition

Flexible for the Working Professional

The MBA is designed for the working professional, offering classes at night or 100% online.  The flexibility of our program gives you the freedom to complete the courses at the time and place that’s most convenient for you. You can complete the program taking one class at a time or engage in an accelerated program to finish sooner. 

Our MBA is ideal for professionals who want to be an executive, C-suit official, or entrepreneur. The program focuses on data-driven business strategies, talent management, product delivery, increased consumer satisfaction, and continuous improvement. An MBA at AU can help increase your salary $5,000 to $20,000 annually, and is regionally and ACBSP Accredited.

 

Program Outline 

Whether you are taking courses in person or online, our classes are fast paced, engaging, and informative. Classes will follow either a 7-weeks long or 14 week format based on the nature of the course. The core MBA program includes the following courses:

  • 3 Supply Chain Concentration Courses
  • Operations Management and Data Analytics
  • Six Sigma, Agile, and Lean Systems
  • Product Delivery and Strategic Marketing
  • Global Business and International Trading
  • Business Analysis and Strategic Management
  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Management Thought and Application
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Internship (optional)

What You’ll Study

In addition to your MBA Core, your concentration will include the following courses:

1. Supply Chain Management and Procurement

This class provides a systems thinking perspective of supply chain management with a focus on strategic procurement. It includes topics that support organizations as they face globalization of trade for both tangible and intangible goods and services. Topics include managing and strategizing globally; multi-national location and site selection; international commerce, sourcing and purchasing; currency and negotiations; global logistics; and, operations management.  The course will include the key issues in areas of supplier quality, inter and intra-organizational relationship management, global sourcing and supplier relationship management in order to optimize product innovation. This class will also include discussion and application of the triple bottom line, including sustainability, the reverse supply chain and life cycle analysis.

2. Logistics and Distribution

This course will examine the critically important areas of transportation, distribution and logistics and how they relate to overall supply chain management. Current domestic and global transportation, distribution and logistics concepts, tools and trends are covered. This course combines theory and application to provide an up-to-date, practical learning opportunity that focuses on the needs of modern managers and professionals in an age of global competition and rapid technological change. Character and operational excellence principles related to management activities will also be explored and applied. 

3. Project Management

This course provides a comprehensive overview of project management while emphasizing project management tools, team problem solving techniques and the interpersonal skills required to lead effective project teams. Planning concepts, project scope, time, cost, and risk, and making direct use of such information to develop key documentation such as the project schedule and budget will be covered. Examples of specific topics considered include project work content and change, documentation, and resource requirements. This class incorporates both the technical and leadership/human capital aspects of project management.

Supportive Professors and Case Study Method

Professors at Anderson University are highly experienced, with many having served as VP Executives for leading corporations. Many courses in your MBA will apply the Case Study Method, in which various cases are presented to dissect the decision-making process in various business situations. Professors model the methods used to dig down to the heart of a problem, enabling you to understand different perspectives and make wise decisions as a manager in the workplace. This will develop critical thinking skills to help you:

  1. Identify Business Problems and Opportunities
  2. Apply Business Tools to Solve Issues
  3. Analyze Business Data to Develop Informed Strategy
  4. Communicate Business Initiatives to Stakeholders
  5. Lead based on Business Ethics and Biblical Principles

You’ll enjoy a low student-faculty ratio, giving you more personalized attention from professors who won’t leave you to fend for yourself. Michael Pacek wrote a personal thank you to a faculty member of our MBA program: “I have found a greater sense of purpose in my work life, learned the importance of balance between work and family, and reconnected with my beliefs…I have (and will continue) to praise the true value it brings to me on a daily basis.” And Michael is just one of many MBA students who have noted the personal touch of our professors. Says student Laura Page: “The program has allowed me to grow both professionally and spiritually…Every time someone mentions going to get their MBA, I always tell them how great AU has been for me. Not only have the courses been challenging and beneficial, but the professors are so personable and supportive. “ As an AU student, we will help you prosper in business—and in life—in the spirit of Christ

Your Future in Supply Chain Management

If you want an edge over the other job applicants wielding their MBAs, consider earning this concentration in supply chain management. You’ll be equipped to attain positions and advancement in both the manufacturing and service sectors. You’ll have the skill set to pursue careers in demand management, production scheduling, sourcing and relationship management, global logistics, supply chain sustainability and inventory management.  You’ll be able to serve as a buyer, inventory manager, materials analyst, or purchasing agent, and you’ll be prepared to advance to a top-tier position, such as a manager, director or vice president of supply chain and/or logistics management. Supply chain managers enjoy increased opportunities for career advancement as they take on responsibilities for new product development, manufacturing, budgeting and even managing strategy for an organization.

Nationally, salaries for supply chain managers range from $91,500 to more than $120,000.