Bachelor's Degree in Business: Supply & Logistics Management

Megan Ellis, '13 Project Coordinator Bridgetown Natural Foods
Megan Ellis, '13

Project Coordinator Bridgetown Natural Foods

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The Supply Chain Industry

It’s never been a more exciting time to be in supply chain management. Businesses are looking for inspired supply chain experts to fulfill the demands of today while preparing for the challenges of tomorrow. Organizations are in need of supply chain leaders who are willing to embrace innovative solutions and mitigate risk, while remaining committed to social and environmental responsibility. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Supply Chain Survey, more than two-thirds of manufacturing and service industry leaders reported that sustainability will be an important element in the supply chains of the future. Fifty percent of the 2013 survey respondents are planning to implement new innovative technologies and tools to improve process automation. Additionally, The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that logistics employment opportunities will grow by 22 percent between 2012 and 2022, amounting to a total of 27,600 new jobs. Our Supply and Logistics Management Program (SLM) will teach you how to fulfill market demands through sustainable practices while building a strong operational foundation. Supply chain students get ready to make a global impact!

ISM Certified Program Portland State's undergraduate Supply Chain Management program is certified by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), one of three approved programs in the nation.

SR Education Group ranked Portland State's Supply & Logistics Management program as a top online program for return on investment.

The Supply Chain Management Program

From product development to sourcing raw materials to delivery, our graduates are prepared to innovate beyond the factory floor. In the global enterprise you must be able to anticipate demands, drive product design, and bring products to market using innovative supply chain practices. This is why we teach supply chain management from the edges of traditional supply chain models so you understand the complex interdependencies and the extended enterprises that are part of producing a product or service. From business forecasting to project management, students in our ISM-certified program will gain a comprehensive understanding of the enterprise, and be prepared to seek innovative solutions to solve any business problem.

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The Supply Chain Management Curriculum

We teach sustainability as the future of supply chain because we know that’s where big opportunities exist as businesses strive to create leaner processes. With a core structure that follows the SCOR model, our curriculum incorporates theories of reverse logistics and closed loop supply chain systems. Most importantly, our program focuses on innovating at the edges and being grounded in sustainable operations. We offer a broad array of classes so you can understand the strategic value of supply chain and our teachers don’t just rely on textbooks; rather, we focus on case studies and current events so you understand supply chain within the greater context of real world business challenges.

Our curriculum focuses on the following four core competencies of supply chain management:

  • Planning
  • Sourcing
  • Manufacturing
  • Delivery (logistics)

Supply Chain Management Courses (24 Supply & Logistics credits required out of 82 credits required in Business):

  • Transportation and Logistics Management
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • Integrated Supply and Logistics Management

Three elective courses from the following:

  • Industrial Transportation and Freight
  • Transportation Law
  • Government Procurement
  • Process Control and Improvement
  • Project Management
  • Business Forecasting
  • Supply and Logistics Negotiations
  • Purchasing and Logistics within the Food Industry
  • Production Planning and Control
  • Productivity Analysis

Download the Supply & Logistics Management sequence sheet (PDF) for additional details about our pre-requisites, requirements, credits and suggested sequences. Visit Degree Requirements for detailed requirements for your entire degree.

Why Study Supply Chain Management in Portland?

With a multitude of apparel and distinct vertical markets, Portland is home to hundreds of global retailers such as adidas, Nike and KEEN Footwear. Portland also boasts a strong tech sector including large companies like Tektronix, Intel, and Digimarc. Our bustling port makes us a vital transportation hub for global trade and our abundance of water, natural gas, and other natural resources make our utilities some of the most affordable in the country—it’s no wonder we are a leading region for manufacturing and retail. Immerse yourself in the supply chain industry right in the heart of Portland while connecting with global brands that are actively looking for their next innovative supply and logistics leader.

Supply Chain Management Students and Faculty

Our professors are deeply integrated into the local business community and provide access to high profile networking events where you can quickly make a name for yourself. Our involvement with Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) offer you valuable connections built from an extensive career in supply chain management. Best of all, our trusted program director personally brings the region’s top employers to a sought-after career fair that earns nearly 100% job placement rate for supply chain management graduates year after year.

SLMA Student Group Portland State BusinessOnce you're at PSU, participate in the student organization Supply and Logistics Management Association (SLMA), to deepen your understanding about the supply and logistics field through networking events with local professionals and prepare students for their careers in the field.

Your Supply Chain Management Career

Whether you’re interested in planning, sourcing, manufacturing, or delivery, our program is designed to prepare you for an integrated future in supply chain management. Our supply chain management program boasts a near 100% job placement rate. Develop invaluable career connections through our exclusive networking events and get introduced to executives from leading companies such as Intel, Boeing, Nike, Daimler, Blount, ESCO, and Tektronix who heavily recruit at our annual Supply & Logistics Career Fair. Make a safe smart investment by joining PSU’s reputable Supply & Logistics Management program.