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Supply Chain and Operations Management Major BS

The Supply Chain and Operations Management major prepares students for a wide range of careers in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. It is a degree that is focused on Supply Chain and Operations Management careers.

With increased globalization and international trade, goods and services cross national boundaries. Also, many organizations seek services, products, raw materials and parts from domestic and international sources. To manage the complex network of internal facilities and to coordinate with vendors, companies requires supply chain and operations experts.

In this degree, students will acquire knowledge of logistics, transportation, supply chain management, inventory and warehousing, sourcing and purchasing, supply chain systems, and planning and control of activities related to distribution of goods and raw materials. The courses combine diverse management, finance, and marketing skills and focus on technical and managerial skills required by supply chain and operations professionals.

Students can aspire to careers as varied as business analyst, supply chain analyst, materials management analyst, supply chain project manager, logistics planner, transportation planner, retail analyst, retail store manager, production supervisor, sales and operations planner, buyer, purchasing manager, and global trade analyst.

There are many professional organizations to which students can belong to enhance their careers. These organizations provide the ability to learn industry practices and make contact with industry professionals. Some of organizations include Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP); American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS); American Society of Transportation & Logistics (ASTL); Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM).

Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Business Administration major, students must submit a College of Management Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • COM Foundation Courses with a grade of C- or better (see below)

The COM Foundation Courses are prerequisites for many upper division College of Management courses. Completing these courses early in your program will help you succeed and have the most valuable experience in other College of Management courses.


The Supply Chain and Operations Management degree program includes courses in six areas:

  1. General Education and Liberal Studies

    Students in degree programs at Metropolitan State University must complete while at the university, or transfer to the university, a number of courses to meet general education and liberal studies requirements. View General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS) for Metropolitan State University.

  2. COM Foundation Courses

  3. Business Core Courses

  4. Supply Chain and Operatons Management Required Courses

  5. Supply Chain and Operations Management Elective Courses (14 credits from of the following courses)

  6. Unrestricted electives as needed to total a minimum of 120 credits.

    Many College of Management courses are sequenced and build on previous learning. Students must complete course prerequisites before registering for a course which requires prerequisites. In addition, students must complete 30 credits of coursework, including introductory and intermediate writing before they can register for College of Management upper division courses (those numbered 300 and above). MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management is a capstone class which should be taken during the last semester of the student's program.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer course evaluation is made by the faculty in the College of Management consistent with the requirements of MnSCU Policy 3.2 and MnSCU Procedure 3.21.1 (Undergraduate Course Credit Transfer). COM faculty will accept a course as meeting a COM major or minor requirement if the course content is equivalent to or acceptable in place of a Metropolitan State University course as determined by COM faculty;

  • the course was taught at a similar or higher level as the comparable COM course;
  • the content and level of the course are consistent with state/national-level professional, industry and licensure standards; and
  • the grade earned in the course is "C-" or "S" or higher.

Management information systems transfer courses must meet "sunset" policy requirements which specify the maximum time between when the course was taken and when the student was admitted to Metropolitan State. If a course is not accepted because too much time has elapsed since the course was completed, a student may demonstrate competence in some courses via exam. Formal articulation agreements between Metropolitan State and other institutions identify transfer of courses between those institutions.

Credit and Residency Requirements

Students in each of the College of Management bachelor of science major programs must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours of their major requirements and/or major electives at Metropolitan State University. In addition, students must complete at least 30 credits at Metropolitan State University in order to graduate.

College of Management Double Major Policy

Students may combine any two majors in the College of Management as a double major as long as there are at least 24 upper division semester credits of coursework in the second major that do not overlap the first major. Both majors must be completed at the time of graduation.