Auburn’s Harbert College of Business to offer master’s degree in supply chain management

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Graduate-level supply chain management education will be offered at Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business beginning this fall.

“Our undergraduate Supply Chain Management Program has been stellar for some time, and the creation of a graduate program is a natural transition,” said Glenn Richey, Harbert Eminent Scholar and Department of Supply Chain Management chair, who oversees an undergraduate program ranked No. 7 in North America by Gartner. “The new graduate program will further allow us to improve working professionals’ skillsets and meet the needs of a rapidly changing world of supply chain management.

“The addition of a Master of Science in supply chain management builds on the continuing reputation of the Harbert College as an elite school of business. Coming on the heels of Supply Chain Management becoming its own department, our new graduate program builds on the incredible momentum we are experiencing.”

Offered in-person or remotely, the program comes with a four-course certificate option or the full 10-course, 30-hour Master of Science in supply chain management.

Geared toward working professionals looking to prepare for managerial roles that will accelerate their careers, Harbert College’s Master of Science in supply chain management offers courses dedicated to the essential components, backgrounds, practices and fundamentals of an organization’s supply chain practice—and how they interact with one another.

Rafay Ishfaq, the W. Allen Reed Associate Professor and Supply Chain Management Graduate Programs coordinator at the Harbert College, said, “The pillars of Auburn’s new graduate supply chain degree which will distinguish itself from other degree programs include: the breadth of our curriculum, professional diversity of our faculty and close engagement with industry through the Center for Supply Chain Innovation.

“The new graduate program offers courses that cover strategy, planning and operations. It’s based on a holistic approach to supply chain education. Another highlight of Auburn’s M.S. in supply chain management degree is the professional diversity of our faculty that allows us to provide a broad curricular coverage of the supply chain discipline from sourcing to manufacturing, distribution, transportation and order fulfillment.”

Ishfaq noted that Auburn’s graduate supply chain education goes beyond the basic understanding of the principles and fundamentals of the discipline. It exposes students to complexities often faced by mid-level and senior managers beyond the daily grind of running a company.

“It's about strategizing,” he said. “It's about planning and getting a feel for how one would handle these complexities. Not just for today's supply chain but for the future supply chains as well.”

More information about pursuing a Master of Science or certificate from Harbert College’s graduate program in supply chain management is available on the website.

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