Global Supply Chain Management Major
Our faculty work closely with you in an effort to enhance your educational experience. With our small class sizes (average is 15–20) you are afforded the opportunity to meet your academic and career goals with one-on-one attention. From the beginning of the program, you are paired with a faculty member who will mentor you through your journey at SUNY Plattsburgh and into your career.
What Will I Learn?
You will understand the supply chain issues facing organizations and the role of supply chain management among other functional areas, preparing you for various inter-functional positions in firms of all sizes in all industries. You will be able to model realistic business problems using appropriate analytical tools and to apply advanced technology with real data to the real problems facing industry today. Since supply chain managers need good analytical, problem solving, and behavioral management skills to diagnose problems, improve current systems, and communicate and gather support for the required changes, you will enjoy courses that will give you both the theoretical and practical skills needed to be successful in this field. Finally, you will obtain skills to make the necessary decision for improvements and will understand how the integration of all functions across a business leads to improvements in quality, efficiency, and productivity; thus, making supply chain decisions that benefit the entire organization and lead to improved competitiveness.
Our program will place you in a position to pursue other professional certifications, such as CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional), CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Control), CIRM (Certified in Resource Management), and CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management). Since GSCM is cross disciplinary and has a significant business component, students can easily declare a second major or a minor with few only a few additional required courses.
What is Unique About Our Program?
Our GSCM program offers real-life experience with a required internship.
How would you like to experience your future as part of your program? Well, as a GSCM major, you will. A significant aspect of the Global Supply Chain Management major is a required internship with an organization in the supply chain field. Students have interned with some well known companies, including Bombardier, NorthEast Printing and Distribution, and Fastenal. As the program grows, we will be anticipating internships with Federal Express, UPS, and hosts of other dominant companies in the supply chain arena.
Our GSCM program offers real-life networking experience.
Student organizations play a significant role in our students lives and the GSCM program has one of the best through our student chapter of APICS, the Association for Operations Management. Through this industry association, students have access to monthly development meetings, internship and career opportunities by networking with practitioners in the field, student case competitions, international conferences, internationally recognized an acclaimed certification material, and an expanded knowledge base in supply chain management. The relationships fostered through APICS will last a lifetime.
Cutting edge technology.
In addition to being the only campus in the SUNY system with a GSCM major, we are also the only one partnering with the SAP University Alliance. We utilize the SAP enterprise resource planning software, a package valued at over $1.5 million dollars by industry, to give students exposure and a significant working knowledge of the package. More than 38,000 organizations worldwide run SAP, in over 120 countries and in more than 25 industries. In our GSCM program, students will gain significant exposure to this pervasive software package and will gain a significant competitive advantage in the job market. According to Heather Czech, Director of the SAP University Alliance in the Americas, a recent survey by an alliance member indicated the starting salary of college graduates increases $5,000 for students with SAP experience.
What Are My Career Opportunities?
The program is designed to prepare you for the exciting field of GSCM by offering a unique blend of multi-disciplinary coursework with a required industrial experience. Supply chain management majors will possess the ability to solve problems using analytical tools and to communicate those solutions to the decision maker.
A major in global supply chain management will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities in:
- Warehousing management
- Transportation management
- Operations and production management
- Inventory control
- Customer relationship management