Operations and Supply Chain Management
Earning your degree in supply chain management from the University of Central Oklahoma will provide you with the essential knowledge, skills and abilities for effective and efficient delivery techniques across numerous industries and countries.
Supply chain management is one of the fastest-growing industries and business disciplines in the world, and with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in operations and supply chain management from UCO, you will be fully prepared for a successful career in logistics, purchasing or operations. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is the highest level of accreditation for business schools.
With small class sizes, you will have direct interaction with some of the world's top supply chain professors. UCO supply chain professors bring a variety of global supply chain management experience and education across many industries and countries.
What is Supply Chain Management?
Supply chain management is the management of the flow of goods and services that includes all procurement, operations and logistics processes – ensuring goods and services are available to customers.
Those with degrees in supply chain management will work with companies from across the world and globe, in a variety of industries including telecommunications, automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, energy, sports and hospitality, logistics, food supply, apparel, health care, large event management, among others.
Companies need employees that understand how to organize and manage a global supply chain from suppliers to customers to meet demand without creating waste.
About the Supply Chain Management Degree at UCO
Housed within the UCO College of Business, students pursuing a supply chain management degree are prepared for a career that uses core business education combined with information systems, critical thinking and structured-solution skills. Students will learn skills needed for planning, organizing and controlling supply, operations and distribution functions to deliver quality products or services, at the right price, place and time.
Those majoring in supply chain management at UCO will gain knowledge of the three key functional areas of supply chain management.
- Logistics: How to move goods around the world, using boats, trains, planes and trucks.
- Purchasing: How to negotiate and choose the right suppliers from the U.S. to all corners of the globe.
- Operations: How to choose the right production strategy and manage operations for your company.
In addition to the three functional areas, there are also three key skill sets that UCO helps students to develop, which are critical to managing global supply chains.
- Quality Management: How to measure, track and improve quality across all facets of supply chain.
- Project Management: How to design, schedule and manage projects along a desired timeline.
- Sustainability Management: Understand and appreciate the impact of supply chain decisions on economic, societal and environmental sustainability.
As an operations and supply chain management major at UCO, students will take courses in logistics, purchasing, operations, quality assurance, project management and supply chain analytics. Students can customize their major with elective courses, such as negotiation, the art of leadership, cost accounting and business-to-business marketing. Students also will be trained in quality control in preparation for the yellow and green belt Six Sigma certification.
Supply Chain Management Careers
The business world continues to grow, through innovations, product advances and new services in response to customer habits and market trends. Reflecting this progression, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified 28% more logistics positions between 2019 and 2031. Roles span general to specialized skill sets. Potential job titles include:
- Oil and gas – pipeline transportation;
- Logistics and transportation analyst;
- Distribution manager;
- Transportation manager;
- Logistics and supply chain analyst;
- Purchasing agent;
- Procurement specialist; and,
- Operations/supply chain manager.