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Logistics and Supply Chain Management Education at Center for Business & Economics (CBE)

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Since its founding in 1871, Elmhurst College has prepared students for lives of expanding pportunity, service, and achievement. A four-year, independent, comprehensive college, they offer students of many ages and backgrounds purposeful learning for the whole of life.

Primary institutional strength is the recognized excellence of programs and faculty. Great teaching in small classes lies at the heart of college’s heritage and mission. The average class at Elmhurst has 19 students. Emhurst has 135 full-time faculty members; 84 percent hold doctorates or terminal degrees. These talented scholars are at the College because they love to teach, in an environment where they come to know their students as individuals, with distinct outlooks and unique gifts.

The Center for Business and Economics is dedicated to preparing its students for successful careers in a global economy characterized by complex issues, ambiguity, and change. The Center draws on the liberal arts heritage and resources of Elmhurst College to fulfill its mission. The Center maintains close ties with the business community to ensure that its programs are viable and relevant in a dynamic business environment.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

  • BS in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: The Logistics and Supply Chain Management major at Elmhurst College requires students to study various concepts, topics and issues in logistics and supply chain management, Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Global Business Process Management. In addition, a student must chose an elective in a major area of interest with a selection from many different electives.

Graduate Programs

  • MS in Supply Chain Management: Elmhurst College offers the Chicago area's only graduate program in supply chain management. This graduate program builds on the extensive experience as the only Chicago-area provider of an undergraduate degree program in logistics and transportation management, and draws strength from the location in one of the major transportation and logistics hubs in the world.
  • MBA with Supply Chain Management Specialization: The Master of Business Administration program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective manager in a variety of organizational settings. It is a broad based, career advancement degree rather than technical training for a particular job within an organization. Students may select an approved four of the three-semester hour sets of courses in supply chain management for this specialization.


Elmhurst ranks among the top colleges in the Midwest, according to “America’s Best Colleges,” the survey by U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review also lists Elmhurst among the region’s premier institutions of higher learning. The faculty has as its primary concern the intellectual and professional development of all students. All courses are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants. All students have faculty advisors, helping and challenging them to achieve their potential.

  • Campus: Elmhurst College is located near the geographic center of metropolitan Chicago, 16 miles west of the Loop. A short walk from downtown Elmhurst, the campus is easily accessible. The Elmhurst campus combines the high-tech necessities of a modern education with the charm of a classic college campus. The 48-acre grounds are an arboretum, with more than 700 varieties of trees, shrubs and other woody plants; our classic red-brick buildings boast wireless Internet access, smart classrooms and more.
  • Accreditation: Elmhurst College is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Illinois, and by The Higher Learning Commission, A Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Students: : Students come to Elmhurst from many states and countries, and from nearly every religious, racial, and ethnic background. The student body comprises about 2800 traditional full-time undergraduate students, 325 adults pursuing an undergraduate degree, and 285 graduate students.
  • Internships and Field Experiences: Elmhurst’s 30-year-old internship program offers unusually varied and numerous opportunities to gain on-the-job experience - and course credit. Elmhurst has extensive ties to the business community in the Chicago area and the world. Internships provide course credit of .50 to 1.5 courses. Field experiences provide concentrated on-the-job training and course credit during January term. For a co-op experience, students may do multiple internships in the same company or with different companies, paralleling what they are learning in their courses.
  • CBE Mentoring Program: A knowledgeable guide can play a vital role in helping students navigate the business world. The CBE Mentoring Program brings small groups of juniors and seniors into regular contact with area executives who introduce students to the business world as they experience it. Each student group meets informally with its mentor, usually someone in their major area, at least six times during the academic year to discuss business-related topics such as workplace politics, business ethics, resume preparation, or what to expect in a first job. Students often have the opportunity to tour their mentor’s workplace and meet others in the office.
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Research Institute: The goal of Elmhurst’s Logistics & Supply Chain Research Institute is to enhance understanding and push the edge of knowledge in the field. To that end, the institute conducts research on relevant logistics and supply chain management concerns, interests, and problems.
  • Small Business Institute: Students who want to plunge right into the world of problem solving for business will appreciate Elmhurst’s Small Business Institute (SBI). Teams of Elmhurst students consult with local small businesses to develop solutions to real business challenges. Working with faculty advisers, students learn their business inside and out, developing solutions the business can implement.

LAST UPDATED ON May 12, 2017