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Supply Chain Management Education at WIU College of Business and Technology

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With more than a century of growth and development, and over 100,000 alumni, Western Illinois University (WIU) maintains a strong sense of community and historic commitments to student access, affordability, and success. Western has consistently been recognized as one of the “Best in the Midwest Colleges” and as one of the “Best Value” colleges in the U.S. by the Princeton Review, and is one of just 20 public universities ranked as a “Tier 1 Midwestern Masters Granting Institution” by US News & World Report.

WIU are now a leading university with a residential campus in Macomb, a commuter campus in the Quad Cities, and extension and distance learning programs. With an outstanding, diverse faculty and staff committed to multicultural and international education, Western Illinois University offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study to more than 12,500 students from Illinois, across the nation, and around the world.

Western Illinois University is one of just five universities in Illinois to offer a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management. SCM students have the opportunities to obtain internships that pay as much as ,000 a month, and when they graduate, they can start a career with a lucrative salary and benefits.

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs



  • Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management: The Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management (SCM) degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to assist businesses in the process of planning, organizing, and controlling the flow of goods and services from raw material suppliers to end users and/or customers. The program offers excellent internship and placement opportunities with many national and international companies. Upon graduation, SCM students pursue careers as transportation coordinators, purchasing agents, distribution center managers, logistics coordinators, transportation brokers, and numerous other related fields. Western’s SCM program is the only undergraduate program of its kind offered by any Illinois public university.

Integrated Program

  • Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management/Master of Business Administration: The Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management (SCM)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) integrated degree program provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate Supply Chain Management majors to complete both a Bachelor of Business degree in Supply Chain Management and an MBA in five years. The integrated degree allows a student to begin taking up to 6 semester hours of MBA courses during the senior year and to count these courses toward both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Graduate Program

  • MBA with Supply Chain Management Concentration (Online & On Campus): The WIU MBA is open to business graduates and those in liberal arts, engineering, mathematics, science, and other fields. Individual degree program requirement are based on previously completed coursework and may range between 33 and 54 semester hours. The mission of the MBA program at Western Illinois University is to prepare individuals for leadership and socially responsible managerial roles in an interdependent, multicultural, and diverse business world. Concentration courses and electives allow students to develop a specialization in a field of their choice. These concentrations provide MBA students with maximum flexibility and the ability to pursue specific professional goals.

WIU Features

Western Illinois University serves more than 12,500 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL (population 20,000) and its upper-division urban commuter location in the Quad Cities/Moline, IL (QC population 376,000; Moline population 44,000). WIU’s friendly, accessible, nurturing campus communities are dedicated to higher values in higher education and are comprised of strong faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities for students and staff.

  • Campus: The main campus is located in Macomb, the McDonough County seat, 40 miles east of the Mississippi River. The city has a population of 20,000. Two U.S. highways, 136 and 67, intersect at Macomb and provide direct access to Interstates 74, 80, and 55. Rail passenger service is available from Quincy and Chicago to Macomb. Western Illinois University-Quad Cities is located in Moline, Illinois, which is approximately 70 miles north of the main campus in Macomb.
  • Accreditation: Western Illinois University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.The Business programs are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Facilities: : Fifty-six buildings are situated on more than 1,000 acres in Macomb. In addition, the University operates the Alice L. Kibbe Life Sciences Station on the Mississippi River, the Frank J. Horn Field Campus, and the University Farm, which provide nearby facilities for students enrolled in agriculture; biology; and recreation, park and tourism administration courses. Western Illinois UniversityQuad Cities campus in Moline provides baccalaureate degree, graduate degree, and post-baccalaureate certificate programs in various disciplines.
  • Residence Halls: Residence hall facilities provide more than 4,600 students with living and dining services. Several residence halls offer lifestyle floors such as Honors, First Year Experience, Major, and Wellness. Grote Hall, featuring a stateof-the-art suite-style environment, opened in 2004. All residence halls are smokefree and wired for Internet and LAN use. Many off-campus housing possibilities, including fraternities and sororities, are open to upper division students.
  • Centennial Honors College: The Centennial Honors College provides academically talented and motivated undergraduate students an enriched academic curriculum and opportunities for leadership, professional development, and service learning. The program includes 43 academic majors or areas of study from four colleges as well as special pre-professional honors options such as the pre-law honors minor and pre-engineering.
  • Four-Year Guarantees: Western Illinois University guarantees a four-year rate for tuition, fees, and room and board for new undergraduate students entering the University. All new undergraduate students, full and part-time, are automatically included in the plan.
  • Study Abroad Program: Study abroad allows students to complement and enhance their classroom instruction by experiencing the culture and language of a host country. Through WIU’s Study Abroad Program, students can participate in a wide variety of educational programs located in more than 50 countries worldwide.
  • Cultural Center: The University offers a rich variety of cultural and artistic opportunities for the citizens of west-central Illinois. The College of Fine Arts and Communication is the center of music, theatre, communication, and visual arts activities on campus and throughout the community. Students, faculty, and guest artists of the School of Music perform numerous concerts and recitals during the year. There are 12 major theatrical and dance productions and more than 12 studio shows presented annually in Western’s three theatres.

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