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Supply Chain Management & Transportation Education at Iowa State Ivy College of Business in Ames, IA

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Iowa State is an international, prestigious university with a friendly welcoming personality. More than 28,000 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Iowa State offers a great environment where students can enjoy reaching their potential and discovering their passions. It's a culturally diverse student body with students from all 50 states and more than 110 countries.

Iowa State is ranked as one of the top 50 public universities in the nation and graduate programs ranked among the top 25 of each program at public universities by U.S. News and World Report. More Iowa high school graduates and transfer students enroll at Iowa State than at any other higher education institution in Iowa.

The Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University conducts and shares research to educate tomorrow's business leaders so they are prepared to deal with multi-disciplinary, global, technological, ethical and diversity challenges. Solid curriculum, nationally-recognized faculty, and welcoming atmosphere, provide business students with an innovative educational experience. Students also benefit from faculty and staff who are dedicated, approachable, and responsive, creating an unmatched business education experience.

Academic Programs



Undergraduate Programs

  • BS in Supply Chain Management: The program provides students with the core knowledge related to a wide variety of supply chain activities, including demand planning, purchasing, inventory control, material handling, product and service support, information technology, and strategic supply chain management. In addition, the program offers two concentrations: logistics and operations. The logistics concentration focuses on transportation, distribution, warehousing, facility location analysis, and packaging. The operations concentration focuses on the analysis, design, implementation, planning, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service processes.

Graduate Programs

  • MBA with Specialization in Supply Chain Management (Full Time 2 years, Part Time - 2 to 2.5 years): The Iowa State full-time MBA is an intensive two-year program comprised of ten core courses (30 credits) and six electives (18 credits). The MBA provides a broad perspective in management education with opportunities for you to tailor the program to meet your academic and career goals. The core curriculum is delivered through a prescribed sequence of required core courses building a solid foundation for advanced study in business. Specializations are offered in accounting, business analytics, finance, information systems, marketing, and supply chain management.
  • MS in Transportation: As a field of study, transportation is inherently interdisciplinary. If you consider yourself a generalist with interests in city planning, engineering, economics, geographic information systems, etc., take a look at Iowa State University's program in transportation. This program consists of courses in three core fields: Transportation Engineering (through the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering), Community and Regional Planning (through that Department in the College of Design), and Transportation and Logistics (through the Department of Logistics, Operations, and Management Information Systems in the College of Business).

PhD Program

  • Phd in Supply Chain Management: The doctoral program in Supply Chain Management (SCM) prepares doctoral students to publish scholarly research in the fields of logistics, transportation, and operations management. Students in the SCM PhD Program are prepared to become future faculty through participation in doctoral coursework in the major, a related minor, and associated research tools; joint research projects with SCM faculty; and doctoral dissertation research which is supervised by the SCM faculty. Doctoral students are also required to teach undergraduate courses in supply chain management.

IOWA State Features

Iowa State University is one of the most respected land-grant universities in the nation. Established by the Iowa General Assembly in 1858, the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm was designated the first land-grant college when Iowa became the first state to accept the terms of the federal Morrill Act in 1864. The act allowed Iowa to sell federal land to finance a new college open to all, regardless of wealth, race or gender; offering a practical education in engineering, agriculture and military science as well as classical studies; and sharing research knowledge with all Iowans. Iowa State University officially opened in 1869 and was the first coeducational land grant school.

  • Campus: Located in Ames, Iowa State's main campus features 490 acres of trees, plants and classical buildings. The campus is dominated by a large lawn of 20 acres known as the central campus. The campus was listed as one of the 25 most beautiful campuses in the United States.
  • Accreditation: Iowa State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Business at Iowa State University is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • International Sites: The University of Indianapolis offers associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs at its accredited campus in Athens, Greece, and at two other accredited international sites. All degree programs offered at the Athens campus and the other international sites are closely patterned after those offered in Indianapolis and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students enrolled primarily in Indianapolis are encouraged to participate in study-abroad programs at international sites.
  • Internships: ISU is one of only 10 public universities recognized for outstanding "internships/co-ops" according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Iowa State University and its Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship rank 4th among public universities nationally for students who want to be entrepreneurs, according to a survey by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
  • The Best Lectures: : ISU's Lectures Program, recognized as one of the best in the nation, has received the International Platform Association's Drew Pearson Award for excellence in university lecture programming and by the National Association of Campus Activities.
  • Supply Chain Programs: Supply Chain Management Review, asked academic and practitioner respondents to identify and rank the Top 20 logistics and supply chain programs in North America from a list of 100 colleges and universities. Iowa State's College of Business program was ranked 7th by academic respondents and 14th by practitioner respondents with an overall weighted ranking of 12th.
  • Birthplace of the Computer: Iowa State is the birthplace of the first electronic digital computer, starting the world's computer technology revolution. It was created by physics professor John V. Atanasoff and graduate student Clifford Berry.

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