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Supply Chain Management Education and Research at Robert H. Smith School of Business

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The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university located in the city of College Park, Maryland. The University of Maryland is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. Maryland is the largest university in the state and the largest in the Washington metropolitan area.

Maryland has continued its impressive rise in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's annual ranking of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges - ranking 5th among four-year institutions for providing outstanding education at an affordable price. This is a significant rise from 8th place in 2010; 9th in 2009; and 28th in 2008. Equally impressive is Maryland's 6th place ranking for out-of-state value. The university advanced from 11th in 2010.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research for the digital economy. The faculty are scholars, teachers, and professional leaders with a commitment to superior education in business and management, specializing in accounting, finance, information systems, operations management, management and organization, marketing, and supply chain management.

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

  • BS in Business Administration - Supply Chain Management Major: Students in this major use state-of-the-art software applications to develop ways of increasing the efficiency of the flow of goods and services across organizations, from suppliers, to manufactures, to retailers, to end consumers. Supply Chain Management majors often double major with complimentary majors like Operations Management, Marketing, Information Systems, International Business and Finance.

Graduate Programs

  • MBA with Supply Chain Management Specialization (Online): online MBA offers five highly relevant specializations focused on the most important aspects of modern business - Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Analytics, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management - in addition to a general track for those looking for the broadest MBA experience. Learn how to identify, evaluate and mitigate risk, improve efficiencies and utilize cutting-edge supply chain technology applications, including cloud-based programs like Resilinc and SAP. The Online MBA program is ranked No. 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and features the same curriculum and faculty as the full-time MBA program.
  • MS in Supply Chain Management: This program will prepare you to discover emerging opportunities and lead innovation on a global scale. Whether you’re a recent graduate with an interest in how goods move around the world or a manager who would like to broaden your understanding of the global supply chain, the curriculum will prepare you for new and growing career options in this dynamic industry. The Smith MS in Supply Chain Management is a cohort-based, lock-step program requiring 30 credits for graduation. The program is designed as a 16-month program; students have the option to accelerating the program and earn their degree in 10 months.

PhD Program

  • PhD in Supply Chain Management: The doctoral program in Supply Chain Management is designed to produce outstanding scholars in the fields of logistics and transportation. Graduates of the program are well qualified to take academic positions in colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Students in the PhD Program achieve excellence through, extensive preparation in the major, a related minor, and associated research tools; joint research with faculty; independent research culminating in a doctoral dissertation; and the teaching of courses for undergraduate majors in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management.


The University of Maryland , the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, originated in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College and became one of the country's first land-grant institutions in 1867. The state assumed authority over the College in 1920 and formed the University of Maryland by joining the College with long-established professional schools in Baltimore . In 1988, the General Assembly of Maryland designated the College Park campus as the flagship institution for the University System of Maryland, which comprises 13 institutions across the state.

  • Campus: Situated on 1,300 acres in the suburban town of College Park , the University is centrally located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. This unique location, just nine miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and approximately 30 miles from both Baltimore and Annapolis, enhances research opportunities for faculty and students by providing access to some of the finest libraries and research centers in the country.
  • Accreditation: The University of Maryland, College Park is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education ( MSCHE ), under the authority of the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, the Robert H. Smith School of Business is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.
  • Freshman Fellows: The Freshman Fellows track provides enriched opportunities for all of the newly admitted Smith freshmen students from the moment they step on campus for the new Freshman Fellows Orientation, followed by "Business Week" a yearly tradition to kick off the academic year with a series of social and professional events and activities. Freshman Fellows Program consists of four (4) required courses, which are completed over a student's first four semesters, plus a portfolio of co-curricular activities.
  • Smith Honors Program: The Smith School Honors Fellows program, which is part of the Smith School's Fellows Program, offers students with superior academic achievements special opportunities and resources, including the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research on business issues, and to graduate with honors.
  • Research: The University of Maryland and its surrounding area provide boundless opportunities for conducing research. The University's dynamic research environment allows students from all disciplines to undertake scholarly exploration of their special interests and to gain valuable practical experience. It also enables faculty members to advance their own areas of expertise and bring their research insights into the classroom.
  • Government Documents and Maps: The University' collection of Government Documents and Maps is the Regional Federal Depository Library for Maryland , Delaware , and the District of Columbia . This collection includes more than one million government publications from 1789 to the present, spanning virtually all subjects from arts to zoology. Congressional documents and laws, census data, and consumer guides are among the most popular items. The map collection contains nearly one-half million topographic and thematic maps from federal agencies as well as some produced by foreign governments, including a collection of World War II maps. Accompanying the paper maps are GIS workstations with gigabytes of map files and geo-referenced statistical data.

LAST UPDATED ON Feb 19, 2020