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Supply Chain Management and Operations Education and Research at Carlson School of Management

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Established in 1919 and based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota is a recognized leader in business education and research. Its focus on experiential learning, international education, and maintaining strong ties to the business community exemplify the school’s commitment to excellence. Students engage more readily with knowledge if they can live it. That's why the Carlson School offers experiential learning opportunities that take students out of the classroom and into the business community.

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Academic Programs



Undergraduate Program

  • BS in Business - Supply Chain and Operations Management Major: The Supply Chain and Operations Management major focuses on process excellence from both intra-organizational and inter-organizational points of view. Supply chain management manages the flow of goods, and information and services, in order to deliver maximum value to the consumer, while minimizing the costs of the flow. Operations management is responsible for supplying the product or service of the organization and managing the conversion or transformation process that converts inputs into outputs. The design of the major follows the industry-developed SCOR model of Plan-Source-Make-Deliver.

Graduate Program

  • MS in Supply Chain Management: This one-year cohort program allows driven professionals to accelerate or transition into supply chain careers. Developed in close consultation with senior supply chain executives from major multinational companies headquartered in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, the program provides the skills, knowledge, and insights professionals need to lead and transform supply chains that drive success and deliver value.
  • MBA with Supply Chain and Operations (SCO) Emphasis (full-time & part-time): As one of the nation's premier programs, the Carlson MBA combines rigorous, in-depth study with unprecedented opportunities to gain hands-on experience. With a focus on experiential learning, this programs gives you the skills and knowledge you'll need for lifelong career success. And because today's leaders need a global perspective, all Full-Time MBA students participate in an international program. An emphasis in SCO provides skills in managing the flow of raw materials, finished goods, information and services to deliver maximum value to the consumer. Rather than focusing on any single facet of delivering a product or service to the customer, SCO covers the entire process, from the suppliers of your suppliers, to the customers of your customers. The emphasis is designed to be flexible, with a wide range of course offerings to reflect the diversity of career opportunities.

PhD Program

  • PhD in Business Administration - Supply Chain and Operations Concentration: The Supply Chain and Operations PhD program trains scholars to conduct theoretically grounded, methodologically rigorous research to address relevant problems facing operations and supply chain managers within and across organizations embedded in global supply chains. Supply Chain and Operations students will engage with peers from throughout the United States and 21 other countries, connect with a vibrant business community, and get access to financial support, technology resources, and research opportunities.

UMN Features

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

  • Campus: With a flagship campus in the heart of the Twin Cities, and four coordinate campuses across Minnesota, the University offers just the right learning environment for every student.
  • Accreditation: The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). University of Minnesota also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Entrepreneurial Edge: Graduates stay where the business and entrepreneurial community thrives. With 20 Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities alone, it’s no wonder U alumni have founded more than 10,000 businesses in Minnesota. Creative thinkers from the U were behind the first wearable cardiac pacemaker, GORE-TEX®, the retractable seat belt, and Post-it® Notes. In just the past five years, inventions by U researchers have generated nearly 0 million in revenue for the state.
  • Affordability: The U makes financial assistance to students a priority. In 2009, it gave aid to 42.2 percent of resident undergrads through the U Promise Scholarship. Over the past three years, it invested more than million in fellowships, grants, and other assistance for grad and professional students.
  • Famous Alumni: Agronomist Norman Borlaug (who saved billions from starvation); former vice president Walter Mondale; satirist Garrison Keillor; Super Bowl championship coach Tony Dungy; inventor and Medtronic, Inc., founder Earl Bakken.
  • Academic Accolades: Contributing to the U’s academic prestige are 20 Nobel Laureates, 86 Guggenheim Fellows, and 2 MacArthur “Geniuses” on campus.
  • Research: The Carlson School is highly ranked for the number of articles its faculty publishes in leading academic journals. Major contributions by the Carlson School faculty include the creation of the "4Ps of marketing" and development of the field of Management Information Systems.
  • International Experience: The Carlson School is among the first in the country to require all undergraduate and graduate students to incorporate an international experience into their degree requirements.
  • Facilities: At the Carlson School of Management, the up-to-date facilities and technology as well as ther research priorities reflect the commitment to building an environment that advances critical thinking and enhances the practical application of new knowledge. They believe that access to cutting edge technology and resources enables students to function at their highest level, enabling them to become new business leaders in the global marketplace.
  • Career Services: At Carlson, you have access to a world-class career center dedicated to undergraduate business students. The Undergraduate Business Career Center (UBCC) provides a required career skills course, career discovery, a mentorship program, and an online internship and full-time employment website built specifically for Carlson business students. No need to worry about fighting traffic or getting lost on the way to an interview. With 22 on-campus interview rooms and 21 Fortune 500 companies right here in the backyard, many interviews are held in Hanson Hall.

LAST UPDATED ON Sep 26, 2017

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