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Supply Chain Management Education at Dauch College of Business & Economics

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Founded in 1878, Ashland University is a private, comprehensive institution committed to challenging and supporting students intellectually, spiritually, socially, culturally and physically. The University’s total enrollment is 6,300 students, and this includes graduate programs in business, education and theology and the off-campus centers in Cleveland, Columbus, Mansfield, Massillon and Elyria.

The University features a strong academic reputation, offering more than 60 majors including toxicology/environmental science, hospitality management and broadcast communications, which are unusual for an institution this size. It also offers most traditional liberal arts majors as well as a wide range of majors in business and education. The education program, which offers pre-K through doctorate level courses, is one of the largest among independent and state institutions in Ohio. Academic programs are enhanced by an Honors Program and the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs.

When you become a student at the Ashland University Dauch College of Business and Economics (COBE), you become a participating member of the global world of business while enjoying the close connections that come with attending a mid-sized University that emphasizes relationship building and small class size. Throughout your degree program, you’ll be given opportunities to work with local, regional and national businesses through class projects, student organizations and internships. You’ll have a chance to hear some of the nation’s most highly esteemed business people speak. And you’ll get to meet and interact with successful business leaders at on-campus networking events.

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

  • BS in Supply Chain Management: Supply chain management (SCM) prepares students to become leaders in supply management, the emerging paradigm for world-class corporations. SCM is a major for students who wish to be involved in the management of operations (value-adding) processes; i.e., manufacturing, service production and delivery, distribution, and supply. It builds on other areas of functional expertise that are part of the business degree, including marketing, finance, accounting, and strategic planning. The major provides a framework for linking these functional areas with specific areas of skill development that are focused in SCM, i.e., total quality management, productivity enhancement, and time-based competition. The major also provides in-depth analysis of operations decisions such as new product development, supply chain capacity planning, process technology planning, factory automation, and production systems planning.

Graduate Program

  • MBA with Specialization In Supply Chain Management: The Ashland MBA program offers professionals flexible options, hybrid online courses, the opportunity to study a specialized area, and a complete understanding of the true core and essence of business. In addition to the broad coverage provided by the courses in the core, students may select from a wide range of elective offerings. Elective offerings include: MBA Seminars, Special Topics Courses, Specializations, and an Independent Research Project. The supply chain specialization includes courses such as Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Procurement, and Supply Chain Strategy


Ashland University is a comprehensive university, associated with the Brethren Church, where Judeo-Christian values are the foundation of the educational and social environment. The University promotes the liberal arts and sciences as well as professional development for undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1878 in Ashland, Ohio, the University serves a diverse student population through its main campus, regional centers, and Seminary. In addition to its traditional graduate and undergraduate studies, AU offers alternative programs for adults and non-traditional students through the Founders School of Continuing Education.

  • Campus: Situated on a beautiful 120-plus acre campus in Ashland, conveniently located only a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, with trees, brick walkways and flower gardens, the University’s campus contains 44 modern buildings. Ashland University is proud of its involvement in small town life, which boasts friendly people, a pleasant atmosphere and a peaceful community.
  • Accreditation: Ashland University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Individual business programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • COBE Internship for Credit Program: Usually undertaken between your junior and senior year, your internship will be designed by you, the COBE faculty and your employer to incorporate specific learning goals and track your performance. Many of the employers have commented that the students are more competent than their peers from other schools, and many of the students have been offered full-time jobs as a result.
  • Study Abroad: Eligible students have the opportunity to study for a summer, semester or entire academic year in 28 countries.
  • Publication and Conference Grants: Students are encouraged to develop their writing and publication skills, and attend conferences with faculty where they will jointly present papers. Students are also given opportunities to publish or to compete in national competitions including finance, entrepreneurship and marketing.
  • Service Learning: Students work with non-profit groups in the surrounding community and receive one-hour credit for each 30 hours of service provided.
  • Field Trips & International Trips: Designed to provide students with firsthand experience related to their major or interests. Field trips to places like Wall Street allow students to see the realization of principles that are taught in the classroom.
  • Business Lecture Series: Since 2003, Dr. Lucille and Larry Ford Distinguished Business Lecture Series has brought some of the country’s foremost business leaders to campus. And the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Lecture & Luncheon Series has brought a number of entrepreneurs from several different industries to Ashland to share their personal experiences.
  • Career Development Center: The center assists students in planning for their careers; researching career fields, internships, graduate schools, and employers; and developing resumes and job search strategies.
  • Housing & Meals: Each residence hall has its own full-time residence life professional staff to assist you as needed. In addition, each floor has its own residence assistant (RA) who is a trained community development specialist committed to making your floor a true home that’s safe and welcoming. As far as food is concerned, the National Association of College and University Food Services has recognized as one of the top college food services in the nation.