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Supply Chain Management Education and Research at McCombs School of Business

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The University of Texas at Austin, established in 1883, is a major research institution. It is the largest member of The University of Texas System. The University has grown from one building, two departments, eight faculty members, and 221 students on a forty-acre tract to a campus of more than 350 acres, with more than 110 buildings. The enrollment is about fifty thousand.

The university’s reach goes far beyond the borders of the main campus with satellite campuses and research centers across Texas, including the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, the Marine Science Institute, the McDonald Observatory, the Montopolis Research Center and the Brackenridge tract.

The highest ranked business school in Texas and the Southwest, and a top-ranked research institution, the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to educating the business leaders of tomorrow while creating knowledge for industry and society. Rankings tell only part of the story of what makes McCombs so great, but it’s a good beginning. They are one of the few schools in the country to receive top marks in nearly all the business specialty areas ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report - at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Academic Programs


Undergraduate Program

  • BBA in Supply Chain Management: The Texas Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at the McCombs School of Business is one of the top undergraduate programs in the country. As a Texas BBA, you will gain a well-rounded education that offers intellectual challenge, real-world experiences, professional development and a network of friends and colleagues that you will have for a lifetime. The McCombs supply chain management (SCM) curriculum reflects the current and future needs of the industry. Companies such as Applied Materials, Boeing, Cardinal Health, Caterpillar, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Coors, Daimler Chrysler, Dell, Ford, Freescale, Frito Lay, General Electric, General Motors, Halliburton, HEB, Kimberly-Clark, Phillip Morris USA, Shell, TempleInland, Texas Instruments, Textron and Wal-Mart want to hire McCombs SCM graduates. Many of these companies also offer professional internship opportunities.

Graduate Program

  • MBA with Supply Chain and Operations Management Concentration: The Supply Chain and Operations Management concentration takes a strategic and application-oriented view of a firm’s operations and resources. In addition to the core course, electives are offered in supply chain management, project management, service management and quality management. A practicum course is also offered that affords students an opportunity to interact with the industrial partners of the University of Texas Supply Chain Consortium to solve real business problems. MBA graduates with a concentration in Supply Chain and Operations Management can have a number of career opportunities available to them. They are well prepared to work as supply chain analysts, project managers, logistics planners, or as managers of manufacturing or service operations. Consulting firms also value the analytical skills that are developed in the area of supply chain management. This concentration can be particularly valuable when combined with skills in marketing or finance.

PhD Program

  • Ph.D. in Supply Chain and Operations Management: The primary goal of the program is preparing students for academic careers in supply chain and operations management. The program emphasizes modeling-oriented research, including analytical and decision-support modeling with applications to supply chain management. The McCombs School and the University of Texas at Austin provide opportunities for students to interact with researchers from other departments and universities through various research seminars. Students also get to meet practitioners via forums like the supply chain management consortium. These interactions enrich the educational experience, and help students work on interesting, relevant, rigorous research topics.

UTexas Features

University students represent both the diverse population of the state and the full range of contemporary scholarship: an undergraduate may choose courses from more than 170 fields of study while pursuing any of more than 100 majors. Undergraduate study is supported by extensive computer facilities and by one of the largest academic libraries in the nation. Students also benefit from the broad range of scholarly and technical research conducted by the faculty and the research staff. With an enrollment of 11,000 students and more than 3,500 master’s and doctor’s degrees awarded annually, the Graduate School is a national leader in graduate degrees awarded and one of the largest graduate schools in the nation. More than 8,700 bachelor’s degrees are awarded annually in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors.

  • Campus: The city of Austin, with a population of about 750,000, is a relaxed and cosmopolitan setting for the University campus of 350 acres. The city is home to respected professional communities in theatre, dance, the visual arts, and classical and popular music that offer a wide range of cultural events. Students may also take part in recreational activities made possible by the temperate climate and Austin's location in the Hill Country of central Texas.
  • Accreditation: The University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, first-professional, and doctoral degrees. The McCombs School is accredited in business and accounting by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
  • Ranking: The University of Texas at Austin’s schools of Business, Engineering and Law and its College of Education each rank among the nation’s top graduate programs in this year’s US News & World Report magazine survey. The university’s programs in accounting, archives and preservation, Latin American history and petroleum engineering rank No. 1 in reputational surveys. Several Ph.D. and graduate programs were ranked among the nation’s top five in the magazine’s reputational survey. The McCombs School of Buisness is ranked at 18th.
  • A Creative Center: Austin is regarded as an open-minded, friendly and innovative city. The city has been consistently rated a national creative center that draws talented people from across the world to its high quality of life, abundant resources, lively entertainment and active lifestyle.
  • Research: Researchers from the undergraduate level to the Nobel Prize explore, discover and innovate in the arts, humanities and sciences and across disciplinary boundaries. The impact of the university's research ripples through Texas and around the world.
  • McComb Facilities: The McCombs School is housed in the George Kozmetsky Center for Business Education. This three-building complex includes modern classrooms and offices, lecture rooms with sophisticated multimedia equipment, and conference and study rooms, as well as lounges for informal student and teacher interaction.
  • Student Services and Academic Advising: Every undergraduate student enrolled in the McCombs School of Business is assigned to a professional academic adviser. Academic advisers in the Undergraduate Programs Office are available to assist all students with questions about scholastic progress, degree requirements, rules and regulations, and other available campus services such as career and personal counseling.
  • Faculty: The faculty includes Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winners and members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The University awards one of the largest number of doctoral degrees in the United States and is one of three southwestern members of the Association of American Universities.
  • Internship & Work Experience Requirement: All Texas BBA students are required to successfully complete a professional internship as part of their degree requirements. The purpose of the internship course is to provide students with a format for reflection while they perform a professional internship. Students completing the internship course must work a minimum of 160 internship hours over the course of at least 6 weeks. MBA students may fulfill the Work Experience requirement through the successful completion of one of the following curricular or co-curricular options: A summer internship (this may be paid or unpaid and must be a minimum of six weeks) or A MBA+ Leadership Program consulting project (this must be a minimum of six weeks) or An approved MBA Practicum, academic fellowship, program or course with an extensive work experience component.
  • Student Housing Experience: An essential component of the college experience is living on campus. Some say it's a must for first-year students; others tout its many conveniences. The Division of Housing and Food Service answers the call with 14 residence halls and approximately 7,000 beds accessible to students using a card swipe system. But there's more to residence hall living than that. University residence halls provide positive living and learning experiences.

LAST UPDATED ON May 8, 2017

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