Supply Chain Management

Online Master of Arts in Supply Chain Management (MA)

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About AMU’s Online Master of Arts Degree in Supply Chain Management

American Military University (AMU) offers an industry-designed master’s in supply chain management focusing on the global supply chain.

Our supply chain management master’s examines:

  • Supply chain information
  • Logistics network design
  • Process/product flows
  • Supply chain efficiencies achieved through process improvements

AMU’s online master’s degree in supply chain management program provides an advanced exploration of purchasing, transportation, distribution, warehousing, reverse logistics, and acquisitions management. You study theory, use data analytics, and develop strategy to proactively manage risk using predictive models.

Faculty with real-world experience from military and business operations teach both strategy and process, emphasizing application and critical thinking.

What You Will Do

  1. Study the effects globalization has on acquiring and delivering products or services
  2. Explain how supply chain management impacts organizational effectiveness
  3. Create a plan to align supply chain goals with an organization’s strategic plan
  4. Recommend appropriate supply chain analytics for various scenarios
  5. Assess the performance of a familiar global supply chain

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Degree at a Glance

Accredited
ACBSP Accredited

ACBSP® is a registered trademark of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Number of Credits
36
Cost Per Credit
$425 | $250*
$382.50**
Courses Start Monthly
Online
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Program Requirements Printable Catalog Version

Must take all courses for this section.

Course ID: 4849

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This BUSN501 Critical Thinking and Digital Literacy course will prepare the transportation and logistics management and reverse logistics management graduate student to address issues associated with critical thinking and digital literacy. Students will be afforded the opportunity to begin to compile artifacts and signature assignments related to their field of study of transportation and logistics management or reverse logistics management. The course is intended to provide a foundation from which the student may use the knowledge and practices gained in this course throughout the rest of their graduate program.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session
02/06/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 2739

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This course examines the area of business law and applies it to the business environment. Traditional topics covered include: the legal environment of business, contract law, property, sales contracts, commercial paper, agency law, ethics and the regulatory environment. The course also examines the issue of the global economy from the view that the largest companies dominate in the creation of jobs and technological innovation.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session
02/06/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 2755

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This course introduces the student to the concepts and terminology of modern e-commerce approaches. It includes topics on marketing, web technologies, security, legal issues, imaging, search engines. The emphasis will be to develop an understanding of the underlying principles of e-business.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session
02/06/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 4314

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This course is a comprehensive review of the major applications of reverse logistics principles, problems and best practices in manufacturing, retail and the military. The student will study applications from apparel, aviation, automotive, electronics, food and beverage, retailers, and sporting goods. It includes an analysis of Green applications and Carbon Footprint credits for companies.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session

Course ID: 5003

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This course is the study of the impact of new technologies and methodologies in implementation of innovations in operational, tactical, and strategic initiatives in supply and demand settings. The impact on application of synchronized performance measurements by introducing technology enabled approaches will be reviewed. The critical role of new technology in reduction of cycle time, meeting the far exceeding customer demand, and creation of an effective and efficient setting will be analyzed. Topics such as computational and visibility capabilities and tracking system will be discussed.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session

Course ID: 5004

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This course is a review of challenges and opportunities that we may encounter in management of a supply and demand chain due to Globalization. The course is intended to highlight stumbling blocks which prevent seamless integration of operations, sales and marketing, and finance. Topics such as commercial and global risk, risk mitigating techniques, their use, and legal and ethical issues in a global setting will be discussed.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
02/06/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 5005

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This course is a study of supply chain management as an indispensable part of a business’s sustainability program. It is critical to know the level of environmental, social, and economic impact and viability of your vendors and customers is becoming increasingly common as all industries move towards a more sustainable future. Government pressures are unlikely to be the driver of this change, but you're already seeing corporate pressures on suppliers and vendors. This course will examine the intersection of the components of sustainability and the tools required to achieve optimum balance with corporate profitability, supplier relationships and customer service.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session

Course ID: 5006

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This course is a study of the integration of organizational objectives with objectives to optimize operational performance and minimize operational vulnerability. This course will delve into understanding the implementation of strategies to manage every day and exceptional risks along the supply chain through continuous risk assessment with the objective of reducing vulnerability and ensuring continuity. Managing supply chain risk utilizes tools to balance risk exposure with supplier relationships and customer service. Topics include risk concepts, risk management strategies, risk resilience, risk appetite, risk response planning, risk compliance and risk governance.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
02/06/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 5007

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This course is the study of a series of case studies in supply chain management which demonstrate the application of supply chain principles to optimize organizational outcomes and achieve corporate objectives. Supply chain practitioners often state that theory is fine but case studies are better. But blending the two is the best. Supply chains exist throughout commercial and public sectors. Case studies will be offered in both including the US Department of Defense, the world's largest supply chain. Cases will show the global nature of supply chains and will demonstrate its foundations including SCOR processes such as Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, Return and Enable.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session

Course ID: 5008

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This course is the study of how data analytics will be used in quantitative and qualitative mode to create actionable intelligence across supply and demand chain. We will discuss the use of analytics in the context of supply chain management in descriptive, Topics such as inferential, and prescriptive modes in sourcing, operations, logistics, marketing, sales, and finance. The modeling aspects of integrated supply chain activities for the purpose of decision support system will be studied.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
02/06/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 2701

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This course provides an understanding of leading-edge logistics management, as well as principles and techniques available to achieve optimum operational efficiencies. Topics include: development of logistics, logistical economic significance, the importance of logistics management in transportation operations, application of supply chain management concepts, role of information systems, elements and management of global logistics, distinctions and characteristics of international versus domestic logistics, global transportation options, traffic management, global transportation decision-making, management of inventory costs, measurement and control of integrated logistics systems, and development of effective world-wide logistics strategies.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session
02/06/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session
Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.

Must take all courses for this section.

Course ID: 5020

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This Master’s Capstone E-portfolio course is the final course in the Master’s Program. This course will prepare graduate students to reflect on their graduate experience by compiling and revising artifacts from previous courses in the program into an organize e-portfolio. The e-portfolio will reflect the student’s educational growth from entry in the graduate program. In addition, the graduate student will develop the skills necessary to successfully transition to and navigate post-graduate life as well as understand the civic and social responsibilities of being educated citizens. Finally, students will be given the resources to connect with APU/AMU in an ongoing relationship.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/25/23 - 03/01/24 03/04/24 - 04/28/24 Winter 2024 Session D 8 Week session
10/30/23 - 03/29/24 04/01/24 - 05/26/24 Spring 2024 Session B 8 Week session
11/27/23 - 05/03/24 05/06/24 - 06/30/24 Spring 2024 Session I 8 Week session
12/25/23 - 05/31/24 06/03/24 - 07/28/24 Spring 2024 Session D 8 Week session
01/29/24 - 06/28/24 07/01/24 - 08/25/24 Summer 2024 Session B 8 Week session
02/06/24 - 08/02/24 08/05/24 - 09/29/24 Summer 2024 Session I 8 Week session

Accreditation

AMU’s military-friendly supply chain management master of arts degree has earned specialty accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The Council accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degree levels.

Why Is Accreditation Important?

It’s important to choose an accredited master’s in supply chain program to ensure that you will be investing in a relevant, quality education—an education that will be recognized by potential employers, by sources that provide tuition assistance, and by other academic institutions.

Independent accrediting organizations, such as the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, analyze and evaluate master’s in supply chain programs based on several key features including:

  • Curriculum relevance
  • Teaching excellence
  • Student learning outcomes

Accreditation helps ensure that you will be:

  • Earning a degree from a respected program that has secured an objective third-party assessment
  • Learning from professors who are knowledgeable and qualified
  • Eligible for financial aid programs, including military tuition assistance, the GI Bill®, government tuition reimbursement programs, and corporate education assistance programs

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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Curriculum Highlights for AMU’s Supply Chain Management Master’s

The MA in Supply Chain Management at AMU is a program that aims to help prepare students for industry leadership. The curriculum covers various aspects of supply chain management, such as:

  • Supply chain information and business analytics: Students learn how to use data and analytics to improve performance and decision-making. They also study the role of information technology and systems in supporting supply chain operations and integration.
  • Logistics network design: Students explore the principles and methods of designing and managing logistics networks, including facility location, transportation modes, inventory management, and distribution strategies.
  • Process/product flows: Students examine the flow of materials, information, and funds along the supply chain, from sourcing to delivery. They also analyze the impact of product design, quality, and sustainability on supply chain efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Supply chain efficiencies: Students learn how to apply process improvement techniques, to enhance operations, and reduce waste and variability. They also learn how to measure and evaluate supply chain performance using key performance indicators and metrics.
  • Supply chain risk management: Students identify and assess the sources and consequences of risks, such as disruptions, uncertainties, security threats, and compliance issues. They also develop strategies and plans to mitigate and manage supply chain risks using tools such as simulation, optimization, and scenario analysis.

The curriculum consists of a specified number of credit hours that include core fundamentals covering global logistics management, reverse logistics management, and technology.

Can The Supply Chain Management Master's Be Earned Online?

AMU’s program is designed specifically for online curriculum delivery and engagement. Online courses are taught by professors who have real-world experience with supply chains and have adapted their expertise into an online teaching format.

Because AMU’s online classes are asynchronous, you are able to log on to complete weekly assignments on your schedule. Simply turn in your work based on the specified deadline each week. You don’t have any set times you must be online to attend a scheduled virtual class or lecture. Unlike campus-based programs, you save on commuting and parking costs.

The online delivery also enables you to connect with fellow professionals across the nation, even around the world, with students who may be participating from various parts of the country or globe. Many find value in learning from peers who share diverse perspectives from their real-world experience.

Why Get a Master’s in Supply Chain?
  • You are seeking a mission-driven role in a challenging and engaging industry.
    The knowledge and innovation taught in these programs help keep goods and services moving across the country and the world. 
  • You are motivated by the concept of service.
    Graduates of master’s in supply chain programs can help provide valuable service to the nation, and to the national economy across a number of industries, by ensuring efficient planning, strategic sourcing, economical production processes, and smooth supply chains.

Paying for Your Supply Chain Management Master’s

AMU is committed to offering military-friendly, quality, affordable graduate programs, including support for active-duty military, military families, and veterans. Options to explore include:

  • Military Tuition Assistance, using AMU's Preferred Military Rate
  • Veterans’ benefits
  • Federal student aid
  • Employer benefits
  • Scholarships and private loans

 

Supply Chain Management Master's Transfer Opportunities 

Transferring credits can help you reach your educational goals faster and help reduce the costs associated with earning a supply chain management master's. Please see our graduate transfer credit policy page for more information.

AMU is dedicated to awarding you as much transfer credit as possible. Our master’s programs accept up to 15 transfer credits.1 Your military, professional, or prior educational experience could help you move through the supply chain management master of arts program more quickly. Take the time to discover whether you have training or academic credits that may count toward your degree. Complete information about transfer credit policies is available on our website.

Please read and follow the instructions on submitting a request for a no-cost Transfer Credit Evaluation here. If you need help or have questions about the transfer evaluation process, staff is available to assist.

You can learn about the specifications for each of the different transfer categories below:

Military Service and Education
Academic Credit
Government Training
Professional Training and Certification

1The University reserves the right to accept or deny credits according to policies outlined on our University website. Please see the University’s transfer credit policy webpage for complete information. 

 

After You Earn the MA in Supply Chain Management

The supply chain management master's is designed to help prepare you to develop solutions for real-world challenges and may also help to develop leadership capacities for the military, government organizations, or in the private sector. 

After you have earned your supply chain management master of arts, you may wish to take your education one step further by earning a professional certification, which may help you meet your goals in the military. 

AMU’s program does not award professional certifications but may be helpful in preparing to seek certification.

Nothing happens in the world until something moves, and in supply chain management, you're a part of that. You're part of planning it. You're part of making it happen.
Larry D. Parker, Jr.,
Ph.D., Lt. Col. USMC, Department Chair for Supply Chain Management

Frequently Asked Questions About Supply Chain Management Degrees

 

According to respondents to the 2023 ASCM Supply Chain Salary and Career Report, the MBA is most common credential earned among supply chain professionals over the age of 30. A Master of Science in Supply Chain Management is much more common among those who are 29 and under. 

A supply chain management master's program is typically designed to address increasing growth and demand for goods. A master’s in supply chain also helps to prepare you for advanced understanding of topics including supply chains, real-world innovation, data analytics, Automatic Identification Technology (AIT), supply chain blockchain, In-Transit Visibility (ITV), and strategic sourcing. Graduate study also can help sharpen critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, which may be of value to some professionals looking to advance their knowledge. Finally, enrolling in a master’s in supply chain management program may unlock valuable networking opportunities. Engaging with faculty and fellow students can provide meaningful professional industry connections, an aspect many prospective students find beneficial.

A supply chain management master's can help prepare you with relevant and current knowledge to address the needs of business enterprises and government and military agencies.

People who earn graduate supply chain management degrees are typically knowledgeable in planning, logistics and distribution, inventory and procurement, quality control, warehouse operations, materials management, production management, supply chain analytics, and transportation management skills. A graduate degree in supply chain management can also help you meet industry leaders, connect with professional peers, and expand your network.

Factors to consider when reviewing graduate-level online supply chain management degrees:

  • Is this graduate program accredited?
  • What is the expertise of the faculty?
  • Is the program fully online or does it require some in-person activity?
  • Can the degree be earned part-time, or does it require full-time study?

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Admission Requirements

  • All AMU master's degree/graduate certificate programs require a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA®).
  • Please read all graduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU admission application for this program. View steps to apply.

CHEA® is a registered trademark of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

Materials Cost

Technology fee: $85 per course 

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1The University reserves the right to accept or deny credits according to policies outlined on our University website. Please see the University’s transfer credit policy webpage for complete information. 

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2Alumni Graduated with No APUS-incurred Student Loan Debt As of December 31, 2021

Includes alumni who graduated with an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree from APUS. Student loan debt is defined as student loans and private education loans used for tuition, fees, living expenses, and book costs associated with courses taken at APUS. Many APUS students receive military tuition assistance and veterans education benefits, which are not student loan debt.

*Cost Per Credit Hour

AMU's Preferred Military Rate is $250 per credit hour for all undergraduate and master's-level courses. This rate is available to all U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families, including parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.
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