Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Online

Stay ahead of supply chain shifts with a top-ranked master’s in supply chain management from the Haslam College of Business.

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What to Expect

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30 credit hours

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18-24 months

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Weekly 1-2 hour live sessions

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1 capstone project

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3-day immersion session

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Full- or part-time

An illustration of delivery trucks and personnel offloading cargo from a plane highlights end-to-end concepts covered in the master’s in supply chain management curriculum.

Program Objectives

  • Learn to leverage supply chain management concepts, functions and enablers to deliver real impact to your organization.
  • Develop powerful critical thinking skills to synthesize theory and strategy to solve real business problems.
  • Gain an understanding of how supply chain management processes can create value for your organization.
  • Learn new ways to work effectively with remote teams, and geographically and culturally diverse teammates.

What You’ll Learn

Supply Chain Concepts

Master supply chain management tools to deliver impactful results to a company.

Supply Chain Functions

Leverage knowledge of supply chain functions like planning, sourcing, manufacturing and logistics to support overall supply chain efficiencies.

Supply Chain Enablers

Employ critical levers like technology and international trade to benefit the supply chain.

Curriculum

This course defines the principles and practice of end-to-end integrated supply chain management with particular emphasis on how supply chains create organizational value. The course covers foundational concepts on integrating business activities through improved processes and relationships to achieve and maintain competitive advantage through supply chain management.

This course explores the impact that supply chain management has on the financial performance of the organization. Coverage includes the impact of supply chain management on financial statements, budgeting, allocation strategies and related concepts.

This course explores the key issues associated with the design, modeling, and analysis of dynamic, flexible and responsive supply chain systems. Emphasis will be on the application and development of advanced modeling techniques for the analysis of strategic, tactical and operational supply chain problems including supply chain network design, inventory management, transportation management, purchasing, demand management and coordination among supply chain partners.

This course introduces students to information management strategies and tools to manage integrated supply chains. Coverage includes information technology systems used to support modern supply chains and exposure to the supply chain digitalization transition. The course aims to develop and produce supply chain professionals who can take a critical view of how information and technology can best support effective supply chain management.

This course explores development of plans for executing supply chain processes to support integration of the supply chain across major functional areas of the business including logistics, marketing, manufacturing and procurement. To facilitate achievement of these objectives, the course introduces analytical tools and techniques that provide a cause and effect understanding linking operational plans with corporate objectives. This course requires a three day immersion on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus or another location.

This course addresses the processes that facilitate the structure, creation and management of value added transactions and relationships between supplier and customer organizations in a channel, supply chain and integrated value system context with a particular focus on financial techniques to better manage supply chain costs. This course will help students learn to apply financial measures to supply chain decision-making problems and also to become an effective and efficient supply chain managers. This is a highly interactive class using cases, simulations and in-class exercises to better align “real-world” thinking while focusing on the foundations of the supply chain and the interactive role of supply management within an organization and as a boundary spanner.

This course explores the complexities of managing supply chains in a global context and provides frameworks and foundations to help SCM professionals successfully work in international environments. Issues relating to the drivers of globalization and managing the supply and demand fulfillment processes across an extended and global organization will be addressed. Topics include cross-cultural relationships, overviews of important global business regions, regional trading blocs, global operations, offshoring, infrastructure, security and risk, sustainability, market entry and other related issues.

This course covers the concepts, methods and tools that are useful in understanding the management of a firm’s operations in manufacturing and service firms. This course covers systematic planning, design and operation of all processes required for the production and delivery of goods and services. Process improvement and operational excellence tools required to operate high quality operations are highlighted.

This course addresses strategic decision making related to the physical network design and operation of the supply chain, including the location and capacity of suppliers, plants and warehouses in a logistics network that delivers products and services to end customers. The content in this course will explore the tradeoffs inherent to physical network decision making with special emphasis on managing demand and lead time variability, matching capacity to demand, centralization and pooling of inventory and achieving a total value solution. This course will apply analytic methods learned in other courses to the problems of supply chain network design and strategic inventory positioning, in order to explore theoretical relationships and to provide students with decision making skills needed in practice.

This is a capstone course, enabling students to synthesize their learning from program coursework. The global context within which firms operate will provide the foundation for understanding global supply chain strategy, from market entry through to the integration of demand management and supply management processes to meet corporate objectives. The course will utilize exercises and a simulation to allow students to analyze and synthesize program coursework. The course will help students understand how to best use program knowledge to maximize value creation for employers and in their own career.

How to Apply

Step 1

Complete your application

Step 2

Review and complete the following application components:

A $60 non-refundable application fee is required to apply for the program.

An essential component of your application, your Statement of Purpose tells your story and highlights how our program can connect your past experience to future goals. Your Statement of Purpose should answer the following prompts in a 2-3 page essay format:

  • Why are you pursuing a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Online at this point in your professional career?
  • Why are you a strong candidate for this program, as supported by your short and long term goals?
  • Why have you specifically chosen to apply to the MS SCM – Online program at UT Knoxville, beyond its ratings and reputation?

Please provide official transcripts, on the Academic History page of your application. Official transcripts must be sent and received by a university representative and should confirm the degree earned when applicable. Your application must include transcripts from all institutions attended, including those where coursework was taken and a degree was not conferred.

Your resume should underline relevant work experience, internships, research, awards and/or publications, as well as educational history. A curriculum vitae (CV) will also be accepted.

GMAT or GRE scores are optional for this program. All scores, if available, must be sent directly to University of Tennessee, Knoxville, by the testing agency. Scores more than five years old do not meet University of Tennessee, Knoxville, application requirements. The University’s institutional code for the GRE is 1843.

If you have an area of concern or would like to give more information to the faculty about a unique situation, i.e., poor grades, then an optional statement can be submitted.

We accept international applicants for the MS in Supply Chain Management Online. In addition to the above components, applicants with international (non-U.S.) transcripts will need to have their transcripts evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) accredited evaluation institution (World Education Services, for example). A full list of evaluation institutions can be found on the NACES website.

International applicants might also be required to submit results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score requirements for admission to the program are a total score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

Only test scores within the last two years will be valid for consideration. Applicants may be exempted from the English Certification requirement if English is an official language in the applicant’s country of citizenship, according to standards published by the Graduate School, or if English is the primary language of instruction at the institution in which the applicant received an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree, or on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Admissions Committee.

Tuition and Financial Aid

This page covers the expected cost of your degree, financial aid and scholarship resources and our graduates’ estimated salaries.

$1,313

Cost per Credit Hour

30

Total Credit Hours

$39,390

Total Cost of Attendance

The program fee includes:

  • All university tuition and fees
  • Case studies, periodicals for required reading
  • Technical support for all software

The program fee does not include:

  • Books, professional subscriptions and supplies
  • Laptop computer (if needed, you can purchase a laptop at a discount through the UT Computer Store)
  • Lodging and travel for the immersion experience

*UT reserves the right to adjust tuition and fees when deemed necessary. These are set by the UT Board of Trustees in June/July of each year.

Is This a Good Investment?

Graduates from programs like ours often find employment in a range of leadership positions. According to a 2019 GMAC Business Hiring Report, 67 percent of U.S. companies plan to hire graduates from supply chain management programs. Nationally, the average salary for many of these occupations is quite lucrative. As each graduate is unique, you should evaluate your personal goals after graduation in order to assess your earning potential.

Job Title
Average Salary
$0 to $156,473
Fleet Manager
$63,475
Operations Manager
$67,565
Purchasing Manager
$70,058
Senior Buyer
$71,432
Project Manager
$75,697
Supply Chain Manager
$84,143
Logistics Director
$100,616
Supply Chain Director
$128,340
President
$151,139
CEO
$156,473

*Source: Payscale (January 2022). These salaries are based on national averages and are subject to change.

Financial Assistance Options

MS in Supply Chain Management Online (MS SCM – Online) students have a variety of options to fund their education. Some of the most frequently used funding options are included below, but we encourage you to consult with the Financial Aid Office and/or a financial advisor to determine the best options for you.

Other Scholarships

We recommend the FastWeb scholarship search site for external scholarship opportunities.

Employer Sponsorship

Many applicants’ employers provide full or partial financial assistance, as the MS SCM – Online assignments relate directly to work and improve employee performance and retention. For State of Tennessee employees, please note that the entire cost of the program may not be covered by the employee education benefit. Please connect with your employer for specific details as they relate to your company.

Military Service Programs

Details and eligibility guidelines for the Post-9/11 benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, can be found through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Applicants can also contact UT’s Veterans Success Center: utkva@utk.edu or 865-974-1500.

Loans

The federal government provides loan options for graduate students, even if they do not qualify for need-based financial aid. The UT Financial Aid Office works with two types of U.S. federal government loans:

  • Federal Direct Loans: This is generally the lowest cost loan available, for up to $20,500 every academic year. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, take at least six credits per semester, and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify.
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loans: If you need to borrow more, then a Graduate PLUS loan can generally cover the remainder. You will need to submit the application for the Federal Direct loan prior to applying for the PLUS.

If federal loans are unavailable or insufficient, we can help you explore private or alternative education loans. Unlike federal loans, private loans do not require a FAFSA to apply. Private loans are not based on need and approval is generally based on creditworthiness and ability to repay. Some students may need to apply with a credit-worthy co-signer. Interest rates, grace periods, repayment options and fees are determined by the lender and can vary considerably from lender to lender; generally, they charge higher rates than federal loans. For more information on private loans, please visit our private lender list.

Contact

If you have any questions, please email us at msscmonline@utk.edu or call us at 865-322-9978.

Key Dates

Fall 2022
Priority Submit Date
June 2
Final Submit Date
July 15
Classes Start
August 24
Spring 2023
Early Review Date
September 15

Webinars

MS SCM – Online Program Overview Webinar

Thursday September 1, 2022
07:00 pm ET

MS SCM – Online Program Overview Webinar

Tuesday September 27, 2022
07:00 pm ET

MS SCM – Online Program Overview Webinar

Tuesday November 15, 2022
07:00 pm ET

Testimonials

Get the Student Perspective

At the Haslam College of Business, we commit to preparing you with the right skills to solve complex problems and turn supply chain industry disruptions into advantages for your organization.

Hear from our MS SCM – Online students about their experience in the program, the professional connections they are building and how they apply what they learn in meaningful ways to their careers and lives.

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“The faculty’s experience partnered with the course materials singled out the MS in Supply Chain Management Online over the other programs I considered. My goal is to continue to take what I’m learning, apply it to military logistics and set myself up for a post-military career.”

Chris F.

SENIOR ENLISTED ADVISOR U.S. AIR FORCE
CLASS OF ‘21

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“The courses I have taken have provided me with the real-world application I began using after just one class, as well as the opportunity to expand my circle. I talk with peers outside of class regularly to share ideas. It is amazing to compare the benefits we’ve seen in our workplaces.”

Jennifer M.

SENIOR CATEGORY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST ENTERGY
CLASS OF ‘22

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“Technology is a big component of this program and reflects how important it has become in supply chain management. The holistic approach to the curriculum has enabled me to learn not only about specific topics like procurement but also how each impacts the industry on a broader scale.”

Monica S.

FULL-TIME MS SCM - ONLINE STUDENT UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE
CLASS OF ‘21

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“This is worth the time investment. I have been able to immediately apply knowledge from these classes to my career. Sometimes it feels impossible to be a full-time professional, be fully engaged with my family and pursue a master’s degree, but you will be able to make it happen.”

Whitney T.

INDIRECT SOURCING SPECIALIST HYSTER-YALE GROUP
CLASS OF ‘22

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“One of the main things that drew me to UT was the flexibility the online program offered to working professionals. You learn from professors who have led some of the largest, global organizations in the field. I believe that by enrolling in this program, you commit to being a leader in the supply chain industry.”

William B.

LOGISTICS SPECIALIST, PILOT FLYING J
CLASS OF ‘22

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“Supply chain has become more diverse than it’s ever been. Doing this program together helped us stay motivated. Having someone to motivate you, whether it’s your dad or a friend is a real advantage.”

Read more about this father-son duo.

John and Colby K.

DATA ANALYST and INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST
CLASS OF '22

The Online Learning Experience

The Haslam College of Business MS in Supply Chain Management Online offers you access to a top-ranked program and faculty in a flexible online format. As an MS SCM – Online student, you will earn a degree from a renowned supply chain institution and benefit from a seamless and holistic online learning experience.

Bringing the Classroom to You

  • Online programs bring a new level of flexibility to earning your master’s degree, while allowing you to fulfill your current commitments.
  • Our format offers synchronous classes online every other week, giving you ample time to complete coursework and seek help from faculty between sessions.
  • All of our classes are conducted online, with the exception of a short, in-person immersion session.

Student Support Services

  • Regular faculty office hours for each course, open to all students
  • Personal student success coach for support, from orientation through graduation

What to Expect

  • Proven curriculum and faculty available in an online format
  • Live class sessions with polling, in-class chat and breakout rooms
  • Engagement tools to allow synchronous discussions and lectures
  • Participation and collaboration tools that allow asynchronous video, audio and text commenting

Program Profile

The MS in Supply Chain Management Online welcomed its first class in September 2019 with a full student cohort. The program capitalizes on UT’s leading role in the supply chain industry to connect students to a thriving network of corporate leaders.

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244 Students

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33%

female

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30%

Ethnically Diverse

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33

Average Age

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15

States

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7

Average Years of Work Experience

Academic Backgrounds

19%
University of Tennessee graduates

73%
Hold a business-related bachelor’s

29%
Hold bachelor’s in SCM

  • Selected Employers

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Bechtel
  • Cummins
  • DHL
  • Entergy
  • Hapag-Lloyd
  • HAVI
  • Houzz
  • Hyster-Yale Group
  • Leidos
  • Mars
  • Mondelez
  • Penske Logistics
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sodexo
  • The Home Depot
  • United States Army, Navy and Airforce
  • Verizon
  • Selected Alma Maters

  • Auburn University
  • Austin Peay State University
  • California State University
  • DePaul University
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Fundacao Getulio Vargas
  • Georgia State
  • Loyola University – Chicago
  • Michigan State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Tennessee State University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Houston
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Tech
  • Selected Job Titles

  • Analyst, Business Development
  • Analyst, Quality
  • Assistant Brewer
  • Business Continuity and Recovery Lead
  • Buyer Planner
  • Category Owner (Sr. SC Planner)
  • Corporate Logistics Specialist
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Director
  • Export Coordinator
  • Fleet Manager
  • Inventory Manager
  • Logistics Broker
  • Logistics Officer
  • Pricing Analyst
  • Procurement Officer
  • Sr. Buyer, Global Sourcing
  • Sr. Tax Accountant
  • Sr. Operational Excellence Engineer

Frequently Asked Questions

We currently only offer the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management as an online program.

The program is flexible and can be completed at your own pace. Full-time students should expect to complete it in 18 months, while part-time will be closer to 24 months.

The program comprises 30 credit hours at $1,313 per credit hour, and will cost approximately $39,390 excluding immersion expenses.

With supply chain management roles projected to grow 30 percent by 2030 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for supply chain managers is bright. While not every supply chain position requires a master’s degree, job candidates with graduate degrees are often more prepared to assume leadership positions, and the average starting salary for supply chain management master’s graduates is $83,066.*

Online students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, earn the same degree as residential students. Led by the same expert faculty who guide our residential supply chain programs, the Haslam College of Business Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Online offers students the quality instruction, curriculum and level of support UT Knoxville is known for. Our graduates are well prepared to take on supply chain challenges and make lifelong connections with renowned supply chain practitioners, researchers and peers.

The Haslam College of Business Supply Chain Graduate Program has been ranked No. 2 nationally by Gartner.* Our faculty and the industry leaders they bring in to teach will set you up to advance your organization immediately.

There are three intakes each year, in January, May, and August.

*Gartner, 2020

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