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Supply Chain Management at Adrian College

Supply Chain Management is one of the fastest-growing areas of study in the country, and for good reason. With the price of online shopping and global logistics networks, supply chain expertise is in high demand. This program was created in collaboration with Harry's and provides excellent career prospects.

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Developed with Harry's Razors

This degree isn't based on a textbook, we've collaborated with one of the country's leading logistics brands to ensure students learn relevant skills today.

Median Salary of $75,000

Logisticians make a median salary of $75,000, and there is 4% annual job growth in the field and 190k jobs today.

Hybrid Learning Options

Some courses in this program are taken online & powered by Rize. The core curriculum will be taken on-campus, giving students the best of student life with the flexibility of some online learning. 

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There are six job openings in Supply Chain for every one qualified candidate. 

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Supply Chain has excellent job satisfaction rankings.


Supply Chain is an enormous industry, growing to $37.41 Billion by 2027.

Program Details

Information on what you'll learn, how the degree is built, and the careers that are possible after graduation.

Why Supply Chain Matters

As networks have continued to expand, Supply Chain Management (SCM) has become one of the most critical areas for companies with a need to move products around the globe. A total of 1.4 million new jobs in Supply Chain and Logistics were created from 2014-2018, and this growth is likely to continue as more and more companies recognize the importance of optimizing their supply chain.

Because the importance of this role has grown so rapidly in recent years, the labor market is currently experiencing a dearth of Supply Chain professionals, and most of the people working in this area do not have a formal education in Supply Chain Management. Companies we have met with over the past 12 months are correspondingly desperate to find talented college graduates in Supply Chain Management, and are willing to pay for their services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, logisticians in SCM earn a median salary of $76,270. Research from Universal Logistics highlights that for Supply Chain Specialists with 3 - 5 years of experience, average salary jumps to $97,000. Furthermore, students who secure jobs in this field will be able to have a real impact, as global supply chains continue to proliferate and impact economies and environments throughout the world.

Faculty Contributors

Dr. Cheryl Nutter, Chair of Accountancy, Business and Economics, Adrian College.

Dr. Rudolph Leuschner: Rutgers University. Rudi Leuschner is a Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Program Director for the online MS in Supply Chain Management at Rutgers Business School. His work has appeared in (among others) the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Decision Sciences, the Journal of Business Ethics, Harvard Business Review, and Rutgers Business Review. He received his Ph.D. in Logistics and a minor in Marketing from The Ohio State University.

How does this degree align with the real world?

This curriculum was inspired by meetings with 20+ employers throughout the country, the vast majority of whom indicated that they had significant interest in hiring college graduates with Supply Chain Management degrees. These same employers were then consulted about our finalized curriculum to ensure that the intended learning outcomes matched their hiring needs. Finally, we worked at length with two Fortune 500 companies with extensive supply chain departments (one fashion company and one furniture company) to verify that the final curriculum covered all learning outcomes and did not include any unnecessary courses.

Harry's Razors

Harry’s Razors contributed content and helped develop the Supply Chain capstone. This will be a real-life project with the potential to have an impact on a leading brand's business.

Career Outlook

A degree in Supply Chain Management can lead students into a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing, healthcare and transportation.

Popular career pathways include Operations Manager (avg. $65,360), Logistician (avg. $74,750), Supply Chain Analyst ($60,120), Purchasing Manager ($67,000), and Distribution Manager ($68,340), to name a few. (1, 2)

Ecommerce trends are driving companies to streamline their supply chains through automation, to provide the consumer with an increase in speed and accuracy of order processing and delivery. The global supply chain market is expected to grow 7% annually over the next 5 years. (3)

Sources: (1) BLS, (2) Payscale, (3) Business Newswire

Curriculum Highlights

Supply Chain Management is a part of the business school, so core business requirements will be taken prior to most supply chain-specific courses.

  • Math Required: Precalculus (or Higher), Statistics
  • Credits: 54-66 
  • Hardest Class: Capstone Project. This course will require students to take on the role of a supply chain expert. Students’ grades will be based on their ability to devise viable solutions to currently open supply-chain issues.

About the Partnership

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Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions about Adrian's Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management.

No, but you may need one to get hired, and having a degree in Supply Chain Management provides a massive advantage in earning potential and salary. People with a bachelor’s degree also have a 50% lower rate of unemployment, and on average they make an additional $630,000 to $900,000 over their lifetime, even more in high growth fields like this one.

In their first year of employment, people working in Supply Chain Management earn an average of $10,000 more with a college degree. That grows to $30,000 more per year by your 6th year of employment.

Yes! The only way to make sure our program gives you the skills you need to get hired and teaches you to work through real-world problems that actually matter is to partner with the people out there who are actually doing it. Our collaboration with Harry's gives students real-world data for their capstone project and industry alignment throughout the program. 

Supply Chain is huge, so you’ll have tons of options, but most students discover which piece of the supply chain puzzle they have a passion for by their 2nd or 3rd year. If you enjoy problem-solving, it may be logistics. If you like working with people, you may point towards sourcing or operations. You may work in analysis, inventory, distribution, transportation or production. 

A flipped classroom is one where the focus is not on lectures, but on discussion, projects, and problem-solving. Students in flipped classrooms get the chance for more instructor feedback, and as a result have been found to learn much, much faster.

If you like working through problems or solving puzzles, if you like interacting with people, if you are looking for a degree that opens a ton of doors to different high-growth careers, if you are curious about how things work, and if you’re looking for a way to take part in the global economy you should consider this major. 

Flexibility. Optional Synchronous means our Supply Chain courses can be attended together at one time with other students, or on your own schedule. Many students prefer the learning that comes with live interactions, while other students love the flexibility of doing them whenever they fit into their schedule. 

This major is part of an exclusive partnership between Adrian College and Rize Education, which means you’ll be learning with students from your campus, as well as students from a selective consortium of schools across the country. The goal is to help you begin building a national network of people in your industry before you’ve even graduated.