Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

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Do you have a plan for your future career? Will your degree give you the skills and tools to succeed? Will your degree and knowledge base be in high demand? Consider a Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management degree at Western - learn more here.

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About MSCM

In 1989 a small group of Pacific Northwest manufacturing executives met with Operations Management faculty Peter Haug and Mark Springer to create an advisory board and take the first foundational steps toward a new degree program that became WWU's current Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Bachelor of Science.

The initial goal then (and still today) was to create a business degree that would best prepare students for supply chain operations and manufacturing management related careers in their futures. The advisory board asked for a combination of:

  • Sciences in the core requirement classes
  • A 3.0 GPA in the foundational courses to gain entrance into the program
  • Strong core business classes
  • A relevant selection of required and elective Operations Management classes
  • Three engineering classes
  • And most important, 6 months of directly related internship work experience

The degree was approved by the HEC Board in Olympia in 1993 and the first graduate left Western in 1995. Since this time the MSCM Program has continued to grow, continued to align with strategic business partners throughout the region (and beyond), and has continued to graduate some of the most in-demand supply chain students in the country.

Typical Positions in Industry

Employers will find the MSCM degree an excellent preparation for a wide variety of roles within their company.

Sample Careers

  • Business Unit Manager
  • Cash Operations Analyst
  • Consultant - Supply Chain
  • Contract Manufacturing Representative
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Lean Workshop Leader
  • Manager - Business Continuity Planning
  • Manager - Supply Planning
  • Production Supervisor
  • Product Manager - Food Service
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Senior Buyer/Planner
  • Senior Capacity Planning Manager
  • Senior Deployment Program Manager
  • Senior Supply Chain Analyst
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Specialist

Core Competencies of MSCM Graduates

Students graduate prepared to contribute in manufacturing, service, and health care industries in the following roles:

  • planning supply chain strategies
  • buying required raw materials, components, and goods
  • producing materials into finished goods
  • moving goods and services through the supply chain
  • improving processes and reducing waste
  • satisfying customer demands by creating a more responsive supply chain
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Contact Us

Ann Renee "A.R." Mann

MSCM Program Manager, Department of Decision Sciences, College of Business & Economics

Parks Hall 206A, MS 9077, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225


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