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About MSCM

About ​​WWU Manufacturing & ​Supply Chain Management          

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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.