Supply Chain Management Curriculum | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Supply Chain Management Curriculum

Weatherhead’s 30-credit hour Master Supply Chain Management is a full-time program beginning in the fall semester of each year. The program can be completed in as quickly as nine months or students may stay on for up to two years total and earn add-on certificates including Business Analytics Certificate and Six-Sigma Black Belt Certificates.

View the Master of Supply Chain curriculum plan for students matriculating Spring 2021 or before.

The curriculum comprises the following three components:

Practical Work Experience

Interaction with companies to solve a real-world business project.

Analytics Core (6 credits)

The Analytics Core provides the mathematical, statistical and computational skills needed by supply chain analysts in research and development groups in manufacturing and services companies and consulting firms.

  • MSOR 411A – Optimization Analytics for Supply Chain – view topics
    • Model Building
    • Spreadsheet Modeling
    • Linear, Integer, and Nonlinear Programming
    • Using Solver and OpenSolver in EXCEL
  • MSOR 432A – Spread Sheet and Business Process Simulation-I – view topics
    • Introduction to simulation
    • Model verification and validation
    • Random number generation
    • Spreadsheet simulation
    • Simulation software
  • MSOR 433 – Foundations of Probability and Statistics – view topics
    • Applied Probability
    • Confidence Interval
    • Hypothesis Testing
    • Simple and Multiple Regression

SAP Workshop

Each Spring semester we offer a three- week SAP Workshop outside of class time for our students interested in learning more about the enterprise resource planning software. Key SAP modules covered in the workshop include:

  • Sales & Distribution (SD)
  • Materials Management (MM)
  • Production Planning (PP)

Supply Chain (18 credits)

The supply chain courses build upon the business and quantitative foundation to provide advanced knowledge in operations and supply chain management.

  • MSOR 406 – Operations Management – view topics
    • Process analysis
    • Queuing
    • Project management
    • Quality Management
    • Inventory
    • Supply chain management
  • MSOR 420 – Six Sigma and Quality Management – view topics
    • Six Sigma DMAIC Process
    • Process Mapping an Lean Thinking
    • Data Analysis and MINITAB
    • Root-Cause Analysis and Statistical Quality Control
  • MSOR 475 – Supply Chain Logistics – view topics
    • Transportation Decisions
    • Transportation Plannig
    • Logistics and Inventory Management
    • Reverse Logistics
    • Warehouse Design
  • MSOR 477A – Business Forecasting – view topics
    • Quantitative vs qualitative forecasting
    • Exponential Smoothing
    • Moving Averages
    • ARIMA models
    • Forecasting Accuracy
  • MSOR 477B – ERP in Supply Chain – view topics
    • ERP Platforms
    • Aggregate Planning
    • Master Production Scheduling
    • Material Requirement Planning
    • Lot Sizing
  • MSOR 476A – Strategic Sourcing in Supply Chain – view topics
    • Make-or-buy decisions
    • Supplier evaulation, selection, and management
    • e-[Procurement and e-commerce
    • Fostering supplier-buyer relationships
    • Contracting and negotiation
  • MSOR 470 – Supply Chain Risk Management – view topics
    • Risk identification
    • Risk measurement/analysis
    • Risk diversification
    • Quality risk and supplier incentive management
    • Disaster planning
  • MSOR 460 – Supply Chain Strategy – view topics
    • Organizational vs Supply Chain Strategies
    • Supply Chain Designs
    • Supply Chain Metrics and Finances
  • MSOR 480 – Block Chain Technology and Supply Chain – view topics
    • Blockchain Technologies
    • Applications in Supply Chains
    • Implementation Issues
    • Emerging Trends

Elective Options (6 credits)

  • MSOR 422 – Lean Operations – view topics
    • Value stream mapping
    • Kanban
    • Kaizen
    • Five-s
    • One-Piece flow
    • Change management
    • Experimental learning
  • MSOR 450 – Project Management – view topics
    • Project Organization
    • Project Teams
    • Critical Path Analyses
    • Time/Cost Trade-offs
    • Critical Chain Methods
    • Project Control
    • Multitasking
    • Earned Value Analysis
    • Project Selection and New/Improved Product Development Projects
  • MSOR 492 – Python Progr w Appl in Supply Chain – view topics
    • Programming Statements
    • Debugging
    • Data Structures
    • Object Oriented Programming
    • Use of Packages
  • MSOR 478 – Operational Excellence– view topics
    • Focuses on the essence, principles, and practices of total quality management (TQM) an Operational Excellence
    • Students learn management issues of identifying, analyzing, and implementing improvement projects in organizations
  • MSOR 432B – Spread Sheet and Business Process Simulation-II– view topics
    • Input data analysis
    • Statistical simulation output analysis
    • Simulation software
    • Central limit theorum
    • Design of simulation experiments
  • MSOR 490 – Revenue Management– view topics
    • Demand analytics
    • Auctions
    • Booking
    • Network management
    • Assortment
    • Pricing

If you waive a required course, then you must replace that course with one of the foregoing electives (or another course, as approved by the Director of Graduate Programs for the Department of Operations).

Requirements for Green Belt Certification:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program offered by CWRU
  • Earn a grade of A or B in MSOR 420 or OPMT 420 or IIME 440– Six Sigma and Quality Management and successfully complete a real course project on Six Sigma

Requirements for Black Belt Certification:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program offered by CWRU
  • Have a Certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma from a US-based company (students may earn Green Belt through MSOR/OPMT 420 or IIME 440 )
  • Take and obtain a grade of A or B in ALL of the following courses: MSOR 450, MSOR 422, and MSOR 478. Note: Only two of the three courses mentioned here may count in fulfilling the requirements of Master of Supply Chain Management program

Requirements for Business Analytics Certification:

  • Be enrolled in Master of Supply Chain Management program
  • Take MSBA 434 and MSBA 444

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View the Master of Supply Chain curriculum plan for students matriculating Spring 2021 or before.

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