What Can I Do With a Supply Chain Management Major?

Supply chain management has been recognized as one of the top 20 career paths in the new century in terms of growth. Anyone in this field is engaged across different disciplines as jobs in this field involve forecasting, resource allocation, production planning, flow and process management, inventory management, customer delivery and after-sales support and service. Whitman is proud of its supply chain management program; its establishment in 1919 makes it the first supply chain management program in the nation.

Program Overview

In the workforce, supply chain managers attempt to view all business processes as a seamless flow. They are tasked with eliminating delays and reducing the amount of resources that may not be efficiently used throughout the process.


If a student decides to follow a supply chain track, he or she will be required to take the following courses:

  • SCM 265 – Introduction to Supply Chain
  • SCM 401 – Supply Chain and Logistics Management
  • SCM 402 – Supply Chain Management Systems

After these three courses have been completed, students are encouraged to meet with an academic adviser to choose additional major electives that are focused in the career path a student wants to pursue with this degree. Some of the courses available for students are as follows:

  • SCM 403 – Introduction to Management Science
  • SCM 421 – Fundamentals of Sourcing
  • SCM 431 – Transportation and Distribution Center Management
  • SCM 455 – Lean Six Sigma
  • SCM 459 – The Law of Global Business


Students pursuing a supply chain management degree have opportunities within Whitman to get involved with real world supply chain scenarios, professionals and projects. APICS is the Association for Operations Management and has a Central New York chapter that helps students connect with professionals in the industry. There is also the Franklin Supply Chain Club, which provides students with opportunities to go on field trips to see supply chain management in action and to hear speakers who work in the field.


It is common for students who are pursuing a supply chain management degree to also pursue a second major within Whitman such as marketing, finance or accounting, or a major housed within another school such as the Maxwell School for economics.

Career Information

According to Whitman’s 2014 Undergraduate Placement Data, the average base salary for students who graduated with supply chain management degrees was $53, 583.

Fortune estimates that 1.4 million supply chain management jobs will need to be filled by 2018 and the general outlook for the field is positive.


“Logistics” is a typical job title for someone in supply chain management. People in this field have strong analytical skills, embrace change and enjoy problem solving.

Whitman supply chain management graduates often earn placements in companies such as Amazon, BAE, BASF and Pratt & Whitney.

Meet someone in Supply Chain Management

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in supply chain management, feel free to reach out to any of the students or faculty members below.

To learn more, visit this page to discover if supply chain management is the right choice for you.


Sarah Graham