Appalachian offers a major in Supply Chain Management to prepare professionals who can contribute to organization success through various aspects of supply chain management – including procurement, sourcing, logistics, manufacturing, distribution and quality management.
With the increasing complexity and globalization of supply chains, the demand for supply chain professionals is growing. Many industries are reporting significant shortages in talent, and this program will prepare you to help fill these economic needs.
Employment: Recent employers include Lowe’s Home Improvement, CGI, Reynolds America, Wells Fargo, Transportation Insight, Sygenta, Georgia Pacific, Amazon, AON Hewitt, Shurtape Technologies, TDL, Lockten, BB&T, Ally Financial, TIAA CREF, CH Robinson and Deloitte.
Graduate School: Some students choose to stay and complete Appalachian’s MBA degree in one additional year.
In addition to a 53-hour business core, key classes include:
- Principles of Supply Chain Management
- Six Sigma and Quality Management
- Global Supply Chain and Logistics
- Strategic Procurement and Global Sourcing
A minor is not required for this major. In addition to this degree, Appalachian offers a minor in Supply Chain Management.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
- Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP): AITP allows students interested in Information Systems to get together for professional development and social purposes. AITP offers speakers on related topics, opportunities to meet and interact with professionals in the field (potential job contacts), and social gatherings with others of similar interests.
- Appalachian Supply Chain Club (ASCC): ASCC offers members a chance to interact with industry professionals, while promoting career and professional development with networking and community involvement. Sponsored by the Foothills Chapter of APICS – The Association for Operations Management.
- Project Management Club (PMC): Project Management is the "application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It is a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals - and thus, better compete in their markets" (pmc.org)
- Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society: Membership in this group is the highest international recognition a student in business can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program at an AACSB accredited school.
- Alpha Iota Mu campus chapter - an international honor society organized to recognize outstanding academic achievement in the field of information systems; open to CIS majors with a 3.4 or greater overall GPA who have taken at least one CIS core course.
Global Learning is a priority for Appalachian State University. Students are encouraged to increase their knowledge of global issues, regions and cultures through any of Appalachian’s 100-plus international courses and events, befriending Appalachian’s 170-180 international students, participating in a study abroad, or pursuing an international service-learning or internship experience.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- You will study in the Walker College of Business, accredited by AACSB since 1976 and consistently ranked as a best business school by The Princeton Review.
- The BB&T Student Leadership Center offers consultation to all business majors on choosing a career, preparing for interviews and exploring internships and employment.
- The Appalachian Supply Chain Club offers student members opportunities to interact with industry professionals, while promoting career and professional development with networking and community involvement. Students who become members of ASCC are also student members of the following global professional societies: APICS, CSCMP and ISM.
- The SCM program recognizes the value of real-world experience. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship.
- Students can take IT Certification tests before they graduate, including Network+, Security+, CCNA, and CISSP. Students have an opportunity to obtain their Six Sigma Green Belt Certification after completing the Six Sigma and Quality Management course.
- Club competitions have sent students to the Project Management Triathlon & the AITP National Collegiate Conference. Selected students participate in the CSCMP Annual Conference and the ISM-CV Student Case Competition.
- This program has a 95% job placement rate. Projected growth for both Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management careers is consistently growing (over 20% through 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Entry-level salaries among the highest of all business disciplines – averaging over $55,000 per year with median starting salaries of $60,000 excluding signing bonuses.
- Appalachian is one of only five universities in North Carolina authorized to teach the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum, with access to Cisco routers, switches and other equipment.
- Study abroad trips are led by department faculty. Classes have recently visited Germany, Spain, China, Japan, Costa Rica and others.
Method of Delivery
- Supply Chain Manager
- Inventory Manager
- Supplier Quality Product Manager
- Strategic Sourcing Manager
- Logistics Planner
- New Product Procurement Planner
- Supplier Management Analyst
- Inventory Planner
- Procurement Manager of Specialist
- Logistics Analyst
- Supply Chain Consultant
- Wholesale and Retail Buyer
- Industrial Production Manager
Dr. Dinesh Davé