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MS-SCMA Accounces Redesigned Curriculum

MSSCMA Curriculum Revision

MSSCMA Curriculum Revision

MS-SCMA Undergoes Curriculum Redesign

The M.S. in Supply Chain Management and Analytics has recently undergone a significant redesign to its curriculum.

The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University is pleased to announce a significantly redesigned curriculum for its M.S. program in Supply Chain Management and Analytics (MS-SCMA).

“Based on feedback from our advisory board members and supply chain executives from the industry, our unique curriculum has been revised to include a major emphasis on data analytics and information technology as they relate to the management of supply chains,” noted Professor Naren Agrawal, faculty director of the MS-SCMA. “Students will be able to master these important skills as they learn about supply chain concepts and build a strong business foundation.”

This new five-quarter long curriculum will launch in Fall 2017, along with a part-time version of the same program.

“The MS-SCMA program is uniquely focused on the needs of the next generation of supply chain management challenges faced by innovation intensive companies the world over,” said Caryn Beck-Dudley, dean of the Leavey School of Business.

A centerpiece of this new curriculum is the Supply Chain Consulting Project course.

“This project course is where teams of students, guided by a faculty advisor, will get to work on live problems with an actual company,” said Professor Ram Bala, faculty co-director of the program. “Students will gain in depth knowledge of supply chain issues and learn about challenges in developing and implementing solutions.”

At a recently held event organized by SCU’s Supply Chain Management Association, the featured speaker, Jim Miller, VP Worldwide Operations at Google, and a member of the program’s advisory board, spoke about why he is excited to recommend careers in supply chain management to young professionals.

“One of the most interesting things about operations and supply chain management is the richness of the problems one gets to explore – logistics problems, information problems, economic tradeoffs, financial problems, and so on," said Miller. "For example, at Google, we (the supply chain team) forecast how our business is going to grow based on how the business is consuming resources, which is a key input to the budgeting process. New technologies such as AI, and the big data and analytics revolution are just beginning to hit SCM, and these developments will have an exciting and profound impact on the world.”

David Sangster MBA ’99 is EVP Operations at Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a highly successful unicorn in Silicon Valley that recently debuted on the NASDAQ. Also a member of the program’s advisory board, he echoed Mr. Miller’s sentiments, saying, “SCU is an ideal location to learn about the next generation of SCM because in the Bay Area, you are surrounded by some of the most innovative companies and people who are actually defining the problems of tomorrow. The newly developed curriculum with its emphasis on analytics and information technology along with supply chain concepts and business foundations is ideal to help develop supply chain professionals who can take on such problems in a global environment.”

The main highlights of the MS-SCMA program include:

  • Strong emphasis on the needs of exciting, innovation intensive companies in Silicon Valley
  • Rigorous curriculum combined with industry practicum led by faculty with deep domain expertise
  • STEM approved with a curriculum comprising SCM, Analytics, Technology and general business management
  • Excellent networking opportunities with Silicon Valley executives
  • Full-time and flexible part-time options
  • Outstanding advisory board

Applications to the full-time and part-time programs are now open. For more information, visit


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