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Master's Degree Programs

Master of Digital Supply Chain Management

The Master of Digital Supply Chain Management program is designed to facilitate the needs of experienced professionals in the USA and around the world who have access to the Internet and can fulfill the examination requirements of the program.

Regular on-campus courses are transmitted from studio classrooms at the USC campus via an extensive Internet-delivery system to enable the students to access their classes anytime, from anywhere. Lectures are made accessible for the entire semester, allowing students to review a complex lesson or prepare for exams. All classes are taught in English. Using the Internet, students are required to work in teams and are encouraged to interact with the instructors and their classmates.

Some courses may require in-person midterm and final examinations. These exams will be administered in cities near student population concentrations, requiring that students travel to reach these locations.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants should have significant full-time work experience. Admission decisions are based on consideration of the applicantís previous academic record, resume, letters of recommendation, personal statement/essay and interview.

Application Procedure

Applications are due by April 1 for fall semester and by August 1 for spring semester. There are two parts to the application process:

1. Submit an online application to the program through the USC graduate admissions Web site at www.usc.edu/admission.

2. Submit a program application directly to the Information and Operations Management department. To request a program application form, call (213) 740-0172. Applications may be submitted in person or by mail to BRI 400, USC, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0809, via fax at (213) 740-7313 or by email to MDSCM@marshall.usc.edu.

After the Information and Operations Management department has reviewed the complete application, the staff will contact the applicant to confirm receipt of the application and, if appropriate, to schedule an interview.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Digital Supply Chain Management degree requires 30 units including four required courses plus 18 units of course work chosen from a list of electives. The four required courses should be completed prior to the electives.

Students who have taken elsewhere one or more of the required classes may petition to replace these classes by appropriately related courses offered by the Master of Digital Supply Chain Management program. Such a replacement must be approved by the student advisor and the chair of the program.

REQUIRED COURSESUNITS
GSBA 524Data Decision Models3
GSBA 534Operations Management3
IOM 581Supply Chain Management3
ISE 583Enterprise Wide Information Systems3

ELECTIVESUNITS
Select one from the following:
CE 589Port Engineering: Planning and Operations3
IOM 502Operations Strategy3
IOM 504Strategic Sourcing3
IOM 520Logistics Management3
IOM 522Applied Time Series Analysis for Forecasting3
IOM 528Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, and Data Mining3
IOM 537Information Systems Management for Global Operations3
IOM 538Information System Strategy3
IOM 540Managing Electronic Commerce3
IOM 547Designing Spreadsheet-Based Business Models3
IOM 580Project Management, or
ISE 515Engineering Project Management3
ISE 513Inventory Systems3
ISE 530Introduction to Operations Research3
ISE 532Network Flows3
ISE 580Advanced Concepts in Computer Simulations3
SAE 551Lean Operations3
Total units:30

Graduate Certificate in Information Systems and Supply Chain Management

REQUIRED COURSES*UNITS
Select 15 units from the following:
IOM 520Logistics Management3
IOM 528Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, and Data Mining3
IOM 537Information Systems Management for Global Operations3
IOM 538Information System Strategy3
IOM 540Managing Electronic Commerce3
IOM 581Supply Chain Management3
ISE 583Enterprise Wide Information Systems3

Graduate Certificate in Optimization and Supply Chain Management

REQUIRED COURSES*UNITS
Select 15 units from the following:
CE 589Port Engineering: Planning and Operations3
IOM 520Logistics Management3
IOM 522Applied Time Series Analysis for Forecasting3
IOM 547Designing Spreadsheet-Based Business Models3
IOM 580Project Management, or
ISE 515Engineering Project Management3
IOM 581Supply Chain Management3
ISE 513Inventory Systems3
ISE 530Introduction to Operations Research3
ISE 532Network Flows3
ISE 580Advanced Concepts in Computer Simulations3
SAE 551Lean Operations3

Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Strategy

REQUIRED COURSES*UNITS
Select 15 units from the following:
CE 589Port Engineering: Planning and Operations3
IOM 502Operations Strategy3
IOM 504Strategic Sourcing3
IOM 520Logistics Management3
IOM 538Information System Strategy3
IOM 540Managing Electronic Commerce3
IOM 581Supply Chain Management3

*Students who begin one of the graduate certificate programs and subsequently wish to complete the masterís degree instead must apply for admission to the masterís degree program prior to completing the certificate program and, if admitted to the masterís degree program, will be withdrawn from the certificate program.

For current USC graduate students, courses credited to graduate certificate programs may be completed in conjunction with course work required for a graduate degree program in which the student is already enrolled. Applicability of courses to the studentís primary degree program is determined by the studentís home department. For USC alumni, courses completed in conjunction with the individualís prior degree may not be credited toward a certificate, but may be applied toward the masterís degree. If necessary, appropriate substitutions for required courses will be determined and documented by the program director.

Successful completion of a graduate certificate program is acknowledged by a certificate awarded by the university.