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2018-2019

Business

School of Business

Concentration(s):
Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Program description

The concentration in supply chain management and analytics gives students the skills to manage the manufacture and movement of products in the global environment and to understand the fundamentals of decision analytics. The curriculum is comprehensive in that supply chain management and analytics involve a range of issues from inventory management to risk management, as well as the indispensable role of information and technology in coordinating modern supply chains and analyzing data for the benefit of the organization.

Career opportunities

Traditional supply chain programs educate students on how to interact with suppliers and customers to meet their needs and may work in careers in procurement, operations and logistics.  The SCMA department prepares students for these traditional roles but integrates these areas with analytics so as to produce students who use data to make more informed decisions aimed at improving systems, lowering costs, and enhancing firm performance.

Change of major requirements

Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of the Business Foundation coursework, as outlined here: http://bulletin.vcu.edu/undergraduate/business/undergraduate-information/shared-curriculum/


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Commodity Manager
  • Demand Planner
  • Distribution Specialist
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Material Coordinator
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Production Planner
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Sourcing Specialist
Professional associations and resources
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200 or SCMA 212 or BUSN 212
  • SCMA 302
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5 to declare SCMA, 2.0 to graduate
Department name:
Supply Chain Management & Analytics
Building/room location:
Snead Hall, Room B4155
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-7074
Email:
scma@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Take Math Placement and register for math classes each semester until you complete SCMA 302.
  • Earn at least a 2.5 semester GPA and 15 credits per semester to declare your major at the end of your second year and graduate in 4 years.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Attend two or three School of Business events.
  • Register to vote in Virginia and explore Richmond, including its museums, parks, festivals, and cultural events!
  • Apply to live in the ASPiRE, Globe, INNOVATE, or LEAD Living & Learning Programs.
  • Get involved with VCU Student Government or one of over 450 clubs and organizations.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about your study abroad options by visiting a study abroad fair and attending a First Advising Session in the Global Education Office.
  • Review the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs(OMSA) website for programs, events, and resources.
  • Join a living-learning program such as VCU Globe
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers/job titles in your field of study.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
  • Take Winning Presentations to develop needed public speaking and communication skills.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor, to help you identify and schedule pre-professional experiences.
  • Practice independent living skills such as money and time management, self-care, and personal responsibility.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses. Make sure to take INFO 165.
  • Be prepared for a challenging year of ACCT, ECON and math classes. Use tutoring at the Campus Learning Center to get ahead.
  • Cultivate relationships with professors who can serve as references by attending their office hours
  • Take summer or winter intersession classes to make up credits, if needed.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Participate in Community Day to network with peers, faculty, and SCMA professionals while giving back to the community. 
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a social issue (ConnectVA & HandsOnRVA).
  • Explore peer leadership opportunities or apply for I-LEAD Connect, Alternative Spring Break.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend Diversity Scholars in Research Week.
  • Investigate spending a summer abroad with the International Consulting Program.
  • Consider learning a language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create a draft of your resume and go to drop-ins at Business Career Services to have it reviewed.
  • Attend Black & Gold Academy, Career & Internship Fairs, and career events throughout the year.
  • Plan to complete at least 2 internships before the start of your 4th year.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Participate in Explore Informational Interviews and Connect Mentoring Program through Office of Student Engagement.
  • Attend SCMA Employer Information sessions to learn about companies and job opportunities.
  • Consider who you would like to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • See your advisor each semester to discuss degree progression and plans for elective coursework.
  • Take SCMA 320 and SCMA 303.
  • Earn at least 2.0 cumulative and major GPA to meet graduation requirements.
  • Email scma@vcu.edu for appointment with department.
  • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Participate in SCMA Community Day.
  • Research social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.
  • Create a community-engaged research project.
  • Attend civic meetings, such as school board, neighborhood associations, city council, or state legislative sessions. 
  • Become a tutor in the Campus Learning Center.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Apply for a Fulbright or other post-graduate international fellowship program through VCU’s National Scholarship Office. 
  • Experience VCU’s richness of diversity by attending VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Participate in Analytics Challenge and SCMA Summit in spring.
  • Gain additional professional skills on Lynda.com.
  • Use Handshake to apply to part-time jobs, internships, and externships to gain practical and relevant experience.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Join groups on LinkedIn connected to your future career. Expand your network.
  • Join a professional organization: APICS, CSCMP, ISM.
  • Apply to A+ SCILS student organization.
  • Attend SCMA Employer Information sessions to learn about companies and job opportunities in the field.
  • Learn to solve problems in Creativity and Ideation.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
  • Consider supply chain vs analytic-focused electives depending on career goals.
  • Complete the BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam.
  • Take MGMT 434 in your final semester. Be aware of the multiple prereqs!
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Consider applying for a year-long service opportunity after graduation through programs like VCU AmeriCorps, Literacy Lab, Peace Corps, Fulbright Student Scholars, Teach for America, and City Year.
  • Serve in a leadership role of a local community organization or student organization.
  • Consider jobs in the nonprofit sector, B Corps, or SCRs.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Participate in Analytics Challenge and SCMA Summit in spring.
  • Apply to take SCMA 492 to develop experience working with data and solving a problem for a business.
  • Complete at least one internship during your senior year at an employer where you would like to work.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Apply to A+ SCILS student organization.
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have your personal statement or cover letter reviewed, and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services.  
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2018-2019

Business

School of Business

Concentration(s):
Supply Chain Management and Analytics
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Take Math Placement and register for math classes each semester until you complete SCMA 302
  • Earn at least a 2.5 semester GPA and 15 credits per semester to declare your major at the end of your second year and graduate in 4 years.
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor, to help you identify and schedule pre-professional experiences.
  • Practice independent living skills such as money and time management, self-care, and personal responsibility.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
Experience Year 2
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses. Make sure to take INFO 165
  • Be prepared for a challenging year of ACCT, ECON and math classes. Use tutoring at the Campus Learning Center to get ahead.
  • Cultivate relationships with professors who can serve as references by attending their office hours
  • Take summer or winter intersession classes to make up credits, if needed.
  • Participate in Explore Informational Interviews and Connect Mentoring Program through Office of Student Engagement.
  • Attend SCMA Employer Information sessions to learn about companies and job opportunities.
  • Consider who you would like to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
Year 3
  • See your advisor each semester to discuss degree progression and plans for elective coursework.
  • Take SCMA 320 and SCMA 303.
  • Earn at least 2.0 cumulative and major GPA to meet graduation requirements.
  • Email scma@vcu.edu for appointment with department.
  • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
  • Participate in Analytics Challenge and SCMA Summit in spring.
  • Gain additional professional skills on Lynda.com.
  • Use Handshake to apply to part-time jobs, internships, and externships to gain practical and relevant experience.
  • Join groups on LinkedIn connected to your future career. Expand your network.
  • Join a professional organization: APICS, CSCMP, ISM
  • Apply to A+ SCILS student organization.
  • Attend SCMA Employer Information sessions to learn about companies and job opportunities in the field.
  • Learn to solve problems in Creativity and Ideation
Excel Year 4
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
  • Consider supply chain vs analytic-focused electives depending on career goals.
  • Complete the BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam.
  • Take MGMT 434 in your final semester. Be aware of the multiple prereqs!
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations
  • Participate in Analytics Challenge and SCMA Summit in spring.
  • Apply to take SCMA 492 to develop experience working with data and solving a problem for a business.
  • Complete at least one internship during your senior year at an employer where you would like to work.
  • Apply to A+ SCILS student organization.
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have your personal statement or cover letter reviewed, and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services.