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Supply Chain Management Concentration to be Offered by DeSales University MBA Program

by Tom McNamara | Oct 13, 2015

Supply Chain Management Concentration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at DeSales University announces the addition of a Supply Chain Management (SCM) concentration to the curriculum. DeSales MBA will offer SCM concentration courses, which can be taken in class, entirely online, or a combination of both, starting in January 2016.

“Based on our research of local, national and global trends, we believe that the demand for supply chain professionals will increase significantly,” says Dr. David Gilfoil, director of the MBA program. “DeSales is now poised to offer a degree that will address that demand in a meaningful way.”

According to a 2014 report from Material Handling Industry (MHI), the leading logistics trade group, there is a need for supply chain, logistics, warehouse, and purchasing professionals at 270,000 per year extending through 2018, or 1.4 million job openings in total in the United States.

The MBA/SCM concentration consists of four SCM concentration courses, in addition to seven required MBA core courses and one capstone integrating course. The degree can be completed by full-time working professionals in as few as 18 months up to seven years – depending on the time and effort expended. Courses will be taught by deeply experienced SCM experts who know how to bridge the gap between academic theory and real world operational complexities.

“The SCM concentration will provide our students with a solid background in accounting, finance, marketing, strategy, and other core MBA areas,” says Gilfoil. “At the same time, it will provide them with focused project management, quality, logistics, purchasing, and IT systems training required of specialists who are facing SCM issues, challenges, and opportunities on a daily basis.”

About the DeSales MBA
The DeSales University MBA program provides a sound, comprehensive curriculum to meet the needs of both working adults and their employers. More than 90 (full time and adjunct) DeSales MBA faculty boast over 2000 years of extensive teaching and business experience. Courses focus on the skills required for success in multiple business environments—from corporate management, to healthcare leaders, to individual entrepreneurs.

The DeSales MBA program has a strong emphasis on executive skills development with a general management orientation, including the integration of skills and values, and an explicit attempt to link theory and practice. According to Lehigh Valley Business, DeSales MBA is the second largest MBA program in Pennsylvania – largely due to the program’s focus on the practicing professional, its extensive course offerings, and flexible schedule. Courses start four times per year, and are offered at nine physical campuses in Eastern Pennsylvania, ranging from the Philadelphia area to the Poconos. The quality and extensiveness of the MBA online offerings has also earned DeSales MBA a spot in the latest U.S. News and World Report for best online programs. 

For more information, including the GMAT waiver and tuition deferral options, please contact the MBA office at 610-282-1100, ext. 1450 or desales.edu/mba.


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