ASU to Offer MBA Degree in Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Barbara Kieker

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This fall, Albany State University (ASU) College of Business will introduce a new Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree concentration in Supply Chain and Logistics Management (SCLM). Working professionals with at least two years of experience, and a business-related degree or recent graduate with at least a 3.25 GPA are eligible for admission to the program.

“According to the Center of Innovation for Logistics’ analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data, by the year 2016 there will be a 72 percent shortage of trained, certified or degreed personnel in the logistics and supply chain career field,” said Wallace Rich, MA,MS,MBA,C.P.M.,ICCM-F,LSSGB, Director of the Center for Advanced Logistics Management (CALM), Albany State University College of Business.

“We are one of very few Georgia institutions that offer graduate-level education in supply chain and logistics and in the southwest corner of Georgia, we are the only one.”

Albany State currently offers MBA degrees with concentrations in accounting and health care, as well as a general MBA. The university also offers a bachelor's degree as well as certification and training programs in SCLM.

Covering the Full Supply Chain
"We've gotten a very positive response from current and prospective students about the new MBA in SCLM," Rich said.

"The degree will have components of Lean and Six Sigma embedded in the curriculum and cover the many real-world aspects of supply chain including warehousing, distribution, IT support, procurement and others. Students will also have an opportunity to earn a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification by completing the graduate level Advanced Quality Management course."

In the Center for Advanced Logistics Management
ASU College of Business opened its Center for Advanced Logistics Management in 2009 to meet the manpower needs of the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany as well as local industries and the state’s southwestern region. ASU faculty are advised by a National Advisory Board to ensure the SCLM curriculum is, and remains, up-to-date and relevant to the needs of industry and military requirements.

“Dr. Damitha Bandara, a new faculty member who will be teaching SCLM courses just jointed the college and begins August 1. He will be instrumental in teaching the specialized coursework for the MBA (SCLM). Students beginning this fall will complete core MBA, general management courses, before beginning the specialized, SCLM coursework," Rich said.

"The MBA in SCLM gives business practitioners advanced knowledge and skills in SCLM and these credentials will create options and opportunities for the graduate.”

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About Barbara Kieker

Barbara Kieker is a freelance writer who writes on business-related topics for a number of web-based properties. She also provides communications services to Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.