• Departmental events help students with networking and professional contacts
  • Supply chain management masterminds the flow of goods
  • Alumnus Robert Hairston returns to MTSU to share his expertise
  • Dependable and efficient service relies on interlinking networks

Management, Supply Chain, M.S.

Goods are produced for consumers. But how do those goods become finished products and get to where they need to go? Supply chain management masterminds the flow of goods. Raw materials must be stored and catalogued, transformed into usable inventory, and, once finished and given the stamp of approval, must be moved from the point of origin to the point of consumption. The movement of goods is a skillfully designed labyrinth of interlinking networks, channels, and connecting points, with the customer situated at the end of that supply chain. The goal is to satisfy customer demand and optimize the number of organizations in satisfying that demand, while reducing managerial control of daily logistics operations. Less control and more supply-chain partners led to the original concept of supply chain management. The consumer expects dependable and efficient service and assumes the product will arrive in good time and in perfect condition. The manager of the supply chain must ensure that the journey from product inception to customer reception runs without a hitch.

He’s a quality good fellow

He’s a quality good fellow

Darrin Lucas received his B.S. degree in packing science from Clemson University in 2000. He started looking for a graduate program that fit his personal leadership style. At the time, he was working in logistics, so pursuing a degree in supply chain management seemed like a perfect choice. “My experience at MTSU has been wonderful. Having been in the workforce for 13 years and away from college, I was hesitant to jump back in.” Darrin says the faculty and course availability at MTSU have allowed him to continue working while going to school.  He began his career at Saturn as a packaging engineer and later moved to Nissan North America. Currently he is at Nissan managing the Packaging Engineering and Quality Assurance Groups in the After Sales Logistics department. “On completion of my graduate program, I hope to accelerate my career by making a positive impact directly related to the training and tools gained during my experience at MTSU.”

What some major companies are doing

What some major companies are doing

Major companies have reduced the number of links in their supply chain, which has lowered costs and increased efficiency and customer service. Dell, the largest computer maker in the world, eliminated retailers and distributors and therefore greatly reduced inventory costs. Amazon.com examined and removed many of the inefficiencies in its supply chain for a variety of goods. DHL international shipments were slowed down considerably because of having to wait for papers to clear customs. Finally someone came up with the idea of flying the shipping papers ahead of the shipment so that the customs paperwork would already be completed by the time the ship arrived at port.

It was once noted that supply chain management deals with a product from cradle to the grave. Supply chain management borrowed from the process known as logistics, which emerged as a procedure in World War II as part of an effort to deliver the right amount of supplies to the troops in the trenches. The supply chain concept, however, focused on the inception of the product, as far back as the design stage, and followed that product all the way through marketing and customer service. The largest Fortune 500 Company, Wal-Mart, owes much of its success to making supply chain management a science. Examples of career opportunities include areas such as

  • Corporate upper-level management
  • Customer relations
  • Distribution
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Procurement
  • Sourcing
  • Transportation/trucking/railroad/air/ocean freight/private carrier
  • Warehousing/inventory

Because this program is relatively new, employer information is still being compiled. Following are examples of employers of Management graduates and Career Fair participants:

  • American Cellular
  • Automatic Data Processing
  • CalsonicKansei North America
  • Chick-Fil-A Murfreesboro
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.
  • Enterprise
  • Ettain Group
  • Insight Global, Inc.
  • Internal Data Resources
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Modern Woodmen of America
  • Nissan North America
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • PepsiCo Foodservice
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Target Stores
  • Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA)
  • The Hershey Company
  • Walter Meier Manufacturing

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Management is offered by the Department of Management in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. This program, with three concentrations, offers students planning, communication, and ethical decision-making skills through experiential learning in which they will find themselves in the trenches of the real-world work environment. Each concentration—Supply Chain Management, Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management (provides students with business and management skills that can be applied to not-for-profit managerial work), and Organizational Leadership (provides students with business and leadership skills that can be applied in a variety of leadership roles in business, government, or education)—includes a capstone project in which students will partner with an organization in the industry or non-profit sector.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.S. in Management program must have

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and a GPA of at least a 2.75
  • Satisfactory test scores on the GRE or GMAT
  • Two years full-time professional work experience
  • Completed foundational courses in Management and Accounting: MGMT 3610 and MGMT 3620 (or MGMT 6000), as well as ACTG 3000, ACTG 6000 (or 6100.)
  • Met the University’s English-language proficiency (TOEFL) requirements, if an international student

Effective Fall 2017 admission requirements are changing. Please contact Allyson Baugh (Allyson.Baugh@mtsu.edu) or Dan Morrell (Dan.Morrell@mtsu.edu) for further information.

The Master of Science in Management program requires completion of 33 semester credit hours, including a 15-hour Management Core courses, 12 hours of Concentration courses in Supply Chain Management, and six hours of Career-Focus electives. Students may transfer up to six hours of appropriate graduate credit from another institution.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.


The undergraduate program in the Department of Management offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree with majors in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Management. Minors are available in Entrepreneurship and Management; the department participates in interdisciplinary minors in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Studies. 

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

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Management, Supply Chain Management Concentration, M.S.

Dan Morrell, Program Director
(615) 494-7758

The Department of Management offers the Master of Science in Management program with three concentrations: Organizational Leadership, Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management, and Supply Chain Management. The Master of Science in Management enhances students' planning, communication, and ethical decision-making skills and exposes them to real world experiences that help them mature as managers. The Management M.S. program allows students to develop the skills to be promoted into higher levels of management at different types of organizations.

Graduates of this program may work in a variety of positions, including mid-to upper-level management positions in corporate offices, healthcare facilities, distribution or logistics centers, manufacturing facilities, not-for-profit organizations, state or local government, and service industries such as banking, insurance, and real-estate.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

NOTE: Effective Fall 2017 admission requirements are changing. Please contact Allyson Baugh (Allyson.Baugh@mtsu.edu) or Dan Morrell (Dan.Morrell@mtsu.edu) for further information.

To be admitted to the Master of Science in Management program, applicants should have

  1. minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale,
  2. satisfactory scores on the GMAT or GRE,
  3. and two years of professional experience.

Applicants without related previous experience or academic preparation may be required to complete the following prerequisite courses: MGMT 6000 (or MGMT 3610 and MGMT 3620) and ACTG 3000 (or ACTG 6000 and ACTG 6100).

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit a current resume' or curriculum vita showing two years of applicable professional experience.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Supply Chain Management requires completion of 33 credit hours.

Candidate must

  1. complete a minimum of 33 semester hours as listed below. No more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dual-listed as undergraduate/graduate hours can be counted toward the degree;
  2. successfully complete an applied project (MGMT 6790) in the last semester.

Curriculum: Management, Supply Chain Management

The Supply Chain Management concentration provides students with business and operations management skills that can be applied to work in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management careers. In addition to 15 hours of core courses in management, the concentration requires 12 hours of courses in supply chain management, including two required courses: international supply chain management and total quality management. The concentration electives are selected from among these courses: production/operations management strategy, distribution center management, marketing systems, and techniques in social media and internet marketing. Students will also elect 6 hours of courses in a professional area that relates to their career interests.

Core Courses (15 hours)


  • MGMT 6100 - Strategic Decision Making

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MGMT 3610 or MGMT 6000. Managerial theory and practice of solving problems, making decisions, and developing strategies for services and/or products. Emphasis on developing practical responses to decision issues using creativity and innovation in a team environment. (This course is not open to students earning a Master of Business Administration degree.)

  • MGMT 6200 - Lean Project Management Principles

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MGMT 3620, MGMT 6000, or MGMT 6650.Theory and practice of managing projects for services, products, and/or events in the context of operations management methods. Emphasis on application of lean concepts to project management.

  • MGMT 6680 - Seminar in Human Resources Management

    3 credit hours

    Focus on the responsibility of all managers with respect to the effective development of human resources. The responsibility of all functional areas in the human resource department or impinging forces such as technology, organized labor, and government legislation examined along with the emerging concepts, problems, and theories supported by research in the field.

  • MGMT 6750 - Business Ethics  3 credit hours  

    MGMT 6750 - Business Ethics

    3 credit hours

    Impact of individual values and ethics on the management of organizations. Topics include legal and ethical aspects of dealing with organization stakeholders: stockholders, consumers, employees, and the general community. Emphasis on using ethical theory to make good business decisions.

  • MGMT 6800 - Applied Management Project

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Open only to M.S. in Management students who are in their last semester of coursework (must have completed 24 graduate level hours); permission of department required; must be completed with B- or better. Capstone course that provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize knowledge gained throughout the graduate program. Development of a substantial project that demonstrates mastery of competencies, concepts, principles, and practices for success in their field of leadership, supply chain management, or not-for-profit management.

Required Courses (12 hours)


  • MGMT 6730 - International Supply Chain Management

    3 credit hours

    Principles of supply chain management and supply chain management environments. Examines integration with other companies to manage flow of resources, including materials, information, people, etc., in a global supply chain environment.

  • MGMT 6760 - Total Quality Management

    3 credit hours

    Examines the major total quality management philosophies; consideration of implementation issues; quality costs, off- and online tools and techniques; vendor certification.

Choose two from the following:

  • MGMT 6700 - Production and Operations Management Strategy

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on operations strategy concepts and operations management as a competitive weapon. Topics include global production and operations management strategy, capacity of facilities, vertical integration, performance controls, and the importance of manufacturing for overall business strategy.

  • MGMT 6550 - Distribution Center Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MGMT 3620 or MGMT 6600 or  MGMT 6650. Focuses on the concepts and techniques required to manage a contemporary distribution center. Emphasizes the role of a distribution center within a supply chain and best practices leading to efficient operational performance.

  • MKT 6830 - Marketing Systems  3 credit hours  

    MKT 6830 - Marketing Systems

    3 credit hours

    An analytic, decision-oriented study of marketing channels. Problems of integrating relevant variables within the marketing system to achieve optimum returns for all members.

  • MKT 6870 - Techniques in Social Media, Search Engine and Internet Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Channels used in direct marketing with an emphasis on electronic commerce; strategic differences among the channels of direct marketing and the managerial implications of each. The impact of changing technology, regulations, and privacy issues.

Career Electives (6 hours)

In consultation with their advisors, students will select and complete 6 hours of courses in a professional area that relates to their career interests, or they may select and complete 6 hours of business electives that apply to supply chain management.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


The Department of Management offers a limited number of assistantships each semester that are awarded on a competitive basis. An assistantship covers tuition, most fees, and a monthly stipend in return for 20 hours a week of service. Assistantships can be renewed for up to two years.

Degree Plan

Additional Resources

Contact and Student Information

Dan Morrell
Business and Aerospace Building, N 134B

Allyson Baugh, Program Secretary
Business and Aerospace Building, N 134A

Felisia Griner, Graduation Analyst
Ingram Building, 0124C

Phone | 615-494-7758

Dan Morrell

Phone | 615-494-7758

Department of Management
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 75
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132 

College of Graduate Studies
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Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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