Supply Chain Management (M.S.)

Gain the advanced knowledge and skills to manage, analyze and control activities across the entire supply chain from upstream procurement and logistics to downstream distribution channels with Maryland's first Master of Science degree program in supply chain management.

A Career in High-Demand

The supply chain management field is growing tremendously with the combination of globalization, competition and increasing environmental concerns. Organizations are looking to their supply chains to find value, cost savings, innovation, and competitive edge, and they need the experts to do just that.

Info Session

Supply Chain Management Virtual Info Session

Wednesday, June 20
6:30- 7:30 pm
Register here

Join Graduate Program Director, Tobin Porterfield, for an online information session to learn more about Towson University's M.S. in supply chain management and gain insight into rewarding career opportunities in this high demand industry. Mr. Porterfield will explain the flexible course structure of face-to-face, blended and fully online courses as well as the application and admission process. This program will allow you to earn valuable academic credential while maintaining a work-life balance.

Almost every industry and company, from a small business to a Fortune 500 company, appreciates the knowledge and skills of supply chain management professionals, including manufacturing, third-party service firms, retailers, government, and educational institutions. Specific job functions may vary, including buyer, negotiating supply contracts, inventory manager, import and export manager, transportation and logistics manager, supplier selection and development, warehousing,e-commerce, operations, technology and customer relationship management.

Who Is This Program For?

Our program works for people who are already in a career path, see the opportunities in supply chain and want to retool themselves, or for students who have been supply chain professionals for 10 or 20 years and want a program that gives them a 360-degree approach that covers logistics, distribution, technology, procurement and project management. We've had students who said, “My whole career has been in procurement. I'm a supply chain professional.” And they're absolutely correct — but they've never seen the rest of the supply chain. So our program works for multiple profiles and brings everybody full-circle. Students can take this program completely in the evenings without affecting their current jobs and careers and still complete the degree in two years. 

Career Opportunities

In addition to earning a post-baccalaureate certificate upon completing the first five courses, graduates can proceed to professional certification and pursue careers including:

  • purchasing specialists
  • contracts administrators
  • procurement officers
  • supply chain management professionals
  • procurement managers
  • business analysts
  • demand managers

Program Benefits

In addition to innovative academics, you'll benefit from:

  • Flexible course offerings and schedules with the opportunity to take a combination of online, in-class and hybrid classes;
  • Access to and training with leading-edge industry software in the Supply Chain Innovation Lab;
  • Exclusive site visits to facilities, like the Port of Baltimore, Domino Sugars, Clipper City Brewing and more, to experience supply chain processes in action; and
  • Networking and professional development opportunities at events like the annual Supply Chain Forum.

Admission and Degree Requirements

Admission to the supply chain management programs is competitive. See admission requirements and deadlines. View degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Please note that international students must be enrolled full time (9 credits) each semester to fulfill immigration requirements. Students who opt to complete the M.S. as well as the Post-baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Project Program and Portfolio Management (PPPM)  would be able to maintain full-time status while receiving a degree and a certificate. 

Contact Information

Tobin Porterfield
Program Director
Tobin Porterfield
Department of e-Business and Technology Management, Stephens Hall, Room 316K