Friday, November 04, 2022
Computer chips, aluminum, cars, baby formula – a snarled supply chain has led to shortages in items that were in abundance pre-pandemic. The concept and importance of supply chains has come into sharp focus for suppliers and consumers alike.
The Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Information Systems, housed in UNCW’s Cameron School of Business, is prepared to train students to solve supply chain challenges by launching an online, 30-credit-hour master’s program in supply chain management, tentatively beginning fall 2023. The program was approved by the UNC Board of Governors at its October meeting and is pending final approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
“The speed and complexity of global supply networks demand new knowledge and skills among managers and field personnel to implement and manage robust systems,” said Cem Canel, director of the Congdon School and professor of supply chain management. “This new program will provide students with a focus on using skills and knowledge to improve business decision-making in the areas of supply chain management.”
Courses will provide real-life examples for students to understand the complementary strengths of business skills, supply chain management and analysis and planning. Mentoring and advising support from faculty, staff and members of the newly formed M.S. SCM advisory board will enhance the learning environment.
“This online degree represents UNCW’s continued commitment and responsiveness to standing up graduate programs in high demand by employers,” said CSB dean Robert Burrus. “We are excited for the degree’s applied learning opportunities and interdisciplinary perspectives, which are hallmarks of UNCW programs. Our goals for affordability, accessibility and flexibility will ensure that working professionals across our state can gain the skills they need to stay competitive in the workforce.”
The Congdon School was established in 2018 after a $10 million gift commitment from alumnus David Congdon ’78, and his wife, Helen. The former Computer Information Systems Building was rededicated as David S. Congdon Hall.
— Caroline Cropp
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