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Fontbonne University, St. Louis, has launched an online supply chain management graduate program. Offered through the university's OPTIONS program, the degree gives adult learners the tools to manage increasingly complex supply channels on a global scale.
Developed in part with industry professionals from companies such as Boeing, Chrysler, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Ingersoll Rand, and Covidien/Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, the 30-credit-hour program takes a broad view of the practical skills needed to effectively manage the supply chain from raw material sourcing through end-user delivery.
"Managers learn how to strategically align suppliers, implement lean principles, improve internal processes and create a competitive advantage for the organization," said Linda Maurer, dean of Fontbonne's College of Global Business & Professional Studies.
OPTIONS program formatting is flexible to accommodate the changing schedules and shifting priorities of working professionals. Students can take one or two courses each eight-week term, and it is possible that the supply chain management degree can be completed in as little as one year. Students may also pursue a graduate certificate in supply chain management or an MBA with a concentration in supply chain management.
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