University of San Diego


The Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI) was established in 1999 to provide a focus for supply chain teaching and research at the University of San Diego (USD). SCMI focuses on three areas:
  • Collaborative Relationships: Work with business partners through applied research while simultaneously providing mechanisms to expose affiliated faculty and students to current issues through industry-based projects.
  • World-Class Education: Support undergraduate, graduate, and executive education by providing relevant programs focused on helping industry realize the benefits attainable through effective supply chain management.
  • Applied Research: Identify and propose real-world strategies, processes, and systems that are at the forefront of efforts to improve performance in supply chain management
SCMI provides students with purposeful opportunities to learn from leading practitioners in supply chain management. SCMI also assists students and alumni with career placement through an annual career fair and year-round access to leading corporations, with opportunities for both internships and long-term placement. SCMI created the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), a student organization which arranges tours to world-class facilities and opportunities for interacting with industry and professional organizations.
Since 1985, USD has organized an industry-focused annual fall conference (Fall Forum) designed to enhance participant knowledge and capabilities. In 2012, a second annual conference was added in the spring (Spring Symposium) to satisfy the increased demand for supply chain education.
SCMI is supported by an Advisory Board consisting of corporate officers and senior executives from 25 firms recognized as being on the leading edge of their respective industries and fields.

Undergraduate Supply Chain Management Program

USD’s undergraduate business program has been ranked nationally every year since 2006 in BusinessWeek’s top-50 best undergraduate business programs, and is the third highest west coast school in the ranking.
Supply chain management has been offered as a concentration at the undergraduate level at USD for over 20 years.
Beginning in 2008, undergraduate students, including those outside the School of Business Administration degree programs, have been given the opportunity to choose supply chain management as an official minor.  Nine units of supply chain management courses are required as part of the 18-unit overall requirement.

MBA with Supply Chain Management Concentration

In 2015, the university’s MBA program was ranked in the top 100 MBA programs in the world by the Financial Times placing the MBA program in the top five percent of the approximately 2,000 programs worldwide. The MBA program debuted at 33rd in the United States and 66th in the world..
USD offers full-time, part-time and international MBA programs. Students may select a concentration in supply chain management which includes courses in supply management, operations, logistics, negotiations and sustainability.

ISM Approved Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM)

In 2015, U.S. News recognized USD’s graduate online business program as the 9th best in the country.
In 2007, the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management became the first master’s degree to receive approval by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the largest supply management association in the world. This professional stamp of approval was earned in part due to the legacy of dedication that SCMI has demonstrated to this important field.
The MS-SCM program is also the first U.S. degree program to receive full accreditation by the UK-based Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), one of the leading global associations in the field.

Executive Programs

SCMI specializes in developing and delivering customized executive programs and Professional Development Workshops to corporations across the country. Past offerings include global sourcing and procurement, Lean / Six Sigma training, APICS CSCP training, ISM CPSM training, project management, diversity and purchasing management programs.
For more information:
Supply Chain Management Institute:
Managing Director:  Joel Sutherland, (619) 260-2794
Supply Chain Management Internships, Recruiting, General Program Information:
Program Manager:  Karen (619) 260-7903
University of San Diego Career Services: