Distribution Management and Technology
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Distribution Management and Technology Major
Dr. Mike Umble, Dr. Liz Umble, and Dr. Pedro Reyes Advisors
The Distribution Management and Technology major is a new major which is now being offered because of the high demand in industry for graduates with distribution and supply chain management training. This major is designed to prepare students for rewarding careers in the challenging field of distribution and supply chain management. The DMT faculty plans to admit a maximum of 20 students per year into the program. Once accepted into the program, students take a prescribed sequence of major courses, including a guaranteed internship with one of our industry partners. In addition, MGT 4333 (Procurement and Materials Management) helps the student prepare for the professional certification of Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) offered by the Institute for Supply Management. And MGT 4330 (Project Management) will help prepare students to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam offered by the Project Management Institute.
- MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: (see course descriptions below)
- MGT 3320 (Fall, Junior year) Distribution Management
- MGT 4333 (Spring, Junior year) Procurement & Materials Management
- MGT 4396 (Summer following Junior year) Distribution Management & Technology Internship
- MGT 4330 (Fall, Senior year) Project Management
- MGT 4345 (Spring, Senior year) Global Supply Chain Management
- MGT 4355 (Spring, Senior year)Management Consulting
- Admission Requirements:
- Students must apply for acceptance into the Distribution Management and Technology major during their sophomore or junior year. A student should have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA for acceptance into the program. Only a limited number of students will be accepted into the major each year.
- Course Sequencing:
- The Distribution Management and Technology (DMT) major is a lock-step program and the major courses should be taken in the sequence described above. The internship is guaranteed, but is only available for students who are DMT majors and earn a grade of “C” or better in MGT 3320, MGT 3325, and MGT 4333.
- Recommended Electives:
- MGT 4320, ISY 3330, MKT 4320 and MKT 3310. (Note: MKT 3310 may be taken to satisfy part of the written and oral communication requirements for the BBA degree).
DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY MAJOR
|Total: 15 hours||Total: 16 hours|
|q||3||ENG 1302||q||3||ENG 1304|
|q||3||MTH 1308 or MTH 1304||q||3||MTH 1309 or MTH 1321|
|q||3||BUS 1301 / ISY 1305||q||4||Lab Science|
|q||3||REL 1310||q||3||ECO 1301 or HIS 1307|
|q||3||Social Science||q||3||BUS 1301 / ISY 1305|
|q||0||Chapel (CHA 1088) & UNV 1000||q||0||Chapel (CHA 1088)|
|Total: 15-16 hours||Total: 15-16 hours|
|q||3||REL 1350||q||3-4||Modern Foreign Language/Options|
|q||3-4||Modern Foreign Language/Options||q||3||PSC 2302|
|q||3||ACC 2303||q||3||ACC 2304|
|q||3||ECO 2306||q||3||ECO 2307|
|q||3||QBA 2302||q||3||QBA 2305|
|Total: 16 hours||Total: 17 hours|
|q||3||Modern Foreign Language/Options||q||3||CSS 1301/1302, or MKT 3310|
|q||3||MGT 3305||q||3||MKT 3305|
|q||3||MGT 3325||q||3||MGT 4333|
|q||3||ISY 3305||q||3||BUS 3315|
|q||3||MGT 3320 (Dist. Mgt.)||q||3||FIN 3310|
|q||3||MGT 4396 Internship|
|Total: 16 hours||Total: 15 hours|
|q||3||MGT 4330||q||3||MGT 4355|
|q||3||Advanced Business Elective/A&S||q||3||MGT 4345|
|q||3||Advanced Business Elective/A&S||q||3||Advanced Business Elective/A&S|
|q||3||BL 3305||q||3||Advanced Business Elective/A&S|
Note: Bold courses indicates the six courses in the DMT major. DMT majors are encouraged to take MKT 4320, MKT 3310, MGT 4320, and ISY 3330.
Why choose Distribution Management and Technology as a major?
In today’s highly competitive business environment, there is a strong demand for graduates who are well educated in the field of supply management and the more specialized field of distribution management. There are only a few universities that offer a major in distribution management, and graduates are presented with excellent job opportunities in procurement, supply chain, operations, sales, customer service, and consulting positions in manufacturing, wholesale, retail, non-profit, and governmental organizations.
The guaranteed summer internship with one of our industry partners is designed to give the student a valuable “hands on” industry experience. We are currently in the process of securing internships with a variety of target companies, including those in the health care, food, apparel, and jewelry distribution industries. Many companies use internships as a trial employment period for future employees and serious, well-qualified students often receive job offers from companies for which they have completed an internship. In addition, students who also prepare for and pass the professional certifications in supply management (CPSM) and/or project management (PMP) will find their marketability significantly enhanced.
The Institute for Supply Management published the results of their 2005 annual salary survey in the May 2006 issue of Inside Supply Management. The survey indicated that, in 2005, the average salary of supply management professionals was $78,470 (not including stock options). Those with 21 years or more experience averaged $95,900, while those new to the profession averaged $65,483. Those with a bachelor’s degree averaged $79,360. In addition, those who have obtained any professional certification earned an average of $4,347 more than those who have no certification. More specifically, those who hold the CPSM certification earned an additional $7,835.
The DMT major will open the door to numerous career opportunities in procurement, materials management, purchasing, vendor management, customer relationship management, integrated supply liaison, quality assurance, project management, traffic management, logistics, systems analysis, scheduling, consulting, and training. Recent experience indicates that students graduating with a degree in Distribution Management and Technology should be able to command an annual starting salary in the range of $45,000 to $50,000.
“The need for skilled and experienced supply professionals is increasing at a rapid pace.”
“There is a scarcity of good, qualified people in the supply management business.” - Inside Supply Management, May 2006.
3320 Distribution Management
Prerequisite(s): QBA 2302
This course focuses on the distribution process from point of manufacturer to the point of use. Major topics include: evolution and trends in distribution, structure of durable and non-durable goods industries, types of distribution intermediaries, customer and market segmentation functions performed by distributors and their strategic allies, common financial terminology used in distribution, fundamental elements of distributor finance, alternative performance measures, application of technology to the distribution process, and the like.
4330 Project Management (Cross-listed as MIS 4330)
4333 Procurement and Materials Management 4345 Global Supply Chain Management 4396 Distribution Management and Technology Internship
4355 Management Consulting
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in MIS 1305 (or equivalent competencies); and MGT 3325; not open to pre-business students
This course covers concepts and issues important to effective project management including project planning, budgeting, scheduling, auditing, project termination, and the role of the project manager. Methodologies for monitoring and controlling projects, risk analysis, and resource allocation are also presented. The student will learn how to apply Microsoft Project software to real life projects and learn how to effectively manage projects in both single and multi-project environments. This course is also designed to help the student prepare for certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Prerequisite(s): MGT 3325 or concurrent enrollment; not open to pre-business students
This course provides the student with the opportunity to analyze problems and issues encountered by managers as they consolidate buying power across the entire firm by aligning purchase governments with corporate strategy, developing and communicating purchasing policies, streamlining tactical purchasing functions, and expanding the strategic responsibilities of purchasing. Mastery of the material presented in this course will enable the student to assist his or her firm in building, achieving, and sustaining purchasing organization.
Prerequisite(s): MGT 3325; not open to pre-business students
Focuses on the principles and techniques used by managers to plan, schedule, contol, and evaluate the supply chain management strategies of world-class organizations. Good supply chain management practices will lead to a competitive advantage, while poor practices will hurt firm performance. Methodologies for supply chain analysis are developed and applied to topics such as designing the supply chain network, planning demand and supply, planning and managing inventories, and coordination and technology in the supply chain. Special attention is given to understanding facilities, inventory, transportation, and information as key drivers of supply chain performance.
Prerequisite(s): MGT 3320; MGT 3325; and MGT 4333 with a grade of C or higher; Distribution Management and Technology majors only; not open to pre-business students
Internship in distribution management; fulfilled in cooperation with a firm that provides the student opportunities to participate directly in activities such as distribution, purchasing and materials management, and supply chain management.
Prerequisite(s): MGT 3325; not open to pre-business students
This course is designed for individuals who are interested in business and management consulting. The course emphasizes the development of critical analysis skills that are useful in analyzing organizations and systems as well as resolving more personal problems and conflicts. Specific topics include cause/effect analysis, identifying root causes of problems, resolving critical conflicts, developing creative breakthrough solutions, and identifying and overcoming obstacles that prevent the implementation of solutions. Students apply the concepts learned in class to analyze actual organizations. Practicing management consultants are invited as guest speakers.
4333 Procurement and Materials Management
4345 Global Supply Chain Management
4396 Distribution Management and Technology Internship
4355 Management Consulting