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Supply Chain Management (SCMA)

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:26am

Supply chain management (SCM) involves the management of materials and information across the entire supply chain. This includes raw material suppliers, component producers, final assembly and distribution, and may include after-sales service and returns or recycling. Supply chain management has gained importance in recent years as organizations recognize the tremendous advantages that can be realized through collaborative management of the whole logistics and transportation network (chain).

In a sparsely populated but geographically large country like Canada, efficient management of transportation and logistics is vital to the country's economic growth. With the emergence of global markets, the need for logistics management has become even more critical. In addition, Calgary is an increasingly important transportation hub. For these reasons, many of our graduates are likely to be directly or indirectly involved in SCM.

Students choosing this concentration will be required to take three core courses: Materials and Supply Chain Management, Transportation Systems and Analysis, and a Senior Project course. They have the opportunity to be exposed to diverse topics such as service operations management, negotiation, regulatory economics, transportation planning, services marketing, and project management. The curriculum will often include industry-based projects.

Students declaring a Concentration must take a required six courses. Please refer to the University of Calgary Calendar for a description of these courses and their prerequisites.


Students must achieve a minimum grade of 'C' in:

  • OPMA 317

Students must maintain a C- grade in all concentration courses
after above prerequisite course(s).

Nature of Work and Types of Jobs


  • identify global sources of materials, select vendors, and manage negotiations, contracts, and relationships
  • coordinate with materials management and ensure timely delivery of appropriate materials


  • supervise a variety of functions, including warehouse and distribution operations, forecasting, planning, inventory management, logistics information systems, and customer service
  • develop and maintain cooperative relationships with logistics suppliers and other members of the supply chain


  • work with client organizations to enhance supply chain performance through strategic planning, process reengineering, and/or information technology implementation
  • develop supply chain tools, processes, and knowledge bases needed to create customer value, build competitive advantage, and boost profitability

Positions Obtained by Recent Grads

  • Export Manager
  • Fleet Manager
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Logistics Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Supply Chain Coordinator
  • Transportation/Logistics Analyst
  • Warehouse Manager

Student Club

Association for the Management of Information and Operations (AMIO)
Academic, social, and networking events are the focus of AMIO. AMIO hosts two main events: an industry night for career development and an alumni night for introducing past executives to current students.


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