Requirements for executive master's in automotive supply chain management

The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business executive master of science in automotive supply chain management (EMS-SCM) conforms to the standards set by the field of supply chain management and the major accrediting body for business education, AACSB International, for a master's degree in a specialized field.

The EMS-SCM curriculum will:

  • Equip qualified individuals for careers in mid- to senior- level supply chain management positions in the vehicular industry in related functions of sourcing/supply management, logistics, manufacturing operations and supply chain management
  • Help established supply chain professionals advance in the workplace, build on and update their skills and knowledge, or change career specialization within the broader field of supply chain management
  • Develop students' professional competence in the increasingly technical field of supply chain decision making

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Admission requirements

Admission to the EMS-SCM program is contingent upon admission to the Wayne State University Graduate SchoolPlease note: The admission application's academic programs list is alphabetical; you'll find this degree listed as Automotive Supply Chain Management.

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In addition to Wayne State's graduate school admission criteria, applicants to the EMS-SCM program must meet the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. If the applicant's undergraduate degree is in a non-business discipline, the applicant must complete foundation courses determined by the selection committee.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75, with a 3.0 major GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Minimum GMAT score of 550. The Ilitch School does offer GMAT waivers to highly qualified applicants. To be considered for a GMAT waiver, you must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) entrance exam
    • GPA of 3.0 or higher from an AACSB-accredited business program or  GPA of 3.2 or higher from a regionally-accredited university in any major, AND at least three years of relevant supply chain professional experience in a manufacturing organization that shows increased responsibility over that period
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  • A short essay answering on the following:
    • What are your career objectives and how will an EMS-SCM help you achieve your goals?
    • Describe any special circumstances related to your academic record you think the admissions committee should consider.

On-campus or phone interviews may be required. Background in supply chain management (via undergraduate degree, professional certification or work experience) is preferred though not an absolute requirement. The committee will base its recommendation for admissions on the composite characteristics of the applicant. The applicant's work experience and an outstanding track record may be considered a positive factor to make up for deficiency in one or two numerical criteria.

Curriculum requirements

All courses listed below are three credits each unless otherwise noted.

Course scheduling matrix

Core courses: 15 credits

Five courses form the backbone of the EMS-SCM program, providing the critical skills needed for various specialties within the broader field.

  • GSC 7620: Global Supply Chain Management
  • GSC 7650: Strategic Procurement 
  • GSC 7680: Manufacturing Planning and Control 
  • GSC 7910: Managing Automotive Supply Chain Sustainability
  • GSC 7950: Auto Industry SCM Capstone Case Course

Electives: 16 credits

In addition to taking the 15-credit core curriculum, students must take 16 credit hours of electives. 

Finance elective (choose one)

  • BA 7000: Managerial Accounting
  • BA 7020: Corporate Financial Management 

Information systems elective (choose one)

  • DSB 6200: Manufacturing and Supply Chain Analytics (cross-listed as GSC 7670: Special Topics in SCM)
  • GSC 7010: Supply Chain Decision Tools 

Quality management elective (choose one)

  • GSC 7960: Lean Six Sigma 
  • GSC 7991: Principles of Quality Management 
  • GSC 7992: Quality Management: Green Belt Preparation 

Directed study elective (one credit, required)

There are three critical value added activities in this program: an international experience, training sessions provided in conjunction with the Automotive Industry Action Group, and networking sessions with automotive industry professionals. A combination of these are required and covered as a directed study in supply chain management.

  • GSC 7995: Directed Study in Global Supply Chain Management (1 credit)

Other electives (choose two)

Note: Electives may not be double-counted against the information systems and quality management elective choices above.

  • DSB 6200: Manufacturing and Supply Chain Analytics (cross-listed as GSC 7670: Special Topics in SCM)
  • GSC 7010: Supply Chain Decision Tools 
  • GSC 7260: Theory of Constraints: Breakthrough Solutions 
  • GSC 7670: Special Topics in SCM 
  • GSC 7920: Supply Chain Process Analysis and Costing 
  • GSC 7930: Managing Risk in Automotive Supply Chains 
  • GSC 7940: Buyer-Supplier Relationships in the Auto Industry 
  • GSC 7960: Lean Six Sigma 
  • GSC 7991: Principles of Quality Management 
  • GSC 7992: Quality Management: Green Belt Preparation 

Graduation requirements

The EMS-SCM is a 31-credit degree program that can be completed in three semesters for full-time students. By taking six credit hours (two courses) per semester, a part-time student can complete the program in five semesters. Students enrolled in the program must complete the program within six years of their start date.

Up to six transfer credits for previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree if those credits have not been counted towards a degree and are equivalent substitutes. Students transferring to the program from the Ilitch School's M.B.A. with a concentration in global supply chain management may transfer unlimited Wayne State graduate credits in global supply chain management. 

A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required to obtain the EMS-SCM degree. A maximum of two courses in which a C has been received may be used to meet graduation requirements, provided this is offset by sufficient A grades to maintain the required 3.00 average.