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)
  • A 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:
    • An 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
  • Professional resume (should include start and end dates for each position held.)
  • A short essay answering 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.

Electives: 16 credits

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

Finance elective (choose one)

*Prerequisites must be met

Information Systems elective (choose one)

Quality Management elective (choose one)

Directed study elective (one credit, required)

Directed Study Guidelines (pdf)

There are two critical value added activities in this program: 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). This course is designed to provide students with automotive industry produced training programs and conferences. Students are required to participate in the following and provide documentation of participation:
    • Completion of 3 Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) online training modules related to quality, sustainability, or supply chain management in general, or other such programs agreed to by the directed study (GSC 7995) course instructor.
    • Participation in 2 conferences on broad supply chain management topics produced by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) or other industry related program approved by the study abroad (GSC 7995) course instructor.
    • The course will require a term paper on what was learned in these experiences.

International Experience requirement

Students are required to have an international experience as part of the program. This can be fulfilled by taking one of the Ilitch School Study Abroad two week courses as follows:

GSC 7650 and GSC 7910 also fulfill specific topical requirements as well as the international experience if taken in China and Brazil. The GSC 7995 (Italy and Central Europe) courses also fulfill one of the two electives in the program.

Other electives (choose two)

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

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.