Concordia University

Supply Chain and Business Technology Management

Master of/Magisteriate in Supply Chain Management

Admission Requirements

The program is open to both full-time and part-time students. The following bachelor’s degrees with high academic standing are eligible for admission:  bachelor’s degree in Commerce (or equivalent) with a major in any business discipline; bachelor’s degree in any of the engineering disciplines; bachelor’s degree in Economics / Mathematics / Applied Sciences.

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have maintained at least a average in the final two years of their undergraduate studies and have obtained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.30 scale, or the equivalent, from an accredited university.

Applicants must submit proof of satisfactory performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) completed within the previous five years, two letters of recommendation with the Academic Assessment forms and a short statement of purpose. (Please note that the GMAT is preferred to the GRE).

Proficiency in English or French. Applicants whose first language is not English or French and who are not Canadian citizens or landed immigrants must obtain a satisfactory score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before being considered for admission. This requirement is waived for foreign students completing their undergraduate degrees at a university where English or French is the language of instruction.

Concordia Comprehensive ESL Placement Test (ConCEPT). Applicants who have been admitted by a program and whose test results fall within the range requiring a language placement test are required to write the Concordia Comprehensive ESL Placement Test (ConCEPT).

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Residence. In accordance with standard university policy, the minimum residence requirement for this master’s degree is three terms of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. This requirement must be met regardless of the amount of graduate work previously completed in any other program or at any other university.

  2. Credits. Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Academic Regulations

  1. Credit Load: Full-time Students. The normal course load for full-time students is 12 credits in each of the terms in the first year; 6 credits and the 15-credit applied research project in the second year.

  2. Credit Load: Part-time Students. The maximum course load for part-time students is 12 credits per calendar year. The 15-credit applied research project should take 6 to 12 months to complete.

  3. Course Reduction. In exceptional circumstances, students may be granted permission to reduce their course load below the normal specified above while remaining in good standing.

  4. Program and Course Withdrawal. Students who wish to apply for withdrawal from the program must do so in writing at the office of the Associate Dean, Research and Research Programs. Students may drop a course up to the end of the course change period. This is normally about two weeks after classes begin (see Academic Calendar). In addition to the regulations which appear in the Graduate Registration section of the Graduate Calendar, students enrolled in the program are required to observe the following rules.

  5. Academic Standing. The scholastic performance of all masters’ students is reviewed on a regular basis. This assessment is based on the final grades obtained in all seminars for which a student has registered subsequent to his or her admission into the program. To be considered in good standing at such a review, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better.

  6. Conditional Standing. A student who has not fulfilled the above condition is either a student on conditional standing or a failed student. A student on conditional standing who has not completed his or her seminars is required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better by the time of the next assessment. A student who has completed his or her seminars and has not achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required to repeat seminars or take up to six additional credits (two seminars) to meet the 3.00 GPA graduation requirement. The seminar(s) are determined by the Departmental Program Committee. A student who does not satisfy the requirements of conditional standing is considered a failed student and is dismissed from the program.

  7. Failure Regulation. Students who fail one seminar in the program are dismissed from the program and may appeal for reinstatement. Students who fail a seminar and are readmitted may either repeat the seminar or replace it by taking another seminar. Students who fail a seminar after reinstatement are dismissed from the program and are not considered for reinstatement. Students who fail more than one seminar are dismissed from the program and are not considered for readmission.

  8. C Rule. Students who receive more than one C during the course of their studies are dismissed from the program. The student may appeal for reinstatement to the program director. Students who receive another C after reinstatement are dismissed from the program and are not considered for reinstatement.

  9. Time Limit. All work for the master's degree for full-time students must be completed within 6 terms (two years) from the time of initial registration in the program at Concordia University; for part-time students the time limit is 12 terms (four years).

  10. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

    The degree requirements for the program consist of the following:

    6 credits of core seminars:
    MSCA 602: Applied Linear Statistical Models (3 credits)
    MSCA 615: Research Methodology - Administrative Sciences (3 credits)

    15 credits of Supply Chain Management seminars:
    MSCM 681: Advanced Modelling and Optimization (3 credits)
    MSCM 682: Sourcing and Global Logistics (3 credits)
    MSCM 683: Supply Chain Design and Coordination (3 credits)
    MSCM 684: Demand Management (3 credits)
    MSCM 685: Supply Chain Risk Management (3 credits)

    9 credits of elective seminars (see Elective Seminars)

    and subsequently 15 credits: MSCM 689: Applied Research Project

Elective Seminars

Taking an elective seminar is subject to the academic advisor’s approval. Each year a selection of specialized seminars are offered on a rotating basis from those listed below.

MSCA 625 Seminar in Options and Futures
MSCA 632 Seminar in Special Topics in Finance
MSCA 645 Seminar in Organization Theory
MSCA 647 Seminar in Strategic Management
MSCA 652 Seminar in Special Topics in Management
MSCA 668 Seminar in Innovation and Marketing
MSCA 672 Seminar in Special Topics in Marketing

At most one elective seminar at the graduate level can be taken outside of JMSB. 

Qualifying Program

Up to three qualifying program courses are taken by those students who do not have a Supply Chain Management or Industrial Engineering degree. These courses are specified at the time of admission by the Admissions Committee, based on the academic background of the student. The qualifying program courses need to be successfully completed prior to starting the regular master program.

Supply Chain Management Seminar Descriptions

MSCM 681 Advanced Modelling and Optimization
This seminar emphasizes the theoretical and practical aspects of advanced optimization modelling techniques in supply chain planning. Among the topics covered are network optimization, non-linear programming, stochastic programming, Markov processes and application of duality in developing decomposition-based solution approaches for large linear and integer models. Use of commercial modelling platform and optimization software are an integral part of this seminar.

MSCM 682 Sourcing and Global Logistics
This seminar covers the practices, techniques and regulations associated with sourcing and movement of materials in the global supply chains. Among the topics covered on sourcing are impact of globalization on sourcing, supplier evaluation and selection, supplier performance management, purchasing, electronic procurement, negotiations, contract law, supplier relationship management. Issues in global logistics are discussed in the second half of the seminar. Among the topics covered are distribution channels, warehousing, transportation management, reverse logistics, green logistics and sustainability, and cross-border issues in logistics. The coverage is supplemented by case studies and research articles.

MSCM 683 Supply Chain Design and Coordination
Prerequisite: MSCM 681 or equivalent.
This seminar focuses on managerial and modelling issues in supply chain design and coordination along the supply chain. Models in facility location, distribution networks and global supply chain networks are studied. The strategic aspects of supply chain design are discussed in terms of competitive drivers. The second part of the seminar deals with coordination issues. Among the concepts and models covered in this respect are supply chain contracts, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment, bullwhip effect, postponement, and vendor managed inventory. Articles, case studies, optimization software and simulation game are used as part of seminar delivery.

MSCM 684 Demand Management
The seminar presents advanced forecasting tools that assist market analysis, revenue management tools that optimize operational performance and approaches in building flexibilities to enhance manufacturing and organizational capabilities. Among the topics covered are advanced forecasting models, judgmental forecasting and adjustment, customer relationship management, consumer choice models, dynamic pricing, capacity control, network revenue management, manufacturing and organizational flexibilities. The seminar content is delivered via a combination of lectures, case analyses and research articles.

MSCM 685 Supply Chain Risk Management
Prerequisite: MSCM 681 or equivalent.
Strategies for managing the various risks along the supply chain are studied. Quantitative and qualitative approaches used in analyzing such risks and scenarios are covered. The seminar discusses risk identification and management, trade-offs in risk management, strategies for robustness, scenario planning, financial risks and disruption planning. The approaches used for modelling and analyzing the supply chain risks are presented through lectures, case analyses and research articles.

MSCM 689 Applied Research Project
Prerequisite: at least nine credits of MSCM seminars.
Supervised (co-supervised) by a faculty member(s), the applied research project is carried out individually or by a group of two students, depending on the overall requirements and the extent of the project to be conducted. The project involves working on a real-life supply chain management problem provided by a company. Once the problem is defined, the students prepare an overall project management plan to tackle the problem within a given time limit. The various stages of the project involve, among others: literature review, defining data and information requirements for problem analysis, gathering data, designing the appropriate model, conducting experimental design runs and sensitivity analyses, and presenting the solution(s) with an implementation plan. The project outcome is expected to have both academic and business merit. For projects done in groups of two students, there is a significant individual evaluation component in assessing the work done by each student.


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