WSU Mike Ilitch School of Business Launches Executive Master’s Degree in Automotive Supply Chain


The Wayne State University Board of Governors yesterday announced a new executive master of science in automotive supply chain management degree to be offered at the Mike Ilitch School of Business, now under construction at Woodward Avenue and Temple Street in Detroit.

The master degree is focused on the automotive industry and complex manufacturing, and is slated to begin this fall. The new business school is scheduled to open in April, and is located immediately north of Little Caesars Arena, the new home for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons that is scheduled to open in September.

The 31-credit program is designed for working professionals with a bachelor’s degree, as well as new graduates who want to pursue advanced studies. It can be completed in three semesters of full-time study, or two years of part-time study. Courses will be taught by academic and industry experts.

The master in automotive supply chain management will give students a theoretical understanding, applied practical knowledge, and skills to make informed decisions when managing complex manufacturing supply chains. The curriculum is designed to address the specific needs of the auto industry, including finance, information systems, purchasing, production control, lean management, constraints management, sustainability, risk management, logistics, and quality control.

“The Ilitch School’s established leadership in supply chain education uniquely positions us to deliver a successful master’s program in this field,” says professor Sachin Modi, who led development of the program. “At the Ilitch School, the undergraduate global supply chain management program has grown from 50 students seven years ago to some 450 majors today, primarily because of our ability to place these students in well-paid professional positions.”

With the discipline of supply chain management growing globally, Modi says the program will appeal to local employees at the Big Three, foreign automakers based in metro Detroit, suppliers, and tool and die. shops. With nearly 1,300 automotive-related manufacturing establishments statewide, Michigan has one of the high concentrations of supply chain professionals in the world.

Application information for the program can be found here.

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