WSU Mike Ilitch School of Business Offers Automotive Supply Chain Certificate, Degree Program


The Automotive Industry Action Group and Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business have launched a new automotive supply chain degree and certificate program for students and professionals.

“It is imperative that we accelerate the development of our next generation of global purchasing and supply chain professionals by providing them with a skill set and lexicon honed to manage the industry’s increasingly complex business challenges,” says J. Scot Sharland, executive director of the Automotive Industry Action Group.

Through the partnership, degree programs will be available for undergraduate majors and MBA concentrations in purchasing and supply chain management.

Two supply chain management non-degree courses, including an annual certificate program and a one-week, automotive-focused seminar, will also be available.

“We have witnessed a strategic transformation of the automotive supply chain over the past 25 years,” says John C. Taylor, chair of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Wayne State’s business school. “The rate of innovation in vehicle design, advanced manufacturing, and engineered materials has been truly remarkable and necessitated the creation of an unprecedented collaboration between industry and academia.”

Sharland says the Automotive Industry Action Group will provide the program with guidelines, training, and educational opportunities in global materials management, customs and supply chain security, export compliance, packaging, quality management, and more.

Wayne State will give participants access to undergraduate and graduate courses, basic and applied research, internships, and international studies programs offered in China, Italy, Brazil, and Poland.