Supply chain management

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Bachelor of science in business administration
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Supply chains drive the economy, from sourcing materials to manufacturing goods to delivering items or services to consumers. These processes continue to assume a greater place in our everyday lives, and on a larger scale, globalization, emerging markets, new technologies and expanding e-commerce businesses fuel its steady growth. Reflecting this, a plethora of diverse, numbers- and management-based opportunities have emerged along this pipeline, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis’s online bachelor of science in business administration degree with an emphasis in supply chain management equips you with the skills to make an impact. 

The College of Business Administration looks toward the future. For supply chain management, data analytics influences decision making and plays a role in sourcing, warehousing and logistics. The program’s curriculum focuses on the full supply chain process and usage of data analytics while stressing the importance of research and practical experience to gain an edge in the field. Furthermore, our partnerships with businesses help ensure the latest topics are being taught in the classroom to prepare you for tomorrow’s careers and to excel as a leader and entrepreneur.

This online bachelor’s degree in supply chain management takes a holistic perspective while letting you specialize your knowledge. You’ll learn about the entire supply chain in detail, from material acquisition to distribution, and become familiar with data analytics techniques used to make decisions and drive performance throughout each stage. Beyond the classroom, hands-on learning becomes your bridge into the workforce. We encourage you to find internships and practicums, and our faculty—many of whom are supply chain thought leaders with connections to area businesses—can guide you toward enriching research opportunities. UMSL’s Supply Chain Risk and Resilience Research Institute (SCR3) and the Center for Business and Industry Studies (CBIS) let you continue refining your skills in a controlled, monitored environment.

If you’re fascinated by how this multipart system keeps the global economy running, we offer one of the most comprehensive and affordable programs of its type in the state of Missouri.

Quick facts

Official name

Bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in supply chain management


University of Missouri-St. Louis

Program type

Bachelor's degree

Academic home

College of Business Administration | Department of Supply Chain and Analytics

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Credit hours


Estimated cost


Transfer credit hours


Transfer estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Supply chain management covers the processes and relationships for finding materials, manufacturing them into a product or service related to consumer demand and delivering them to the marketplace for purchase or access. This structure involves concepts related to purchasing, production, operations, logistics, transportation and integration. New technologies, challenging competitors and data’s availability and usage influence each area in varying degrees.

Today, supply chain management affects how goods move across the globe, with teams of logisticians and other professionals overseeing its efficiency. Among all aspects considered, systems need to perform accurately and be up to date, especially in relation to trade between countries.

Anticipating marketplace needs and the skills required for these careers, this online bachelor’s degree in supply chain management covers:

  • domain knowledge of the field, including in logistics, production and service operations management;
  • the three pillars of business analytics—descriptive, predictive and prescriptive—and their applications in demand planning, network design, production planning, inventory control and transportation;
  • the role data-driven decision-making has in supply chains and key industry-specific quantitative methods; 
  • broad-range industry concepts involved in purchasing, production, operation, logistics, integration and reverse supply chains; and
  • methods for analyzing supply chain problems to provide business- and data-supported solutions. 
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Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
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Potential job titles for graduates

 The Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies steady growth for logisticians through 2029. Potential positions involving supply chain and analytics knowledge include:

  • supply chain manager or designer;
  • logistics or transportation analyst;
  • sourcing specialist;
  • distribution or transportation manager;
  • business analyst;
  • data scientist; or
  • operations research analyst.

Program structure

General business principles apply to all areas of the economy. The first 30 credits of this 48 credit–hour program expose you to these widely used concepts—accounting, finance, information systems, business analytics, marketing and management. You’ll learn how to motivate teams, oversee products and resources, grow revenue and devise new solutions to address business needs.

For the remainder of the program’s 18 credit hours, a minimum of 12 go toward electives. Three tracks—supply chain management, transportation and business analytics—help you focus your skills on one industry-specific area.

UMSL’s interactive advising process helps you stay on track to graduation. We’ll guide and assist you with selecting the right classes and accessing experiential opportunities.

The typical online BSBA student takes one to two classes per semester, earning their degree in two to three years. The program is fully online—no on-campus visits are required. 

Course work includes

Once you begin the supply chain management emphasis, you’ll have a chance to learn about:

  • manufacturing and service operations, and the quantitative methods used to address strategic, tactical and operational problems;
  • procurement processes and supplier management for products and services;
  • predictive analytics in business settings, including applications of multivariate analysis;
  • the transportation sector, from history and government regulation to its role in the supply chain, the function of logistics, modes, risks and security issues;
  • the philosophies and techniques for lean production in manufacturing and service operations;
  • the environmental impact of supply chains and ways to reduce costs and increase profits in line with eco-friendly practices;
  • the design, operation, management and performance measurements for business logistics;
  • software and tools for designing and operating a supply chain;
  • project management, particularly the use of analytics for planning, evaluating, scheduling and training; 
  • prescriptive analytics for making better business decisions along the supply chain; and
  • global supply chain management, focusing on agreements, network design and production across multiple borders. 

Review the full list of courses and all descriptions.


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

3 years

Typical course load

1-2 classes per semester


The University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The College of Business is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Faculty spotlight

Haitao Li.

Dr. Li holds his PhD in operations management and MA in economics from the University of Mississippi, and BE in foreign trade in industry with a minor in aeronautical engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, P.R. China. Dr. Li’s teaching philosophy emphasizes cultivating students’ problem solving skills by bridging the gap between classroom instruction and real world practice. His favorite courses include supply chain management, advanced operations management and supply chain modeling at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Li has years’ of research experience in optimization modeling and algorithm design, and has been actively working with industry in the application domains of supply chain optimization, project scheduling and resource allocation. He was a recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) in 2010, and the Douglas Durand Award for Research Excellence of UMSL in 2015. With two U.S. Patent applications and a number of invention disclosures, he was named 2015 UMSL Inventor of The Year. He also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of the Operational Research Society, Transportation Journal, and Editorial Board of the International Journal of Project Management.

Haitao Li, PhD
Professor and Chair
Jill Bernard Bracy

Dr. Bracy teaches courses in supply chain strategy and quantitative methods for business. Her teaching philosophy is to blend and adapt teaching styles to match the learning environment, subject matter, and students’ interests and capabilities with the best pedagogical techniques. Dr. Bracy’s research interests include using applied data analytics for highway safety policy recommendations and evaluating the impacts of programs and policies on student performance and success in higher education. She is actively involved with industry, and currently serves as president for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals - St. Louis Roundtable and for the Transportation Research Forum – St. Louis Chapter.

Jill Bernard Bracy, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
James Campbell

Dr. Campbell received his PhD from the University of California – Berkeley in industrial engineering & operations research. He teaches courses in supply chain and operations management, logistics, location modeling and business analytics. The operations and supply chain courses address the essential activities at the heart of every organization: to produce goods and services, and deliver them to the end customer. All of Dr. Campbell’s courses combine data-driven decision making for practical problems in production/operations, transportation, and logistics. Dr. Campbell’s research centers around modeling and optimization of transportation, logistics and supply chain systems, and he has worked with public and private sector organizations in Canada, Australia and the U.S. His recent research interests include drone delivery, hub location and transportation network design, logistics for snow removal, school bus routing and barge transportation on the Upper Mississippi River. He has numerous publications in leading academic journals, and is Associate Editor of Transportation Research – Part B and Transportation Science.

James Campbell, PhD
Andrea Hupman

Dr. Hupman earned her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 before joining the faculty at UMSL as an assistant professor of business analytics. She teaches courses in statistics, business analytics and predictive analytics and data mining. She strives to promote critical thinking by encouraging students to think through the logic underpinning fundamental concepts and practices in quantitative analysis, and to promote the development of skills such as the use of Microsoft Excel that will benefit students in their future careers. Her teaching has garnered recognition; she was the 2017 recipient of the Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award from UMSL. Her research interests include uncertainty quantification, predictive analytics, and decision analysis. Her work has appeared in leading journals, including the European Journal of Operational Research and IEEE Systems Journal. She reviews for numerous journals and serves on the Editorial Board of Decision Analysis.  

Andrea Hupman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Maureen Karig

Prof. Karig brings more than twenty years of business experience with global manufacturing, distribution and logistics companies to her supply chain classes at UMSL. Prior to joining UMSL she served as Director of Export Business Development and Support for Incentive Group A/S, a Danish-owned cleaning equipment manufacturer. She has held management roles all along the global supply chain including in International Freight Forwarding, Export Operations, Global Market Intelligence, Global Customer Support and International Credit and Collections. Along with working in North America, Prof. Karig has worked in Europe and in South America and with colleagues and team members in Asia.  Prof. Karig received her MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management and her MA from Boston College and BA from the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh, both in International Studies. She is passionate about global trade and the global supply chain and brings this enthusiasm to her Introduction to Supply Chain Management and her Global Supply Chain Management classes at UMSL. 

Maureen Karig, MBA
Assistant Teaching Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Supply Chain and Analytics