Integrated Supply Management

Are you thinking about majoring in integrated supply management? Here's what you can expect from the major and from your career.

  • A curriculum that combines engineering, information technology, supply chain and business education to prepare you for a challenging and high-paying career.
  • Courses that make you well-versed in purchasing, logistics, manufacturing and services.
  • Development of skills in team management, interpersonal communication, and group problem solving.

Supply chain management is a broad career field, where professionals are involved in every step of the process in providing goods to the consumer, from the time when materials are grown in the ground or mined from it, until they appear on the retail store shelves. Supply chain professionals also work in the service industry because of their skill in improving the quality and efficiency of business processes. In addition, because the ISM program provides a solid background in information technology and its role in supporting business processes, graduates are being hired into business analyst positions in information technology departments.

Western Michigan University's integrated supply management program is an interdisciplinary program the Haworth College of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The mission of the ISM program is to influence the evolution of supply management theory and practice through scholarly teaching, discovery, integration and application. A strong partnership between the faculty, industry and students has been an integral part of the program since its founding in 1992.

Beyond the classroom

You can greatly enhance your professional development by getting involved in APICS, the Association for Operations Management student chapter at WMU. Membership in the organization will give you access to industry-specific speakers, tours, and networking opportunities at the local and regional level. It will also allow you to attend APICS regional meetings throughout Michigan and Wisconsin, where you can interact and share best practices with students from different chapters. You will also have the opportunity to compete with your peers in a resource management competition.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in integrated supply management are working as:

  • Consultants
  • Managers
  • Manufacturing and logistics representatives

Among the companies they work for are:

  • Parker Hannifin
  • John Deere and Company
  • Marathon Ashland Petroleum

Nearly 100 percent of our students enter supply chain-related careers after graduation in the areas of purchasing, manufacturing and logistics.

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo