What sets ISM Broncos apart

Student in classroom smilingWestern Michigan University’s integrated supply management program has continued to grow since the first two supply chain students graduated in the spring of 1993. Today, nearly 100 students graduate from the program each year. These graduates are “job ready” from day one, often for positions above entry level.

The unique curriculum of the ISM program is the result of integrating supply chain, information technology and continuous improvement.

An executive council guides the continuous development and evolution of the program. It consists of a broad array of participants, from recent graduates to supply management executives representing a variety of industries. This ensures multiple perspectives on educational issues and provides a unique insight into the changing skill sets necessary for tomorrow’s supply management professionals.

Experiential learning allows students to explore supply chain management concepts in real-world contexts. Manufacturing simulations, class projects based on genuine business issues from industry partners, internships, and consulting on supply chain issues for companies and organizations are all part of the learning experience. Hands-on education—connecting classroom information with actual business practices—is a defining aspect of the curriculum.

Program highlights

  • Nationally recognized and consistently ranked by Gartner in the top undergraduate supply chain programs.
  • Curriculum includes 13 supply-chain-specific courses (43 credits)—more than other well-known programs.
  • Required courses include one dedicated to learning ERP systems and processes by using SAP.
  • All students take Try-Z, an intensive, three-day capstone course in which student teams use Deming’s Plan-Do-Act management cycle.
  • ISM majors are required to obtain professional work experience, such as internships, prior to graduation.
  • Students have an opportunity to obtain Lean Six Sigma training as part of their coursework.
  • Many ISM majors choose to minor in business analytics, giving them the capacity to manage data and conduct business projects.
  • To apply to the program, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Each year, the program has nearly 100 graduates.
  • Many students begin their senior year with job offers in hand.

These are just some of the reasons ISM Broncos are in demand.