The ISM experience
The WMU ISM program is more than a curriculum—it is a complete educational experience. Students have a variety of opportunities to develop their professional skills, from participation in professional organizations to special topic courses and workshops.
Since its inception in 1992 as the first supply management program to integrate business and engineering courses, the ISM program has consulted its industry partners to continuously improve the curriculum. Today, the program integrates information technology along with an engineering core to provide students with a unique, in-depth education. Flexible elective options as well as special topic courses and industry workshops provide students with an integrated development environment to prepare them academically, personally and professionally to achieve their career goals.
- Integrated Supply Management, WMU (43 credits)
- Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University (21 credits)
- Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University (18 credits)
- Supply Chain Management, Penn State University (24 credits)
- Supply Chain Management, University of Texas, Austin (21 credits)
This gives ISM graduates a significant advantage in the job market and the workplace and has led to the WMU ISM program being ranked in the Top 10 in the nation by the Gartner research firm.
The extensive curriculum means that ISM students must plan their course of study carefully.
Application and advising
The ISM academic advisor helps students plan their courses and start the competitive application process early. Students who are planning on transferring classes from another institution should also meet with the ISM academic advisor.
supply chain management
Nationally ranked in the top 10 for undergraduate education and No. 2 for technology integration and quantitative methods, the interdisciplinary integrated supply management program at Western Michigan University will prepare you for challenging and high-paying careers with leading companies.
An ISM degree means you'll be involved in every step of the process of providing goods and services to consumers, from the time of inception through consumption and redemption. Expect a curriculum that combines strengths of supply chain, engineering and information technology, along with skills in team management, communications and problem solving.
Learn what it takes to make a business work better with an ISM major at the Haworth College of Business.
As an ISM student, you will have many opportunities for experiential learning, which will allow you to explore supply chain management concepts in real-world contexts. Manufacturing simulations, class projects based on business issues from industry partners, internships, and consulting on supply chain issues for companies and organizations will all be a part of your learning experience. In the course, Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving (MGMT 3810), for example, students work in teams with local companies applying supply chain concepts to real industry problems.
Hands-on education, connecting classroom information with actual business practices, is a defining aspect of the curriculum. And because of the program’s experiential focus, you will be ready to add value to a company on day one!
supply chain management major coursework
It is recommended that you enroll for these courses as follows:
- MGMT 2800—Intro to Supply Management (enroll as a sophomore and during the semester that you apply for this program)
- MGMT 3200—Managing ERP Systems (first or second semester in program)
- MGMT 3810—Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving (first or second semester in program)
- EDMM 3280—Quality Assurance and Control (first semester in program)
- EDMM 1420—Engineering Graphics (first or second semester in program)
- EDMM 1500/1501—Intro to Manufacturing/Processes and Materials in Manufacturing (first or second semester in program)
- MKTG 3720—Sourcing and Purchasing (second semester in program)
- MKTG 4630—Supply Chain Logistics (third semester in program)
- MGMT 4640—Production Management and Control (third semester in program)
- LAW 4840—International Business Law (third semester in program)
- or LAW 4860—Marketing and Sales Law
- GEOG 3010—Fundamentals of Geographic Info Systems (fourth semester in program)
- or EDMM 4870—Manufacturing Productivity Techniques
- or EM 5120—Management of Service Operations
- EDMM 4880 or MKTG 4880 —Applied Process Reengineering (fourth semester)
The diversity of the ISM curriculum provides the opportunity to enter supply chain careers from many different avenues such as purchasing, operations management, quality management and logistics.
Graduates maintain a near 100 percent placement rate and are some of the highest paid graduates of the college. The program boasts other compelling statistics; 99 percent of students surveyed completed an experiential learning activity and 94 percent are satisfied with their current job.
Students with questions related to their coursework should contact:
Alyshia (Norris) Garrett
Office: 2382 Schneider | (269) 387-5856
Email Alyshia Garrett
Advising walk-in hours
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Monday and Friday: by appointment only