Academic Catalog

Automotive Supply Chain Management (Executive M.S.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Executive Master of Science in Automotive Supply Chain Management (EMS-SCM) program is contingent upon admission to the Wayne State University Graduate School. Please note: The admission application's academic programs list is alphabetical; you'll find this degree listed as Automotive Supply Chain Management.

In addition to Wayne State's graduate school admission criteria, applicants to the EMS-SCM program must meet the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally, or nationally, accredited institution. If the applicant's undergraduate degree is in a non-business discipline, the applicant may be required to complete foundation courses determined by the selection committee.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75, with a 3.0 major GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • A current resume.

On-campus or phone interviews may be required. Background in supply chain management (via undergraduate degree, professional certification or work experience) is preferred but not required. The committee will base its recommendation for admissions on the composite characteristics of the applicant.

Program Requirements

The EMS-SCM is a 31 credit degree program that can be completed in three semesters for full-time students. By taking six credit hours (two courses) per semester, a part-time student can complete the program in five semesters. Students enrolled in the program must complete the program within six years of their start date.

Up to six transfer credits for previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree if those credits have not been counted towards a degree, earned a B grade or better, are from an AACSB accredited institution, not older than 6 years and are equivalent substitutes. Students transferring to the program from the Ilitch School's M.B.A. with a concentration in global supply chain management may transfer unlimited Wayne State graduate credits in global supply chain management.

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 is required to obtain the EMS-SCM degree. A maximum of two courses in which a C has been received may be used to meet graduation requirements, provided this is offset by sufficient A grades to maintain the required 3.00 grade point average. 

Online Program

The EMS-SCM program is available in a fully online format. Students enrolled in a fully online major are limited to registering for courses listed in the Schedule of Classes with the Instructional Methods: Online — No Scheduled Meetings or Online — Scheduled Meetings. Students who are eligible to enroll in the online program will qualify for Michigan resident tuition rates, more details are available in the Academic Regulations section of the Graduate Bulletin.


All courses listed below are three credits each unless otherwise noted.

Core Courses25
The core courses form the backbone of the EMS-SCM program, providing the critical skills needed for various specialties within the broader field.
ERP Systems and Business Integration
Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
Manufacturing and Supply Chain Analytics
Global Logistics Management
Strategic Procurement
Manufacturing Planning and Control
Customs Administration and High Tech Purchasing
Lean Six Sigma
Directed Study in Global Supply Chain 1
Business Analytics
Understanding Emerging Technologies
Social Perspectives on the Business Enterprise
Consultative Analysis and Executive Presentation
Study Abroad
Supply Chain Process Analysis and Costing
Business and Sustainability
Project Management
Capstone Requirement 3
Auto Industry Supply Chain Management
Total Credits31

There are two critical value added activities in this program: training sessions provided in conjunction with the Automotive Industry Action Group and networking sessions with automotive industry professionals. A combination of these are required and covered as part of the 1 credit directed study in supply chain management.

The directed study course is designed to provide students with automotive industry produced training programs and conferences. Students in the 1 credit directed study are required to participate in the following and provide documentation of participation:

  • Completion of 3 Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) online training modules related to quality, sustainability, or supply chain management in general, or other such programs agreed to by the directed study (GSC 7995) course instructor.
  • Participation in 2 conferences on broad supply chain management topics produced by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) or other industry related program approved by the study abroad (GSC 7995) course instructor.

International experience requirement

Students are required to have an international experience as part of the program. This can be fulfilled by either taking one of our Study Abroad courses or writing a paper on an international experience or topic as part of the GSC 7950 Auto Industry SCM Capstone course.

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