Structure & Content
The curriculum – grounded in proven theory and methodology, best practices and emerging innovative techniques – enables students to chart the supply chain processes all the way from managing information technology to enabling logistics and designing supply chain strategies.
The first year introduces students to the basics of operations, transport, and logistics, focussing on the relevant concepts of business information systems and geo-informatics as well as mathematics and statistics. Fundamental principles, methods, techniques and information tools – necessary for the analysis, management, and operation of supply chains – are presented.
1st Semester – FoundationDuration: begin of October - end of January
Geographic Informations Systems for Transport & Logistics (GIS-T)
Logistics Management (LM)
Operations Research (OR)
Advanced Operations Research (aOR)
Operations Management (OM)
Supply Chain Operations (SCO)
2nd Semester – In-depth KnowledgeDuration: begin of March - end of June
Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Transport & Logistics (aGIS-T)
Supply Chain Controlling (SCC)
Supply Management (SCM)
Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP)
Global Supply Chain Design (GSCD)
Supply Chain Planning (SCP)
In the second year, students select two in-depth electives according to their individual interests. Furthermore, in advanced seminars and the master's thesis students learn to apply the concepts and methods learned to real world environments.
3rd Semester - Specialized ExpertiseDuration: begin of October - end of January
Specialization areas - select two:
Business Analytics in Supply Chains (BA)
Location Analytics in Supply Chain Management (LA)
Marketing Research and Analytics (MRA)
Supply Chain Finance and Risks (FR)
Sustainable and Humanitarian Supply Chains (SH)
Transport and Logistics (TL)
Seminar Course in Supply Chain Management - select one:
Decision Models and Analysis (SC DMA)
IT Seminar Course (SC IT)
Transport and Logistics (SC TL)
4th Semester - SynthesisDuration: begin of March - end of June
Research Seminar in Supply Chain Management (RS)
Exchange SemesterAdditionally, students also have the opportunity to spend a semester at one of WU's 120 partner universities.
All of our recommended partner programs enable committed students to spend time abroad without extending their study duration. Usually, students go abroad during the third semester, choosing electives offered at the partner institution.
To SCM students recommended partner universities in Europe and overseas, each offering a suitable program in supply chain management:
Aarhus University (DK)
Audencia Nantes (FR)
City University of Hong Kong (HK)
Cranfield University (GB)
Kobe University (JP)
Kühne Logistics University (DE)
TU Eindhoven (NL)
University of Connecticut (USA)
University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management (USA)
The graduate exchange program is fully organized and processed by WU's International Office
Study Plan(version 2021)
Study Plan(version 2015)
Job opportunities within the SCM program for advanced students:
For encompassing support in the elementary subjects, selected senior year students are involved in the teaching and the development of supporting materials as tutors.
These positions also help students gain deeper insight into working in an academic setting and into the institutes’ research areas.