Global Supply Chain Management

Program Overview

Rider’s award-winning global supply chain management program prepares students for one of the most in-demand specializations in today’s business world. 

Honored as one of the top 25 programs of its kind in the nation by research firm Gartner Inc., the GSCM program equips students with the skills and experiences needed for a career in the exciting field of global supply chain management.

Through every phase of a product’s lifestyle, global supply chain management professionals ensure that customers get the products and services they need and want — faster, better and more cost-effectively — from across town or around the world. They play a critical role to the successful functioning of businesses, healthcare, nonprofit agencies and governments.

Curriculum Overview

Rider's interdisciplinary global supply chain management program combines theory and practice with hands-on internship and mentoring experiences to provide students with an understanding of the important role of supply chain management in domestic and international business. 

Faculty include professors with expertise in supply chain management and logistics, information systems, marketing, international business and management science, as well as supply chain professionals from private industry and non-profits. Students learn the many dimensions of supply chain networks that businesses use to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services across the global marketplace. They also gain skills that prepare them for success in this fast-growing field

Degrees Offered

  • B.S.B.A. in Global Supply Chain Management

Contact

Tan Miller, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Director, Global Supply Chain Management
Sweigart Hall 377
609-895-5517
tmiller@rider.edu

Program Website: www.rider.edu/gscm
Associated Department: Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management

Related Programs

Requirements for the Major

(33 credits)

Business Core
See Business Core Requirements
Required Courses
GSC 115Introduction to Global Supply Chain Mgt.3
GSC 235Globl Supply Chn Mgt: External3
GSC 345Customer Focus3
GSC 355Global Supply Chain Mgt: Internal Focus3
GSC 445Supply Chain Strategy and Design3
GSC 399GSC Co-op Program 16
Major Electives
Select two of the following:6
Web Application Development I
Data Structures & Cmptr Archit
Integrated Business with SAP
Database Management
Electronic Commerce
Data Mining
Adv. Sem in Global Outsourcing
Internatl Trade and Investment
International Entrepreneurship
International Finance
International Management
Retailing Management
Business to Business Marketing
International Marketing
Personal Selling
Sales Management
International Business Elective
Select one of the following:3
Internatl Trade and Investment
International Entrepreneurship
International Finance
International Management
International Marketing
Business Analytics and Technology Requirement3
Management Information Systems for Global Supply Chain Management 2
Total Credits33
1

Students majoring in Global Supply Chain Management are required to take a 6-credit co-op OR a 3-credit Internship and a 3-credit business elective.

2

Students majoring in Global Supply Chain Management may not take CIS 385 Management Information Systems.

Students must achieve a grade of at least “C-” in each of the major courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major.

Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year, who change their major, or those who transfer to Rider will follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 1 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 2 3
GSC 115 Introduction to Global Supply Chain Mgt. 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 4 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Natural Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 4 1
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
GSC 235 Globl Supply Chn Mgt: External 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 Social & Legal Environment Bus 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 4 1
GSC 345 Customer Focus 3
GSC 385 Management Information Systems for Global Supply Chain Management 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
GSC 355 Global Supply Chain Mgt: Internal Focus 3
GSC 399 GSC Co-op Program 6
Leadership Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Year 4
Fall Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
International Business Elective for GSC Major 3
GSC Major Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
GSC 445 Supply Chain Strategy and Design 3
GSC Major Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120
1

 CIS 185 can be taken in the Fall or Spring of year 1.

2

Students may be required to take CMP 115 Intro to Expository Writing based on placement. CMP 115 counts as a 3-credits Free Elective.

3

Students may be required to take MSD 104 Intro to Quantitative Methods based on placement. MSD 104 counts as a 3-credit Free Elective.

4

Transfer Students can take MGT 336 Career Managment (3 credits) as a substitute for the Career Planning sequence.

5

Students are required to complete 6 credits of International Business Electives which can be fulfilled as major courses or as free electives.

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3
GSC 115 Introduction to Global Supply Chain Mgt. 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
JTerm
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
GSC 235 Globl Supply Chn Mgt: External 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Free Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 2
Fall Semester
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 1
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GSC 345 Customer Focus 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours19
JTerm
Free Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
GSC 385 Management Information Systems for Global Supply Chain Management 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
Major Course Elective 1 * 3
Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Summer Semester
Free Elective 3 3
Leadership Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 Social & Legal Environment Bus 3
GSC 399 GSC Co-op Program ** 6
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
Major Course Elective 2 * 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
JTerm
Free Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 1
GSC 355 Global Supply Chain Mgt: Internal Focus 3
GSC 445 Supply Chain Strategy and Design 3
GSC International Business Elective * 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120
*

Students are required to take 6 credits of International Business Electives which can be fulfilled as major courses or as free elective courses.

**

This plan assumes the student is taking GSC 399 Co-op. GSCM majors can instead take a 3-credit GSC 491 Internship plus a 3-credit Business Elective. GSCM majors who choose the internship option may have a different 3 year sequence of courses.

  • Assumes no AP or other credits transferred into Rider University.
  • Students are required to take 6 credits of International Business Electives which can be fulfilled as major courses or as free elective courses.
  • Business Honors students will have a different sequence.
  • Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective can be satisfied by courses that are designated as global/cultural, including language courses at the 101-level or above.
  • For the Leadership Elective, choose from LDP 398 Co-op Experience Seminar, LDP 200 Foundations of Leadership, LDP 220 Service Learning Through MOB, MGT 355 Team Management, or MGT 363 Management Skills.

Courses and Descriptions

GSC 115 Introduction to Global Supply Chain Mgt. 3 Credits

This course introduces students to components of global supply chains and issues of managing the global supply chain. It is designed as a survey course to give first or second year business students a general view of supply chain management at both domestic and international levels, as well as familiarize them with basic concepts and major challenges of supply chain management. Delivery of course material will include lectures and guest speakers from industry, and in-class logistics mini cases.

GSC 235 Globl Supply Chn Mgt: External 3 Credits

This course is a detailed discussion of some of the major issues and components of supply chain management that are mainly external to an organization. In other words, it provides an “outward looking” perspective of supply chain management. Topics to be covered include sourcing, procurement, transportation, customer logistics, and distribution. The linkages to internal issues and components of supply chain will be made.

Prerequisite(s): GSC 115.

GSC 315 International Business Tour 3 Credits

GSC 345 Customer Focus 3 Credits

Marketing and supply chain management programs are concerned with the creation and delivery of value to customers and organizations. No longer simply the domain of the warehouse manager or logistics director, supply chain management is viewed by most companies as a mission critical element. Marketing focuses on developing an understanding of customers and markets, creating products and services based on that understanding, and communicating and delivering the value added. This course will teach the student the essential role of marketing in all aspects of successful supply chain management - relationship management, technological and financial management - and it will help the student understand the structure, functions, principles and methods employed in discovering and translating consumer needs and wants into product and service specifications, and then transferring these goods and services from producers to consumers or end users.

Prerequisite(s): GSC 115 and MKT 200.

GSC 355 Global Supply Chain Mgt: Internal Focus 3 Credits

This course is a detailed discussion of some of the major issues and components of supply chain management that are mainly internal to an organization. In other words, it provides an “inward looking” perspective of supply chain management. Topics to be covered include: manufacturing, quality, product design, inventory, and warehousing. The linkages to external issues and components of supply chain will be made.

Prerequisite(s): GSC 115 and MSD 340.

GSC 375 Adv.Sem in Global Outsourcing 3 Credits

The course is aimed at generating a comprehensive understanding of the emergent domain of global business process outsourcing. Variously referred to as knowledge process outsourcing, IT-enabled services outsourcing, and business services outsourcing, the industry has seen enormous growth over the last decade and continues to grow. India commands the single largest share of this market but South Africa, Eastern Europe, Philippines, Morocco and Egypt have all emerged as other contenders in this global sector. The course is divided into four modules: the political economy of global outsourcing, process modeling, outsourcing management, and industry analysis. Please note: Students will not receive credit for both CIS 375 and GSC 375.

Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

GSC 385 Management Information Systems for Global Supply Chain Management 3 Credits

AThe purpose of this junior level management information systems course is to prepare students for today’s dynamic business environment by increasing their understanding of IT-enabled global information processing and management. This course has a specific emphasis on the impact and effective utilization of information systems and technology for the global supply chain. Students will gain a solid understanding of the value of business process integration through a combination of conceptual learning, business process analysis, and collaborative decision-making. This will be facilitated through hands-on experience with SAP ERP and analytical software as well as Microsoft Excel. GSC 385 is required for the Global Supply Chain Management major and can fulfill the CIS 385 requirement for all business majors. Please note: Students will not receive credit for both GSC 385 and CIS 385 without prior approval by the Dean's office.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185 and junior standing.

GSC 399 GSC Co-op Program 6 Credits

The co-op program provides students with an opportunity to work full-time in an organization and apply what they have learned in their global supply chain and other business classes. It also enhances students’ employment opportunities since many employers use a co-op program as a first-step before they hire full-time employees. Eligible students include junior and senior global supply chain management majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The six credits are intended to be used as business electives, but it is also possible for them to be used as a combination of business and free electives.

Prerequisite(s): GSC 115 plus one additional course within the global supply chain management major, and permission of instructor.

GSC 445 Supply Chain Strategy and Design 3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the concepts and techniques necessary to design and operate global supply chains. It covers some of the strategic issues of managing a global supply chain and emphasizes the importance of understanding the organization, its value chain, industry, competitors, suppliers, and customers in a global framework. The course covers various strategies as well as different supply chain design models and approaches for efficient and effective supply chain operation.

Prerequisite(s): GSC 235 and GSC 355.

GSC 490 GSC Independent Research and Study 3 Credits

Topics to be approved by instructor, program director, and academic dean. Available for juniors and seniors. No more than 12 credits allowed toward graduation.

Prerequisite(s): GSC 115 and permission of instructor.

GSC 491 GSC Intership 3 Credits

The Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) Program formally sponsors an internship in global supply chain management. The intention of the course is to supplement theoretical foundations and other material introduced in the classroom with an opportunity to work in a sponsoring organization. Through the internship experience, the student will get a chance to see how supply chains are managed and will get a chance to apply supply chain concepts for themselves. If used in place of the co-op, internship credits will count toward GSCM major requirements, but can also be used as a business or free elective.

Prerequisite(s): GSC 115 plus one additional course within the GSCM major, and permission of instructor.