Academics

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. 

Curriculum

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. 

The ISM program’s curriculum is unique, providing more supply management courses in the major than other well-known programs:

  • 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 #5 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. 

After reviewing the application process and the suggested course sequence, students should schedule an appointment with the ISM academic advisor. 

Experiential learning puts ISM students to the test

Applying process management concepts in a real-world setting requires students with knowledge and preparation. In the course, Improving Supply Systems (MGMT 3810), students work in teams with local companies applying supply chain concepts to real industry problems. 

Read more about example projects from this course.

supply chain management

Nationally ranked No. 5 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.

 experiential learning

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 genuine 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. 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

  • MGMT 2800—Intro to Supply Management
  • MGMT 3200—Managing ERP Systems
  • MGMT 3810—Improving Supply Systems
  • EDMM 3280—Quality Assurance and Control
  • MKTG 3720—Purchasing Management
  • MKTG 4630—Manufacturing Logistics
  • MGMT 4640—Production Management and Control
  • GEOG 3010—Fund. of Geographic Info Systems

OR

  • EDMM 4870—Manuf. Productivity Techniques

OR

  • EM 5120—Management of Service Operations
  • EDMM 1420—Engineering Graphics
  • EDMM 1500/1501—Intro to Manufacturing/Processes and Materials in Manuf.
  • LAW 4840—International Business Law

OR

  • LAW 4860—Marketing and Sales Law
  • EDMM 4880 or MKTG 4880 —Applied Process Reengineering

For more information on course requirements visit the WMU catalog.

career placement

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% placement rate and are some of the highest paid graduates of the college. The program boasts other compelling statistics; 99% of students surveyed completed an experiential learning activity and 96% are satisfied with their current job.

 advising

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 and Thursday: 8 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday and Friday, by appointment only