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Global Fashion
Supply Chain
Management, MPS

Global Fashion Supply Chain Management is a response to the evolution of the global supply chain in the fashion industry. Students in this program gain the knowledge of supply chain management so they can be competitive candidates for industry management positions. Graduates from this program are equipped with the skills to fill positions in the areas of operations management, supply chain analytics, procurement and logistics.

FOUNDATION

TOTAL CREDITS: 30

SEMESTER 1

MPSS 600 - SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS

This introductory course defines the supply chain and provides background information to introduce the concepts in the program. The objective is for students to understand the challenges of managing an effective supply chain, including variability, organizational silos and tradeoffs. Students learn the importance of supply chain metrics and other performance monitors.


MPSS 601 - THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FASHION AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN

This course provides our students with the perspective of how in-house and outsourced sourcing departments contribute to the design, production and distribution of goods. Students learn about the design process and the role that the supply chains plays in merchandising decisions. For the class project, students develop an integrated sourcing calendar that demonstrates the need for collaboration throughout the supply chain. 

MPSS 602 - LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT

This course will cover all elements of distribution and logistics management such as: the physical distribution of goods, warehouse selection, material handling, packaging, order fulfillment, customer service, inventory management, receiving, production stores and returned goods. The course also addresses key technology issues such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), bar coding, electronic data interchange (EDI), electronic commerce (e-commerce) and distribution resource planning (DRP). Students will gain the knowledge to be effective in a logistics management role.

MPSS 603 - GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

This course focuses on the particular traits needed to develop a global perspective and bring together the necessary multicultural business alliances to lead global projects. This course also examines ethics in relation to social responsibility and the importance of ethical decision-making in the context of global textile and apparel businesses. Students will also explore various leadership theories and models needed within the global business environment.

SEMESTER 2

MPSS 604 - STRATEGIC SOURCING SOLUTIONS

This course focuses on an understanding of the strategic importance of operations and how efficient practices can provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace.  During one-week students evaluate product and supply chain characteristics and learn a framework for aligning the right strategies for an effective supply chain that supports the organization’s long-term strategic goals.

MPSS 605 - INNOVATION AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT

This course provides students with the elementary quantitative tools needed within the supply chain field. This course highlights methods that are frequently used by many businesses while introducing students to a collection of quantitative tools designed to enhance managerial decision-making. Students will learn the necessary skills to transition individuals, teams and organizations to a desired future state.

MPSS 606 - SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT FROM AN E-COMMERCE PERSPECTIVE

This course provides an understanding of how sourcing and product fulfillment have evolved to meet the demands of the e-commerce business model.  Students will learn about information sharing within the supply chain and tactics for reducing inventory costs such as point-of-sale data and automation replenishment, vendor-managed inventory, postponement and drop shipping. Through class assignments students evaluate operations management tactics for online sales.   

MPSS 607 - SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYTICS

This course involves the application of frameworks and mathematical modelling tools for supply chain management problems including the uncertainty matrix and its role in supply chain strategy development. Students apply quantitative skills for demand forecasting, aggregate planning and sales and operations planning.


SEMESTER 3

MPSS 608 - PROJECT AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT

This course focuses on the human relations and project management aspects of supply chain management. Students will learn how to address the challenges of managing complex team structures such as those often found within the supply chain network. Students will grasp basic project management skills such as resource and time management,while also learning how to assign and monitor responsibilities within the project team.

MPSS 609 - CAPSTONE COURSE: SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY PROJECT

This capstone class is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and the skill set they have acquired while undertaking an MPS in Supply Chain Management. This course is almost exclusively self-directed with the faculty member acting as a mentor/coach working with the individual students in their groups to facilitate the successful completion of the capstone class. While working in groups, the students will select a fashion retail organization that has a product development private label capacity and reverse engineer a supply chain, creating a capsule line of products (four piece minimum) for a specific target market. The retailer must be of a sufficient size to have multiple doors throughout the United States and must possess the ability to operate (import) on a global scale. Examples of retailers (certainly not an exhaustive list) are JC Penney, Macy’s, Brooks Brothers, J.Crew, H&M, Zara, and Target. The retailer does not have to be U.S.-based, but must operate retail outlets in the U.S. market. Once the group has agreed on the “line” they will develop a supply chain appropriate to that retailer (which are imported from a country or countries of your choosing) from raw materials to finished products bearing in mind that each piece of the line may require a separate supply chain or some variation thereof as some countries specialize in certain types of finished goods. The students will address all aspects of the fashion industry supply chain to bring products to market that are specific to the retailer’s target customer.

MPSS 610 INTERNSHIP IN GLOBAL FASHION SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Students complete a three-credit internship that corresponds to their major during their final semester. The semester long experiential internship will complement the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom and enable students to obtain the perspective of a work environment. This internship will expose students to a part-time intern experience in the fashion industry, broadening their skills in an area which will strengthen their abilities for seeking full-time employment upon graduation. The objective of this internship is to give students an opportunity to evaluate, appraise and relate actual internship experience to coursework learned in the classroom. In addition, the student will attend weekly reflection class sessions conducted in a face-to-face or hybrid format to discuss internship progress and support their professional development. Students must complete a minimum of 210 hours over the course of the semester and intern for a minimum of three days a week for the duration of the semester. These hours will be documented regularly by the student and verified by their supervisor at the end of the semester. Students must also complete a classroom component of this course and expect corresponding academic coursework related to their internship experience.