This degree prepares students to solve problems and meet organizational goals in settings including business logistics, distribution, supply chain management and domestic and international transportation management.
Supply Chain Managers are responsible for the entire chain of supply for a business, creating and delivering the products and services to the customer. This strategic and tactical functional area is critical to business success, working with marketing to meet customer needs and expectations. Supply Chain Management includes demand planning, supplier management, manufacturing, operations, logistics, transportation and distribution. This degree prepares students to solve problems and meet organizational goals in settings including supply chain management, business logistics, and domestic and international transportation management.
Best yet, USF’s Joliet location in Will County is home of North America’s largest inland port. This transportation hub area has eight major rail lines, important truck freight distribution routes, and extensive warehouse and distribution facilities. Logistics and related businesses are the county’s third largest employer, with continuing growth expected. In the U.S., supply chain jobs encompass over one third of all employment (HBR 2018).
In Illinois, the salaries expected by managers and professional staff in supply chain areas like purchasing, transportation and related management areas ranges from $51,000-63,000 at the entry level – $81,000-97,000 at median – and between $108,000-$128,000 a year for experienced staff. (Source: IDES statewide wage database 2016)
And, from the Logistics Management Annual Salary Survey, released February 2017:
- Vice President/General Manager $178,770
- Corporate/Division Manager $148,325
- Supply Chain Manager $121,875
- Operations Manager $102,735
- Logistics Director/Manager $97,440
- Purchasing/Procurement Director/Manager $98,565
- Traffic Manager $70,610
- Warehouse Director/Manager $68,220
An added benefit, seniors who feel inspired to keep studying to obtain an MBA or M.S. degree may take graduate-level courses during their last two semesters for dual undergraduate and graduate credit. That means students can take nine graduate-level credit hours during senior year, and can complete their MBA or M.S. one year after graduating if they attend full time. See course catalog for additional details about the “3 to Degree” program.
The University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ibhe.org). The Supply Chain Management program and others in COBHA are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (acbsp.org).
USF has given me an unforgettable experience. Faculty members have allowed me to grow both intellectually and as a person. Each professor has supported me and my goals, and was more than willing to help me achieve anything I set my mind to. I was pushed and motivated to learn, grow, and become a better person. This incredible support system has surrounded me with an incredible group of colleagues, mentors, and friends.”
Grow Through Real-World Experience
Faculty members and administrators in USF’s College of Business & Health Administration are extremely involved in the regional business community. That means they’ve got connections, and they’re constantly being exposed to companies offering impressive internship opportunities. So many, in fact, that there are typically more opportunities than students to fill them! This is a key advantage to becoming a business major at USF. While not a requirement for graduation, internships are strongly encouraged because they offer junior and senior students invaluable real-world learning experiences. Most internships are paid experiences (though some are unpaid) and involve 10-25 hours of work per week for academic credit.
USF students have had internships at Disney World, Chicago Bears, Enterprise Rental Car, Caterpillar, Route 66 Raceway, the Joliet Slammers Pro Baseball team, and Mistwood Golf Club, just to name a few.