Supply Chain Management

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Department of Management
College of Business Administration

Supply chain management focuses on the planning, acquisition, conversion, flow and distribution of goods from raw materials to finished goods. The purchasing department within an organization is usually responsible for securing all necessary materials, supplies and services at the best prices possible. The materials management department coordinates purchasing, production, warehousing and distribution.

In a typical company approximately 50 percent of all sales dollars are spent on purchased items or services. This program prepares students to handle broad managerial responsibilities that impact the company’s success.

Career Opportunities

An increasing number of companies have begun to recognize the importance of supply chain management functions. This recognition is partially due to the shortage and rising costs of materials, and the limited number of well-trained managers. This trend is likely to continue.

Graduates of the program usually start as buyers, materials analysts, inventory supervisors or in contract administrator trainee positions. They then move up to a position of senior buyer, purchasing manager, plant manager, supply chain manager or contract administrator, and perhaps eventually to a top executive position.

The supply chain management program at Bowling Green State University is recognized as one of the largest and best programs in the country. Each year more than 50 companies and organizations send representatives to campus to interview graduates.


The supply chain management specialization includes coursework in supply management, quality management, logistics and supply chain operations planning. Co-ops and internships are encouraged to assist students in combining academic and practical skills prior to actual employment.

Special Features

The Department of Management has a number of scholarships sponsored by corporations and professional associations to be awarded to top students. Student are encouraged to join the Institute for Supply Management and the BGSU chapter of APICS-The Educational Society for Resource Management.

College Highlights

The College of Business Administration offers outstanding academic programs, nationally recognized chapters of professional student organizations, a large base of scholarship support and a tradition of success based on providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a competitive business environment. The college maintains close ties with regional and national businesses.

The undergraduate and master’s business programs are accredited by the AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 500 colleges and universities worldwide that confer business degrees have achieved this recognition for assuring quality and continuous improvement in their programs, faculty and resources.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

Entrance to the College of Business Administration

Entrance to the College of Business Administration as a pre-business or economics student is selective. New freshman and new transfer students may apply for entrance to the College with their application for University admission. Math and composite ACT scores (or equivalent SAT scores) are used in the selection process.

Admission to BSBA Program

Admission to BGSU does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program. Students enroll in the College of Business Administration as pre-business students. Full admission to the BSBA program requires completion of calculus and a set of introductory business courses with a satisfactory grade point average. The BSBA degree will be granted only to those students who achieve BSBA admission and fulfill all degree requirements.

Students who have questions should contact undergraduate student development in the College of Business Administration, 419-372-2747.

Admission to the Supply Chain Program

To specialize in supply chain management, students must attain BSBA admission and have a cumulative BGSU GPA of a least 2.5 before they can be admitted to the program.

Sample Program

The following is a sample of courses appropriate for all BSBA students. Actual courses taken will vary depending upon personal interests and electives selected.

For a complete listing of course requirements, please refer to the BGSU undergraduate catalog:

Requirements for Transfer Students

Generally, non-business courses taken at either two-year or four-year institutions are accepted for transfer credit by the College of Business Administration.

For students who transfer to BGSU from a two-year institution, courses that match introductory business courses offered by the CBA are acceptable for transfer credit.

Ordinarily, transfer credit is not accepted for business courses beyond the introductory level that require junior or senior standing at BGSU. However, students who believe that they have sufficient background in the subject matter of a course may be permitted by the appropriate department to take an examination for credit in the course.

For students who transfer to BGSU from a four-year institution, equivalent lower-level, introductory and business core courses are often accepted for transfer credit. Upper-level business courses in an area of specialization may be accepted up to a maximum of 50 percent of the coursework required within a given area of specialization.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Supply Chain Management, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: