We accept applications to the the undergraduate global supply chain management (GSCM) program in June each year. Application is through the BYU Marriott website. For official application information, including deadlines and other application conditions, click here.
Admission to the GSCM major is competitive. The application consists of three parts:
Grades will be evaluated using a best two out of three approach where programs will equally weight the best two out of three different potential GPA calculations for use in admissions decisions. The three calculation options are:
1. Prerequisite GPA
- IS 201: Introduction to Management Information Systems
- MKTG 201: Marketing Management
- 3.0 credits from the following list:
- ACC 200: Principles of Accounting
- ACC 310: Principles of Accounting 2
- ECON 110: Economic Principles and Problems
- FIN 201: Financial Management
- GSCM 305 & GSCM 310
- IS 303: Introduction to Computer Programming
- STAT 121: Principles of Statistics
2. Last 30-credit-hour GPA*
3. Overall BYU GPA*
*Calculations will use the posted university grades
The GSCM 305 Intro to Global Supply Chain Management course is not a required prerequisite for application to the program, but a student’s participation in that course will influence admissions decisions. Taking that course and performing well is one way to demonstrate understanding of the field of GSCM; however, there are other ways to demonstrate that understanding.
Advice about GPA
GPA is a factor, but it is NOT the overall determining factor for admissions.
It is unlikely that a student with a GPA below 3.2 will be admitted to the program. In addition, all students with GPAs above 3.7 are weighed fairly equally, even with those who have 4.0 GPAs. In fact, the 3.7 student may even be more highly esteemed because he or she often reports taking more difficult classes.
Other Recommended Courses
Although not required, we recommend that applicants have had a basic statistic course sometime prior to joining the program. Students who have not recently taken a statistics course (such as STAT 121) are encouraged to complete the following Kahn Academy Statistics and probability modules before entering the GSCM core:
- Displaying and describing data
- Modeling distributions of data
- Describing relationships in quantitative data
Other courses that are helpful but not required before admissions include:
- M COM 320: Communications in Organizational Settings
- IS 110: Spreadsheet Skills & Business Analysis
Note that these courses (STAT 121, M COM 320, IS 110) will not impact admissions decisions other than how their grade goes into the overall BYU GPA.
As described above, successfully completing the GSCM 305 Intro to Global Supply Chain Management course will influence admissions decisions even though that course is not currently a prerequisite to application.
Advice about Résumés and Work Experience
While we do not expect that applicants have had detailed work experience in GSCM fields, it is a plus if students have had work and experience that relate to aspects of GSCM. Your résumé may list the experience, and your essays (see section below) may tell how the experience relates to your understanding and interest in GSCM.
Assertive and resourceful students are able to find basic but great job opportunities and internships relating to GSCM before applying to the program. Note that it is misrepresentation and dishonest for a student who has not been admitted to the GSCM program to describe himself or herself to employers as a supply chain student. Such an assertion suggests the student knows about GSCM tools and methods, which can damage the reputation of the program if the student fails to meet these expectations. If we hear of this happening we will warn the student, will disavow the misrepresentation to employers, and will have concerns about the student’s integrity as we consider the student’s application. However, it is perfectly fine to describe yourself as “a student who is applying to the global supply chain program.” That way, employers should have reasonable expectations about your abilities.
Advice about Essays
Essay responses are an important component of applications to the GSCM program. Students may want personal advice about their essays. However, the program has a policy that prohibits any GSCM faculty member from giving personalized essay advice to applicants. Instead, the following general advice is given to all applicants:
Essays should provide specific examples about what students have done to prepare for or to gain interest in GSCM. Essays stating “I really love GSCM and want to be admitted,” are fine, but details on why and how you enjoy GSCM should be provided.
Recent essay questions include:
- How have you prepared to apply to the global supply chain management program? You might include discussion of club activities, jobs and internships, course work, etc.
- What is it about GSCM that causes you to want to pursue this major? Be specific.
- What job path within GSCM are you most interested in and why? How did you acquire that interest? (i.e. specific work experience, a course you took, a job shadow you went on, etc.)
Essays should be sincere, grammatically correct, and personally written. Flamboyant and flowery language will not impress the admissions committee which is composed mainly of GSCM faculty and not English professors. Note that essay answers are limited to 100-200 word responses.
Getting Application Advice
GSCM faculty and the GSCM placement director are prohibited from giving students advice on application essays in order to prevent bias in application review. However, students are encouraged to have others, including roommates, spouses, friends, or students currently in the program, review application materials. Keep in mind that current or former students do not have any say on admissions decisions for applicants.