Supply Chain Minor

Rady’s Supply Chain Minor curriculum combines theoretical concepts and practical skills that allow students to focus on value creation, managing relationships with diverse people in diverse functions, industries, global locations and leveraging technology and data analytics to create the best supply chains.

The industry demand of supply chain discipline is expected to grow faster than any other sector for at least the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The supply chain is also the key discipline in the consulting sector. In addition, technology, including digitization, blockchain, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence, and changing customer expectations push the supply chain profession to seek people who can pioneer advancements at the intersection of the supply chain and the data analytics with soft skills. The Supply Chain Minor consists of 28 total units that span the various key fundamentals of the industry, including Operations, Analytics, Strategic cost management and Corporate social responsibility.

 What is Supply Chain and Why is it Important?


Supply Chain for Engineers


Declaring the minor

The Supply Chain Minor is open to registered UCSD students pursuing a bachelor's degree. There is no separate admissions process. While you may declare a minor throughout your first few years, we strongly recommend you do it at your earliest convenience. Rady sends important information regarding class offerings and policy changes to our minor students through our minor list.

You may declare this minor through Tritonlink.  For a step-by-step video tutorial on how to declare please visit our main Rady Advising page.


Minor Requirements

Required coursework focuses on business operation fundamentals, project management and business ethics. Minor courses are also team focused, encouraging the development of skills in team interaction, consensus building, conflict resolution, group presentations and organizational leadership.

Additionally, Rady School courses provide learning opportunities for undergraduate students that are unique to the UC San Diego campus. Students who complete the minor will bring a much-valued perspective to their initial employment.

Find the list of tentative Rady courses for the academic year on the undergraduate homepage.

The Supply Chain Minor can be combined with any major on campus, including our business-related majors: International Studies - International Business and Business Psychology. Students may also declare a minor in Supply Chain in addition to one of our other Rady Minors: Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation or Accounting. 


Accounting requirement (4 units)

Choose between:
  • MGT 45 Principles of Accounting (4 units)
  • MGT/ECON 4 Financial Accounting  & MGT5 Managerial Accounting (8 units, both courses are required to fulfill the accounting requirement)

Core Courses (16 units)

All courses are required. All core classes require upper-division standing.

  • MGT 153 Business Analytics
  • MGT 171 Operations Management 
  • MGT 175 Supply Chain Management
  • MGT 176 Strategic Cost Management

Elective Courses (8 units required)

The supply-chain minor is highly specialized and Rady will only accept courses directly related to supply chain and operations management. Other minor elective courses may be considered on a case-by-case basis by petition. 

  • MGT 128R Business Innovation and Growth
  • MGT 162/R Negotiation
  • MGT 166 Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • MGT 172 Business Project Management 
  • MGT 177 Analytics and Spreadsheet Modeling
  • MGT 179 Topics in Supply Chain (variable units)

To earn a Supply Chain minor, you must :

Take all supply chain minor classes for a  letter grade.
(math prerequisites may be taken for P/NP for minor purposes)
 At least 20 units must be upper-division units (courses numbered 100+)
At least 5 classes (20 units) for the minor must be taken at UCSD.
Earn at least a C- in each course used for the minor
Finish the minor with an overall minor GPA of 2.0


Frequently Asked Questions - Supply Chain 

How many electives do I need for the minor?

You need 8 elective units for the Supply Chain minor. In most cases that will be 2 courses. However, if any two-unit electives are taken, they must take two 2 unit electives for full elective credit.

I have taken MGT 174 in the past. Can I use this class for the Supply Chain minor?

MGT 174 will replace MGT 175. Please contact us through the VAC if there are any issues with your degree audit. 

How many lower-division courses can I take toward my minor?

A maximum of two lower-division courses can be applied toward the minor. For the Supply Chain minor, MGT4/ECON4 and MGT5 can count together as one lower-division course in lieu of MGT45: Principles of Accounting. You can watch a video about the lower division rule below.

I've decided to change the electives that I listed in my minor declaration. Should I petition this to you?

You do not have to contact us if you decide to change your mind about the electives that you will take, as long as the electives are in the list of approved courses. Please make sure however that you adhere to the 2-lower division rule and you do not take multiple lower division electives.

What courses should I choose to fulfill my accounting requirements?

Students can fulfill the accounting requirement for this minor by either taking one course (MGT 45) or two courses (MGT/ECON 4 and MGT 5). Most students will receive adequate preparation for the minor with just MGT 45. The option to take two courses is mainly provided for students who have completed the courses separately at a community college or those who have declared a business-related major.  

Can I take prerequisites for core courses at the same time as I take the next level course?

Pre-requisites for core courses may not be taken together. If you earned a D in a prerequisite course that is not required for the minor (i.e. MGT 3), you may be allowed to move on to the next course by submitting a Rady Online Petition Form

Can I overlap courses between my major and my minor?

You may overlap lower-division courses and two upper-division courses between your major and minor, as long as the course that you are trying to overlap can be used for both programs. Generally, all approved courses automatically will appear in both your major and minor requirements on your degree audit.  If your approved courses are not overlapped automatically please contact us. 


Can I transfer courses from another institution towards my minor?

Yes, course credits for courses that are clearly equivalent in scope and content to lower-division Rady School courses required for the Supply Chain minor will be accepted from regionally accredited United States institutions and from foreign institutions recognized by the Rady School of Management. You can transfer up to 2 courses total from Study Abroad, Community College and/or other 4 year institutions.

For California Community Colleges: All pre-approved courses taken a California Community College will be listed in

Other  4 year Institutions and Colleges outside of California: please fill out a petition for the course and submit it alongside the syllabus for the course. You may email this petition to or drop it off in person to 2E112

Study Abroad: Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabus of the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.

What is the process to petition my abroad courses to Rady?

Students may take classes abroad and apply them toward their minor, so long as they are deemed equivalent to Rady classes. Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabi from the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.

Upon return, and once your coursework appears on your Academic History on Tritonlink, you will need to submit an Rady Online Petition Form and course syllabus for each class you want to apply toward your minor for approval. Additional documentation such as papers or exams may be requested.

Note that Rady accepts a maximum of two transfer courses to be applied toward a minor (this includes lower-division courses transferred from a community college).

How can I file a petition?

Exceptions to our departmental policies are approved only in extraordinary cases. To file for an exception, please submit the Rady Online Petition Form

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Current UCSD students: Please submit your questions via the VAC and an advisor will respond in 1-3 business days.

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