Master of Science in e-Business and Supply Chain Management (MSceBSCM) Lingnan University
The Master of Science in eBusiness and Supply Chain Management integrates two key functions in a holistic programme
Over the last decade, the growth of the internet and social media, along with the expansion of e-commerce and better supply chain management, have transformed traditional business models and consumer behaviour. Those developments have also had an impact on the job market by changing the range of knowledge and skill sets employers expect.
With that in mind, the Master of Science in eBusiness and Supply Chain Management (MSceBSCM) aims to provide management-focused insights in the relevant areas for students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds.
“The Master of Science in eBusiness and Supply Chain Management programme is unique and forward-looking in the way it contributes to the related business sectors and meets the ever-growing demand for qualified IT and SCM managers in mainland China, Hong Kong and elsewhere,” says Professor Leng Ming-ming, Founding Programme Director and Professor of Lingnan University’s Department of Computing and Decision Sciences.
More specifically, the course is designed for those who are or intend to work as IT or operations managers, e-business consultants, project managers, or supply chain managers. It is also suitable for anyone who plans to be an e-business entrepreneur.
“We provide students with a practical understanding of management strategies and skills for SCM in the e-business environment,” Leng says. “They will then be equipped to serve sizeable organisations in roles involving the adoption, use and management of information technologies.”
Integral of All Industries
He notes that the internet is now an integral of all industries and, therefore, an understanding of e-business and supply chain systems is increasingly essential for anyone looking for career advancement. Employees who may work mainly in IT need to know about supply chain operations and the management strategies and skills to keep production and distribution on time and on track. In turn, those who viewed as logistics or supply chain specialists have to understand the IT that is now powering so much of the day-to-day business.
Prof Leng adds that the Master of Science in eBusiness and Supply Chain Management programme trains students in the necessary skills, and also offers internship and overseas study opportunities, networking events, and talks by guest speakers. This provides the theoretical know-how and practical experience needed to accelerate career progress. The university’s strong ties with industry and partnerships with a number of e-business and supply chain firms also help to open doors.
Professional bodies including the Hong Kong Logistics Association, the International Institute of Management, the Institute of Certified E-Commerce Consultants, and the Project Management Institute have recognised the programme.
“So, apart from academic excellence, it offers the ‘professional education’ aspect too,” Prof Leng says.
Career and Academic Advancement
To graduate, students must complete six core subjects and four electives for a total of 30 credits. The electives address specific needs of organisations managing supply chain operations at a time when e-business is becoming ever more important. On a separate note, all candidates are eligible for scholarships.
“The synergy of faculty expertise in IT and SCM means the department is well positioned to support the teaching of the programme,” Prof Leng says. “Classes will use a case studies and discussions to bring out the key issues, and teachers will also be available after class or via email to go through any subjects needing further clarification. This is in line with the general philosophy of liberal arts education at Lingnan University.”
The Master of Science in eBusiness and Supply Chain Management programme is also a pathway to an MPhil or PhD.
Special Features of Master of Science in eBusiness and Supply Chain Management
- A unique and forward-looking programme dedicated to developing and promoting students' academic and professional potentials in the "Internet +" era.
- Set up partner relationships with a number of relevant firms in the eBusiness and supply chain fields, which help enhance the career prospects of the students in the Programme.
- Provide students with a number of chances to analyze professional cases and participate in real commercial projects, which help improve students' ability in applying their knowledge to solve real problems.
Core Courses (Six courses):
- CDS501 Fundamentals of Electronic Business
- CDS502 Supply Chain Management in eBusiness
- CDS503 Accounting and Financial Technology
- CDS504 Business Data Analytics
- CDS505 Mobile Technology and Applications in eBusiness
- CDS506 Best Practices in eBusiness and Supply Chain Management
Elective Courses* (Any four):
- CDS507 Legal Issues for eBusiness
- CDS508 Electronic Marketing
- CDS509 E-Commerce Implementation: Planning, Platform Selection, and Execution
- CDS510 Social Media for eBusiness
- CDS511 Project Management with Software
- CDS512 Service Operations Management
- CDS513 Purchasing and Logistics Management for eBusiness
- CDS514 Information Systems Management
- CDS515 Business Decision Making with Software
* The offering of elective courses is subject to sufficient demand and faculty availability.
Applicants with no or limited background in information systems management and statistics will be required to complete pre-entry courses, Information Systems Management and Statistics, in August prior to the start of this master programme.
- Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)
- Hong Kong Logistics Association (HKLA)
- Institute of Certified E-Commerce Consultants (CEC)
- The International Institute of Management (IIM)
- Project Management Institute (PMI)
- The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
- Complete 10 courses (6 core courses and 4 elective courses) and obtain a minimum of 30 credits
- Achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.67
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree with a first class or second class honours from a recognized tertiary institution or have equivalent experiences and qualifications, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and
- Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement below:
- TOEFL - minimum acceptable score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) or
- IELTS - minimum acceptable score of 6.5
- Applicants who have graduated from a university using English as a main teaching language do not normally need to present evidence of their proficiency.
- Applicants with no or limited background in information systems management and statistics will be required to complete pre-entry courses, Information Systems Management and Statistics, in August prior to the start of this master programme.
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