is the IDM program and why is it such a secret?
IDM stands for Industrial Distribution Management. It is
an undergraduate concentration in the Department of Business
Administration. Founded in 1985, the IDM program is the precursor to
today’s Supply Chain Management Programs. The objective of the IDM
program is to prepare students for the challenge for managing today’s
complex business process.
The IDM program is not a secret but a
selective concentration in which students must apply and be admitted.
is Supply Chain Management?
Supply Chain Management (SCM) is a relatively new business
practice evolving from the integration across several business
functions, specifically purchasing, manufacturing, logistics,
distribution and customer service. SCM is based upon a philosophy of a
collaborative-based strategy across business operations and
relationships among firms who share a vision of maximizing customer
value. The IDM program has helped to promote this concept through its
undergraduate program where students are prepared to manage the
business enterprise. As a result students take a broad variety of
business courses that provides skills in planning, purchasing,
producing, distributing, and customer service.
flexible are the IDM program requirements?
While it is true that the IDM program requirements are greater
than that of other business administration concentrations, our
objective is to design a curriculum that best meets the needs of the
students and the firms who need supply chain managers. Thus we work
with you to design the program that meets your needs.
Many students who pursue the IDM
concentration still find time to take a semester abroad or to complete
a 6-month cooperative work assignment and still complete their degree
requirements for their targeted graduation date. Our advisors will
work with you to design the optimal course schedule that fits your
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For a description of the courses
IDM students take please view
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will I know if the IDM program is right for me?
Creative, self motivated, looking for a challenge, problem
solving oriented, workaholic, self-starter, disciplined, are all
characteristics previous students have used to describe themselves.
But perhaps a quote from an IDM student might help you decide if the
IDM program is for you. " IDM was one of the best choice I made
in college. The program has given me practical experience that I would
not have been able to receive in any other major. The experiences from
my internships and cooperative work assignment have allowed me to see
how my theoretical training is actually applied in a practical
everyday situation. The IDM program is rigorous, and challenging but
the rewards and benefits the program offers are well worth the
the IDM program consider transfers from other schools or departments?
As a transfer student from another
school, you may transfer into College Of Business anytime after you
meet the transfer requirements and before your final semester of
college. You first apply for admission and accepted into the College
of Business before you can apply to the IDM program. For more
information, please click
How and When Should I Apply?
You can either fill out the application
or download the
application and turn it into the office located in 10 DKH anytime after your acceptance into the College of Business.
possible to have a double major?
The College of Business
Administration does not offer double majors. However, it may be
possible to earn a second degree. To obtain a second
COB degree (e.g.,
IDM & Finance) students must be able to complete both degree
requirements in nine semesters, including 30 additional graduation
kind of students are companies looking for and what are the job
opportunities for IDM concentrators?
The job market has been excellent
for IDM graduates. The job placement rate for IDM graduates during the
past five years has been 100%. You can check the Commerce Career
Services Office for the listing of how many firm’s request IDM
majors, but currently the demand greatly exceeds the supply.
The message we constantly get from corporate
recruiters is that they look for graduates with communication skills,
analytical skills and managerial knowledge. Both the breadth of
training and the practical experience give our students an edge in the
After graduation, IDM graduates have entered
the fields of consulting, manufacturing, distribution, and retailing.
Most graduates start in general management and/or analyst positions,
but move up in the organization fast.