Frequently Asked Questions
What 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.

What 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.

How 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 needs.

Please click here to see a typical IDM student's schedule.

For a description of the courses IDM students take please view IDM Core Requirements.
Click here for a copy of the IDM course checklist.

How 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 effort."

Will 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 here.

How and When Should I Apply?
You can either fill out the application online or download the application and turn it into the office located in 10 DKH anytime after your acceptance into the College of Business.

Is it 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 hours.

What 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 market place.

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.