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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 07/20/2018
Rolling Admission 10/14/2018 10/19/2018
NOTE: Course pre-work will take place starting September 1, 2018 for MSGL applicants, and September 17, 2018 for MSSCM students. Participants will arrive to Tokyo Saturday, October 13, 2018. Class activities will take place Sunday, October 14 through Friday, October 19. Participants will depart Tokyo on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Course post work will take place through October 28, 2018 for both MSGL and MSSCM students. Program sponsored housing is only included for an October 13 check in and October 20 check out. Those requesting additional nights of housing will be billed accommodation supplements, when space is available at the group hotel.

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Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Simon Croom Disciplines offered: Business Alumni Program, Master of Science in Global Leadership (MSGL), Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSCM)
Program Advisor: Allison Howitt - Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:
Location Course Professor Dates Pre-Departure Meeting
Tokyo, Japan MSGL 515: Global Supply Chain Management (3 units)


MSSCM 585: Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management (2 units)
Simon Croom, PhD Coures pre-work runs September 1 - October 11, 2018 for MSGL applicants.

Course pre-work runs September 17 - October 11, 2018 for MSSCM applicants.

Participants arrive to Tokyo Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Official program activities run October 14 - 19, 2018.

Participants depart Tokyo on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Course post-work runs through October 28, 2018 for both MSSCM and MSGL applicants.
Monday, October 1, 2018

5:30 - 7:30PM

Coronado building, room 132

Course Description


This course examines the operational processes of the logistical chain from acquisition of materials through conversion to physical distribution of goods and services. Topics include supply systems, workflow systems, inventory systems, quality systems logistics systems, cost estimation, optimization tools, and continuous improvement. Common business processes and business skills practiced are production planning, workflow scheduling, cost estimation, resource allocation, work methods design, inventory management and continuous improvement methods.


Sustainability and social responsibility are rapidly evolving issues facing supply chain professionals' organizations in all sectors. Further, global challenges within increasingly extended supply chains means that it is now impossible for an organization to ignore regulatory, economic, environmental and reputational pressures to address the sustainability agenda of ‘people, planet and profits’. The evolving agenda for sustainable practice presents both opportunities and significant risk to upstream and downstream supply chain decision making. The aim of this course is to equip students with a deeper understanding of the CSR agenda, providing them with the wherewithal to have a positive impact on their organization and to raise their awareness of the moral and ethical concerns facing global organizations within this agenda.

This course will focus on the nature, definition and evaluation of issues relating to CSR. Students will be introduced to the core issues faced in environmental sustainability from a robust total systems perspective and incorporating a basic review of the scientific evidence pertaining to environmental impact. Students will also be introduced to the social, health and safety risks and remedies available to supply professionals when sourcing internationally, including trends in global regulatory requirements. Further, specific measurement and reporting protocols will be examined in order to provide a proactive compliance strategy.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition $4,425 for MSGL students, $2,950 for MSSCM students
Estimated Airfare (SAN > Tokyo > SAN) $850
Program Fee $500
Accommodations (double occupancy / sharing room with another student) included in tuition rate*

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is the standard graduate business tuition rate of $1,475/unit.  MSGL students will be billed for three units of tuition for a grand total of $4,425.  MSSCM students are billed for two units of tuition for a grand total of $2,950.
  2. PROGRAM FEE includes on-site logistical items such as classroom rentals, speakers, overhead, group activities, some meals and transportation. The program fee is non-refundable once you are accepted to the program.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of January 30, 2018 using round trip between San Diego and Tokyo. Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate. You may also consider pricing flights from LAX (Los Angeles).
  4. ACCOMMODATION* is included in the tuition rate paid by participants.  Included accommodations are for double occupancy (shared rooms). Those participants electing to be housed in a single occupancy room (pending availability) will be responsible for paying a single room supplement. Those participants electing to bring a guest with them on the program will be charged a guest supplement for housing in the group accommodations (pending availability).  The exact cost of a single room supplement and guest supplement will be provided to applicants once the group hotel in Tokyo is confirmed.


The application deadline for the 2018 Tokyo program is Friday, July 20, 2018.  To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date. Once you apply for a program, you commit to pay the $500 program fee. This fee will be charged to each student's account upon acceptance and is non-refundable unless admission is denied.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 27, 2018. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by August 10, 2018. Further information will be provided to accepted students.  If you have already opened an online application, continue working on it by visiting the direct login page.

Visa Information

All participants need to ensure that their passport is valid for a minimum of six months beyond the period of stay.  A tourist visa is not required for those traveling on US passports to enter Japan for stays of less than 90 days.  If you are not a US passport holder, you should check to see if you need a visa to enter Japan.  It is the responsibility of the participant to apply for any required visas in advance of travel.  Visa application information will be provided to applicants, when necessary, when they receive their acceptance emails.  Additionally, participants are welcome to contact the Japanese Consulate directly for further information.

Additional Questions

Allison Howitt
Assistant Director Academic Programs, Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
Coronado Room 114
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
tel: +1 (619) 260-4847
fax: +1 (619) 260-4198

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)