Supply Chain Management


The Supply Chain Management program prepares students for careers in supply chain management by providing specialized training in an increasingly complex field that has developed into a highly technical field of study and practice. Supply Chain Management spans all movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. The program will address knowledge, skills, and applied research essential to supply chain management, including instruction in improving customer service, in minimizing costs as well as the application of best practices and the effective use of technology. Efficient management of supply chains is even more essential during times of stressed economy; and therefore students will find their skills in high demand.

The management of supplies is very important for a company’s profitability. Without the supplies a company needs, they can’t produce their product; with too much surplus inventory, they are tying up money; by not getting the best prices for raw materials, company profits are diminished. Depending on the size of the company, graduates may focus on just one area of the supply chain or may have a variety of responsibilities.

To succeed as a supply chain manager, graduates need strong written and verbal communication skills, technology skills, a passion for data analysis and finance, strategic skills, a global perspective, and the ability to maintain professional relationships.

The program is also appropriate preparation for law school.

High School Preparation

  • General admissions criteria

  • Enrollment for this program is competitive and require further academic achievement. Be sure to review that section when reading the general admissions criteria page.

  • Business classes


Driven by pressures of globalization, cost control, increased customer service levels and high quality requirements, many successfully competing Wisconsin businesses are seeking employees with specialized skills in Supply Chain Management. The supply chain represents approximately 70 to 80 percent of the cost structure of a typical company.

  • Management analysts/consultants
  • Industrial engineers
  • Operations research analysts
  • Purchasing managers
  • Cargo and freight agents
  • Warehousing and storage

100% employed in 2012-13

View our Annual Employment Report for more details.

Explore Your Courses:

» Sample Freshman Schedule

Freshman English – Composition I or Honors?
Finite Math
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Introduction To Engineering Materials
Fundamentals of Speech
Humanities Selective Course

Freshman English – Composition II or Honors Course
Technology Selective Course
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Elementary Statistics
Engineering Graphics Fundamentals
Health/Physical Education Course
General Education Elective

See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.

» Courses You May Take in the Major

Production and Operations Management
A broad analytical "systems" viewpoint is used to develop competency in management decision-making and problem solving in an operations setting.

Engineering Graphics Fundamentals
Fundamentals of engineering graphics: principles, standards and graphic language necessary to communicate technical information on industrial drawings. Includes appropriate software, visualization, geometric concepts and dimensioning basics.

Production and Operations Management
A broad analytical "systems" viewpoint is used to develop competency in management decision-making and problem solving in an operations setting.

Resource Planning and Materials Management
Principles and techniques for planning and managing materials and resources within organizations and throughout a supply chain. Topics covered include resource and material planning, forecasting, master planning, materials requirements planning, capacity management, purchasing, inventory management, distribution options, supply chain management, and various operational management techniques.

Quality Management
Provides the managerial and technical knowledge necessary to prepare, document, manage, and evaluate quality systems from beginning design through system operation and post-delivery customer services within a product or service environment.

Project Management
Planning, scheduling, and control of technical projects. Topics covered include activity identification, network diagrams, scheduling, PERT/CPM, cost analysis, resource management, and computer control.

Lean Enterprise
Principles of lean techniques, justification of lean systems, how lean systems are scheduled, and cost analysis of a lean environment.

International Logistics
International logistics strategy: customer service, inventory, transportation, packaging, warehousing, storage, exporting, licensure, joint ventures, ownership documentation, terms of trading, organization, financial and management skills.


See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.


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Contact Information

Gene Gutman, Program Director
239 Jarvis Hall – Technology Wing
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715/232-1447

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