With courses offered in the evenings and online, earning your degree is convenient, and can be accomplished at your own pace as a part-time student, or as a full time student. The program requires 34 hours of graduate credit with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.

You will take courses in three areas:

  >  Professional Core

Financial and Cost Analysis — You will learn how to make business decisions using cost, accounting, data and cost justification analysis.

Strategic Planning and Implementation — Through case studies, you will learn the basics of corporate strategy, how to align the strategies to your business unit, and how to successfully implement the strategies.

Enterprise Resource Planning — You will learn the strategic importance of various information technologies, and how to justify and successfully implement IT solutions.

Seminar: Operations Management — Current topics, including globalization and business ethics, are explored through guest speakers, current readings, and student research and presentations.

Program Management — Project management basics are expanded to include leadership and multiple-project management skills. Those who previously had a Project Management course will instead take the Advanced Project Management course.


  >  Leadership

Organizational Development — The primary advanced leadership course, dealing with organizational change at the corporate level.

People Process Culture — A study of high performing people process culture organizations integrating sociology, applied psychology, and organization behavior subject matter areas.


  >  Research

Organizational Research Methods — You will learn fundamental research methods in preparation for your final field problem paper.  

Problems in Operations and Supply Management — A field study problem applies information learned throughout your graduate coursework on a project with a regional company. The project is done independently and written in the form of a research paper.

Sample projects of previous students:

Quick response tool and die manufacturing
Scott Smith » Adviser: Thomas Lacksonen

Value Stream Mapping of a rubber products manufacturer
Jeffrey Carr » Adviser: Ned Weckmueller

Reduction of chloride in waste water effluent with utilization of Six Sigma
Michael Bodoh » Adviser: John Dzissah

ERP software selection for a small company in western Wisconsin
Sia Thao » Adviser: James Keyes

Developing a waste stream map to lean-out waste handling operations in a manufacturing setting
Heli Hernandez » Adviser: James Keyes

Decreasing inventory cost through increasing inventory turnover

Bradley Krings » Adviser: James Keyes

SC2 green sand additive trial

Michael Hutter » Adviser: James Keyes


You will choose one concentration area to take courses in:

  • Quality Management

  • Operations Management

  • Project Management

  • Supply Chain Management 

Graduate Bulletin

Course descriptions are linked from the program description page above.