Entrance Requirements

Managing operations and supply chains refers to the practice of managing the flow of materials, products and services from source to user, not solely manufacturing.  This program provides educational experiences that prepare graduates to be leaders in their management careers, whether it is warehousing, health care, operations, distribution or other functional areas. Students explore the key issues associated with management of operations and supply chains, and gain competitive skills for today’s global economy.  To build analytical skills, students will learn what operations management of an organization entails, and then how the operations management of an organization fit within a larger supply chain.  This is completed through extensive course work as well as field experience projects.

To be admitted to the program with full status, an applicant must:

  • Hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and have an overall grade point average of at least 2.75.

  • Have two years full-time relevant work experience – the experience must be described on the application form.

    International Students
    Proven English competency is required. Minimum acceptable TOEFL iBT = 70. Applicants with TOEFL scores from 70 to 78 [iBT (composite)], 550 (paper-based) will be required to take at least one advanced level language course through UW-Stout's ESL program. Learn more at the Graduate Studies website.


The Operations and Supply Management program does not require the GRE or GMAT as an entrance requirement. No reference letters are needed for admission.

Program deficiency courses include:

  • INMGT 305 Resource Planning and Materials Management
  • INMGT 365  Project Management   
  • INMGT 400 Organizational Leadership
  • BUMKG 438 Principles of Logistics

There are three ways to meet deficiency requirements:

  • Relevant work experience.
  • Prior course work.
  • Take the course(s) your first semester at UW-Stout.

Laptop requirement:
All students are expected to have a laptop computer with Microsoft Office software for all classes. Graduate students are not part of the undergraduate laptop program at Stout.

Students with laptop