Wisconsin’s M.S. in Supply Chain Management, supported by the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, is a one-year program that provides students with an interdisciplinary education combining fundamental knowledge and applied learning experiences. The strategic, cross-functional curriculum takes an integrated business process view of supply chains, including marketing, sourcing, logistics, operations, and customer service. Students connect with and learn from real-world supply chain leaders and are part of a strong, close-knit community. See the program website for more information.

The following will be required for admission to the MS-Business: Supply Chain Management program:

  • Undergraduate university degree, or expected completion of such a degree prior to starting the MS-Business: Supply Chain Management program
  • Demonstrated knowledge of business fundamentals (or specific plan for acquiring prior to the start of the program); some possible ways of satisfying this include:
    • Undergraduate degree with business major or minor
    • Completion of Certificate in Business at UW-Madison
    • Earning GPA >= 3.0 in intermediate college course work covering at least two core business disciplines (marketing, operations, finance, accounting, management); completion of GEN BUS 310 or GEN BUS 311 satisfies this requirement, and can be taken online during the summer prior to the start of the program
  • Undergraduate transcript, GPA >= 3.0
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably addressing the applicant’s professional skills
  • Resume
  • Response to essay question
  • GMAT or GRE score

An interview may be requested by the Program Office or Grainger Center staff.

Additional international student requirements:

  • TOEFL score of at least 100

The TOEFL will not be required for international applicants whose four-year undergraduate degree and/or master’s degree (minimum of eight semesters total) instruction was in English or who will complete such a degree prior to matriculation in the MS-Business: Supply Chain Management program.

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements


Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions


Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide (
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.
Assessments and Examinations Contact the program for information on required assessments and examinations.
Language Requirements Contact the program for information on any language requirements.

Required COURSES

MARKETNG/​OTM  722 Logistics Management3
MARKETNG/​OTM  724 Strategic Global Sourcing3
MARKETNG 725 Marketing Channel Strategy3
MARKETNG/​OTM  726 Seminar in Supply Chain Management3
MARKETNG/​OTM  727 Enterprise Systems and Supply Chain Management3
OTM 714 Supply Chain Analytics3
GEN BUS 704 Data to Decisions3
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of supply chain management, any course with the graduate course attribute offered by the School of Business (including departments: ACCT I S, ACT SCI, FINANCE, GEN BUS, INFO SYS, INTL BUS, M H R, MARKETNG, OTM, REAL EST, or R M I) can be used to complete the required elective credits. Courses outside of the School of Business will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Major-Specific Policies

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 700 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to the master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.


The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.


Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.


15 credits

Time Constraints

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

grievances and appeals

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

Students should contact the department chair or program director with questions about grievances.


Students must be enrolled full-time.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 


This program provides significant opportunities for professional development through the applied learning curriculum. 

  1. Apply knowledge in operations, finance, marketing and information systems to support decision making within and across the fundamental dimensions of supply chain management – planning, sourcing, making and delivering physical and non-physical products.
  2. Make supply chain decisions in real-world settings through significant exposure to leading supply chain practitioners.
  3. Identify relevant sources of data, know how to access that data, and be able to analyze it to support supply chain decision making.
  4. Identify and assess the opportunities and risks associated with global sources of supply and global markets for goods.
  5. Communicate ideas and recommendations to individuals in all functional areas within an organization.

Please see the Grainger Center’s website for a list of program leaders. 


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Accreditation status: Accredited. Next accreditation review: 2021-2022.