M.S. Operations and Supply Management

Do you want to advance your leadership roles in your business, industry, or technical environments?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers & Salaries Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery On Campus or Online

UW-Stout's Master of Science degree in Operations and Supply Management prepares students for advanced leadership roles in global business and technical environments. Operations, supply chain and logistics management are areas that need managers who can apply both existing and emerging technologies to plan, organize and implement effective systems. Our unique program can be fully completed online — a valuable option for working professionals with a demanding schedule. 

Concentrations:

  • Engineering Technology Management
  • Industry Occupation Safety and Hygiene
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • SAP ERP Business Analytics
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Program Overview

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A Unique and Respected Degree

What are some strengths of our M.S. Operations and Supply Management program? To name a few: 

  • One of the only programs of its kind in Wisconsin.
  • Convenient course scheduling: the entire program can be completed through evening or online courses and independent study programs.
  • The degree can be completed in a short period of time.
  • Our practice-oriented approach combines leadership and technical emphases.
  • Engaging full-time faculty with industry experience and knowledge.
  • A broad mix of U.S. and international students.

There is an increasing need for supply chain management expertise in the industry. Rise above the competition with a master's degree in our well-respected program. Use the Request Information form to receive a program summary and learn more about the Masters of Science degree in Operations and Supply Management.

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Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • $644 per graduate creditcustomized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

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Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

  • The standard online or hard-copy application-based documents which must be submitted to the UW-Stout Graduate School.
  • A two-page, double-spaced statement which describes the candidate's academic history, employment history and professional goals. Please e-mail your completed statement to the Program Director. This statement will be used during the admission selection process and, if admitted, during the student's academic advising process.

Please know that the MSOSM Program Selection Committee will favor applicants who have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 as well as academic and workplace experience which align with the broad demands of a profession within the operations and supply management industry.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the MS OSM program, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize ethical issues, propose solutions to an ethical dilemma and use ethical reasoning to justify the solutions.
  2. Implement leadership skills in leading others engaged in operations and supply chain management.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of the current U.S. legal and global regulatory business environment.
  4. Apply decision-making techniques, both quantitative and qualitative analysis, to operation and supply management issues.
  5. Construct and communicate a logical, relevant, and professional quantitative and qualitative assessment of business information in an effective manner.

Additional Objectives for Operations Management Concentration:

After successfully completing the Operations Management concentration, the students will be able to:

  1. Apply systems analysis to management decisions and operational success.
  2. Examine and improve the globalization effects on an organization’s operations.
  3. Analyze effective decision-making, problem-solving, and technical skills required in operations and management.

Additional Objectives for Quality Management Concentration:

After successfully completing the Quality Management concentration, the students will be able to:

  1. Apply best practices for knowledge-based business quality management decision making.
  2. Lead projects that implement quality management systems and a continuous improvement culture for organizations.
  3. Perform auditing and gap analysis to improve an organization's quality performance.

Additional Objectives for Project Management Concentration:

After successfully completing the Project Management concentration, the students will be able to:

  1. Manage projects and programs.
  2. Apply techniques for quantifying and managing the impact of change on a project.
  3. Serve in a management role on international project teams.

Additional Objectives for Supply Chain Management Concentration:

After successfully completing the Supply Chain Management concentration, the students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge to evaluate and manage an effective supply chain.
  2. Align the management of a supply chain with corporate goals and strategies.
  3. Analyze and improve supply chain processes.

Additional Objectives for SAP ERP Concentration:

After successfully completing the SAP ERP Concentration, the students will be able to:

  1. Define and explain SAP ERP concepts and be able to contrast an SAP ERP to traditional functionally oriented information systems.
  2. Use an SAP ERP system to manage a company.
  3. Perform business analytics to generate business intelligence.
  4. Analyze sales data using SAP ERP to support decision making in changing market conditions

Additional Objectives for Industry Occupational Safety and Hygiene Concentration:

After successfully completing the Industry Occupational Safety and Hygiene concentration, the students will be able to:

  1. Collect and evaluate relevant data to reduce the risk profile of an organization.
  2. Integrate the concepts of occupational safety analysis and responsible business practices.
  3. Evaluate the legal, moral and sustainability principles that are relevant to the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession.

Additional Objectives for Engineering Technology Management Concentration:

After successfully completing the Engineering Technology Management concentration, the students will be able to:

  1. Model, analyze and control system design and production activities.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the impact of quality, cost and timeliness metrics on manufacturing performance
  3. Provide support for systems engineering and project management.
Career Opportunities

Graduates of our program have gone on to hold a variety of leadership positions:

  • Project manager
  • Quality manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Materials manager
  • Industrial production manager
  • Six Sigma black or green belt
  • Continuous improvement leader
  • Industrial engineer/technologist
  • Manufacturing engineer/technologist
  • Supply chain analyst
  • Information systems manager
MSOSM Advisory Board

2019-2020 Advisory Board

Paul Chapman Project Manager Corporate Info Services; Toro
David Ding Program Director UW-Stout
Shannen Domecq Student Services UW-Stout
Scott Harvey V.P. Operations Site-Lead UHS
Charles Lehman Director of Operations Urologix
Jim Moulton Operations Manager Andersen Corporation
Diane Olsen Professor UW-Stout
Dave Plum Asst. Professor-Operations & Management UW-Stout
Nadim Zoberi Manager Corporate Continuous Improvement; Toro

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