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MBA in Supply Chain Management

Lead Broad-Spectrum Supply Chains

Learn supply chain fundamentals, visit global companies, and impact sustainability. Prepare to get results with a specialized MBA curriculum, starting semester one. This high-touch program positions you to lead broad-spectrum supply chains in the face of unique global challenges and become a strong cross-functional leader.

Visit supply chain sites around the globe and gain firsthand understanding of the supply chain process

Learn supply chain as a strategic business capability enabler, not just a cost-saving opportunity

Graduate with the qualifications employers seek and have the opportunity to achieve Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification

Top 25

among graduate supply chain degree programs in North America

—Gartner, 2020

STEM Designated

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in recognition of quantitative approach to learning


The Wisconsin Full-Time MBA curriculum integrates a strong foundation in general management with highly focused preparation in supply chain management. You will begin taking specialization classes right away.

Year 1

First Semester

  • Data to Decisions
  • Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Leading and Working in Teams
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Applied Learning

Second Semester

  • Ethics, Integrity and Society
  • Integrated Company Analysis
  • Business Strategy
  • Economics for Managers
  • Strategic Global Sourcing
  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Applied Learning

Year 2

First Semester

  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Applied Learning
  • Strategic Marketing Channels
  • Electives (2)

Second Semester

  • Supply Chain IT Systems
  • Applied Learning
  • Electives (3)

Applied Learning

Supply Chain MBA students visit Cisco

Small program size means you get a lot of interaction and hands-on experience to build your résumé, including:

  • Weekly interactive discussions with supply chain leaders (Google, Microsoft, Abbott Labs)
  • Visits to regional supply chain sites such as factories and distribution centers with companies like Amazon and Kohler
  • A supply chain consulting course working with top companies
  • Global trips, most recently to Norway, Japan
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt completion

Expert Support and Career Connection

Knowledge Center

The supply chain management specialization is supported by a dedicated knowledge center, the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, backed by extensive industry support. Dedicated space in Grainger Hall serves as supply chain students’ home base and encourages collaboration.

an MBA student participating in a mock interview

Participating supply chain industry experts and alumni:

  • Guide curriculum
  • Serve as on center advisory boards
  • Initiate applied learning
  • Contribute to the classroom
  • Mentor students
  • Assist with recruiting and placement
Learn more about the Grainger Center

Specialization & Center Leadership

Jake Dean

Jake Dean

Director Jake Dean is an expert in supply chain and demand planning, and has a passion for delivering personalized education and attention to the next generation of leaders in the field. Jake has more than 14 years of supply chain analyst and management experience at Cisco and Canadian Tire. Jake taps extensive industry connections to ensure your success as a supply chain leader.

Advisory Boards

Members of the executive advisory board and alumni advisory board have deep ties to industry and consult specialization on curriculum, projects, and networking.

Claudia Knowlton-Chike

Board Member Spotlight

Claudia Knowlton-Chike

Senior Director, Global Logistics Operations, Google
Executive advisory board member Claudia Knowlton-Chike’s leads Google’s global transportation, warehousing, import/export trade compliance, packaging, and automation projects that enable Google’s data centers.

See our advisory board members

World-class Faculty

Our expert faculty offer a deep-dive supply chain program that sets you apart.

Greg Decroix teaching a class

Faculty Member Spotlight

Greg DeCroix

Grainger Professor in Supply Chain Management
Department of Operations and Information Management

Gregory DeCroix’s supply chain research focuses on managing supply chain disruption risk, utilizing information in supply chain management, and the impact of decentralized decision-making on supply chain efficiency.

Learn about other faculty members

Supply Chain Snapshot

Hear Jake Dean, director of the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, and alumnus and GE Transportation’s Scott Hughes (MBA ’16) discuss supply chain’s essential place in business, the evolving issues companies face, and the role of supply chain leaders in developing analytically driven, sustainable solutions.

Program Voices

Rajat Mahajan
“The Wisconsin MBA is one of the very few MBA programs where your peers don’t compete with you for jobs, but enable you to find your perfect job fit. Classes are highly collaborative so I have developed great relationships—a culture that helped me ease into the program. My classmates across specializations have helped me prepare for job interviews and improve communication and networking skills.”
Rajat Mahajan (MBA ’17)
Manager Infrastructure–Fraud Operations Strategy and Vendor Management, Discover
Vania Arias Alosilla
“Jake Dean, the director of the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, had a great impact on my student life. He took the time and effort to get to know me and understand my interests and skills. He also played a substantial role in connecting me to the startup where I did my internship and helped me consider career prospects.”
Vania Arias Alosilla (MBA ’18)
Supply Chain Design & Analytics, Kohler Co.
“This supply chain management program … has a robust applied learning program with industry-led workshops, international study tours, Six-Sigma Yellow Belt certification, site visits, and a lot of other activities and events tailored to expanding knowledge and experience in the supply chain management field.”
Dawn Luo (MBA ’16)
Product Portfolio Manager, Microsoft
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Get To Know Our MBAs

Hear about students’ experiences in the program.

Vania Arias Alosilla

Connect With Top Employers

Connect with employers through classroom visits, networking events, and applied learning projects. Frequent recruiters:

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Deloitte logo
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“Deloitte finds supply chain students at UW–Madison learn not only great supply chain fundamentals, but more importantly how the supply chain function impacts the overall business by delighting customers and enabling new revenue. This perspective, and the fact that students learn by doing in the supply chain consulting projects course, helps make UW–Madison a target school when it comes to recruiting talent.”
Chris Smith
Specialist leader, Deloitte; Grainger Center Executive Advisory Board Member

Supply Chain Careers

Common career paths

  • Sourcing
  • Logistics
  • Supply Chain Systems
  • Supply Chain Network Design

Common job titles

  • Commodity Manager
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Procurement Analytics Consultant
  • Pathways Operations Manager
  • Program Manager

Your MBA. Your Career Success.

High staff-to-student ratio means you get unlimited support—and exceptional connections—as you step into your ideal career.

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