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MBA in Supply Chain Management

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Lead Broad-Spectrum Supply Chains

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


among graduate supply chain degree programs in North America

—Gartner, 2024

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)

In addition to courses listed here, you can customize your MBA by choosing electives in general business, marketing, operations and technology management, finance and accounting, management and human resources, and risk management and insurance. You can also pursue one or more graduate-level certificates in topics such as business analytics, entrepreneurship, strategic innovation, and sustainability.

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

an MBA student participating in a mock interview

The supply chain management specialization is supported by a dedicated knowledge center, the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, backed by extensive industry support. Participating supply chain industry experts and alumni:

  • Guide curriculum and contribute to the classroom
  • Serve as on center advisory boards
  • Initiate applied learning
  • Mentor students
  • Assist with recruiting and placement

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

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.

World-class Faculty

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

Greg Decroix teaching a class

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.

Supply Chain Snapshot

Supply Chain Management and Business Leadership

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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Connect With Top Employers

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

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Chris Smith
“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.”
Managing Director, 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

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

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