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

UW-Stout's Master of Science degree in Operations and Supply Management (OSM) prepares you 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.


  • Engineering Technology Management
  • Occupational Safety and Industry Hygiene
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • SAP ERP Business Analytics

Our unique program can be completed on-campus with face-to-face instruction or through our flexible 100% online program. The on-campus and online delivery options use the same M.S. Operations and Supply Management program plans and courses.


    Program Overview

    View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


    A Unique and Respected Degree

    Here are the industry-leading strengths of the M.S. Operations and Supply Management program: 

    • One of the only programs of its kind with a broad mix of U.S. and international students.
    • Our practice-oriented approach combines leadership and technical emphases such as Industry 4.0, automation, SAP ERP, and Lean Manufacturing.
    • Highly related to business practices - students can work on job-related projects in courses under the supervision of faculty with industry experience and knowledge.
    • Six Sigma Black Belt and SAP ERP Analytics Certificate embedded in degree.
    • ACBSP accredited with a strong alumni network.
    • Most graduates received a promotion within 1-2 years after graduation
    • Program requires 32 cr. (11 courses), courses offered year-round.
    • Undergraduate students can enroll earlier in their senior year.

    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.

    Welcome International Students!

    Office of International Education works with MS OSM international students to prepare them for the global workforce.

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    Industry Focus and Value

    The MS OSM program focuses on the goal of three wins — the students receive high-quality, graduate education to advance their careers; the industry benefits from the course projects that students do to improve operations performance; and the university completes its mission by supporting our community.

    “It is very important for the MS OSM students to apply what they’ve learned in the program to improve the operation performances for their organization. The program strongly focuses on business impact. All of our faculty have professional industry backgrounds, some of them have multiple professional certifications and are still working with industry in some types of consulting capacity. This allows the program to stay on top and deliver content that meets industry needs.”

    -- David Ding, Program Director
    M.S. Operations and Supply Management

    Student projects have generated more than $4.5 million in savings for the students’ organizations. That’s the value the M.S. Operations and Supply Management program provides to the industry.

    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

    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


    Tracking of Key Student Performance Measure

    UW-Stout's M.S. in Operations and Supply Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

    The M.S. in Operations and Supply Management Student Achievement report has enrollment, final exam, employment and retention data. The Student Learning Assessment Results report is an analysis of student learning and performance standards based on specific competency attainment.

    Tracking of Key Student Performance Measure

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