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Supply Chain Management Education at the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management

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The University of Wisconsin is a world-class university, nationally and internationally recognized for the academic excellence, incredible students, inspiring faculty, exceptional value, and an amazing campus and community. In achievement and prestige, the University of Wisconsin - Madison has long been recognized as one of America’s great universities. A public, land-grant institution, UW - Madison offers a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs and student activities. Many of its programs are hailed as world leaders in instruction, research and public service.

At Wisconsin, you will be part of an academic environment in which you are challenged and encouraged to grow intellectually by your peers and professors. Students at Wisconsin are not only academically enriched, however; this is an active campus, and you’ll find that your classmates are engaged in diverse activities outside of the classroom.

The Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management is the only endowed, university-based center specializing in supply chain management in the United States. Its unique curriculum is cross-functional and takes an integrated business process view of supply chains, including marketing, sourcing, logistics, operations, and customer service. It is a personalized, industry-focused program supported by companies known for supply chain excellence. Students connect with and learn from real-world supply chain leaders and are part of a strong, close-knit community.

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

  • BBA with Supply Chain Management Specialization: A specialization in supply chain management is available to all undergraduate students enrolled in the Wisconsin School of Business and may be added to any current business major. The specialization is housed in and coordinated by the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management. Students learn to think about the supply chain in an integrated business framework both in and out of the classroom from the faculty and applied learning program.

Graduate Program

  • MBA in Supply Chain Management: The Wisconsin MBA is designed to put professionals out in front in their chosen fields. It is composed of outstanding programs in highly focused career specializations in key areas such as supply chain management. As a graduate of the Wisconsin MBA, you will get your career off to a fast start because employers will know you have the skills to succeed in general management and the specialized expertise needed to deliver value from the start in your chosen field. The Wisconsin MBA Program in supply chain management is highly regarded in the industry, ranking #8 among graduate supply chain degree programs in North America by Gartner. This specialization provides the cross-functional and strategic breadth needed to have a comprehensive understanding of supply chain management. Students undergo training in everything from managing product design and demand to the marketing, promotion, and sourcing of goods. Delivered through the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, the supply chain management specialization includes extensive experiences solving real-world issues under the direction of an engaged advisory board and alumni network, and prepares students for a successful career in a wide range of industries.


UW Madison ranks as one of the most prolific research universities in the world. Driven by a desire to both explore new worlds and to apply new ideas to real-world problems, research at UW–Madison isn't conducted only by faculty, staff and graduate students. Undergraduate research opportunities also are fostered, making research a truly campuswide enterprise.

  • Campus: Spanning 935 acres, the campus is located in the city of Madison. The campus spreads out along Lake Mendota, encompassing wooded hills, friendly shores and lively city streets. Madison -the state’s capital city with a population of 208,000 - offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural offerings, outdoor recreation, distinctive restaurants, unique shops and vibrant nightlife.
  • Accreditation: The University of Wisconsin-Madison is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA). The School of Business undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB Inernational), the standard-setting organization for collegiate business education.
  • Ranking: Wisconsin’s undergraduate business program was ranked 12th in the most recent US News & World Report rankings. Real Estate was ranked second, and Insurance/ Risk Management was ranked third. In all, six programs were ranked in the top 20. The MBA program was ranked 29th by US News & World Report.
  • Internship: More than 3,000 internship opportunities are posted on campus each year, in every field of interest, within the university and throughout the world.
  • Placement Success: Supply chain management talent is in high demand, as the Grainger Center's remarkable placement record for summer internships and full-time employment reflects. The graduates achieve quickly and notably. Average starting salaries are consistently the highest among peer schools, ranging from ,000 to 0,000. A selection of companies that recruit supply chain management MBA students for full-time and summer internship opportunities includes: Abbott Vascular, Boeing, Boston Scientific, Cisco Systems, Inc., Deloitte Consulting, Genzyme Corp., W.W. Grainger, Inc., Hewlett-Packard, IBM Global Business Services, Intel Corporation, Johnson Controls and more.
  • Industry Partnerships: The Grainger Center has deep ties to industry. Its extensive network of corporate partners provides real-world perspective that enhances the curriculum and applied learning program and provides invaluable career guidance to students. The Executive Advisory Board is comprised of senior executives at leading firms renowned for supply chain management excellence. Throughout the year, board members provide guidance and recruiting opportunities and participate in numerous development activities. Students interact with EAB members during their job search, at speaker events, and at the annual meeting.
  • Integrated Learning Environment: The curriculum is cross-functional, applied, and collaborative, allowing students to learn about supply chain management in an integrated business framework from renowned faculty with expertise in supply chain management and other business disciplines.
  • SAP University Alliance: Students learn how technology can enable integrated business processes and strategic thinking. Being a member of the SAP University Alliance enables students to experience firsthand how organizations operate and how enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems can help organizations become more efficient, productive, and profitable – and gives students a tremendous advantage in the marketplace. Several courses utilize ERP technology in which teams of students run a real SAP system.
  • Global Experience: Students have opportunities to travel abroad over winter break to meet with companies and learn about their global operations, as well as a country’s business, political, and cultural environment. Recent trips have included Brazil, Vietnam, Turkey, China, Dubai, and Argentina.
  • Hands-on Seminars: Students gain additional expertise in supply chain management through faculty-led seminars each semester. Recent seminars have included demand planning, Six Sigma certification, and sales and operations planning.

LAST UPDATED ON July 28, 2017