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Supply Chain & Operations Management Education at UWW College of Business and Economics

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Founded in 1868, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW) is known for academic excellence in a setting of high-quality, career-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs. The campus enrolls more than 10,700 students in its 46 undergraduate and 13 master’s degrees and one specialist degree program. As the fourth largest campus in the UW System, UW-Whitewater had an annual operating budget of more than 3 million in 2006-07 and serves as a regional center for cultural and athletic activities.

The university has earned a national reputation for innovative programs and facilities, with a number of academic programs ranked among the best in the nation. For more than a decade the accounting program has been No. 1 in the nation in the percent of undergraduate students achieving first-time pass rates on the Uniform CPA exam.

The Princeton Review has named the College of Business and Economics one of the “Best Business Schools.” The Online MBA program is the largest accredited program in Wisconsin and is considered one of the top-25 best buys for distance learning MBA degrees by GetEducated.com. The College of Education provides the most new teachers to the state of Wisconsin.

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

  • BBA in Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • BBA in Supply Chain and Operations Management with Project Management Emphasis
  • Progrms are based on a broad general education which provides students with a fundamental understanding of the society in which they live and work. College requirements develop students' knowledge of the functional areas of business, behavioral sciences, management sciences and a systems approach to problem solving. Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM Major) prepares students for careers in operations scheduling, managerial decision support, quality project management and purchasing; emphasis is placed on the production of both goods and services in the private and public sectors.

Graduate Program

  • MBA with Supply Chain Management Emphasis (On Campus & Online): The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program is designed for individuals who find themselves at a point in their careers where continued professional development requires a refined understanding of management and working knowledge of the multiple functions and processes within organizations. Students complete Common Body of Knowledge and Breadth courses, and select courses from Supply Chain Management emphasis area. Supply Chain Management focuses on the creation of the enterprise’s products including activities such as setting operating strategy, designing processes, location selection, facility layout, forecasting, quality management, scheduling, inventory control, and job design.


The 1,100 members of the faculty, staff and administration are committed to providing practical experiences that enhance learning both inside and outside the traditional classroom. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff strive to extend personal attention to all students, providing a concerned academic environment that is responsive to individual needs.

  • Campus: Located in Whitewater, a friendly, picturesque city of 12,000 people, UW-Whitewater 400-acred campus is near rural recreation areas, yet within convenient driving distance of the metropolitan centers of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago. The campus is only a short drive from the scenic Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin.
  • Accreditation: UWW is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business and Economics is fully accredited and recognized by Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), American Council on Education and National Commission on Accrediting among others.
  • Study Abroad: International study-abroad opportunities are available in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, and Sweden.
  • Undergraduate Research: The Undergraduate Research Program at UW-Whitewater consistently sends a large group of students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, with 78 students presenting their work in 2009.
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC): The goal of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is to stimulate economic growth and create meaningful economic impact through entrepreneurial education. This education is generally provided through individual counseling or via short-term or long-term training seminars and conferences on financial management, new product development, business planning, and HR issues. A Youth Entrepreneurship Camp and other youth entrepreneurship initiatives are also offered.
  • APICS Student Organization: The Association for Operations Management is the campus student organization for anyone with interests in the field of supply chain management, production, inventory, TQM, service operations, purchasing, and material requirements planning. An insight into the real world of Operations Management is obtained through numerous contacts with management of nearby business organizations at on-campus, Milwaukee APICS, and Janesville APICS Chapter meetings. An excellent opportunity is afforded chapter members to prepare for and take the APICS certification examinations in the various Production Fields.
  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO): The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO), which was formed in the Fall 2005 with the College of Business efforts to expand an entrepreneurship program, is a student organization designed to expose our members to the world of entrepreneurship. Through its programming, speaker series, and business plan competitions, CEO offers a combination of theory and practice, thought leadership and performance, planning and doing. CEO sponsors an Elevator Pitch Competition, a Business Plan Competition and helps students plan and launch new business ventures.