Prepare for a leadership role in the manufacturing and services industry with an operations and supply chain management bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Work with local businesses; participate in competitions; study abroad; and strengthen your communication, teamwork, project management, financial literacy and troubleshooting skills. Through unique, real-world projects, our expert faculty will challenge you to critically evaluate alternative process designs as well as identify the purpose of each element of the production planning hierarchy.
Accredited by AACSB, the operations and supply chain management major will prepare you to immediately enter the field upon graduation. Graduates are required to pass one of the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) examinations. This achievement proves your knowledge of — and competency within — operations and supply chain management practices and demonstrates your ability to do your job well.
Because of the program's strong reputation and history of producing successful grads, a number of local organizations look to hire UW-Eau Claire grads — both for internships and professional jobs.
Management majors are eligible for thousands of dollars in scholarships offered through the College of Business. Scholarships are based on criteria like academic standing, financial need, high school location and extracurricular involvement. For operations and supply chain management majors specifically, upperclassman have the opportunity to apply for the Kurt Mueller Management Scholarship. This $1,000 award is given to a student who holds a leadership role in relevant extracurricular activities.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your management degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Operations and supply chain management program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major does not require a minor.
- The Association for Operations Management (APICS)
- Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary (BGS)
- Beta Upsilon Sigma (BUS)
- Collegiate DECA
Accreditation information: Our business programs are among the best. We are accredited by AACSB International, a mark of excellence achieved by less than 5% of all business schools worldwide.
Relevant student organizations. Build out your resume by joining the University's Association for Operations Management (APICS) student org! Interact with professionals in the field, lead fellow students as a board member and participate in regional and national competitions, like the Head of the Class Competition and the Great Lakes District Case Competition. Many students credit this club in playing a critical role in helping them find a job upon graduation.
Exceptional career preparation. In order to graduate, operations and supply chain management majors are required to pass one of the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) examinations. This ensures you are ready to hit the ground running and immediately excel in your chosen career.
Internship opportunities. Management students are highly encouraged to participate in internships — some of which even count for credit. These experiences not only help you find mentors and future employers, but they also provide you with professional experience. Through internships, operations and supply chain management students have assisted in things like developing inventory control standards; coordinating the timely delivery of finished products to shipping lines; documenting changes in software, systems or procedures; and adjusting staffing in response to fluctuating throughput requirements.
Class variety led by faculty who care. UW-Eau Claire's operations and supply chain management degree is proudly taught by faculty who care about their students and understand what it takes to be successful in this field. Explore a wide range of topics to build your foundation of business principles, including business writing, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, accounting, production planning and control and lean manufacturing systems and concepts.
The manufacturing and services industry is booming — and graduates are in demand. Because of this exceptional growth, many alum experience job security, good pay and opportunities for promotion in their chosen organization.
Where are operations and supply chain management alumni now?
- Manufacturing planner, Lockheed Martin, Florida
- Vice president of operations, Nestle Health Science, Minnesota
- Slingshot operations manager, Polaris, Alabama
- Plant manager, Stepan, California
- Supply chain analyst, 3M, Minnesota
- COO, Mountain Leverage, Minnesota
Operations and supply chain management careers
- Purchasing agent
- Operations manager
- Logistics analyst
- Inventory analyst
- Supply chain analyst
- Mortar scheduler
UWEC has allowed me to graduate summa cum laude at the age of 20 while engaging in countless value-adding extracurricular activities. I have competed in seven Case competitions, held board positions for two campus organizations, completed an internship, worked as a Student Building Manager, accepted a job before graduation, received a major professional certification and volunteered in the Eau Claire community.
The operations and supply chain emphasis within the management program prepares students for success through a curriculum that includes a strong liberal education core and major-specific coursework in business, production and service operations management. A required professional development program will also cover topics in career planning, professional image, interviewing, etiquette and networking.
Classes for operations and supply chain management majors may include:
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Supply Chain Management
- Production Planning and Control
- Lean Manufacturing Systems and Concepts
- Materials Management Simulation
- Service Operations Management
- Foundations for Success in Business
Learn more about the comprehensive operations and supply chain management major in the UWEC course catalog.
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