Operations & Supply Chain Management Major

Think of a relay race, each member passing the baton with maximum speed and efficiency. To be competitive, they rely upon their coach to learn how to best position themselves for the handoff. Now put that concept into a business context for a manufacturing or service enterprise, and you have an idea about operations and supply chain management.

About the major

Marquette Business’ undergraduate supply chain management program has been ranked 16th nationally by US News and World Report (2022), 15th internationally by SCM World, and 12th by Gartner, Inc. (2020).

REAL-WORLD VALUE.  According to Gartner, “The top U.S. undergraduate supply chain programs balance broad curricula, real-world experience and strong industry reputations to rise to the top.” Marquette’s program was lauded for its broad, diverse scope and a curriculum that aligns well with a modern, real-world corporate supply chain model. Recent graduates have reported an average entry-level salary of $53,000.

INTERNSHIPS. You can work as an undergraduate for some of the nation's leading firms right here in Milwaukee. It's easy to do, because it's built right into your curriculum.

OPENING DOORS. Through working in the college's Center for Supply Chain Management or getting involved in the OSCM student organization, you will develop a critical professional network before you graduate.

IT'S WHAT YOU KNOW AND HOW YOU NETWORK. Marquette's College of Business Administration is home to the Center for Supply Chain Management, a university-industry venture for education, research and advancement of knowledge in supply chain management. It's a great forum for networking with OSCM professionals.

Learning Outcomes

As one of many methods of assuring that the goals of our educational mission are successfully met, the college regularly and systematically engages in the assessment of a variety of competencies. As part of this assurance of learning, each program defines and collects data on learning goals; statements of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that we want our graduates to possess. We use them for continuous improvement and they are the criteria on which organizations such as AACSB evaluate our accreditation. The following is the current Learning Goal for the Operations and Supply Chain Major along with the goals for the Undergraduate Business Core.

Understand and analyze operations and supply chain management issues in a firm.

Below are the specific performance outcomes assessed to help determine if students meet the above outcome.

  • Analyze the manufacturing operations of a firm
  • Apply sales and operations planning, MRP and lean manufacturing concepts
  • Apply logistics and purchasing concepts to improve supply chain operations
  • Apply quality management tools for process improvement

Undergraduate Business Core Learning Goals

  1. Apply effective written and oral communication skills to business situations.
  2. Analyze the global business environment.
  3. Analyze the local business environment.
  4. Use critical thinking skills in business situations.
  5. Apply an ethical understanding and perspective to business situations.