Application Requirements

Applicants must complete and submit an online application for the MS in Supply Chain Management program. The system allows applicants to save their work and return to it at any time. Supporting materials and the application fee are submitted through the online application system.


 Getting Started

  • An account and password are required to start the online application.
  • Select "Fall 2022" for "Entry Term" and "Supply Chain Management - MS" for "Selected Program."
  • Read the instructions below carefully before completing your application.
  • When you have provided everything required to submit your application, the application will allow you to submit. The application is not complete until the recommendations are submitted and we have received your official test scores. Applications must be complete before the deadline for which you would like to be considered.


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Program Prerequisites

The MS in Supply Chain Management program has two prerequisites for admission consideration:

  • Applicants must have an equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum of 3 years of full-time professional work experience is required (internships not included) at the time of application submission.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements are not eligible for the program and are encouraged to wait until both requirements are satisfied before submitting an application.



To be considered for admission, the MS in Supply Chain Management program requires a first university degree that is an equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree. Students with a 3-year degree from India do not satisfy this minimum requirement and must complete an additional year of accredited post-baccalaureate study before submitting an application to the program. If a student is unsure whether their degree is an equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree they should email their transcripts and proof of degree to the Office of Graduate Admissions for review. Their email is

Unofficial transcripts can be submitted through the online application. You will need to submit a transcript from each accredited college or university where you have completed coursework before your application will be considered complete and reviewed by the admissions committee. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Use this local resource for a list of English language translation services in the Twin Cities. If you have previously enrolled at any University of Minnesota campus, you can obtain electronic copies of your transcripts from OneStop student services. Additional information can be found on the Graduate School Transcripts & Credentials and International Applicants webpages.

If admitted, you must submit official transcripts or academic records prior to your enrollment at the University of Minnesota. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions Office from the institution. An official, certified (signature and seal) English translation must accompany non-English transcripts. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to require the submission of official transcripts or credentials any time during the admission review process. More information can be found on the Graduate School Official Transcripts & Credentials webpage.

While these test scores are not required for admission to the MS in Supply Chain Management program, you may consider including test scores if you are concerned that your academic record is weak or contains gaps.

Important Note: Applicants interested in pursuing consulting careers during or after completing the MS SCM should plan to take the GMAT as many consulting firms do look at these scores when assessing candidates.

International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. Please note that the exam date should be within two years of graduate program start dateFor details regarding this requirement please visit the International Applicants webpage.

We require two recommendations for application to the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) program. These recommendations can be from any combination of professional and academic recommenders, though we strongly prefer that at least one recommendation come from a supervisor or current employer. 

Please note that you do not need to solicit letters of recommendation from your recommenders. We partner with GMAC for the Common Letter of Recommendation, so you simply need to provide contact information for your recommenders in the online application and the form will be automatically routed to them via email for completion. The form does include an optional section to attach a letter of recommendation if your recommender chooses to add that component.

We recommend getting started on your application early so you can enter the recommender contact information right away before continuing to work on your application. Both recommenders must complete the aforementioned GMAC form before your submitted application is considered complete. This means all recommendations must be received before the deadline for which you would like to be considered. 

Prepare a current résumé that includes a detailed education and employment history in no more than 4 pages.

Résumé guidelines

  • List both employer and official position held.
  • Specify both month and year for dates of employment in each role.
  • Detail job responsibilities and accomplishments in approximately 3-5 bullet points.

Upload your completed resume in the online application where prompted for Résumé or CV.

Personal Statement

For consideration for admission, please submit a personal statement (750 words, approximately 2 pages max.) answering the following three questions:

  • Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why are you choosing to pursue an MS in Supply Chain Management at this time, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
  • Why are you interested in pursuing an MS at the Carlson School of Management?
  • What do you feel makes you a strong candidate for the program? How will you contribute to the Program overall?


Academic Performance Statement

Required for applicants with one or more of the following on their academic records:

  • Cumulative GPA below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Academic probation or dismissal
  • Significant or notable declines in academic performance
  • Any other academic weaknesses or concerns

Reflect on your prior academic performance and make a case for why you are now prepared for the rigor of graduate level work. Your statement should be limited to no more than 500 words (1 page).


Optional Essay

Use this optional essay if you feel you need to share information that is not presented elsewhere in the application, for example:

  • Explanation of employment gaps
  • Major career changes
  • Choice of recommenders
  • Other considerations you'd like the admissions committee to be aware of

Your statement should be limited to no more than 500 words (1 page).

The video essay is a required component of the application that provides candidates with an opportunity to show the admissions committee the authentic you.  Think of this video essay as if you were answering an interview question with a member of our admissions committee. 

Preparation Checklist

  • You will need to use a computer with camera and microphone capabilities. You will have the ability to test your technology before starting the video essay and submit a practice video essay. 
  • You can test your technology and run the practice simulation as many times as you wish to be comfortable with the format and technology.  You will be able to review your practice video essay(s) and your recording(s) will not be saved beyond the testing phase and will never be reviewed.
  • You can also practice responding to impromptu questions offline with a friend or colleague before completing the video essay portion of your application.
  • You will be prompted to click "Ready" once you are prepared to submit an official video essay.  You will be asked one impromptu question from a bank of behavioral questions selected by our admissions team. 
  • Two minutes (120 seconds) will be provided to prepare an answer and two minutes (120 seconds) to record an answer.   Recording will automatically stop after two minutes.  You are not required to use the full two minutes.  If you have time remaining once complete with your response, click the "Stop Recording" button to end the recording. 
  • You will only be provided one attempt to record your official video essay.

You should treat the video essay question as you would a job interview question. Appropriate attire is business professional.

The application fee is $75 (non-refundable) for U.S. citizens; and $95 for international applications and U.S. residents with foreign credentials. Your application fee will be waived if you have served in the US Armed Forces for any length of time, past or present, and indicate as such where prompted in the online application. There are no other options to have this fee waived.

Admission interviews are by invitation only. Not all applicants will be interviewed. Interviews may be conducted on campus or virtually. Interview format has no bearing on admission decisions. The interview is approximately 30-45 minutes in length and aimed at better understanding a candidate’s academic and professional background. You should treat the interview as you would a job interview. Appropriate attire is business professional.

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