MSM-OR/SCM Integrated Admissions | Weatherhead

Weatherhead Philosophy of Recruitment

The Weatherhead School of Management BA/BS Integrated MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain admissions team is committed to recruiting a community of students with diverse perspectives and a range of robust educational, professional and life experiences. These experiences, along with demonstrated student excellence, enrich the dialogue and teamwork in the classroom.

Application Process Overview

  • Create an application, or log in using your username and password to continue your application.
  • Upload the required unofficial documents. If you are admitted and you matriculate, we will require your official documents then. Further instructions will be sent by email.
  • When your application is finished, click “submit” to pay your non-refundable application fee
  • After clicking “submit,” you will not be able to make any changes to your application form, resume or essays, but you will be able to log back in later to upload transcripts and test scores. All required documents must be submitted in order to be considered.
  • Once your application is complete, you may receive an invitation to interview. Interviews are by invitation only.
  • Any application that remains incomplete at the end of the admissions period will be denied.

The Weatherhead Master of Science in Management (MSM)-Operations Research & Supply Chain Management admissions team is committed to recruiting students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional, and life experiences. These experiences, along with demonstrated student excellence, enrich the dialogue and teamwork in the classroom.

Master's in Operations Research & Supply Chain Management Application Requirements

The Integrated version of the MSM-Operations Research and Supply Chain Management program is only available to current Case Western Resere University undergraduates. Students from other universities must apply to the MSM-OR/SCM program and finish their undergraduate degree before beginning the program.

When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, Weatherhead’s MSM-OR/SCM admissions team requires the following:

To be admitted to the Integrated Program, an undergraduate student must have the following prerequisite courses:

  • MATH 125 — Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I
  • MATH 126 — Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II
  • MATH 201 — Introduction to Linear Algebra for Applications*
    *A student who has the Calculus, but not the Linear Algebra, prerequisite may be admitted to the program with the requirement that they take either MATH 201 (the preferred option) or the one credit-hour pre-semester course MSOR 400 (Linear Algebra).

The online application captures general information including: personal information, contact information, demographic information, education, and employment history. Applicants must upload a current resume, two essays, and the contact information for letters of recommendation (see instructions below under “Letters of Recommendation”). The online application can be completed in one sitting and additional supporting documents can be uploaded after clicking “Submit.”

Please note: Information entered into the online form cannot be changed once the application has been submitted, but transcripts and test score reports may be added at a later date.

Two essays are required. Each essay must be double-spaced and a maximum of 500 words in length.

Essay #1: Describe your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree.

  • What have you done in your academic/professional/personal life that has prepared you for this degree?
    • If your undergraduate major is different from the graduate degree you are seeking, please explain how you became interested in this field and why you would like to pursue it now in your educational career.
  • How does this master’s degree fit in with your short and long term career goals?
  • In what way will you contribute to the fabric of the Weatherhead culture?
  • Feel free to share anything else that we should know about you or any concerns you might have about your application that might not otherwise have been addressed.

Essay #2: Choose one question from the following four options; please indicate which topic you are addressing in your response.

  1. Case students are leaders and work together towards success. Tell us about a time when you helped someone else become a better leader.
  2. Challenges are often faced every day. Though the end result is important, usually it is the journey that teaches us the most. Describe a situation where your academic or professional ethics were challenged. How did you deal with the situation? What did you learn from the experience?
  3. Criticism can be difficult, but is a necessary part of growth. What was the most difficult feedback you have received, and how did you address it?
  4. At Weatherhead, we seek students with strong values. What values are most important to you? How do your values match the values of Weatherhead?

A current resume is required. The resume should include all work experience, including part-time employment,* internships,* and co-op employment.*

* For early-career applicants.

All applicants are required to submit unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary education (undergraduate or graduate schools) where you have earned a degree. Separate transcripts are also required if you received any transfer credit from another university. Please upload your transcripts in the “Transcripts” section of the online application. This can be done before or after clicking “Submit”).

Only unofficial transcripts are required for the completion and review of an application. Please do not send us your official documents during the application process. If you are admitted and you decide to enroll, we will require your official transcripts then. Please note: official transcripts must state the degree earned and the date the degree is conferred. If not, you must also provide an official degree certificate from your school stating the above information.


If you have earned a degree outside of the United States, Weatherhead School of Management requires that your transcripts state your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or total average score on any numeric scale. This must also include the grading scale used to calculate it.

If your transcripts do not state your cumulative GPA or total average score and your grading scale, you must also submit one of the following:

  • An official GPA Certificate from your university stating your cumulative GPA or total average score on any numeric scale (examples: 88/100, 3.5/4.0, 3.8/5, 7/10)
  • The grading scale used to calculate your GPA
  • A course-by-course transcript evaluation from either the World Education Services OR Educational Credential Evaluators (see contact information below)

NOTE: Your application will remain incomplete until one of the above documents has been received.

Advantages of having a transcript evaluation:

  • Evaluated GPA’s tend to be higher than those stated on many international transcripts.
  • If you are an international student, it confirms that your degree is the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States.
  • You may also send electronic copies to more than one school.

When ordering your transcript evaluation, you do not have to pay to express mail the report to us. Simply request that a copy be sent electronically to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University by selecting our school in their drop down box. We will also accept unofficial or student copies that are uploaded to the application.


If you have or will have earned a three-year bachelor degree, you may also be required to submit a transcript evaluation prepared by WES or ECE along with your transcripts. Weatherhead School of Management will recognize a three-year bachelor’s degree as long as the evaluation indicates that the degree is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States.

Before you apply or begin an evaluation process, visit the World Education Services website and use their free “WES Degree Equivalency” tool to see if your degree granting institution is recognized as the equivalent of a four-year degree in the U.S. If your degree is not listed as such, you will need an evaluation from one of these agencies (no preference). If the tool says your degree is recognized as the equivalent of a four-year degree, please take a screen shot and upload this to your application in the Transcripts section.

Your application will remain incomplete until the WES or ECE evaluation has been received. Offers of admission will not be binding until we have verified your degree.

For more information, contact:

World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087 USA
Fax: 212.739.6100
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA

The Weatherhead Admissions team reserves the right to require additional verification of transcripts, grading scales or official certificates that are uploaded to your application. If documents are not authentic or inaccurate, we will deny admission.

A GMAT or GRE score report is NOT required as a part of the application and review process for current Case Western Reserve University students. However, test scores can be submitted as part of your supplemental materials.

Applicants submitting a test score can upload unofficial copies of these to the “Test Documentation” section of the online application before or after submitting their application. Official score reports are only required if an offer of admission is extended and the applicant enrolls as a student.

The Weatherhead admissions team accepts either unofficial GMAT or unofficial GRE exam results equally. We do not have a minimum test score requirement.

GMAT code: WTJ-F1-57
GRE code: 1105

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit an English language exam. We accept either TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants can upload their scores to the "Test Documentation" section of the online application before or after submitting their application.

We do not have a minimum test score requirement. To see the average test scores for the current class in this program, visit the CLASS PROFILE link.

An applicant who possesses one of the following qualifications can obtain a waiver:

  1. Four years of undergraduate/graduate studies (combined) where English is the primary language of instruction. If your university is not located in an English speaking country, your transcripts must state that the language of instruction was in English.

    If it has been more than a year since you were in an English speaking program or work environment, the admissions team reserves the right to require proof of English language proficiency.

  2. Three years full-time work in a country where English is an official language.

If you qualify for a waiver of the English language exam, you must indicate this in the "Test Scores" section of the application. Waiver qualification will be verified.

TOEFL Code: 1105; Department Code: 02

Applicants must provide the name, relationship, and contact information of individuals who will write a letter of recommendation on the applicant’s behalf. Recommenders will be notified electronically to upload their letters to the applicant’s online profile. To ensure timely receipt, we strongly suggest each applicant follow up with his or her recommenders to make sure that they have uploaded their letters of recommendation to the online application. An application is considered incomplete until all letters of recommendation are received. Offers of admission cannot be extended for incomplete applications. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the final deadline.

Current Case Western Reserve University applicants are not required to pay an application fee when they submit their application. In order to waive the fee, please reach out to Meredith Richardson, 216.368.7586 for instructions.

Offers of admission cannot be extended for incomplete applications. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the final deadline.

Each supporting document must be uploaded to your online application for admission consideration. Some applicants require time to take the GMAT or GRE. Considering this, our team may interview applicants who have not yet taken either test (or who plan to retake a test for a higher score) but whose undergraduate transcripts and work history demonstrate high performance. Please note: An offer for admission cannot be extended with an incomplete application package. Weatherhead does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances. We reserve the right to deny admission if an application remains incomplete by the final deadline.

MSM-OR/SCM Deadlines

Weatherhead's MSM-OR/SCM program has four application rounds shown below and each application round has a deadline to submit and a deadline to complete (finalize) your application.

In order to receive a decision by any of the Notification Dates, applicants must meet both the Submit and Complete deadlines in a given application round. Applicants interested in scholarship consideration (merit based) are encouraged to apply early for optimal scholarship availability.

Round 1
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Notification Date: December 13, 2018
Round 2
Deadline: January 15, 2019
Notification Date: February 26, 2019
Round 3
Deadline: March 15, 2019
Notification Date: April 19, 2019
Round 4
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Notification Date: June 12, 2019
All applications received after Round 4 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
An offer of admission cannot be issued if an application package remains incomplete. If an application remains incomplete by the final Round deadline, Weatherhead reserves the right to withdraw or deny the application.

Program Start Dates

All students are required to attend orientation prior to the start of the program. An additional orientation specifically for international students will be held separately from the program. Dates for both orientations for Fall 2019 are TBD.

Fall 2019 classes begin August 26.