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operations management concentration requirements

The Operations Management concentration provides students with knowledge of current issues in the Operations Management discipline. Intense competition in fast-paced global environments makes competencies in this field critical in both service and good-producing organizations. This concentration is applicable in many industries and organizations, combining knowledge in business analytics, process design and analysis methods, project management, and operations management issues. The curriculum recognizes environmental, ethical, and social issues. The pedagogy entails lectures and discussions, case studies, field studies, and analytical modeling.

The objectives of the undergraduate concentration are to develop managers who:

  • possess a broad and deep understanding of theories and concepts in Operations Management
  • are capable of applying skills and knowledge to address management problems
  • understand and utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis in decision making
  • appreciate the role of operations in an organization and the interrelationships among functional areas

The Operations Management concentration builds upon the Carroll School of Management core, particularly complementing courses in statistics, organizational management, and economics. Our courses emphasize analysis and decision making and are explicitly designed to deliver the skills and knowledge required to successfully manage people, processes, and systems in today's competitive environment.

The concentration is designed to intersect with other functional disciplines making Operations Management an excellent complement to other concentrations including Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Marketing, Information Systems, or Management & Leadership.

The following two courses are required for the concentration:

  • OPER3375 Operations Strategy and Consulting (fall)
  • OPER2255 Managing Projects (spring)

also take two of the following:

  • OPER3304/OPER6614 Quality Management (spring)
  • OPER3310 Sports Analytics (fall)
  • OPER3332 Supply Chain Management (fall)
  • OPER3384 Predictive Analytics (spring)
  • OPER6604 Management Science (fall/spring)
  • OPER6605 Risk Analysis & Simulation Methods (fall)
  • OPER6606 Forecasting Techniques (fall/spring)
  • OPER6608 Pricing & Revenue Optimization (fall)

Students are strongly encouraged to take additional courses from the above list.

General Management Concentration

Students choosing operations management as one of their two areas should take OPER3375 Operations Strategy & Consulting and a second course from the above list.

Study Abroad

Although there are no particular prerequisites needed in order to qualify for study abroad, the usual course prerequisites still apply. There is no limit to how many courses taken abroad will be allowed for major credit. If the courses are judged equivalent and if the proposed courses constitute a reasonable selection, major or elective credit will be given.  After acceptance into a study abroad program the student should then see the department chair for course approvals before going abroad. Students must provide a copy of the syllabus and course description for approval.