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operations management concentration requirements

Objectives of the undergraduate Operations Management 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 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 Operations Management concentration builds upon the Carroll School of Management core. 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, Finance, Marketing, Information Systems, or Management & Leadership.


The following two courses are required:

OPER 3375 Operations Strategy & Consulting (fall)
OPER 2255 Managing Projects (spring)

Also take two of the following:

OPER 3304 Quality Management (spring)
OPER 3384 Predictive Analytics (spring)
OPER 3332 Supply Chain Management (fall)
OPER 6604 Management Science (spring)
OPER 6605 Risk Analysis & Simulation (fall)
OPER 6606 Forecasting Techniques (fall & spring)
OPER 6610 Sports Analytics (fall)

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


General Management Concentration

Students choosing operations management as one of their two areas should take OPER 3375 Operations Strategy & Consulting and a second course from the above list.


Study Abroad

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.  Course approvals should be sought in person, with all supporting documentation (course description, detailed syllabus, etc.) in hand. All approvals should be obtained prior to going abroad.