Supply Chains and Operations Management Concentration

The Supply Chains and Operations Management concentration prepares you for a career in leadership with the skills you'll need to develop strategies and effectively manage operations in manufacturing and service industries.


In addition to classical operations management concepts, the curriculum covers new developments in supply chain management, including manufacturing resource planning, optimized production technology, and just-in-time systems. You'll also cover developments in automation and the design and management of cellular systems and flexible automation, human resources, cost accounting, information systems and qualitative and quantitative tool and techniques.

Career Opportunities

Your career opportunities include positions in management at all levels: in line and staff functions in both service and manufacturing industries. In addition, you'll be prepared for positions in planning and control, materials management, quality assurance, industrial engineering, systems analysis, maintenance, marketing operations, internal audit and careers in management consulting.

The School of Managment is a member of the SAP University Alliances Program and incorporates training in SAP software, including ERP systems, in MBA and MS coursework.

Concentration Requirements



Choose two of the following electives:

 • MGO 617 Service Operations and Extreme Events

MGO 636LEC Supply Chain: Design, Modeling

This course focuses on design, modeling and optimization of global supply chain networks. The course deals with modeling approaches and quantitative tools and techniques for design and optimization of global supply chain networks. The course also covers information systems and technologies for supply chain planning and coordination. The topics covered include: supply chain strategy formulation, performance metrics, new forecasting models applicable for supply chain contexts, newsvendor models for capacity and aggregate planning, models for location and design of supply and distribution entities, inter-organizational planning, advanced planning systems, multi-echelon inventory management techniques, distribution requirements planning (DRP) systems, joint transportation-inventory models, and pricing and revenue management techniques. The course will also be taught in a manner that will enable you to obtain APICS professional certification (CPIM / CFPIM) with minimum preparation after the course.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017

Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12652 F20 LEC MW 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Jacobs 106 Wang, Xiaoqiang
12419 F10 LEC M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Alfiero 104 Wang, Xiaoqiang

MGO 637LEC Purchasing & Supply Mgmt

Increased competition, more demanding customers and stakeholders require more efficient supply chains. Purchasing and supply chain management is a fundamental tool to use in both protecting the organization and making an impact on the ?bottom line?. This course is designed to apply theory with practice in purchasing and supply management and focuses on the management and improvement of purchasing and supply management using a mix of academic and practical examples from business. The course will provide the student with an understanding of the issues, models, and numerical methods particular to purchasing and supply management, with attention to both the strengths and weaknesses of these devices.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 620

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
23246 S2O LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Alfiero 102 Lotempio, Dominic
11562 S1O LEC M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 112 Lotempio, Dominic

MGO 638LEC Logistics & Distribution Mgmt

This course covers global logistics and distribution issues, dealing with the management of physical material flows, documentation, and information flows in cross-border supply chains. Logistics issues such as intermodal transportation, e-fulfillment, cross-border trade regulations, reverse logistics, and design of sustainable supply chains are dealt with. The optimum design of distribution systems, inventory positioning in distribution networks, selection of optimal transportation modes, inter-modal transport, etc. are also covered. Emerging technologies such as warehouse management systems (WMS), distribution requirements planning (DRP), radio frequency identification (RFID), geographical information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) applications are also covered. Both qualitative issues (such as regulatory issues, INCO terms and documentation) as well quantitative tools and techniques such as the use of Route Assist software will be covered.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 620

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11557 S1O LEC W 3:30 - 6:20 p.m. Clemen 322 Wei, Mingcheng

 • IE 504 Facilities Design
 • IE 506 Computer Integrated Manufacturing


If you do not have at least one year of qualifying work experience, you will need to complete an internship at a manufacturing organization or in an operations management function at a service firm. Students have served as interns in a wide variety of corporate settings, including:

  • Delphi Automotive Systems
  • GE Transportation
  • GM Powertrain
  • Moog Inc.
  • Mentholatum
  • BOC Edwards
  • Unifrax
  • VWR

Student Organizations

  • The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
    APICS is an international organization with more than 70,000 members devoted to education and making improvements in practice for manufacturing and operations management. The field has undergone major changes with the advent of global competition, new manufacturing philosophies and new technologies. APICS provides students with access to the world of practitioners, plant tours, seminars, guest lectures and a placement service aimed at bringing companies and students together. APICS also conducts education programs geared towards the CPIM and CIRM examinations.