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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

First Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MBA Core - 15 credits
  • Spring Semester
    • MBA Core - 10 credits
    • Electives - 3-6 credits

Second Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MGO 631 Production and Inventory Planning* - 3 credits
    • MGO 634 Project Management* OR MGO 632 in spring (take one of these courses) - 3 credits
    • SC&OM Elective+* - 3 credits
    • Electives and/or internship - 6 credits
  • Spring Semester
    • MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions - 1 credit
    • MGO 644 Business Practice - 1 credit
    • MGO 632 Strategic Quality Management* OR MGO 634 in fall (take one of these) - 3 credits
    • MGO 633 Supply Chains and Global Operations* - 3 credits
    • SC&OM Elective+* - 3 credits
    • Electives – 3-6 credits

+Choose two of the following electives:

MGO 617   Service Operations and Extreme Events
MGO 636   Supply Chains: Design, Modeling and Optimization
MGO 637   Purchasing and Global Supply Management
MGO 638   Logistics and Global Distribution Management
IE 504       Facilities Design
IE 506       Computer Integrated Manufacturing

*concentration requirements.


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.