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

The Operations Management concentration requires five total courses (15 credits), MGO 631, MGO 633, MGO 632 OR MGO 634 and two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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MGO 631LEC Production and Inventory Planning

This course focuses on production and inventory management problems in the entire supply chain, and the application of quantitative models and information systems and technologies for these problems. An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system platform is assumed and the course also covers the implementation aspects of ERP systems. The topics covered include supply chain strategy and coordination mechanisms, forecasting systems, aggregate planning, advanced planning systems (APS), master production scheduling, materials requirements planning (MRP) systems, inventory management for suppliers, manufacturers and distributors, cellular manufacturing, just-in-time (JIT) systems, lean manufacturing, optimized production technology (OPT), and flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) technologies. The completion of this course will enable students to take the certification examinations (CPIM/CFPIM) for American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018

Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12332 F10 LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 214 Wang, Xiaoqiang

MGO 633LEC Global Operations Management

This course deals with design, control, and operation of supply chains for competing effectively in the context of global operations management. Both manufacturing and service (such as health care) industry supply chains are covered. The topics covered include: state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative techniques for optimum configuration of in-bound and outbound logistics, principles of postponement in design, processes and logistics, mass customization, global location factors for offices, plants and distribution centers, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) systems, countering bullwhip effects in supply chains, vendor managed inventory (VMI), strategic alliances and partnering, global purchasing and buyer-supplier relationships, and the complexities of the material, information, and cash flows across international borders. This course supplements MGS 616, which covers e-commerce integration aspects of supply chains.

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
11658 S1O LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Tacheva, Zhasmina Yanislavova

MGO 632LEC Strategic Quality Management

The most significant factor in determining the long-run success or failure of any organization is quality. This course examines quality from that strategic perspective, examining how models such as product design, customer focus, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM), and the ISO 9000 family of standards are used to improve business results.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018

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

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11559 S1O LEC T 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 112 Hayden, William M.


MGO 634LEC Project Management

A project is a unique endeavor to create something of value. Modern project management does not belong exclusively to any particular industry, as it is useful to large corporations, government agencies, and individuals alike. This course covers the defining, organizing, and managing of complex, multidisciplinary projects, focusing on concepts and skills increasingly critical to 21st century work.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018

Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19193 F2O LEC W 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Hayden, William M.
12412 F10 LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Alfiero 104 Hayden, William M.



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.