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Supply Chains and Operations Management Concentration

The Supply Chains and Operations Management concentration is intended to prepare students for a managerial and leadership career with the skills necessary to formulate strategies and effectively manage operations environments in manufacturing and service industries.


In addition to classical operations management concepts, the curriculum has been designed to cover new developments in supply chain management (SCM), including manufacturing resource planning (MRP II), optimized production technology, and just-in-time (JIT) systems. Developments in automation and the design and management of cellular systems and flexible automation are also covered. The option also deals with human resources aspects, cost accounting elements, information systems, and qualitative and quantitative tool and techniques, all of which are critical to the success of operations environments.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities include managerial positions in all levels, in both line and staff functions in service as well as manufacturing industries. The areas of opportunity include besides general management positions, planning and control, materials management, quality assurance, industrial engineering, systems analysis, maintenance, marketing operations, internal audit, etc., as well as careers in management consulting.

The UB School of Managment is now a member of the SAP University Alliances Program and will incorporate 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 & 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 the student does not have at least one year of qualifying work experience, an internship must be completed in a manufacturing organization or in an operations management function in 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 and is devoted to education and improvements in practice in the area of manufacturing and operations management. This field has undergone major changes lately 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

Operations Management and Strategy Departmental Faculty