Operations and Supply Chain Management Concentration

Operations are the heart of every organization. Lead activities that transform resources into value for customers worldwide. Be close to the action.

Differentiate yourself and help organizations gain a strategic advantage over their competitors. Prepare for a career in production, sales or operations planning, procurement, inventory or quality management, Lean Six Sigma, systems analysis or consulting. With this concentration, your skills will be in demand in every industry.

Be Career Ready

  • Develop a deep understanding of data, planning and technology to optimize resources while balancing efficiency, cost and risk
  • Anticipate demand on your systems through sophisticated forecasting techniques and predictive modeling
  • Lead complex projects to successful outcomes through teamwork and agility
  • Acquire skills in warehouse management, including the use of radio-frequency and real-time scheduling systems
  • Understand how routing, delivery and GPS can be used to maximize efficiency and customer service
  • Oversee the logistics of materials, information and finances, and collaborate with customers, suppliers and distributors  

UB Supply Chains and Operations Club
Hone your professional skills, attend national conferences and strut your stuff in case competitions.

UB Quality Club
Learn from and engage with experts in quality management and compete for scholarships in our student chapter of the American Society of Quality (ASQ).

American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
Connect with the Buffalo chapter of the national APICS organization for support, networking, workshops, symposia and the annual conference.

Concentration Requirements

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The Operations Management concentration requires five total courses (15 credits).

MGO 619LEC Business Forecasting

This course is devoted to delivering, constructing, and implementing business forecasting analytical models and systems (with data) that are capable of enhancing decision making and providing decision support for managerial and policy decisions at the firm, industry, and country levels. It is emphasized that applications of predictive methodology and empirical analysis are an integral part of the course. Both methods and results provide solutions to problems and insights to decision makings.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21181 S1O LEC MW 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Clemen 103 Lin, Winston T

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. The course is dual listed with MGO 432.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


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 2019


MGO 635LEC Healthcare Operations Management

In this course, we apply operations management tools to examine the health care value chain. In particular we will learn to analyze health care organizations using qualitative and quantitative principles of operations management, and develop solutions to common problems. The course is organized around four key modules: (1) designing health care delivery systems, (2) capacity planning and decision making under uncertainty, (3) process failure, learning and improvement, and (4) innovations in health care.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:
Pre-Requisite: MGO 620 or equivalent.


MGO 636LEC Supply Chain Analytics

This course focuses on design, modeling and optimization of supply chain networks. Topics covered include: global 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 analysis, distribution requirements planning (DRP) systems, joint transportation-inventory models, and pricing and revenue management techniques.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


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 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 620.


MGO 638LEC Logistics Management

Modern logistics is increasingly based on analysis that combines data and decision support tools to make informed decisions. This course covers the fundamental concepts, principles, methodologies, and strategies necessary to achieve efficient, effective, and quality-oriented logistical operations. This includes when and how qualitative logistical concepts and principles are applied, in conjunction with quantitative methodologies to identify solutions in the context of logistical operations. This course is dual-listed with MGO 438.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGO 620.


MGO 639LEC Sustainable Operations

In this course, we will focus on the environmental impact of business operations, by taking a cradle to cradle approach that includes raw material acquisition through manufacturing, use, end of life disposal (reuse/recycling/re-manufacturing). The topics covered include tools and techniques needed to quantify environmental impact in supply chains such as life cycle assessment and carbon foot printing, environmental legislation, design for the environment, recycling and re-manufacturing, energy efficiency, energy efficiency, eco-certification, responsible sourcing and managing supply of renewable resources. The formulation of business and supply chain strategies that lead to actionable, proactive agenda for sustainability that not only ensures profitability for the firm but also social and environmental responsibility will be the central theme of this course. This course is dual listed with MGO 439.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


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