Your Program


Learn global best practices and develop advanced skills in operations and supply chain management. 

Our 36-credit program can be completed in two or three semesters. Working professionals may complete the degree at a slower pace by choosing the Industry Operations track.

  • Further your knowledge of dynamic demand forecasting techniques to improve business performance
  • Meet challenges arising from increasing customer demands on price, quality, lead time, variety and mass customization
  • Avoid disruptions in increasingly volatile business contexts through agile logistics methodologies
  • Gain essential project management skills to prepare for game-changing leadership roles
  • Ensure sustainability in all segments of the global supply chain

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Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
University at Buffalo
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Tel:  716-645-3204
Fax: 716-645-2341
som-apps@buffalo.edu

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Core Curriculum

Develop the intellectual foundation and tools to succeed in a complex, data-driven operational environment. The core curriculum provides a strong base upon which you will build your professional career. 

First Semester

MGO 630LEC Operations & Service Mgmt

The main component of the course is a survey of methods for planning and controlling production and operations management activities including material requirements planning, operations scheduling, production and inventory planning and control, project management, facilities location and layout, and quality management and control. The course makes use of cases to illustrate the processes and problems involved.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


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 2019


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 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


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Choose a Track

Channel your foundational knowledge into a targeted career direction. Customize your program by choosing a track and elective courses from our comprehensive offerings. 

Analytics OSCM

Help supply meet demand through data-driven decision-making.

Track Required Courses:

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


MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Summer 2019


Track Electives

MGA 604LEC Fin Analysis & Reporting

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts and issues of financial accounting with emphasis on the interpretation of financial statements. The course addresses the economic consequences of transactions and their presentation on corporate financial statements. A primary objective is to introduce corporate financial statements as a tool for company valuation and decision making. Emphasis is on the analysis of effects of decisions on financial performance and use of financial statements to evaluate organizations.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGF 633LEC Investment Management

This course provides students with a general understanding of the operation of capital markets and basic analytical tools of investment management. Specifically, the course covers such topics as principles of valuation, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), market microstructure, index models, arbitrage pricing models, bonds and common stocks valuation, efficient market hypotheses, investment management, and option pricing models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


MGF 634LEC Quantitative Methods in Finance

The objective of this course is to ensure students have a solid foundation in the mathematical foundations required to understand and work with complex financial securities and derivatives. This foundation will be useful in higher level finance courses and as practitioners working in financial markets. Topics covered include stochastic calculus, continuous time finance, numerical methods, finite differences, and taylor series approximations. Applications from finance such as bond pricing, option pricing and portfolio theory are used as examples to illustrate the mathematics.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGF 637LEC Financial Modeling

In this course, students will use financial econometric models to analyze problems of model specification, estimation, analysis and forecasting commonly faced by analysts in financial markets. The course materials cover the measurement and estimation of asset returns, earnings, macroeconomic data, risk and related applications in financial data analysis and visualization. Topics include regression analysis of time series/ARIMA models, multiple regression specifications and models of asset volatility including ARCH and GARCH. Throughout the course, students will use the statistical functions of the R programming language to analyze, model and forecast a variety of financial data.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


MGM 675 Marketing Analytics
MGO 615 Econometrics

MGS 616LEC Predictive Analytics

This course teaches the technical and managerial skills needed in developing predictive analytics applications which are used by customer-centric corporations - retail, financial, communication, and marketing groups - to help make decisions involving complex systems. The course concentrates on a set of well-known predictive analytics methods to support business decision making. Topics such as association rule mining, decision trees, neural networks, regression analysis and cluster analysis are covered in great depth. Extensive hands-on experience using software such as SAS Enterprise Miner is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


MGS 655LEC Distributed Computing and Big Data Technologies

Large scale computing environments aggregate resources from many autonomous computers to satisfy the information processing needs of modern enterprises. This course introduces techniques for creating functional, usable, high-performance distributed systems. Objectives are twofold: (1) gain a solid understanding of the technical issues, concepts and systems in the rapidly advancing technologies in distributed computing, and (2) acquire substantial knowledge on how to work with big data in distributed environments. The course is organized into two parts: study of DCS technologies, and study of large scale systems. We will discuss communication and networking services, application support services, large scale distributed system design, data management and interoperability of systems including consistency and data replication. Students will learn to use a framework for data intensive distributed applications (Apache Hadoop) and an associated parallel programming model, MapReduce.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGS 657LEC Online Analytical Processing: Data Warehousing

In large organizations data invariably resides in multiple-platforms and in multiple formats. Therefore, it becomes essential to pre-process the data at appropriate levels of normalization for meaningful analysis. Extraction, transformation and loading data into structures such as data marts and data warehouses are essential steps to predictive data modeling and mining. Data mining begins with a basic understanding of where the data is stored and how it can be assembled for analytical purposes. This course provides an introduction to data warehouse design, data cleansing, exploration and visualization.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019
Pre-Requisite or Co-Requisite: MGS 613 (Database M


MGS 659LEC Web Analytics and Optimization Techniques for eCommerce

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of doing business via the Internet. Topics include: elements of the infrastructure of electronic commerce; technologies and applications in electronic commerce; using electronic commerce for the creation of competitive advantages; planning technology-based strategies to achieve business goals. The course will rely heavily on research and peer learning with the instructor serving as catalyst, facilitator, and evaluator in a collaborative environment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


In addition to those courses listed, MGO 647 Supervised Research and MGO 648 Credit-Bearing Internship are elective options under all tracks.

Entrepreneurship OSCM

Apply operations management best practices to help launch and grow innovative startups.

Track Required Courses:

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 660LEC Intro to Entrepreneurship

The purpose of this course is to help students learn how to start and run a successful business so that they can utilize their gifts and talents, become financially independent, and contribute to society. Four domains associated with the topic of entrepreneurship are examined in detail.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


Track Electives

MGS 607LEC Technology and Innovation Management

The focus of this course will be on technology management and developing an Internet-based business or extension to an existing business. The course will integrate concepts from economics, organizational strategy, entrepreneur-ship, and Web design. Topics to be covered in the course include: aligning technology and strategy; models of diffusion and innovation; characteristics of information and digital goods; identifying potential Web-applications and information products for solving a problem and/or identifying a business opportunity; intellectual property rights; pricing issues related to information goods; developing a business plan for a venture capital proposal; launching the e-business; designing Web based applications for usability; and strategies for successfully implementing systems. Case studies, lectures, guest speakers, and an integrated E-business project will be used to understand the complexities of the current business environment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


MGG 640LEC Theory & Practice: Negotiation

Introduction to the analytical concepts necessary for effective negotiations. Emphasis is on the negotiation and bargaining skills required by general managers. Classroom lectures are supplemented by experiential exercises.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGG 643 Team Building in Organizations
MGO 617 Service Operations Mgmt

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


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 661 New Venture Development

MGO 663LAB The Entrepreneurship Lab

The Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab) helps students accelerate the startup process. It is designed for those who already have entrepreneurial ideas before taking the course and plan to develop the ideas into new businesses and seek seed funding. The course includes mini lectures, mentoring, interaction with entrepreneurs and investors, and guest lectures by venture capitalists, angels, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. As an experiential learning course, the eLab focuses on gaining hands-on experience in starting new ventures. It is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all academic units and disciplines. Online application is required prior to course registration (http://mgt.buffalo.edu/elab).

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


MGO 665SEM Technological Entrepreneurship

The course will walk you through the process of starting a new technology-based venture--from idea generation to commercialization. Through mini lectures, guest speakers, class pitches, and business plan presentations, you will acquire skills in conceptualizing, developing and managing a successful new venture involved in or affected by technological innovation. These skills will then be applied to a class project focused on the development of a technology-based idea. The course is designed for graduate students in arts, sciences, engineering, health sciences, law, and management. The course will be particularly useful if you have a desire to found a technology venture at some stage of your career or anticipate working in an entrepreneurial or innovative environment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


In addition to those courses listed, MGO 647 Supervised Research and MGO 648 Credit-Bearing Internship are elective options under all tracks.

Finance OSCM

Power the financial transformation of your organization by balancing operational costs against revenue to make a positive impact on the bottom line.

Track Required Courses:

MGA 604LEC Fin Analysis & Reporting

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts and issues of financial accounting with emphasis on the interpretation of financial statements. The course addresses the economic consequences of transactions and their presentation on corporate financial statements. A primary objective is to introduce corporate financial statements as a tool for company valuation and decision making. Emphasis is on the analysis of effects of decisions on financial performance and use of financial statements to evaluate organizations.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGF 633LEC Investment Management

This course provides students with a general understanding of the operation of capital markets and basic analytical tools of investment management. Specifically, the course covers such topics as principles of valuation, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), market microstructure, index models, arbitrage pricing models, bonds and common stocks valuation, efficient market hypotheses, investment management, and option pricing models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


MGF 634LEC Quantitative Methods in Finance

The objective of this course is to ensure students have a solid foundation in the mathematical foundations required to understand and work with complex financial securities and derivatives. This foundation will be useful in higher level finance courses and as practitioners working in financial markets. Topics covered include stochastic calculus, continuous time finance, numerical methods, finite differences, and taylor series approximations. Applications from finance such as bond pricing, option pricing and portfolio theory are used as examples to illustrate the mathematics.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGF 637LEC Financial Modeling

In this course, students will use financial econometric models to analyze problems of model specification, estimation, analysis and forecasting commonly faced by analysts in financial markets. The course materials cover the measurement and estimation of asset returns, earnings, macroeconomic data, risk and related applications in financial data analysis and visualization. Topics include regression analysis of time series/ARIMA models, multiple regression specifications and models of asset volatility including ARCH and GARCH. Throughout the course, students will use the statistical functions of the R programming language to analyze, model and forecast a variety of financial data.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


Track Electives

MGO 615 Econometrics

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


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.


MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Summer 2019


MGS 616LEC Predictive Analytics

This course teaches the technical and managerial skills needed in developing predictive analytics applications which are used by customer-centric corporations - retail, financial, communication, and marketing groups - to help make decisions involving complex systems. The course concentrates on a set of well-known predictive analytics methods to support business decision making. Topics such as association rule mining, decision trees, neural networks, regression analysis and cluster analysis are covered in great depth. Extensive hands-on experience using software such as SAS Enterprise Miner is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019 | Spring 2020


In addition to those courses listed, MGO 647 Supervised Research and MGO 648 Credit-Bearing Internship are elective options under all tracks.

Health Care OSCM

Attain the knowledge and skills necessary for operational leadership roles in health-focused organizations.

Track Required Courses:

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.


MGH 641SEM Business of Healthcare

This course is designed to be an overview of the health care industry and a framing of the severe challenges facing leaders in the field. It will take a business approach to the issues presented, but will always juxtapose financial issues with value creation. The course begins with a short look at classic economic principles, and why they do not always apply in health care, followed by a review of each component of the industry: government, health plans, employers, providers and suppliers.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


MGH 642SEM Innovators in Health Care

The class will focus on the major challenges facing the healthcare industry and innovative solutions being developed across the country. We will start with the qualities of the innovator and how they can be learned; we will then move on to an in-depth look at major innovation evaluation models, with specific focus on innovations in hospitals, physician practice, chronic disease, and personal health.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


Track Electives

MGH 633LEC Health Care Economics

Provides the student with the ability to apply economic reasoning to health care markets. Topics include discussion of the organization of the hospital, payment systems, costs and charges, markets for physician services, cost-effectiveness analysis, outcomes research, and health care reform.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


MGH 634LEC Health Policy in the US

Examines the potential role and recent use of epidemiological findings in formulating public health policy related to treatment and prevention of diseases, and health manpower issues. Focuses on epidemiological evidence for and against specific policy positions and implementations of public health measures.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


MGH 643LEC Data Science Applications in Healthcare

The interdisciplinary course introduces students to data science and provides hands-on experience in using existing electronic health data. Interdisciplinary teams of students from the health professions will be paired with students from engineering, bioinformatics, geography, or management to develop research questions that can be answered using data science. Students must have a good understanding of the healthcare system, healthcare applications of informatics and graduate level statistics. Guest lecturers will be employed to show the diversity of disciplines using data science to improve health outcomes. This course is intended to prepare students to use data science in their dissertation or capstone research.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:
Pre-Requisite: MGH 641.


MGH 644LEC Healthcare Delivery Models

An industry-driven course that will outline how major providers and health insurance companies are changing the health care delivery network. The course will go through the entire health care delivery continuum, highlighting the experiences of local and regional firms. Each class will feature an industry speaker, and be completed with a case study on the same subject.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


MGH 645LEC Transformative Applications in Health Care Management

This course is intended to introduce MBA students interested in Health Care Management to concepts that have unique applications to health care organizations, and that there is a very real chance they will encounter in the workplace. The topics selected are the result of research conducted with health care leaders in WNY. They represent skills and tools that managers must call upon for success in the changing environment of health care services.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2019


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 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.


In addition to those courses listed, MGO 647 Supervised Research and MGO 648 Credit-Bearing Internship are elective options under all tracks.

Industry Operations Track for Working Professionals

Enhance your current career with an industry-focused track. 

Track Required Courses:

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 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.


Track Electives

MGI 601LEC Workforce Engagement

Our focus is on the critical contribution that the management of people and the development of the organization plays in the success of any organization through the exploration of topics in depth in seminar style format. While the topics are ones of great interest to HR leaders e.g. management of talent, developing leaders, career development, performance management, the perspective we take is of employees, managers, the organization and society, not exclusively HR. The emphasis throughout the course will be on the evolving theories and change utilizing students? own experiences in the world of work. Our goal is to discuss what is changing and what needs to change in workplaces for work to continue to be impactful and meaningful to employees and of value to organizations and society.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020


and
Any elective approved under any other track

In addition to those courses listed, MGO 647 Supervised Research and MGO 648 Credit-Bearing Internship are elective options under all tracks.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.