Degree Requirements

Includes foundation courses required for Professional Admission, general education requirements, professional core courses, free electives, and a set of specific OM Courses

Sample OM Courses:

  • Systems Modeling and Simulation
  • Linear Programming and Applications
  • Current Topics in Operations Management
  • Managing for Quality Improvement
  • Management of Service Operations
  • The Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Project Management
  • Computer Models for Operations Management
  • Machine Scheduling

Additional Preparation

Internships and Rresearch
We encourage students to participate in research projects. Students are urged to seek internships for valuable work experience and skill development. The best of these will have a visible connection to the company's success, and will allow the student to make project management decisions that have an impact.

APICS certifications are key, and will give you an edge while interviewing:

  • Certification in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM)
  • Certification in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM)

Career Opportunities

Graduates are hired in both staff and line positions. Entry-level positions in line are usually as supervisors of production or operating personnel.

Entry-level positions in staff include technical jobs in production planning, inventory control, materials control, work scheduling, quality control, and operations analysis. Typical job titles include:

  • Business analyst
  • Master production scheduler
  • Production planner
  • Operations analyst
  • Materials manager
  • Quality control specialist
  • Project manager
Examples of public- and private-sector employers who hire operations management graduates include:

  • Retail establishments
  • Hospitals
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Airlines
  • Government agencies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Research corporations


Starting salaries vary by size and type of employer, geographic location, course work, and experience

National average salary offers: (NACE Salary Survey/Fall 2008)

  • Management Information Systems/Business Data Processing - $52,817
  • Business Systems Networking/Telecommunications - $52,500
  • Logistics/Materials Management - $49,398

Some Employers of Operations Management Majors



Citigroup Corporation

Deloitte and Touche

Ernst and Young

Ferguson Enterprises (Wolseley)

JPMorgan Chase

LaFrance Corporation

Lockheed Martin

Metlife Securities

Northrop Grumman

Pepsi Bottling Company

Perdue Farms


U.S. Department of Defense


W.L. Gore and Associates


Professional Associations