Business Administration, Operations Management, B.S.

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If you’re a big-picture thinker, our operations management degree provides big opportunities.

Companies of every size need creative business operations managers to run efficiently, and they look for top talent at Oakland University. Our operations management degree program provides exceptional professional training and hands-on learning opportunities, including first-rate internships that might lead directly to your first operations management job. You’ll learn from expert faculty who’ve spent years in operations management research and consulting and can help you develop professional polish along with academic expertise. You’ll enter the work force with an operations management degree from a nationally recognized business school, along with the track record to get your operations management career off to a fast start.

Operations Management Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

At Oakland University you’ll find a rare combination of benefits that few operations management degree programs can match. From our geographic location to our corporate connections and nationally renowned faculty, we offer an ideal setting that helps our operations management graduates stand out in the job market.

Our operations management degree excels because of its:

  • Academic reputation. Oakland University’s School of Business Administration routinely appears on national “best of” lists, earning kudos from U.S. News & World Report, CEO Magazine,, The Princeton Review and other outlets. We also hold elite accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction shared by only 5 percent of business schools worldwide.
  • Professional opportunities. We’re located in a dynamic industrial hub that includes major international corporations (including Fortune 500 headquarters) with fast-growing startups, trend-setters and innovators. With its abundance of opportunities, this unique environment offers an ideal place to launch your operations management career.
  • Connected faculty. Our operations management degree is led by experts in the field who conduct groundbreaking research and consult routinely with industry leaders. You’ll work with accessible, supportive faculty who can help you define your goals and build the track record to achieve them.
  • Marketability. Oakland University emphasizes practical know-how that translates directly to the workplace. You’ll become proficient in operations management software, information systems, standards and terminology, while building superior communication and leadership skills that virtually every employer values.
  • Global perspective. You’ll get a superior background in international trade and logistics, which business operations managers need more than ever in the interconnected economy of the 21st century. Our campus is located right next to the border with America’s largest international trading partner, and surrounded by multinational corporate offices.

Operations Management Careers

New business students sometimes ask “What is operations management?” or “What do operations managers do?” In general, operations managers help organizations get the most out of their people and processes.

Our well-rounded operations management degree gives you a foundation for many different operations management career opportunities. Specific job titles include:

  • Project manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Quality control specialist
  • Process engineer
  • Manufacturing control specialist
  • Customer service manager
  • Lean planning and implementation specialist

Operations Management Degree: What You’ll Study

You can tailor your operations management degree to your career objectives by choosing one of three operations management specializations: supply chain management, project management, and lean/quality control management.

No matter what specialization you choose, coursework in the operations management degree equips you with a solid set of managerial and technical skills. You’ll earn credits in:

  • Process management
  • Management science
  • Forecasting
  • Operations analytics
  • Cost accounting
  • Procurement and global sourcing
  • Project management
  • My future career:

    Logistics Manager

  • My future career:

    Operations Manager

  • My future career:

    Operations Analyst

  • My future career:

    Quality Control Analyst

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    • Median Salary*
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    * Median salary for the state of Michigan

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    Additional Considerations

    Some careers may require additional education. See your academic adviser for more information.

    • Industrial Production Manager
    • Packaging Technologist
    • Purchasing Representative
    • Safety Engineer