Operations Management (OM) involves working within an organization to oversee the quality and speed of business processes. At its core, OM is concerned with converting inputs—materials and parts—into outputs, or finished products. OM students at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business study ways to increase a company’s profitability in the input-output cycle: how to improve process flows, enhance output quality, and manage the supply chain. The OM curriculum consists of courses in practical management, project management, business calculus, business statistics, and operations. Students can then choose electives in areas like databases, quality management, and six sigma (a business technique for process improvement in operations and production. Upon graduation, the U’s OM program will have trained you to think analytically and logically, giving you the ability to pursue any number of business careers.
The Student Experience
For academic enrichment, consider completing the study abroad program open exclusively to OM students: travel to Germany to learn operations processes and techniques in an international setting, touring German companies and participating in internships along the way. Students who do not complete a study abroad program can still get network and get involved on campus. The U has many business and OM clubs and organizations, such as the OM Club, the Business Scholars Club, and Women in Business.
Upon graduation, you will be prepared to enter a number of careers in business and operations management. Become a product manager, supply chain manager, Six Sigma specialist, forecasting analyst, or inventory manager. You may also find employment as a supply chain or operations analyst. Remain in the U.S. and work at a local or national firm, or use the skills gained from a study abroad experience to work in a business overseas. With additional education and experience, students can also become entrepreneurs, COOs (Chief Operating Officers), or CEOs.