Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

Operations management in modern organizations involves design, management and improvement of production processes. Learn to evaluate the transformation process involved in the creation of goods and services, as well as gain a foundation in business fundamentals.

This specialization offers the opportunity for in-depth study with more than half of your courses devoted to your area of interest. It can help you develop a focused, industry-specific knowledge base common to operations-management professionals.

You Can Learn How to:

  • Follow the transformation processes involved in the creation of goods and services in today’s modern business
  • Analyze the behavior of supply chain networks and drivers
  • Identify methods for improving work design
  • Assess decisions and employ methods for improving decision-making
  • Apply team-building and leadership skills
  • Use mathematical, statistical and research techniques to analyze contemporary business practices and functions
  • Apply the concepts and principles of finance and accounting to make effective decisions
  • Recognize and manage potential ethical and legal conflicts

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Degree Requirements

General Education
BUSN125Applied Business Mathematics4.5
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
HUMA215Topics in Cultural Studies4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Electives (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives

A combination of 8 electives dependent on Program

Total Credit Hours:36

Students enrolled in the Fashion Marketing Specialization Option are required to take: FASH 212, Historical and Contextual Studies, in place of HUMA 205 Art Appreciation; and FASH 209, Fashion Cycle, in place of one General Elective.

Lower Division Core
ACCT205Principles of Accounting I4.5
BUSN105Introduction to Business4.5
BUSN150Legal and Ethical Environment of Business4.5
MKTG205Principles of Marketing4.5
Total Credit Hours:18
Upper Division Core
ACCT310Managerial Accounting4.5
BUSN311Quantitative Methods and Analysis4.5
FINA310Financial Management4.5
MGMT310Management and Leadership of Organizations4.5
MGMT315Survey of Human Resource Management4.5
MGMT305Management Information Systems4.5
Total Credit Hours:27

Specialization Options

Operations Management
BUSN310International Legal and Ethical Issues in Business4.5
MGMT333Materials Planning4.5
MGMT348Industrial Labor Relations4.5
MGMT370Cost Control Management4.5
MGMT415Global Operations Management4.5
MGMT430Production Planning and Quality Management4.5
MGMT450Supply Chain Management and Purchasing4.5
MGMT465Strategic Manufacturing Policy4.5
MGMT499Program Capstone4.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

AIU's Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

At AIU, more of your program courses will be focused on this specialization than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Operations Management, your classes can include:

Production Planning and Quality Management

This course focuses on Production planning and Quality in decision making. Emphasis is laid on forecasting aggregate production planning, capacity planning, materials requirement planning, scheduling, advanced techniques and approaches in modern production planning and control for designing manufacturing, quality and service systems.

Materials Planning

This course takes an in-depth look at the planning and control of material flow and production activities in a manufacturing organization. Topics Include: forecasting, sales and operations planning, demand management, master production scheduling, material requirements planning, production execution, and just-in-time systems.

Cost Control Management

This course deals with the control of the various costs associated with running a business. The course is broken down into three phases: comparing a company's costs to the industry average, finding out why a company's costs are higher than the industry average and implementing approaches to reduce a company's costs. Specific topics include: Materials Management Challenges, Benchmarking, Inventory Control and Management, Production Processes, Lean Manufacturing and Waste in Manufacturing.

Industrial Labor Relations

This course presents a history and understanding of the Industrial labor relations system in the United States. Topics include: History and future of labor Unions, how the industrial relations system works in the United State, International industrial relation systems, dispute resolution and public and private sector industrial relations.

Supply Chain Management and Purchasing

This course explores the basic principles of supply chain management in modern organizations. The subjects include key areas of supply chain management such as supply chain economics, supply chain strategies, e-procurement, logistics management, global supply chain issues, vendor selection, and measurement of supply chain performance.

International Legal and Ethical Issues in Business

This course presents the ethical and legal issues of business including contracts, agency law and investor protection.

Global Operations Management

This course explores basic operations management in modern organizations which involves design, management and improvement of productive processes. Subjects include critical path methods (CPM), PERT Charts, Resource Allocations, Gantt Charts, budgeted cost of work scheduled, budgeted cost of work performed, actual cost of work performed, and projects associated with services and the manufacture of products including fast delivery to the ultimate consumer.

Strategic Manufacturing Policy

This course explores the relationship of existing and emerging processes and technologies to manufacturing strategy and supply chain-related functions. The course addresses three main topics: aligning resources with the strategic plan, configuring and integrating operating processes to support the strategic plan, and implementing change.

Quantitative Methods and Analysis

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of probability, statistics, and their applications in business decision making.

Management and Leadership of Organizations

This course examines the elements of management and leadership as they apply to modern organizations. Special emphasis is placed on organizational change, role of managers, and cultural differences found in today's management environment.

Management Information Systems

This course focuses on management of information systems. Topics include resources, information systems in an organization, social implications and use and evaluation of common microcomputer software packages.

Program Capstone

The emphasis in this course is on applying and synthesizing concepts and techniques from all previous business/concentrations courses. The class sessions are designed to familiarize students with the many dimensions of business, with special emphasis on the area of specialization.

Course content subject to change.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

Ways to Save

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience
Career Paths

Career Paths

What skills and traits are most useful for operations management?

A good operations manager works to ensure that a product, process or service is being completed in the most efficient manner possible in regard to time, money and resources. They must be efficient and communicate effectively with their employer, the client, and their team to complete the project. That can require both strategic and tactical skills:

  • Creativity
  • Leadership and team-building skills
  • Critical thinking and rational analysis
  • Deep understanding of technology
  • Strategic thinking
  • Tactical skills to implement a larger strategy
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to create efficient processes
  • Thorough knowledge of the industry

The Day-to-Day

What does an Operations Manager do?

Generally speaking, operations management involves planning, directing, or coordinating the activities of public- or private-sector organizations. This often includes:

  • Directing and coordinating operations of businesses or departments concerned with the production, pricing, sales, or distribution of products
  • Reviewing financial statements, sales and activity reports, and other performance data to measure productivity and goal achievements and to determine areas needing cost reduction and program improvement
  • Managing staff, preparing work schedules and assigning specific duties
  • Directing and coordinating an organization's financial and budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments and increase efficiency
  • Determine goods and services to be sold, and set prices and credit terms, based on forecasts of customer demand


What kinds of organizations rely on operations management?

Operations management is vital to companies across the business world, including:

  • Public sector
  • Private sector
  • Design & development firms
  • Production companies
  • Manufacturing companies across many industries

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