Program Details

Program Outline

The Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Operations Management can teach qualities critical to operations-management professionals, including leadership, self-confidence, motivation, decisiveness, flexibility, sound business judgment and determination

This one-year MBA program is designed to help students get the advanced, in-depth and industry-current business knowledge they want to take the next step forward on their career path. By studying advanced topics in operations management to complete the specialization requirements, AIU can give you an opportunity to examine operations-management issues and methods used to gain a competitive advantage.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Adapt and innovate to solve problems
  • Analyze various leader, follower, cultural and situational characteristics that contribute to leadership, and adapt to the needs of situations, employees and co-workers
  • Develop plans to improve business operations
  • Determine appropriate forecasting techniques for given situations
  • Identify factors that should be taken into consideration when selecting a facility
  • Determine appropriate inventory management approaches for given situations
  • Determine the appropriate mode of operations (e.g. JIT, lean operations, traditional operations) for a given situation

Requirements

Business Core

FIN 630Global Financial Management

6

MGT 600Business Research for Decision Making

6

MKT 640A Managerial Approach to Marketing

6

MGT 680Strategic Management

6

Total Credit Hours:24

Total Credit Hours: 48

Specialization

Operations Management

MGT 635International Business Operations Management

6

MGT 636Operations Management for Competitive Advantage

6

MGT 656Quality Management and Continuous Improvement

6

SCM 645Introduction to Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management

6

Classes Overview

In this specialized curriculum, students can build an industry-relevant combination of comprehensive business studies and real-world applications in operations management. Operations managers plan, direct and coordinate all facets of an organization’s business. Their diverse responsibilities may include formulating policies, management of daily operations, or planning the appropriate use of materials and human resources.

At AIU, you can take more courses devoted to your field of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Operations Management, your classes can include:

International Business Operations Management

This course will examine the principles and techniques of designing, analyzing, and managing international operations processes. Interrelationships between operations activities and other functional areas of the organization are stressed.

Operations Management for Competitive Advantage

This course examines the various ways of designing and controlling both production and service operations. Concepts of cost, quality, delivery, and flexibility will be covered. Students will examine operations management issues and methods used to gain a competitive advantage.

Quality Management and Continuous Improvement

In this course students will explore the philosophy and tools for quality management and continuous improvement of products and processes. Using data collection and problem-solving techniques, students will examine the design of quality practices.

Introduction to Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management

This course examines the role of supply chain activities and the efficient integration of transportation, logistics, inventory, warehousing, facility location, customer service, packaging, and material flow from internal and external suppliers to and from the organization. Students will focus on the fundamentals of JIT, TQM, MRPII, demand planning, and capacity management.

Global Financial Management

Within the context of the multinational firm, this course examines the development of policy, financing options for international business, and the making of standard financial management decisions.

Business Research for Decision Making

In this course, the student will explore decision making from a managerial viewpoint and examine the role of decision making in dealing with employees, formulating strategy, and negotiating. This course requires students to understand, apply, and evaluate both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as they apply to business studies and analysis.

A Managerial Approach to Marketing

This course focuses on the application of marketing concepts in a global organization. Students will examine international channel distribution as well as promotional, pricing, and product strategies.

Strategic Management

The development and implementation by the global enterprise of integrated business strategies and policies is the focus of this applied course. Course contents include the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the corporate resources, products, and assets. Advanced research is an integral component of this course.


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Career Paths

What can you do with an MBA in Operations Management?

An MBA in Operations Management can show your passion for the field, demonstrate your knowledge of both business theory and current trends, and underline your professional experience. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a master's degree earn 18% more per week than those with a bachelor's degree.1

What skills 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
What’s it like to work in operations management?

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 demand1
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

1http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm (visited July 20, 2016)

2Net Online, Summary Report for General and Operations Managers, on the Internet at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-1021.00 (visited July 21, 2016)

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Accreditation

AIU’s business administration degree programs with all their specializations are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).Learn More

The ACBSP accreditation means that AIU’s business administration programs meet the rigorous standards of this leading accreditation association. It helps ensure that what we teach is industry-current and industry-relevant in today’s business environment and can make your education more meaningful in the marketplace.

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