2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 15, 2019  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Operations Management (M.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Teresa Hall, Department Head
Department of Construction and Operations Management
Solberg Hall 116, Box 2223
E-mail: sdsu.con.op.manageme@sdstate.edu

Program Information

The Master of Science degree in Operations Management (MSOM), offered through the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, is a program for professionals interested in expanding their ability to manage technical functions in an organization as the next logical step in their career path. 

Students may elect to pursue the traditional thesis route under Option A: this is valuable for individuals who anticipate future graduate work toward achieving the terminal degree in a related field. Most students select the research/design paper route under Option B: this requirement generally takes the form of a project in collaboration with local or regional industry to solve a problem or to improve a system or process. A third option, Option C, is a non-thesis program that provides more coursework in lieu of the research component. Option C requires approval of the faculty advisor.

Regardless of the option selected, the student works with his/her Major Advisor to develop the program of study plan, make consistent progress toward completion of the degree, and to show proficiency in integrating and applying  management concepts through the Final Oral Exam.

Course Delivery Format

Program coursework is delivered on campus, with limited coursework offered online.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science  Option A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 36 Credit Hours

Select one (1) course from each topic area:



Select one of the following options

Option A - Thesis

Option B - Research/Design Paper

Option C - Coursework Only

  • Electives: 18-19

Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 36 (Option C)

Additional Admissions Requirements

GRE: Not required (recommended)
TOEFL: Operations Management requirement of 575 minimum paper-based, 90-91 Internet-based
IELTS: 6.0

Application must include a written statement of how the MSOM program is aligned with your professional development plans (1000 word limit).

Refer to the Construction and Operations Management Department Graduate Program page information for specific details.

General Requirements

Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .

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