2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Operations Management (M.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Teresa Keys Hall, Department Head
Department of Construction and Operations Management
Solberg Hall 116, Box 2223

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Able to analyze information & make appropriate decisions.
  • Project management skills: Demonstrate competence in developing, managing and closing out a project (simulated, case study, or practical application). (Transferable Skill: Leadership - Management)
  • Effective communication: Effective use of professional communication skills including interpersonal, written, and in presentations.

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 Credits: 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 coursework.

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