Top Business Schools for Operations Management 2018

An MBA in Operations Management can help students get an overview of this dynamic business area. Indeed, as the world globalizes, the operations functions in many industries, like manufacturing and shipping, are becoming more important. An operations manager is charged with overseeing a business' operations by ensuring they're efficient and effective.

To help students understand these processes, an MBA in Operations Management might cover a number of topics, potentially including product development, information technology, pricing, and even sustainability. Some schools offer MBA specializations in Operations, and others offer related programs in fields like supply chain or logistics.

Many job opportunities in this sector exist for MBAs interested in operations, including positions like systems analyst, logistics manager, and operations analyst.

Jouy-en-Josas, France 83 Followers 327 Discussions
HEC Paris

Although the school does not offer an MBA in Operations Management, the core program’s core curriculum covers a range of topics in the field. The school’s Operations Management & Information Technology department consistently produces relevant research. Seventeen percent of the school’s MBA class of 2016 went into operations management and related fields.

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Singapore, Singapore 66 Followers 152 Discussions

The school’s Department of Decision Sciences, which looks at the intersection between analytics, operations research, and supply chain management, injects its cutting-edge research into NUS’ operations management MBA modules. Although the MBA program does not offer a concentration in operations management, the specialization in Strategy and Organization touches on many operations-related subjects. 

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Columbus, Ohio 13 Followers 33 Discussions

The school’s Center for Operational Excellence serves as a hub for Fisher students seeking jobs in operations management. Students can pursue an MBA major in Operations and Logistics. Some 22 percent of the MBA class of 2017 went into operations or logistics-related roles, according to the school. Experienced professionals looking for a more in-depth look at Lean and Six Sigma tools can look at the school’s one-year long Master of Business Excellence program.

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Rotterdam, Netherlands 66 Followers 195 Discussions
RSM Rotterdam

The school hosts the uniquely multidisciplinary Center for Behavioral Operations Management, which examines how humans interact with supply chains. Typically, about 10-15 percent of MBA grads go into the operations or logistics fields. Rotterdam is a hub for global operations and logistics.

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Newark, New Jersey 51 Followers 69 Discussions

Through Rutgers' Center for Operations Research, students can pursue a dual-degree MBA / MS in Operations Research and Business Analytics. About 29 percent of Rutgers’ 2016 MBA graduates went into operations-related roles.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts 39 Followers 157 Discussions
MIT - Sloan

In 2017, US News & World Report ranked Sloan the number-one school for careers in the fields of production and operations. The school offers relevant electives, an active student club, and a dual degree MBA/MSc Leaders for Global Operations program. Over 12 percent of the MBA class of 2017 went into operations-related roles.

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Boston, Massachusetts 22 Followers 34 Discussions
Northeastern - D'Amore-McKim

Although the school does not offer an MBA in Operations Management, the MBA concentration in Supply Chain Management provides an overview of the subject. Twenty-nine percent of the MBA class of 2016 went into operations and related fields.

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Tempe, Arizona 23 Followers 72 Discussions
ASU - Carey

A majority of 2017 Carey MBAs — about 53 percent — went into either operations or supply chain roles—that’s the highest percentage of any MBA program surveyed by FIND MBA. The MBA program's specialization in Supply Chain Management offers a number of operations-oriented classes.

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University Park, Pennsylvania 11 Followers 61 Discussions
Penn State - Smeal

Smeal's graduates go into operations in droves – 41 percent of the class of 2016 went into operations or logistics roles, and as many as 48 percent of the class of 2009. The school's faculty includes some key figures in operations research, such as V. Daniel R. Guide, who co-edits the Journal of Operations Management. Although the school doesn’t offer an MBA in Operations Management, it does offer an MBA concentration in Supply Chain Management.

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West Lafayette, Indiana 18 Followers 77 Discussions
Purdue - Krannert

In 2017, 38 percent of Krannert MBA grads went into operations positions. With an Operations Management MBA major and a related student club, it's no surprise that US News & World Report consistently puts the school its top-ten list of best schools for a career in operations or production.

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