Top Business Schools for Operations Management 2019

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, including manufacturing and shipping and others, 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. A generalized MBA program will also most likely include some classes in operations management. 

The best MBA programs in Operations Management may leverage knowledge from in-house research centers, which may draw on ideas form other disciplines, such as engineering or computer science.

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 86 Followers 343 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. In recent years, as much as seventeen percent of the school’s MBA class of went into operations management and related fields.

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East Lansing, Michigan 17 Followers 56 Discussions

The school offers an operations-oriented MBA concentration in Supply Chain Management, which includes classes such as “Operations Strategy” and “Integrated Logistics Systems,” among others. More than half of Broad’s MBA class of 2018—58 percent—went into operations or logistics roles.

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Columbus, Ohio 15 Followers 34 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. In recent years, as much as 22 percent of the MBA class 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 70 Followers 204 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 52 Followers 72 Discussions

Through Rutgers' Center for Operations Research, students can pursue a dual-degree MBA / MS in Operations Research and Business Analytics, which covers topics in information technology, analytics, and related areas. Over 30 percent of Rutgers’ 2018 MBA graduates went into operations and related roles.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts 44 Followers 159 Discussions
MIT - Sloan

In 2018, 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. Almost 13 percent of the MBA class of 2018 went into operations-related roles.

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Boston, Massachusetts 25 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-four percent of the MBA class of 2018 went into operations and related fields.

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Tempe, Arizona 25 Followers 77 Discussions
ASU - Carey

Of the school’s 2018 MBA graduates, over one-quarter went into roles in supply chain management. 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 – 33 percent of the class of 2018 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 78 Discussions
Purdue - Krannert

In 2018, 34 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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