Operations Management

The Operations Management (OM) major focuses on the processes by which a firm produces a product or provides a service. Operations majors are concerned with addressing questions such as: How much of a product will be demanded? What is the most efficient way to produce that amount of product or provide the level of service? Operations Management is all about the transformation of raw materials, labor, and capital into final products and/or services. 

Operations Management majors take courses in Planning Operations and Supply Chains, Analytical Decision Making, Data Analysis and Quality Control, and Project Management. The curriculum is designed to teach students needed analytical skills such as how to predict supply and demand, assess production capabilities, and measure and deliver quality assurance. In-the-field training includes applying the concepts learned in the classroom to solve real OM problems both in the capstone course and on multiple plant site trips. 

OM is a springboard to many exciting positions in the business world, such as operations analyst, quality manager, scheduler, inventory manager, and aggregate planning manager. OM graduates have gone on to pursue careers with firms such a W.L. Gore & Associates, Nike, DuPont, JPMorgan Chase, Boeing, AT&T Solutions, and AstraZeneca, among many others. 

If you enjoy solving problems using the latest technologies, applying your math background to improve real-world situations, analyzing data and explaining it to others, or learning valuable new decision-making skills, then the Operation Management major is for you. 

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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