Create better business practices for the companies of the future.

As an operations management (OM) major, you’ll learn about the processes that companies use to transform resources into goods and services.

As an OM professional, you’ll help companies make important decisions about product creation, development, production and distribution while focusing on efficiency and balancing supply and demand. This requires a mastery of technology, data analysis and critical decision-making.

If you enjoy solving problems using the latest technology, utilizing math to improve real-world situations, analyzing data and explaining it to others or learning valuable new decision-making skills, then the OM major is for you.

From Undeclared Business Major to Operations Management
In this video, Nicholas Makos shares his engagement on campus, the opportunities he’s been given at UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, and his experiences while selecting a discipline in the undeclared business major.
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Program Highlights

Practical Experience

You’ll experience in-the-field, hands-on training, applying classroom concepts to solve real problems both during the capstone course and over the course of multiple plant site trips.

Outstanding Faculty

Lerner faculty members are successful in achieving top-tier journal publications and are recognized for both outstanding teaching and successful collaborative work with regional employers.

Honors in Operations Management

The honors program at UD offers a scholarly and enriching community that extends well beyond graduation. You’ll enjoy smaller, more challenging classes and the opportunity to engage in research and assume leadership roles.

The honors degree requires:

  1. All requirements for the B.S. in operations management
  2. All of the UD requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree

The Honors credits in the major must include at least six credits of BUAD and/or FINC courses. They may include required courses from other Lerner departments.

Program Requirements

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year
First Semester
ECON 101 – Microeconomics
MATH 221 – Calculus I
History and Cultural Change breadth course
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology (CISC, MATH and STAT courses do not apply) breadth course
Second Semester
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
Creative Arts and Humanities breadth course
PSYC 100 – General Psychology
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology (CISC, MATH and STAT courses do not apply) breadth course with lab (4 credits)
Sophomore Year
First Semester
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)
STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice
MISY 160 – Business Computing
Creative Arts and Humanities, Historical and Cultural Change or foreign language course
Sociology course

Second Semester
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
MISY 262 – Fundamentals of Business Analytics
MISY 261 – Business Info Systems
Creative Arts and Humanities, Historical and Cultural Change course or foreign language course
COMM 212 – Oral Communications in Business or HOSP 230 – Executive Presentations and Problem Solving

Junior Year
First Semester
BUAD 301 – Intro to Marketing
BUAD 306 – Service & Operations Management
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
Free elective

Second Semester
ACCT352 Business Law & Social Issues
BUAD346 Analytical Decision Making
International course requirement
Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth course
Free elective

Senior Year
First Semester
BUAD 446 – Operations and Supply Chains
BUAD 447 – Data Analysis Quality Control
ACCT, BUAD, FINC, or MISY elective
Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth course
Free elective

Second Semester
BUAD 448 – Consulting Practicum
BUAD 449 – Business Process Analysis
BUAD 441 – Strategic Management
ACCT, BUAD, ENTR, FINC, or MISY elective
Free elective

Career Opportunities

After graduating in 2018, 94% of Lerner’s operations management graduates were employed (earning a median starting salary of $54,290) or pursuing further education. For more information on career resources please visit the Lerner Career Services Center.

Top Employers

Some of the top employers of Lerner’s operations management graduates include:

  • Deloitte
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • BlackRock
  • Citi
  • EY

Top Jobs

Job titles of recent graduates with an operations management degree include:

  • Operations Analyst
  • Account Manager
  • Risk Advisory Staff
  • Business Technology Analyst
  • Demand Planner
  • Project Coordinator

Visit the Career Outcomes of Lerner operations management students to see more top employers, job titles, salaries and locations.


  • How Data Analytics Could Help Treat Asthma - Lerner operations management Professor Junbo Son has developed a data analytics framework that can help patients with asthma to self-manage their condition.
  • Lerner College Program Ranked by Poets&Quants - UD’s Lerner College Undergraduate Program has risen 10 spots to be ranked #51 in the nation this year.
  • Women in Business - Jessica Cassino, Class of 2020 marketing and operations management major with a minor in international business, is the president of Women in Business at the Lerner College. Cassino shared why she joined Women in Business, what makes this group unique and more!
  • Operations Management Association - Tyler Cohen, Class of 2020 operations management major and professional selling and sales management minor, is the president of the Operations Management Association (OMA) at the Lerner College. Cohen shared why he joined the OMA, what makes this group unique and more!
  • Lazarus Rising - Rebecca Kosher, Class of 2020 marketing and operations management double major with minors in business analytics and management information systems, is the president of Lazarus Rising. Kosher shared why she joined Lazarus Rising, what makes this group unique and more!

Admissions Information

Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

Admissions & Financial Aid