Operations Management (B.S.)

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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.

What I Love About my Major

In this video, UD Lerner College students majoring in operations management discuss why they chose their major – why it is unique and opportunities they’ve had that will prepare them for their careers.

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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
Natural sciences & technology breadth course
History & cultural change breadth course
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
Second Semester
ENGL 110 – First-Year Writing
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
PSYC 100 – General Psychology
Natural sciences & technology breadth course with lab
Sophomore Year
First Semester
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)
MISY 160 – Business Computing: Tools & Concepts
STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice
Creative arts & humanities breadth course, history & cultural change breadth course or foreign language
SOCI from social and behavioral sciences
Second Semester
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
Creative arts & humanities breadth course, history & cultural change breadth course or foreign language
MISY 262 – Fundamentals of Business Analytics
MISY 261 – Business Information Systems
COMM 212 – Public Speaking & Professional Presentation or HOSP 230 – Executive Presentations & Problem Solving
Junior Year
First Semester
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
BUAD 306 – Introduction to Service & Operations Management
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
Free elective
Second Semester
ACCT 352 – Law & Social Issues in Business
BUAD 346 – Analytical Decision Making
International course requirement
Social & behavioral sciences breadth course
Free elective
Senior Year
First Semester
BUAD 446 – Operations & Supply Chains
BUAD 447 – Data Analysis & Quality Control
Professional elective
Social & behavioral sciences breadth course
Multicultural requirement
Second Semester
BUAD 448 – Project Management: Consulting Practicum
BUAD 449 – Business Process Analysis
BUAD 441 – Strategic Management
Professional elective
Free elective

Career Opportunities

Within 6 months of graduating, for the class of 2022, 93% of Lerner’s operations management graduates are employed (earning a mean starting salary of $66,360) 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.


  • Lerner Professors Find AI Chatbots Share Some of Our Biases - It turns out AI language models like ChatGPT are prone to bias in their word choice and framing, new research indicates.
  • Love and Operations Management - This is the story of a class connection at Lerner that bloomed into something deeper, and of a course instructor with an unusual part to play in that relationship.
  • Lifelong Lerner: Ella Kolln - UD Lerner Class of 2023 graduate Ella Kolln is an honors operations management and marketing double major with minors in fashion management, french and international business from State College, Pennsylvania.
  • UDREAM Program Helps Lerner Students Succeed - UDREAM peer mentors help new students pick classes, manage schedules and get involved in extracurricular activities to acclimate them to life at UD.
  • UD Graduate Shares Experience as a Blue Hen - Jiekun Zheng, a 2021 University of Delaware graduate, highlights his experiences throughout his tenure at UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.

Admissions Information

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