UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Operations Emphasis

9 Credit Hours
(Students who plan to pursue an emphasis in Operations Management are encouraged to take BUSI 403: Operations Management and BUSI 410: Business Analytical Applications in their first semester. Electives in Operations Management require the completion of BUSI 403 with a minimum grade of “C”.)

The emphasis in operations management is designed to develop business professionals who possess the competencies required to identify, analyze and improve the value of the processes used to transform inputs (e.g. materials and information) into finished products and services.  The courses in the operations management emphasis teach students the necessary skills in developing robust operations strategies for both the manufacturing and service sectors; understanding the fundamentals of global supply chain management; and the modeling, analysis and optimization of complex systems.  Multinational companies, entrepreneurs and management consulting firms are among the firms that are interested in recruiting students with these skills.

Please watch this short video to learn more about the Operations AOE. If you would like to have even more information on this AOE, please check the In-depth video.

The following courses are required:
  • BUSI 532: Service Operations (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 533H: Supply Chain Management (3.0 credits)
The remaining credits (for a total of 3.0 hours) are required from any of the following courses
  • STOR 305: Decision Making Using Spreadsheet Models (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 490-024/025: Healthcare Operations (1.5 credits) (application and permission)*
  • BUSI 534: Business Modeling with Excel (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 536:  Project Management (1.5 credits) (application and permission)*
  • BUSI 537: Retail Operations (1.5 credits) (application and permission)*
  • BUSI 554H: Consulting Skills and Frameworks (3.0 credits)

*Application and permission are needed to gain access to one of the reserved seats for undergraduates in an MBA elective course.  Students should submit a resume and cover letter to the course instructor, according to instructions posted on the undergraduate business program announcement board prior to registration for the semester these courses are offered.

For students seeking to substitute study abroad or any credit earned outside of the business school, a petition to substitute an emphasis requirement must be submitted via the online request form available on the intranet. If approved, a maximum of 1 course (or 3 credit hours) may apply to an emphasis.


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