Department of Business Administration

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 $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, 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.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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