What is Operations and Supply Chain Management?

Operations Management refers to the administration of business practices to create the highest level of efficiency possible within an organization. It is concerned with converting materials and labor into goods and services as efficiently as possible to maximize the profit of an organization.

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the active streamlining of the supply-side activities of a business to maximize customer value and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. SCM represents an effort by suppliers to develop and implement supply chains that are as efficient and economical as possible. Supply chains cover everything from production, to product development, to the information systems needed to direct these undertakings.

Why UM-Flint for my Operations and Supply Chain Management Degree?

The University of Michigan-Flint's Operations and Supply Chain Management major prepares students for professional careers in operations and supply chain management such as quality management, logistics management, lean operations, and risk analysis. The curriculum emphasizes problem-solving and analytic skills, while also providing students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in new product development/retail management, international management, and project management. 


Faculty teaching general business courses have practical work experience that enhances the online learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of teaching and mentorship experience.


The University of Michigan-Flint School of Management (SOM) encourages students to engage in professional development activities outside the academic environment. In the Fall of 2019, SOM will require all students to participate in career development activities to enhance their employability skills.

Students will be required to participate in practical work experience and career development activities to earn 30 points prior to graduation. Students will be able to attend or participate in presentation, workshops, and seminars/online tutorials in the following areas:

  • Developing Networking Skills
  • Resume Writing Skills
  • Interview Skills
  • Job Search Skills 
  • Business Etiquette 
  • Job Shadowing 
  • Internship 

**Points can be accumulated for each event you attend from freshmen to senior year.


You earn one degree with two different majors. The Operations and Supply Chain major have core classes that overlap with Entrepreneurship and Innovation MgtInternational BusinessMarketing, and Organizational Behavior/Human Resources Mgt. The Marketing degree is offered 100% online or in the traditional format. Benefits of a double major:

  • Broader level of knowledge. Studying within two majors earn you a level of knowledge within two disciplines other students may not acquire. 
  • More potential career paths.  By double majoring, you are more likely to be promoted to positions that require knowledge in multiples of functional areas.   
  • Double count courses toward your second major.  Students wishing to pursue a double major should consider majors that share courses between them.  If two majors share the same course, you only have to take that course once.  This reduces the number of courses needed to complete your second major. 
BBA Double Major for Supply Chain Mgt.

Number of Shared Courses

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Mgt (2) Project Management, New Product Development
International Business (2)  International Management, New Product Development
Marketing (1) New Product Development or Retail Management
Organizational Behavior/Human Resources Mgt (1)  International Management

Please refer to the online catalog for the BBA requirements.