Operations & Supply Chain Management Program

Creating the Formula for Success

Operations management internally-focuses upon activities that happen within a company’s walls to manufacture a product or service. This includes formulating policies, managing the daily operations and workflow, overseeing workers, and participating in the design, planning and the physical production of the product. Supply chain management externally focuses on work with external partners to procure parts and raw materials needed to produce the product, create the inventory, and sell the product to outside markets.

Why Earn Your Bachelor of Business Administration in Operations & Supply Chain Management at UM-Flint?

Professional Preparation

The Operations & Supply Chain Management major is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the fields of general management or specialize in operations/supply chain management. These fields demand a range of personal qualities and skills, from the ability to work with diverse employees to the active promotion of an organization’s goals and strategic plan. As innovation increases, products become more complex, and customers demand higher levels of service, supply chains are responding by becoming faster, leaner and greener. This has created a large demand for talented and well-trained operations and supply chain managers in all industries.

Be Involved in Business

  • Supply Chain & Operations Management Association: The School of Management (SOM) proudly supports and sponsors nine student organizations that are nationally recognized and have received national awards. Student organization members gain real-life career experience and make professional connections not only within the Flint community, but worldwide. Supply chain management students can be a member of the Supply Chain & Operations Management Association club to align with their career occupation and have opportunities to network with speakers and employers. Interested students can contact Usman Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain & Operations
  • Internships/Career Readiness: An internship provides an opportunity to engage in an activity of experiential learning using the knowledge acquired in the classroom and putting it to practical use within the professional setting. An internship opportunity will provide hands-on experience allowing students to practice activities in their profession, as well as identify future career opportunities. Additionally, SOM partners with organizations locally, state-wide, and internationally for college internships. Internships may count for  academic credit when participating in a paid internship opportunity.
  • Study Abroad: SOM hosts faculty-led study abroad trips that are three weeks or shorter in the spring/summer semester. You will gain firsthand knowledge about business and culture in a foreign country alongside an experienced professor and a group of peers. Study abroad trips count towards UM-Flint credit and are eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

Expert Faculty

UM-Flint’s faculty bring practical working knowledge into the learning environment and are experienced, tested, and respected global experts in their field. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of experience teaching and researching current business issues. Operations & Supply Chain Management faculty members are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in any of the above-mentioned areas.


The UM-Flint MSA program is accredited by AACSB International, the highest accrediting body for business schools worldwide. Only 5.5% of business schools are accredited by AACSB. In accordance with AACSB, we subscribe to the highest standards in management education. We prepare students to contribute to their organizations and the larger society and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.

Dual BBA/MBA Degrees

High achieving students will have the opportunity to apply for the joint BBA/MBA program in their junior year. This program will allow students to substitute senior-level BBA major courses with corresponding MBA concentration courses. Students also have the opportunity to waive four MBA foundation courses by earning B’s or better in the equivalent BBA courses. BBA students in this program could earn their MBA for as few as 24 credits, instead of the traditional 45 credits.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Operations & Supply Chain Management

In addition to the requirements for the BBA degree, 18 additional credits as follows:

A. Major Core Courses

  • SCM 381 – Six Sigma and Quality Management (3)
  • SCM 391 – Global Supply Chain Management (3)
  • SCM 481 – Global Logistics Management (3)
  • SCM 484 – Supply Chain Sustainability in the 21st Century (3)

B. Major Electives
Two from:

  • ACC 320 – Cost Accounting (3)
  • ACC 421 – Accounting Information Systems (3)
  • EIM 340 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3)
  • EIM 349 – Innovation Management (3)
  • FIN 461 – Financial Management Application and Strategy (3)
  • FIN 466 – International Finance (3)
  • INB 442 – International Management (3)
  • INB 480 – Faculty-Led International Business Study Abroad (3)
  • MKT 332 – Marketing Research (3)
  • MKT 437 – Retail Management (3)
  • MKT 438 – Marketing Strategy (3)
  • MGT 347 – Managing Projects and Teams (3)
  • MGT 397 – Project Management (3)
  • MGT 443 – Developing Negotiations Skills (3)
  • SCM 394 – Operations and Supply Chain Management Internship Program (1-3)

Operations & Supply Chain Management Career Outlook

UM-Flint Operations & Supply Chain Management students from 2019-2021 have interned at Amigo Mobility, Frankenmuth Aerial Park, Aramark, MCA,Inc., Sovita Credit Union, and the UM-Flint Procurement & Contracts department.

UM-Flint SOM alumni are currently employed at a variety of organizations ranging from non-profits, corporations, self-employed, or Fortune 500 companies. Operations & Supply Chain Management alumni work at companies such as LEARS, General Motors, Ford, Diplomat, BCBSN, and more.

The average salary for an Operations Research Analyst is $82,200 per year in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The projected percent change in employment from 2019 to 2029 is growing much faster than average at around 25%. The average growth rate for all occupations is 4 percent.

The top occupations for someone with an operations and supply chain management degree are:

  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Procurement Manager
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Data Analyst

Top Industries:

  • Automotive/Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Healthcare/pharmaceutical
  • Food and Beverage companies
$82,200 median annual wage for operations research analysts Source: bls.gov

Advising Services

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to guide their educational journey. Explore all the possible pathways for your future, and book an appointment today.

In addition to academic advising, SOM provides extensive career advising services to help you define a clear path for your career. Contact Antonio Riggs at anriggs@umich.edu or call (810) 237-6680 to schedule your appointment.

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