MSM-Operations Research and Supply Chain Management Curriculum

Weatherhead’s 39-credit hour Master of Science in Management-Operations Research & Supply Chain Management (MSM-OR/SCM) is a three-semester, full-time program beginning in the fall semester of each year. The curriculum comprises the following three components:

Practical Work Experience

Interaction with companies to solve a real-world business project.

Business Core (9 credits)

The Business Core introduces students to business fundamentals and includes a professional development course, a unique feature of the Weatherhead MSM-OR/SCM not found in most of our competitors’ programs.

Operations Research Core (12 credits)

The Operations Research Core provides the mathematical, statistical, and computational skills needed by analysts in research and development groups in manufacturing and services companies and consulting firms.

  • MSOR 411 – Optimization Modeling – view topics
    • Linear Programming
    • Integer Programming
    • Nonlinear Programming
    • Network Models
    • Dynamic Programming
  • MSOR 433 – Foundations of Probability and Statistics – view topics
    • Applied Probability
    • Confidence Intervals
    • Hypothesis Testing
    • Simple and Multiple Regressions
    • Forecasting
  • MSOR 435B – Integrated Problem Solving in OR and SC – view topics
    • VBA Programming in Excel
  • OPRE 402 – Stochastic Models with Applications – view topics
    • Discrete-Time Markov Chains
    • Continuous-Time Markov Chains
    • Waiting Line Modeling
  • MSOR 432 – Computer Simulation – view topics
    • Spreadsheet Simulation Using @RISK
    • Simulation Modeling Using ARENA
    • Statistical Analysis—Input Data Analysis
    • Statistical Analysis—Output Data Analysis

Supply Chain Courses (18 credits)

Supply chain courses build upon the business and quantitative foundation to provide advanced knowledge in operations and supply chain management.

  • MSOR 406 – Operations Management – view topics
    • Bottleneck Analysis
    • Capacity Analysis
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Quality Management
    • Theory of Constraints
  • MSOR 420 – Six Sigma and Quality Management – view topics
    • Six Sigma DMAIC Process
    • Process Mapping and Lean Thinking
    • Data Analysis with MINITAB
    • Root-Cause Analysis
    • Statistical Quality Control
  • Four elective courses

Elective Options

  • At most one of the following:
    • MSOR 422 – Lean Operations – view topics
      • Lean Philosophy
      • The seven lethal wastes
      • Current-State Value Stream Mapping
      • Future-State VSM
      • Setup Reduction, Cell Design, Product Design
      • Lean Metrics
    • MSOR 412 – Lean Services – view topics
      • Strategic Service Vision
      • Service process blueprint
      • Service Flow Tools for Lean Services
      • Managing Capacity-Constrained Service systems
      • Managing Service Queues
      • Managing Staffing Levels
      • Excellence through Service Differentiation
  • At most one of the following:
    • MSOR 450 – Project Management – view topics
      • Project Organization
      • Project Teams
      • Critical Path Analyses
      • Time/Cost Trade-offs
      • Critical Chain Methods
      • Project Control
      • Multitasking
      • Earned Value Analysis
      • Project Selection
      • New/Improved Product Development Projects
    • MSOR 452 – Project Quality – view topics
      • Limits/Challenges of Traditional Project Management
      • Building Project Teams
      • Project Charter and Stakeholder Management
      • New/Improved Products development with Quality Function Deployment
      • Project Initiation and Scope
      • Change Management in Projects
      • Managing Project Risks
  • MSOR 477 – Enterprise Resource Planning in the Supply Chain – view topics
    • Demand Forecasting and Time Series
    • Sales and Operations Planning
    • Master Production Scheduling
    • Material Requirements Planning
    • Production and Inventory Management
  • MSOR 476 – Strategic Sourcing
  • MSOR 475 – Supply Chain Logistics – view topics
    • Transportation Decisions
    • Transportation Planning
    • Logistics and Inventory Management
    • Reverse Logistics
    • Warehouse Design

If you waive a required course, then you must replace that course with one of the foregoing electives (or another course, as approved by the Director of Graduate Programs for the Department of Operations).

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