MSM-OR/SCM Student Experience

Weatherhead’s Master of Science in Management-Operations Research and Supply Chain Management (MSM-OR/SCM) students benefit from the one-on-one interaction with academic pioneers and industry leaders. Our faculty excel in teaching as well as research, and the opportunity to share their insights and excitement in the most up-to-date and creative areas of management studies is one that Weatherhead students prize.

In the classroom, students experience simulation learning such as a logistics exercise known simply as “The Beer Game.” Popular among students, this exercise is a theory constraints problem that teaches students how to get through a bottleneck—no pun intended—in production, and illustrates a basic production line snag. Take a given product that goes through four different processes during manufacture, and imagine that each process takes a different amount of time. One process finishes 30 units a day, another, 22 units a day, still another, 40 units a day. How do you prevent units from piling up behind the slowest stage in the process?

Operations professor Daniel Solow, PhD, uses beer as the sample product when his classes conduct this experiment. Unfortunately, however, none is consumed in the process!

Why Cleveland to Study Management?

Weatherhead is nestled in the heart of Cleveland and its arts and cultural district—University Circle. University Circle boasts 15 museums and cultural institutions like the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Museum of Art, four medical centers including the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, 10 religious organizations, more than 30 restaurants, and a total of eight education centers.

Weatherhead is also within walking distance of the city’s “new downtown” called Uptown, which includes a specialty market, a local ice cream shop, pubs, the campus bookstore, the city’s new Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and casual to fine dining restaurant options.

With so much going on in Cleveland and on campus, you’ll never lack for something to do. Take a moment to check out what draws our students to Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland, Ohio.

2,250,871 Population of Greater Cleveland
21,000+ Acres for outdoor recreation in Cleveland Metroparks
312 Miles of Lake Erie's Ohio shoreline
117+ Cultural and arts organizations
16th Most walkable of the fifty largest U.S. cities
10 Fortune 500 companies located in Northeast Ohio
7 Cleveland chefs and eateries featured on the Food Network
3rd Fashion Week Cleveland is the biggest in the U.S. after New York and Los Angeles
2nd Playhouse Square Center is the largest in the U.S. after New York's Lincoln Center
2 Annual film festivals in Cleveland

Life at Weatherhead Blog

Prepare For Job Interview Success with Weatherhead's CMO

Kate Banahan, associate director of career and employer development for Weatherhead's Career Management Office (CMO), sat down with Mark Sawaya, first-year MBA student who secured an internship offer with McKinsey & Co. for summer 2015. Mark discussed with Kate what helped him prepare for a successful interview process. Mark Sawaya, first-year MBA student What did you do to ensure you were

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Published 02/20/2015

Student Testimonials


GBSA and Student Clubs

The Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) along with other student clubs provide opportunities for professional development, local community service activities, engagement with employers, and social gatherings such as cultural dinners, happy hours and wine tastings with sommeliers.

Incoming students can run for a GBSA leadership position or join, revive or start a new student club with the assistance of the Weatherhead Student Experience Office. Here's a list of the student clubs:

The diversity of our student body enriches the Weatherhead experience with different perspectives. In addition to Weatherhead Women in Business and the Multicultural Club, student groups that support diversity include local chapters of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA).

Internship Culture

Many Weatherhead students draft their career plan before they arrive to campus and begin applying for internships their first semester in the program, and the MSM-OR/SCM student is no exception. They also access the Weatherhead Career Management Office’s career resources, participate in career fairs, attend employer information sessions on and off-campus, and take advantage of their personal networks as well as professional gatherings throughout the city of Cleveland. Read more about career management and how students connect with internships.