The OSM major provides students the background needed to become business leaders who will be equipped to solve problems and make decisions in sourcing and procurement, warehousing and logistics, process improvement and lean operations, project management, and enterprise resource planning both within and across companies.
What careers can this major prepare you for?
The OSM major prepares students to become successful managers in three main business disciplines: Procurement and sourcing, Operations, and Logistics and Warehousing. Students who graduate from the OSM program typically hold the following positions: Purchasing and Sourcing: Purchasing Buyer/Manager/Agent, Category Manager / Commodity Manager, Sourcing Specialist. Operations: Supply Chain Analyst/Coordinator/Manager/Consultant, Expeditor, Materials Planner, Production Planner/Supervisor, Master Scheduler, Demand Planner, Project Manager, Quality, Continuous Improvement Manager. Logistics and Warehousing: Logistics Analyst/Coordinator/Manager, Transport Planner / Scheduler, Customer Fulfillment Analyst, Distribution Centre Manager.
What skills are developed within this major?
Skills developed within this major include: Analytical skills; Critical thinking skills; Communication skills; Data management skills; Problem-solving skills; and Application of Technology.
Admission to Major
Completion of all College of Business Administration lower-division requirements
A total of 33 credit hours are required for the major: OSM 490 - Professional Internship in Operations & Supply Chain Management , 30 credit hours of OSM electives. A maximum of one elective course from the department approved non-OSM elective list may be substituted if enough OSM electives are not available.
Students who want to focus on a specialization, we provide four possible tracks to choose from. Please see the Monte Ahuja College of Business Advising Office to discuss the specializations.
Operation and Supply Chain Management Courses
The professional internship must be pre-approved by the department chair (or the department internship coordinator) and by the director of student engagement by the end of the first week of the semester, and must be completed during the junior or senior year. Internships that started without the pre-approval process will not be considered for credit. Students need to register for OSM 490 which counts towards 33 credit hour requirement.
* All B.B.A. core courses listed above must be completed prior to taking MGT 465 , the capstone course in the BBA curriculum.
A student may be a general OSM major or optionally may specialize in one or more of the following areas: Supply Chain Management, Global Operations Management, Business Analytics, and Project Management. Please see the College of Business Advising Office to discuss the different specializations and course options.
Honors Program/University Scholars Requirements
The following upper-division requirements apply for honors/scholars students who select a major in either the BBA or BSCS programs in the Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration.
Students will be required to take a minimum of 15 credit hours of upper-division (i.e., 300- and 400-level) honors courses in the College of Business Administration. General guidelines for these credit hours are given below. However, the specific courses that each student takes will be agreed upon by the student and the student's honors/scholars advisor.
A minimum of 15 hours of honors credits will be taken as follows:
- Honors Thesis (required in senior year, three credit hours). Each honors/scholars student will conduct a piece of original research and write and present a thesis in his or her major area under the supervision of a faculty member from that department. This new Honors Thesis course will be available in each department and designated with the following titles and course numbers for each major as appropriate: ACT 499H - Honors Thesis in Accounting ; CIS 499H - Honors Thesis ; FIN 499H - Honors Thesis in Finance ; INB 499H - Honors Thesis in International Business ; IST 499H - Honors Thesis in Information Systems ; MGT 499H - Honors Thesis in Management and Labor Relations ; MKT 499H - Honors Thesis in Marketing ; and OSM 499H - Honors Thesis in Operations and Supply Chain Management .
- Honors Internship (required in either junior or senior year, three credit hours). Each honors/scholars student will engage in an internship experience in which the student will gain work experience in an organizational environment related to the student's area of interest. The student may choose to either sign up for the regular internship experience within the departments that offer such courses already (i.e. ACT 490 , FIN 490 , INB 490 , MGT 490 , MKT 490 , or OSM 490 ), or enroll in a new course, BUS 490 , that will serve those majors that do not already have an internship available.
- Honors Courses (minimum of nine credits). Honors/Scholars students in business will also be required to take at least three honors courses within the College of Business Administration, with at least one course (minimum of three credit hours) within the major. These honors courses will be created via a contract between honors/scholars student and a cooperating faculty member. The contract allows for any 300- or 400-level business or computer science course to be modified to become an honors course. The honors/scholars student and the faculty member agree to a contract that spells out how the course will be modified to provide an appropriate learning experience for the honors student. The contract, including a copy of the revised syllabus and an explanation of how the honors version of the course differs from the regular version, is then submitted to the department chair for approval. The student then registers for the honors version of the course, but attends a regular section of the course that the cooperating faculty is teaching. The honors section of the course is designated with the regular course number with the letter H added to designate that the student is enrolled in the honors version of the course (e.g., MKT 301H - Introduction to Marketing). Only the approved honors/scholars student is allowed to register for the course under the honors number. The designation of an H course needs to be approved by the director of the university's honors/scholars program.
- Honors credits can be used to replace a maximum of 16 credit hours of required major courses, major electives, or free electives, with the approval of the honors advisor.
Each honors student will select an advisor from among the approved honors/scholars advisors in the department. The advisors will advise honors students and supervise the honors thesis course as well as the honors internship. The honors/scholars advisors will assist the students in designing their honors experience, including choosing their honors courses, identifying a thesis topic, and arranging for an internship.