Operations Management Major Overview


Students who are thinking about majoring in operations management should consider the following questions:

  • What is the most efficient way to transport an online purchase to a consumer?
  • How much inventory should a business keep?
  • How can organizations use data analytics to improve their processes?
  • Can resources be allocated better? 

These are some of the common questions students majoring in operations management are concerned with solving. 

Operations management (OM) involves the essential steps of producing goods, quality control, quality management, managing the supply chain, facilities management, product formulation and design, ordering of goods, warehousing of goods, contacting vendors, and purchasing of external products. 

It is a functional area responsible for satisfying customer needs and requirements, the efficient management of processes, and the transformation of raw materials and inputs into consumer goods and services. Operations management is a great choice for students who are detail-oriented and constantly think about how to make processes more efficient.

The operations management major has 5 required courses (15 credit units) and 1 elective course (3 credit units). Students can choose from a variety of electives in finance, entrepreneurship, marketing research, and business law.

To view the current degree requirements visit the USask programs page.

Featured Classes

COMM 393 - Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions

Deals with modelling business problems to help managers make better decisions regardless of their functional areas. It introduces students to analytical decision making tools including linear programming, integer programming, network models, decision analysis and simulation. Spreadsheets will be extensively used for solving managerial problems.

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COMM 495 - Supply Chain Management & E-Commerce 

Supply chain management and business logistics deal with the physical distribution of goods and services. Today's heavy dependence on the internet and E-commerce has made supply chain management central to business strategic planning. Supply chain management and logistics include the managing of acquisition, transportation, materials storage and handling, production scheduling, order processing, warehousing, and distribution both internally and among suppliers and customers. Today this planning must also take into account the internet and the distribution of goods and services electronically. Thus, the focus of this course is on the planning and control of both physical and electronic distribution systems. The required planning and analysis will make use of the different computer models and E-commerce options.

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Careers in Operations Management

Careers Opportunities

Operations management graduates are very influential in the business world. When it comes to deciding how to produce a certain automobile or ordering the right amount of product, they are the ones in charge. There are job opportunities in areas such as distribution and logistics, purchasing, quality assurance, inventory control and warehousing.

Students on their co-op placement and recent graduates have held positions like: 

  • Business Forecaster 
  • Buyer
  • Logistics Manager 
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Project Manager

Professional Organizations 

Looking to gain mentorship and add to your educational experience? Connect with a professional organization in operations management like: