Operations & Supply Chain Management

Major: Operations & Supply Chain Management
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0205
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-3051

About the Program

The major in Operations and Supply Chain Management is designed to prepare students for work as managers or specialists in the operations of manufacturing or service systems. Companies worldwide are competing in very different ways and very different environments than they were in the past because of technological advances. Operations, supply chain management, and logistics are key functions through which companies can gain strategic advantage, and companies are hiring graduates to drive innovations for their new economic surroundings. In this major, courses drawing on the foundations and the state of the art for both manufacturing and service industries allow students to craft a course of study that can meet the new demands. 

Additional Information

For more information about the program, students should contact the Department of Decision Sciences and MIS.

Degree Requirements 

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201 [WI] Career Management1.0
English literature elective ENGL 200 through ENGL 3993.0
Fine Arts elective3.0
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Architecture (ARCH), Art History (ARTH), Dance (DANC), Film Studies (FMST), Interior Design (INTR), Music (MUSC), Photography (PHTO), Visual Studies (VSST), Screenwriting & Playwriting (SCRP),Theatre (THTR)
History (HIST) elective4.0
Select two of the following: 6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
Electricity and Motion
Light and Sound
General Education Electives 12.0
Students select (12.0 credits) general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following four categories.
Diversity & Multicultural
Society and Culture
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Communications (COM), English (ENGL), Fine Arts (ARCH, ARTH, DANC, DIGM, FMVD, SCRP, FMST, INTR, MUSC, PHTO, THTR, WBDV, VSST), Global Studies (GST), Language (LANG) or Philosophy (PHIL)
Social Science
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Anthropology (ANTH), Criminology and Justice Studies (CJS), History (HIST), Sociology (SOC), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSY)
Science
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Computer Science (CS), Information Systems (INFO), Science, Technology and Society (SCTS)
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BSAN 160Business Analytics and Data Visualization4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Select one of the following: 4.0
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
For-Profit Business Consulting
Nonprofit Business Consulting
Startup Business Consulting
International Business Consulting
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Sport Business Consulting
Business Statistics II
Operations and Supply Chain Management Major Requirements
OPM 315Service Operations Management4.0
OPM 324Operations Planning4.0
OPM 341Supply Chain Management4.0
OPR 320Linear Models for Decision Making4.0
Select five (5) of the following:20.0
Designing Innovative Organizations
Technology Management
Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Managing Queues for Service Operations
Revenue Management
Operations & Supply Chain Management Industry Project
Advanced Decision Making and Simulation
Decision Models for the Public Sector
Six-Sigma Quality Implementation
Introduction to Data Mining for Business
Introduction to Experimental Design
Free Electives 18.0
Total Credits180.0
*

Students not participating in co-op will not take COOP 101; 1 credit of Free Elective will be added in place of COOP 101.

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

5 year, 3 co-op (Fall/Winter)

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ECON 2024.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0General Education elective3.0 
 MATH 1024.0  
 16 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0
  STAT 2014.0COM 2703.0
  History Elective 4.0INTB 2004.0
  Select one of the following: 3.0Select one of the following: 3.0
  
  
  
 0 0 15 14
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEMIS 2004.0FIN 3014.0
  MKTG 2014.0ORGB 3004.0
  OPM 2004.0Free Elective 4.0
  ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 Course 3.0General Education elective 3.0
 0 0 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEOPM 3244.0OPM 3154.0
  OPR 3204.0Free Electives 4.0
  PHIL 1053.0General Education elective 3.0
  Free Elective4.0Operations & Supply Chain Management Elective4.0
 0 0 15 15
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
UNIV B2011.0MGMT 4504.0OPM 3414.0 
Free Elective3.0Operations & Supply Chain Management Electives8.0Fine Arts Elective 3.0 
General Education elective 3.0 Free Elective 4.0 
Operations & Supply Chain Management Elective 4.0 Operations & Supply Chain Management Elective4.0 
Select one of the following: 3.0   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 14 12 15 
Total Credits 180
*

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

4 year, 1 co-op (Fall/Winter)

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ECON 2024.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0General Education Elective 3.0 
 MATH 1024.0  
 16 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0MIS 2004.0FIN 3014.0
STAT 2014.0COM 2703.0MKTG 2014.0ORGB 3004.0
History Elective4.0INTB 2004.0OPM 2004.0Free Elective4.0
Select one of the following: 3.0Select one of the following: 3.0ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 Course3.0General Education Elective 3.0
  
  
  
 15 14 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEOPM 3244.0OPM 3154.0
  OPR 3204.0Free Electives4.0
  PHIL 1053.0General Education Elective3.0
  Free Elective4.0Operations & Supply Chain Management Elective4.0
 0 0 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
UNIV B2011.0MGMT 4504.0OPM 3414.0 
Free Elective3.0Operations & Supply Chain Management Electives8.0Fine Arts Elective3.0 
General Education Elective 3.0 Free Elective3.0 
Operations & Supply Chain Management Elective4.0 Operations & Supply Chain Management Elective4.0 
Select one of the following: 4.0   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 15 12 14 
Total Credits 180
*

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

4 year, no co-op 

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ECON 2024.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0MATH 1024.0General Education Elective3.0 
 16 16 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0MIS 2004.0VACATION
STAT 2014.0COM 2703.0MKTG 2014.0 
History Elective4.0INTB 2004.0OPM 2004.0 
Select one of the following:3.0Select one of the following:3.0ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 course3.0 
  
  
  
 15 14 15 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
FIN 3014.0OPM 3244.0OPM 3154.0VACATION
ORGB 3004.0OPR 3204.0Free Elective4.0 
Free Elective4.0PHIL 1053.0General Education Elective3.0 
General Education Elective3.0Free Elective4.0Operations & Supply Chain Management Elective4.0 
 15 15 15 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
UNIV B2011.0MGMT 4504.0OPM 3414.0 
Free elective3.0Operations & Supply Chain Management Electives8.0Fine Arts Elective3.0 
Operations & Supply Chain Management Electives8.0 Free elective*4.0 
Select one of the following: 4.0 General Education Elective3.0 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 16 12 14 
Total Credits 180
*

Students not participating in co-op will not take COOP 101; 1 credit of Free Elective will be added in place of COOP 101.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Operations Management Career Opportunities

All firms have processes, suppliers, and customers, so career opportunities for operations and supply chain professionals exist in every sector of the economy. Services firms in areas such as healthcare, information technology, and event/hospitality management (sports, arts, hotels, and restaurants), need planning, scheduling, and coordination just as much as producers of cars or home appliances! There are also opportunities with local/state/national government, non-profit organizations, consultants, and specialist firms that handle operations and supply chain work outsourced from other firms. See, for example, APICS Careers or SCMTalent for further information about career opportunities and paths.

What Type of Job Skills Will You Gain From an Operations and Supply Chain Management Degree?

An undergraduate operations and supply chain management degree will provide you with the skills you need to achieve your career goals in many industries. An example of the skills this degree provides includes:

  • Planning and control of operations
  • Sustainable supply chain management and logistics
  • Managing queues for service operations
  • Revenue management
  • Decision making and simulation
  • Six-Sigma quality implementation
  • Data mining for business

What Can You Do with a Degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management ?

There are a multitude of jobs available to someone with a operations and supply chain management degree in many different career fields.

What is the Average Salary for an Operations and Supply Chain Management Major?

Drexel LeBow 2020 operations and supply chain management graduates earned an average starting salary of $65,000.

Career Growth Opportunities for Operations and Supply Chain Management Majors

According to Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, 200,000 jobs in supply chain management in the U.S. will go unfilled each year through 2018 due to lack of talent.

Students studying Operations and Supply Chain Management have a wide range of career opportunities in diverse industries. The vast majority do not work in manufacturing. Typical positions include supply chain specialist, supply chain analyst, operations manager, procurement specialist, healthcare operations manager, etc. Students landed in companies in pharmaceutical, retail, logistics, consumer goods, among many other industries.

Common Job Titles for Operations and Supply Chain Management Graduates

  • Logistics Manager
  • Operations Team Leader/Operations Manager/Operations Analyst
  • Procurement Specialist/Buyer/Purchasing Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Supply Chain Specialist/Manager/Analyst

Co-Op Landings

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • PJM

Job Landings

Graduates of the Operations and Supply Chain Management program found jobs at the following companies:

  • Amazon
  • Aramark
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Comcast
  • Estee Lauder
  • L’Oreal
  • PJM
  • SAP
  • SPS Technologies
  • UPS

Professional Organizations

Management orientation with non-academic continuing education opportunities:

  • APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society)
  • CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals)
  • ISM (Institute for Supply Management)

Academic and industry research orientation:

  • INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences)
  • POMS (Production and Operations Management Society)

Continuing Education Opportunities

The management-oriented organizations listed above offer certifications for specialization on topics within operations and supply chain management. These certifications are well-regarded complements to an academic degree and can facilitate career advancement. Operations and supply chain management professional frequently also pursue Six Sigma training: see, for example, IASSC or ASQ.

Students who want to develop advanced skills may consider graduate studies. Drexel offers the MS in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Doctoral studies can lead to a career working on the most challenging technical problems, such as routing UPS trucks or coordinating production levels across a global corporation.

Additional Information

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities. Also visit the Career Guides provided by the Steinbright Career Development Center.

Facilities

The 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home for LeBow College of Business is located at the heart of the Drexel University campus, at the intersection of Woodland Walk and Market Street, where it forms a gateway to Drexel and a backdrop to the historic statue of A. J. Drexel (Moses Ezekiel, 1904). The diagonal massing of the lower floors follows Woodland Walk and combines with the new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (Diamond & Schmitt, 2011) to energize the University’s central quadrangle. The building’s tower will mark the LeBow College and Drexel campus from all directions while the open, glassy Market Street façade will showcase the College’s student activities to passersby.

The building’s organization unites the school’s various constituencies around a five-story-high atrium ringed by classrooms, student lounges, events spaces, and offices. The atrium is immediately accessible from main entrances at the three corners of the building. An open stair within the atrium leads to a 300-seat auditorium and 100-seat lecture hall one floor below and to a divisible multipurpose room and additional classrooms above. The building’s upper floors contain faculty offices interspersed with seminar rooms and group study rooms. The top floor houses the Dean’s suite and a boardroom and conference suite that opens to east- and west-facing terraces.

The building’s warm masonry and glass exterior reflects the emerging vocabulary of the next generation of Drexel buildings. Sophisticated solar shading devices allow maximum transparency between the inside and outside while supporting the building’s high environmental aspirations.

Key Building Features

  • Five-story atrium
  • Finance trading lab with Bloomberg Terminal Room
  • 300-seat auditorium
  • 160-seat event space
  • 100-seat lecture hall
  • 45-seat seminar rooms
  • 44-seat computer classrooms
  • 60-seat classrooms
  • Executive MBA classroom
  • 24-seat classrooms
  • Special areas for experiential learning simulations and business consulting
  • Videoconferencing capabilities
  • Integrated teaching technology in all classrooms
  • Recording studio to support LeBow College’s online programs
  • Extensive areas for students to gather socially and for collaborative study, including student collaboration rooms, two quiet study areas, and 3,500 square feet of student social space
  • EMBA Alumni Lounge for the exclusive use of EMBA alumni
  • Behavioral Studies Lab
  • Starbucks
  • Green Globe certifiable, meeting worldwide sustainability standards

Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students, and staff in a state-of-the-art building on the University City campus. Please visit the LeBow College of Business webpage, the Behavioral Lab webpage, and the Finance Trading Lab webpage to learn more about Gerri C. LeBow Hall.

Decision Sciences & MIS Faculty

Murugan Anandarajan, PhD (Drexel University) Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor. Cyber crime, strategic management of information technology, unstructured data mining, individual internet usage behavior (specifically abuse and addiction), application of artificial intelligence techniques in forensic accounting and ophthalmology.
Orakwue B. Arinze, PhD (London School of Economics). Professor. Client/Server computing; Enterprise Application Software (EAS)/Enterprise Resource Planning Software (ERP); knowledge-based and decision support applications in operations management.
Edward Arnheiter, PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Department of Decision Sciences. Clinical Professor. Quality implementation and management, supply chain, statistical quality control, six sigma.
Avijit Banerjee, PhD (The Ohio State University) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Interface with Marketing, Pricing Revenue Management, Inventory Control, Operations Planning and Scheduling, Production Planning and Control, Supply Chain Management
Hande Benson, PhD (Princeton University). Professor. Interior-point methods, Large Scale Optimization, Mathematical Programming, Nonlinear Optimization, Operations and Supply Chain Optimization, Optimization Software, Portfolio Optimization
Muge Capan, PhD (North Carolina State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Department of Decision Sciences & MIS. Data science, industrial engineering, predictive analytics in health care systems.
Qizhi Dai, PhD (University of Minnesota). Associate Professor. Business Value of Information Technology, eCommerce, Economics of Information Technology, Information System Management.
Anna Devlin, PhD (University of Maryland, College Park). Associate Clinical Professor. Department of Decision Sciences & MIS. Behavioral operations management, revenue management, sustainable operations management.
Christopher Gaffney, PhD (Rutgers University, New Brunswick). Assistant Clinical Professor. Applied Probability, Decision Theory, Risk Analysis
David Gefen, PhD (Georgia State University) Provost Distinguished Research Professor. Professor. Strategic IT management; IT development and implementation management; research methodology; managing the adoption of large IT systems, such as MRP II, ERP, and expert systems; research methodology, eCommerce; Online Auctions; Outsourcing; SAS; Technology Adoption.
Chelsey Hill, PhD (Georgia State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Department of Decision Sciences & MIS. Structural topic modeling, data quilting, knowledge diffusion.
Seung-Lae Kim, PhD (Penn State University) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Inventory control, Production Planning and Control, Quality Management, Six-Sigma, Supply Chain Management
Jinwook Lee, PhD (Rutgers University, New Brunswick). Assistant Professor. Decision Models, Mathematical Programming, Risk Assessment Stochastic Optimization, Stochastic Processes.
Jeongsik Lee, PhD (University of California Los Angeles). Associate Professor. Economics of Innovation; Social networks; Technology management
Benjamin Lev, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Trustee Professor. Inventory Control, Mathematical Programming, Operations Planning and Scheduling.
Fariborz Y. Partovi, PhD (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Manufacturing Technology Development, Quality Implementation, Quality Management, Service Management, Six-Sigma
Arjan Raven, PhD (University of Southern California). Associate Clinical Professor. Department of Decision Sciences & MIS. Neuro-Information-Systems, task-technology fit, web-based
Matthew Reindorp, PhD (University of Maryland College Park) Interim Department Head, Decision Sciences & MIS. Associate Clinical Professor. Real Options, Simulation, Stochastic Processes, Supply Chain Finance, Supply Chain Management
Samir Shah, DPS (Pace University). Clinical Professor. Drexel University's Provost Fellow India Partnerships
Wenjing Shen, PhD (University of Michigan) Department of Decision Sciences. Associate Professor. The interface of operations management and marketing; inventory management; supply chain management.
Min Wang, PhD (Columbia University) Department of Decision Sciences. Associate Clinical Professor. Healthcare Operations Management, Inventory Control, Production Planning and Control, Service Management, Supply Chain Management
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