Operations, Information, & Decisions, MBA

The Operations, Information, and Decisions major is designed to improve the quality and productivity of enterprises by educating highly capable professionals, and discovering, developing, and validating new principles, theory, and methods.

Members of the department share common interests in process management, decision-making, and information. Our common approach to education and research is to blend rigor and relevance. We believe in science-based management and our work is built around models. We seek to reconcile theory and data, and to influence practice. We are a group of individuals with diverse interests and training; indeed, our diversity is central to the intellectual vitality of our community. Nevertheless, several themes characterize the questions of primary concern to most members of the department.

  • How can the speed and quality of decision-making by individuals, groups, and organizations be improved?
  • How can useful inferences be made from large datasets?
  • How can supply chains be managed to provide the right products at the right time and place for least cost
  • How can organizations create high-quality and efficient service delivery operations?
  • How can the process of developing goods and services be transformed to deliver better products more efficiently?
  • How do changes in the quality, speed, and frequency of information exchange impact an enterprise’s functions, productivity, and organization? 

Curriculum

A minimum of 19 course units is required for graduation.

Only one (1) CU of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Operations, Information & Decisions major.

Operations, Information, and Decisions Major Requirements
Core Requirements
Quality and Productivity
Operations Strategy
Select 1 of the following:
Quality and Productivity
Business Analytics
Managing the Productive Core of the Firm: Information and Business Transformation
Innovation
Operations Strategy
Select 4 course units of 500- to 800-level OIDD courses4
Electives
Select 5.5 course units of electives5.5
MBA Core Requirements9.5
Total Course Units19

MBA Core Requirements

Accounting
Select one of the following:0.5-1
Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Fundamentals of Financial and Managerial Accounting
Finance 1
Corporate Finance
Select one of the following:0.5-1
Corporate Finance
Corporate Finance (Half CU)
Macroeconomics
Select one of the following:0.5-1
Macroeconomics and the Global Economic Environment
Macroeconomics and The Global Economic Environment (Half CU)
Legal Studies
LGST 611Responsibility in Global Management0.5
or LGST 612 Responsibility in Business
Microeconomics
MGEC 611Microeconomics for Managers: Foundations0.5
MGEC 612Microeconomics for Managers: Advanced Applications0.5
Management
MGMT 610Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership0.5
MGMT 611Managing Established Enterprises1
or MGMT 612 Management of Emerging Enterprises
Marketing
MKTG 611Marketing Management0.5
MKTG 612Dynamic Marketing Strategy0.5
or MKTG 613 Strategic Marketing Simulation
OIDD
OIDD 611Quality and Productivity0.5
or OIDD 615 Operations Strategy
Select one of the following: 20.5
Quality and Productivity
Business Analytics
Online Business Models and the Information-Based Firm
Innovation
Operations Strategy
Statistics
STAT 613Regression Analysis for Business 31
or STAT 621 Accelerated Regression Analysis for Business
Management Communication
WHCP 611Management Communication0.25
Select one of the following:0.25
Advanced Persuasive Speaking
Communication Challenges for Entrepreneurs: "Pitching your Business"
Persuasive Writing for Business Leaders
Total Course Units9.5

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.