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The ability to effectively deliver products and services is core to organizational success. While striving for excellence in internal operations, organizations in virtually every industry rely on intricate supply chains to globally manage goods and meet the demand for products and services.  Synchronizing the flow of products, information, and funds is complex, increasingly enabled by data, analytics, and new technologies. 

WPI’s master’s in Operations Management and Supply Chain Analytics, a STEM-designated degree, prepares students for a career in managing the global demands, distributions, and fulfillment of goods and services. The MS in Operations and Supply Chain Analytics provides students the skills and hands-on project management techniques necessary to design and manage an effective supply chain while understanding how to create excellence in your operations and processes. As each of these factors can impact an organization’s profitability and overall customer satisfaction, professionals with training in both operations management and supply chain become an essential part of a company’s leadership team. 

The operations and supply chain master’s degree is designed to provide students with a foundation in three areas:

  1. Operations: internally focused, with an emphasis in the market on achieving excellence
  2. Supply chain: designing and managing a network to support end-to-end delivery of goods and services
  3. Operations analytics: methods to harness insights from data and support decision making

Students then build depth by choosing specialties in two of these three areas. The operations and supply chain analytics master's degree culminates in a real-world, team-based project, which ensures that students are prepared to be successful in a data-driven, technological business environment.

Curriculum

Curriculum for the Master’s in Operations Management and Supply Chain Analytics

The Master’s in Operations Management and Supply Chain Analytics can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis and is designed as a stackable, professional master’s degree. As such, it includes courses focused on decision-making in the operations and supply chain domain, as well as on analytic methods and a realistic capstone project. The degree requires at least 33 credits hours of study, i.e., eleven 3-credit courses. Courses listed in multiple specialties cannot be double-counted.

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Students must complete a three-course core as follows:

  • OIE 501. Operations Management
  • OIE 544. Supply Chain Analysis and Design
  • OIE 552. Modeling and Optimizing Processes

Students must complete two three-course specialties, selected from the following:

  • Specialty in Supply Chain Management

    Choose one course from:

    • OIE 553. Global Purchasing and Logistics
    • OIE 549. Sustainable Supply Chain and Operations Management

    Choose two courses from:

    • MKT 561. Consumer Behavior and Analytics
    • OBC 533. Negotiations
    • OIE 553. Global Purchasing and Logistics
    • OIE 548. Performance Analytics
    • OIE 549. Sustainable Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Specialty in Advanced Operations Analytics

    Choose 3 courses from:

    • MIS 587. Business Applications in Machine Learning or MKT 562 Marketing Research OR MKT 568 Data Mining
    • OIE 542. Risk Management and Decision Analysis
    • OIE 548. Performance Analytics
    • OIE 559. Advanced Prescriptive Analytics: From Data to Impact
  • Specialty in Operational Excellence

    Choose one course from:

    • OIE 554. Global Operations Strategy
    • OIE 558. Designing and Managing Lean Six Sigma Processes

    Choose 2 courses from:

    • FIN 500. Financial Information and Management
    • MIS 576. Project Management
    • OBC 537. Leading Change
    • OIE 554. Global Operations Strategy
    • OIE 558. Designing and Managing Lean Six Sigma Processes
  • Students must complete a two-course capstone project experience as follows:
    • OBC 505. Teaming and Organizing for Innovation
    • OIE 597. Operations and Supply Chain Consulting Project
  • Alternative Specialties

    Custom specialty (requires approval; see catalog description)

    Research specialty (requires approval; see catalog description)

  • Additional Recommendation
    • On-campus, international students are encouraged to complete up to three additional credits of internship to ensure their readiness for employment in the U.S.

Do You Want to Add Supply Chain Skills?

If you’re looking to add supply chain skills and knowledge to your academics, but not as a major course of study, check out the following graduate certificates:

Understanding how operations and supply chains work is relevant to any industry you’re interested in and will open more professional opportunities. Maybe you already know this is the direction you’re headed, but you need a bachelor’s degree. WPI’s BS in industrial engineering will give you the foundation so you can have an essential role in an organization’s engineering and management plans and processes.

Interested in a Supply Chain Engineering Path?

If you’re thinking a supply chain engineering path is more aligned with your career goals, WPI has many graduate degrees that will give you the skills you need while offering an understanding of manufacturing and engineering. Explore WPI’s MS in Mechanical Engineering if you want to advance your understanding of your chosen focus—whether you want to go into industry or a research career. If you think you’d like to specialize in getting great ideas made into marketable products, our MS in manufacturing engineering will continue your education and give your career a boost at the same time. If your goals include a leadership or entrepreneurial role in this field, the master’s in materials process engineering offers a comprehensive approach to learning about the science of materials and the overall manufacturing process.

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Sharon  Johnson

Sharon Johnson

Professor

I enjoy teaching at WPI because students bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to their learning, and I am often inspired by their optimism. My teaching also reflects topics that motivate me:  detailed process design in our Industrial Engineering program, improving healthcare delivery as part of the Health Systems Innovation certificate, and exploring the implications of operational excellence in our MBA program.

Renata  Konrad

Renata Konrad

Associate Professor-Business

The application of Industrial Engineering and mathematical knowledge has always been a rewarding challenge for me. Over the past several years, I have focused my research in the healthcare industry, which is particularly exciting given the current debates on healthcare reform. Current projects include evaluating anti-human trafficking efforts, computationally characterizing episodes of care from health insurance claim records and examining the impact of physician incentives on patient outcomes.

Sara  Saberi

Sara Saberi

Assistant Professor

Since my first day of teaching, I believed that I loved being in the classroom. I enjoy my role as an instructor because it enables me to see directly the outcome of my effort. I like the fact that as someone in higher education, I have the opportunity to make a positive influence on a young person's life. I make every effort to not only deliver the material of the course, but to develop a mentoring relationship with each student to help them grow as individuals and strive for success.

Joseph  Sarkis

Joseph Sarkis

Professor

Joseph Sarkis is a Professor of Management within Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Business School. He previously served as a faculty member at Clark University and the University of Texas at Arlington. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of environmental sustainability, operations and supply chain management. He is the author or co-author of over 450 publications. His research is widely cited and earned the designation of highly cited researcher for five years from 2016-2020 from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics (Web-of-Science).

Walter Thomas Towner

Walter T. Towner

Associate Teaching Professor

I am interested in manufacturing and industrial engineering. My main interests lie at the intersection of manufacturing processes and the financial aspect of the business that relates to these processes. I see my mission as enabling students to become leaders in a business environment and helping them extract value from the processes that drive the organization. We do this by using tools like axiomatic design and Lean Six Sigma methods.

Andrew C Trapp

Andy Trapp

Associate Professor

I am Associate Professor of Operations and Industrial Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), with courtesy professorships in Mathematical Sciences and Data Science. I hold a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. My objective is to use science and technology to assist real human need by improving systems that serve vulnerable peoples, such as refugees and asylum seekers, survivors of human trafficking, and children in the foster care system.

Joe  Zhu

Joe Zhu

Professor

Joe Zhu is Professor of Operations Analytics in the Business School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is an internationally recognized expert in methods of performance evaluation and benchmarking using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), and his research interests are in the areas of operations and business analytics, productivity modeling, and performance evaluation and benchmarking. He has published and co-edited several books focusing on performance evaluation and benchmarking using DEA and developed the DEAFrontier software.

BS/MS Option

The BS/MS in Operations and Supply Chain Analytics program gives the skills and practical experiences necessary to begin developing a career in the rapidly growing supply chain management field. A robust and plentiful job market, especially for international jobs, means graduates can begin to take on leadership positions early in their careers including roles as a supply chain technical analyst, commodity manager, director of purchasing, performance improvement senior manager, or director of supply chain operations. Industries in need of operations and supply chain managers include manufacturing, transportation, retail, government, education, and technology.