Operations Management

Gies College of Business


What is Operations Management?

This field focuses on crafting new ways to deliver a firm’s goods and services. In our program, you’ll study the productive management of capital. You'll also learn about human and information resources as well as the process of value creation. Coursework will devote particular attention to defining business goals. Students will then learn how to achieve these goals by designing management policies.

First-year students need to apply to Business Undeclared for admission consideration to Gies. They then can pursue the Operations Management degree if admitted.

Career Options

  • Business analyst
  • Production manager
  • Project manager
  • Quality improvement manager
  • Technology advisor
  • Supply chain consultant
  • Value stream manager

Post-Graduation Success1

96% employed or continuing education

90% employed after graduation

5% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$60,571 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton View All

Sample grad school destinations: Insufficient survey data is available for sample grad school destinations.

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Commitment to activities, employment, or community involvement

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.7 years to degree

96% first-year retention rate

83% four-year graduation rate

93% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $37,096
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $60,586


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358