Bachelor of Applied Science in Manufacturing Operations Management
- Delivery:Partially Online
- Cost:$482.54 per credit (MN resident); $854.24 per credit (nonresident)
- Total credits:120
- Credential:Undergraduate Degree
- Admission GPA:2.5
- Application deadlines:August 1 for fall; December 1 for spring; May 1 for summer
- Campus:Twin Cities
- College:College of Continuing Education
The BASc. in Manufacturing Operations Management (MM) is a multidisciplinary degree uniquely positioned to help individuals succeed in the global manufacturing sector. Based on the recommendations of industry leaders, the curriculum integrates the cutting-edge technical and theoretical competencies required to analyze manufacturing systems with the business capabilities needed to respond to real-world organizational objectives.
For information about financial aid and scholarships, visit the College of Continuing Education website.
The degree requires 120 total credits, with 51 within the major. Here is a sampling of courses you might take:
- MM 3001 Manufacturing in a Global Economy (3 cr)
- MM 4011 Design of Manufacturing Systems and Simulations (3 cr)
- MM 4039 Manufacturing Outsourcing Decisions (2 cr)
- MM 4311 Sustainable Lean Manufacturing (2 cr)
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, 13 percent of Minnesota jobs are in manufacturing, and that number is expected to rise over the next few years.
- 14 percent growth by 2016 expected in wage and salary employment in Minnesota in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing (electronic instrument manufacturing, 12 percent).
- New vacancies in all sectors are being generated as baby boomers begin to retire in unprecedented numbers.
- 85 percent of these emerging manufacturing jobs in Minnesota will require advanced education, with 20 percent requiring a bachelor’s degree.
Individuals with experience in production occupations, combined with the knowledge this program provides, will have the best prospects of moving into positions of responsibility, such as:
- Operations Project Leader
- Supply Chain Manager
- Materials Manager
- Production Planner
- Operations Analyst
- Operations Manager
- Production Supervisor
- Quality Auditor
- Quality Manager
For more information, including how the advisory board is keeping course content on the leading edge of professional practice, visit the program website.
Brandon McNellis, the 2015 College of Continuing Education Commencement student speaker, always knew he wanted to pursue a degree in business, but until the end of his sophomore year, he wasn’t sure of a specific direction. He chose Manufacturing Operations Management (MM) because he saw that this degree would give him a broad preparation for the many areas of business that interest him. The applied nature of the degree gave him real-world relevancy, and the flexibility of it allowed him to pursue a focus on supply chain management.
He’ll be putting his talents to work immediately following graduation working for an import distribution company of custom-engineered components in a dual role of supply chain analyst and manufacturer’s sales representative.
How do you see yourself having an impact on the world?
By sharing my knowledge, and using what I know to help others. I’ve found my true passion and could not be more excited for the industry I am about to be entering. I will be making a direct positive impact on many different levels within my career, and I look forward to the day that I am able to help others looking to get the same out of life!
How has your education helped to prepare you?
My education directly prepared me for my career. Everything I learned on an educational basis, along with the professional and networking skills I gained, will [come into play]. And, of course, the relationships I have built here—and plan to maintain—have set me up for the future, as well.
What’s most exciting about graduating?
That the best is still yet to come! These past four years have absolutely been the best of my life, and have gone by faster than I could ever imagine. If they are any indication as to how my future will be, I absolutely cannot wait to [start on that journey]. Being able to be in a career as a business professional, directly applying what I’ve learned these past few years is priceless. I will actually be able to take the things I have spent so much time on to learn and retain and use it to excel my career.
Did anything about your College experience surprise you?
The biggest (pleasant) surprise was in the value of networking; in how being able to meet people and build a relationship with them on a personal level can make you that much more successful in life. I have always been a very outgoing and energetic person, and in college, I used that to my advantage—I tried to meet as many people as possible, and I hope to retain my relationships with them, as I’ve had the chance to learn from and work with “the best of the best.”
I put hard work into my education and studies, and received my degree… And I was able to network and connect with people and make relationships I will keep for the rest of my life. Those are both great things to take away!