Operations Management

Operations Management focuses on designing and managing value-added processes across various organizations involved in supplying goods or providing services to meet end consumer needs. Using methodologies from economics, statistics, machine learning, and more, you will focus on the production and distribution of goods, services, and information to understand how companies achieve competitive advantages.

Typical Coursework
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Optimization
  • Stochastic processes

Disciplinary courses in:

  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Industrial engineering
  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering


  • IOSA Speaker Series featuring globally renowned researchers
  • Teaching and professional development
Alumni Highlights
  • Youngsoo Kim, University of Alabama
  • Karthik Murali, Oregon State University
  • Anqi Wu, Florida International University
  • Wenxin Xu, University of South Carolina
Recent Placements
  • Florida International University
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • University of Alabama
Business Instruction Facility at University of Illinois

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Hear from PhD students and alumni

"I feel grateful for how all Gies faculty members work as one team supporting our career goals. I also enjoy the diversified, interdisciplinary culture in the doctoral program that inspires new discussions on what business defines."

Xueze Song, Current PhD Student

"My years as a PhD student at Gies College of Business have not only trained me into a researcher but also provided me the most rewarding academic journey. The program's academic excellence, its rigorous and systematic training, and the endless help, support, and trust from the faculty all made this journey profound and enjoyable. I have no longer thought of it as a PhD program. Rather, it has been part of my identity of who I am."

Anqi Wu, PhD ’20
Assistant Professor, Florida International University