MS in Operations Management

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Operations Management (MSOM) program focuses on the management skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to lead organizations that create goods and services. Students in this program will gain expertise in general business management areas, as well as a firm understanding of methods and practices in modern operations management. Students currently in this program possess a wide variety of backgrounds and undergraduate degrees. The School of Management designed this program for people who currently are in — or desire to enter — a management position within a manufacturing or services company. This program does not require a thesis.

School of Management Policies

Pursuing a Second Masters Degree in the School of Management

The School of Management encourages interested graduates of Kettering University’s MS and MBA programs to pursue a second master’s degree subject to the following policies (effective July 1, 2010):

  • Students pursue a single master’s degree at a time.  Students desiring a second master’s degree must complete the application.
  • To earn a second master’s degree, students must complete all degree requirements for the degree.  In so doing, students must complete additional credit hours equal to a minimum of 40% of the second degree’s requirements:
    • For MBA (or MS) graduates pursuing a 10 course MS degree – a minimum of four additional courses (16 credits).
    • For MS graduates pursuing a 12 course MBA degree – a minimum of five additional courses (20 credits).
  • In order to gain maximum advantage from prior work, graduates must apply for their second master’s degree within three years of graduating from their first degree program.  The admission committee will review applicants beyond the three-year time limit to establish the currency of their course work.  Students in this case may be required to complete more than 40% of the second degree’s requirements.
  • Students can transfer a maximum of 8 credits to Kettering University for use in their graduate studies.  Pursuit of a second master’s degree does not raise this limit.

Transfer Credits

The Department of Business evaluates transfer credits consistent with other sections in this catalog.  In addition, the department adheres to the following policies:

  • Transfer credits cannot be more than two years old.
  • Transfer credits must not have been used for a degree at another institution.
  • Transfer credit is only considered for courses with a grade of B or better.


A foundational level of knowledge in critical areas is required prior to beginning the Master of Science in Operations Management (MSOM) program. This foundation helps to ensure that students are prepared to fully engage and succeed in the coursework associated with graduate programs in management. Students must have an undergraduate course in each of the following areas, complete MGMT-510 Foundations of Business, or test out of individual prerequisite courses through self-directed study.

Areas of prerequisite knowledge:

Managerial Accounting

Program Curriculum Requirements

Completion of 40 credits as follows:

Program of Study - MS in Operations Management

Required Courses
FINC-619Financial Management4
ISYS-669Enterprise Information System Models4
MGMT-629Management Science4
MGMT-639Managing People & Organization4
MGMT-661Operations Management in Service Organizations4
MRKT-679Marketing Management4
Select three (3) 4-credit courses in one of the certificate areas listed. 112
Total Credit Hours40

Global Leadership Certificate2

BUSN-689Organizational Behavior4
MGMT-649Ethics and Leadership4
Total Credit Hours12

Operations Management Certificate

IME-676Lean Six Sigma4
MGMT-609Technology Management4
MGMT-619Project and Change Management4
Total Credit Hours12

Supply Chain and ERP Certificate

IME-652Designing Value in the Supply Chain4
IME-654Enterprise Resource Planning4
MGMT-669Supply Chain Operations4
Total Credit Hours12

Healthcare Management Certificate

IME-656Engineering for Healthcare Systems4
IME-676Lean Six Sigma4
or MGMT-669 Supply Chain Operations
HMGT-609Healthcare Management4
Total Credit Hours12

Students admitted to the Kettering BS/MS program can count up to two (2) 500-level courses taken as an undergraduate.  In addition, students need an additional 600-level course for a total of three (3) courses.


Students affiliated with the SACM program are not allowed to enroll in this certificate.