Online Operations Management Degree Program

The Operations Management degree online at Southwestern College Professional Studies provides the knowledge and skills necessary to become a successful manager of business operations within an integrated supply chain. Concepts covered include personnel management, process management and analysis, scheduling, project administration, Six Sigma, and legal and regulatory compliance issues affecting business operations. Upon graduation, you will be able to apply critical thinking to project completion dates, benchmarking and the use of statistical process control, as well as demonstrate a thorough understanding of project management, forecasting, benchmarking and overall supply chain management. If you are searching for business schools in Kansas that offer an operations management degree online, choose Southwestern College.

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Program Outcomes

The Operations Management degree provides learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful manager of business operations using an integrated supply chain. Concepts covered include personnel management, process management and analysis, scheduling, project administration, Six Sigma, Lean practices, and legal and regulatory compliance issues affecting today’s business operations managers.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of key business concepts and generally accepted operations management theories, including “Just in Time”, project management, forecasting, benchmarking, and overall understanding of supply chain management.
  2. Develop skills for competency in project and supply chain management in manufacturing, health, or service environments.
  3. Utilize financial decision making and accounting practices applicable to preparation for a career in operations management.
  4. Apply critical thinking to the completion of projects, benchmarking, and the use of statistical process control associated with the Operations Management field.
  5. Plan to effectively lead people and processes in the operations management field to achieve the desired level of quality control and customer satisfaction.
  6. Design documents which showcase an understanding of the use of technological tools for all the aspects of the operational management environment.
  7. Utilize ethical reasoning in all aspects of the management including local, federal and international environment.
  8. Formulate effective written and oral communication skills.

Required and Core Courses

Foundation Courses

CORE101 Developing Academic and Professional Strengths
CORE110 Information Literacy
ENGL101 Composition I
ENGL102 Composition II
COM 125 Speech
Mathematics Requirement*
HUM 201 Ethics
COM 301 Professional Communication

Disciplinary Perspective Courses

Humanities (6 credits)
Natural Sciences/Mathematics (4 credits)
Social Sciences (6 credits)

Major Courses

OMGT310 Operations Management I
OMGT410 Operations Management II
BQM 444 Project Management
OMGT305 Organizational Quality Management
OMGT311 Six Sigma Green Belt I
OMGT320 Managing Group Dynamics
OMGT415 Integrative Supply Chain Management
OMGT422 Managerial Accounting
CAPS495 Senior Capstone

* MASC110 Statistics & Probability, or MASC115 College Algebra, or more advanced college credit bearing mathematics course requiring college algebra or higher as a prerequisite

Course Descriptions

OMGT310 Operations Management I

This course provides an overview of the salient aspects of operations management related to process analysis, product and service delivery design, work measurement, reliability and quality. This course is the first course in a two part series. Discussion of the aspects of operations strategy, supply chain management, competitive advantage, and the management of operations in a global environment are included.

BQM 444 Project Management

This course covers the study and understanding of project management dealing with knowledge of the product and the environment in which the project is realized. The knowledge of technologies involved, financial, and contractual matters are included. Learners will also develop an understanding that human relations and communications are critical to project management.

OMGT305 Organizational Quality Management

What are the contemporary quality management concerns in today’s global environment and operations? Learners explore these concerns and examine the applications of Lean, Six Sigma, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Statistical Process Control (SPC) to achieve desired organizational quality and profitability goals. The key elements of quality from implementation to completion applied to operations are analyzed and applied.

OMGT311 Six Sigma Green Belt I

This course is the first of a two part series to prepare professionals to participate on teams that are designed to improve, redesign, and create efficient, customer-focused business processes. It will provide an understanding of how Six Sigma integrates tools and best practices from various disciplines into a more powerful system of management. The teaming aspects critical to Six Sigma will be described.

OMGT320 Managing Group Dynamics

Learners in this course will examine individual and group behavior within the context of the organizational design and culture. Learners gain theoretical and practical knowledge for understanding topics such as motivation, leadership, management decision-making, group process, and conflict resolution.

OMGT410 Operations Management II

This course is the second of a two part series. An overview of layout strategy, forecasting, and constraint theory will be covered. A detailed investigation of planning and scheduling strategies that are applicable to a broad range of business situations, and an introduction to simulation are also included. Prerequisite OMGT310.

OMGT415 Integrative Supply Chain Management

The focus of this course is on intricacies of supply chain management and disruptive factors that influence the supply chain. Topics include an analysis of current practices that reflect maximum supply chain reliability and sustain delivery integrity.

OMGT422 Managerial Accounting

This course provides a basic understanding of the use of accounting information for managerial decision-making. Learners will differentiate between classifications of costs and assign costs to products and services, record the flow of costs through accounts using process, job-order, and activity-based costing methods, use variance analysis to compare actual to budgeted costs, and use various managerial accounting methods such as cost-volume-profit and capital investment analysis to evaluate possible solutions to business issues. In lieu of a textbook, this course includes an online material fee. Recommended prerequisite for ACCT learners: BSAD310.

CAPS495 Senior Capstone

Learners will be required to develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their knowledge, skills, and abilities in their major discipline. Particular attention will be given to the presentation of evidence and artifacts from their major courses as well as recent research relevant to their major courses and their specific program outcomes. The purpose of the final portfolio project is to document learner achievement and to ensure learning outcomes are met. Additionally, learners will conduct research and report on career potentials within their major field, careers for which they are potentially most qualified, and a specific career and career path of interest resulting from their research. This project is both submitted individually and as a part of the professional portfolio. Both projects are required for successful course and degree completion. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all major courses.

Admission Requirements

Entering learners must have earned at least 6 college credits from previous college coursework or ACE evaluated military training, a GPA of 2.0, and have three years of work experience. Transfer hours accepted for Professional Studies admittance should include English Composition I and II, and mathematics (college algebra preferred). These courses may be considered in transfer or completed at Southwestern College.

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Graduation Requirements

A total of 124 credit hours must be earned to graduate. You must have at least 60 credit hours from a four-year university or college and at least 30 hours from Southwestern College (does not include prior learning experience credits). Of the 30 hours required from Southwestern, 15 of the last 30 hours earned toward your degree must be at Southwestern College. Contact your Academic Success Coach for more information.


Southwestern College’s Professional Studies offers an operations management major appropriate for managers in almost any business-service, retail, manufacturing, health care, or other industries.