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Manufacturing Operations Management

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Establish a Great Career in Manufacturing

The future is bright for those pursuing manufacturing in Minnesota. Our state is home to 8,488 manufacturers, and close to half of Minnesota’s Fortune 500 companies are manufacturers—just a few of those include:

  • 3M
  • General Mills
  • Ecolab
  • Land O'Lakes
  • Cargill

A career in manufacturing today is one that’s technology-driven and increasingly global in nature. In other words, there is no shortage of opportunity. And with the market’s demand for skilled professionals growing so quickly, employers can’t fill positions fast enough. That’s where your decision to pursue a career as a manufacturing professional makes a whole lot of sense.

Willie Wong

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How the MM Degree Can Help

The Manufacturing Operations Management (MM) degree is less about theory and more about applied education that you can use in the real world. Through the courses, taught by industry experts, students learn how to work in multidisciplinary teams, you'll build solid business acumen, and strengthen “soft skills.” Students in the program will hone key skills in the following areas (and more):

  • Quality, cost control, and regulation
  • Supply chain management
  • Business finance, operations, and project management
  • Engineering concepts and resource optimization
  • Sustainability and lean practices

Ultimately, the MM degree prepares students to be leaders in the field. By fostering innovative thinking and creative problem-solving, the program gives students the skills they need to excel.

The Manufacturing Operations Management curriculum is available as a minor or certificate, as well.


Students will kick off their degree with core coursework (24 credits), including Management in Organizations, Engineering for Manufacturing Operations, and Sustainable Lean Manufacturing. Students will then take electives to augment their degree in interesting and useful ways. The following are just a few of the courses offered:

  • Advanced 3D Printing for Innovative Business Practice
  • Dynamics of Leadership
  • Innovation for Leadership and Organizations


Fall Semester Application Deadline | August 1
Spring Semester Application Deadline | December 1

The MM degree accepts applications from students with some college credits. You may apply at either Premajor (30+ transferable credits amassed) or Major (45+ transferable credits amassed) status.

What Are You Waiting For?

“You hear ‘manufacturing’ and a lot of things click. Transforming a raw material to something that is shelf-safe or stable—that’s manufacturing. When we talk about manufacturing, we’re talking about what drives the economy or a business, and I love that.”
— Ony Mgbeahurike, MM alumnus

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