Manufacturing Operations Management Bachelor's Degree

Manufacturing Operations Management student

Gain an in-depth understanding of the technologies, processes, financial factors, and key strategies that sustain productivity and competitiveness in manufacturing. You can start a career in industries like medical device, aerospace, food, or health product manufacturing.

This program offers course work in:

  • high-tech manufacturing processes and systems;
  • quality, cost control, and regulation;
  • supply chain management;
  • business finance, operations, and project management;
  • engineering concepts and resource optimization;
  • sustainability and lean practices.


You'll work with your adviser to construct a plan with 120 semester credits, including at least 79 within the major. 

Current U of M Students: You can run a "what if" APAS report to see how your coursework meets the manufacturing program requirements.

Transfer Students: Some of the courses below can be taken at other colleges. Visit the Transfer Guide to see how your community college coursework might transfer.

For schools not listed in the Transfer Guide, visit Transferology.

Ready to take the next step?

If you have a PDF of your transcript available or are a current or former U of M student, an adviser would be happy to review your transcript and send you a report of what transfers.

Students can apply to the program after completing some college credits (at least 30 for “premajor” and 45 for “major" status). These count toward your 120 credit total. 

If taken at the University, these premajor courses include:

Admission Requirements

  • Mathematics (Mathematical Thinking LE) (MATH 1042 or 1142 or 1271)
  • Physics I and Lab* (Physical Science LE) (PHYS 1101W or 1107 or 1301W)
  • Chemistry* (CHEM 1061 or 1065)

Preparatory Courses

  • English Composition (WRIT 1301 or 1401)
  • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication (COMM 1101 or 1313W or 3402  or 3411 or 3605W or WRIT 3257)
  • Statistics (STAT 1001 or 3011 or SCO 2550)
  • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics (ECON 1101 or 1102, or APEC 1101 or 1102; only microeconomics at the U of M fulfills LE SOC SCI & GP reqs)
  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 2050 or APEC 1251)
  • Technical Writing (WRIT 3001 or 3152W or 3562W or 3257, or PHYS 1101W or 1102W or 1301W or 1302W)

* Required completion (or in progress) before official admission to the MM major.

Course Descriptions | Visit the University Catalog.
Course Details | Visit the Class Search

    Course Name Credits Offered
    Manufacturing in the Global Economy (MM 3001W) 3 fall, spring
    Engineering for Manufacturing Operations (MM 3205) 3 fall
    Design of Manufacturing Systems and Simulations (MM 4011) 3 spring
    Manufacturing Processes and Technology (MM 4012) 3 spring
    Global Supply Chain Management (MM 4035) 3 fall
    Manufacturing Outsourcing Decisions (MM 4039) 3 spring
    Regulated Industry Compliance (MM 4045) 3 spring
    Manufacturing Operations (MM 4102) 3 fall
    Quality Engineering and Process Improvement (MM 4201) 3 fall
    Sustainable Lean Manufacturing (MM 4311) 3 spring
    Capstone (MM 4501) 3 spring
    Internship (MM 4596) 1-4 every semester
    Management in Organizations (ABus 4022W) 3 every semester
    Communicating for Results (ABus 4023W) 3 every semester
    Project Management in Practice (ABus 4043) 3 fall, spring
    Accounting and Finance for Managers (ABus 4101) 3 fall, spring

    Course Descriptions | Visit the University Catalog.
    Course Details | Visit the Class Search

    Your plan will also include Liberal Education courses (unless you've completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum at a MNSCU institution) and Writing Intensive requirements, plus lower division course work in calculus, physics, chemistry, communications, statistics, and accounting, among other areas.

    While you can transfer credits from other institutions, 30+ of your 120 credits must be at the U of M, including 24 after admission (see an adviser for details).

    Read more about requirements on One Stop.

    The following is a sample of technical and applied business electives you could choose to fulfill the 120-credit requirement. 

    Course Name Credits Offered
    3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (MM 3305) 3 fall, spring
    Special Topics in Manufacturing (MM 4550) 1−3 fall, spring
    Communicating Virtually Across Global Teams in Applied Business Settings (ABUS 3510) 4 fall
    Strategic Decision Making and Problem Solving (ABUS 4012) 3 fall
    Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers (ABUS 4013W) 3 fall, spring
    Dynamics of Leadership (ABUS 4041) every semester
    Innovation for Leaders and Organizations (ABUS 4151) 3 fall and spring
    Strategy and Management for a Sustainable Future (ABUS 4515) 3 fall and spring

    Course Descriptions | Visit the University Catalog.
    Course Details | Visit the Class Search


    The Manufacturing Operations Management bachelor's 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.

    Premajor Admission Criteria

    Major-status Admission Criteria

    • 45 transferable credits
    • 2.5+ GPA
    • Completion (or in progress): Short Calculus or Calculus 1, Physics with Lab, Chemistry

    Secondary Review Factors

    • A pattern of steady improvement in academic performance
    • Nonacademic experience in a related field
    • Work experience, paid or unpaid
    • Extenuating circumstances

    In addition to meeting specific college admission requirements, transfer students must be eligible to return to their previous colleges or universities. The University also reserves the right to deny admission to an otherwise admissible applicant if the University determines that the applicant's enrollment would not be in the applicant's and/or the University's best interest.

    Career Outlook

    Figures below are averages of 2010−16 MM alumni in the first year after graduation. Job information is taken from alumni surveys from the same years.

    • 79% Paid employment 
    • 98% Closely/somewhat related to major 
    • 96% Very/moderately satisfied 

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    Graduates' Positions

    • Lead Designer
    • Quality Engineer
    • Area Supervisor
    • Logistics Management Associate
    • Process Development Engineer
    • Technical Product Manager
    • Operations Manager
    • Manufacturing Engineer

    Possible Career Paths

    • Operations Project Leader
    • Supply Chain Manager
    • Materials Manager
    • Production Planner
    • Operations Analyst
    • Operations Manager
    • Production Supervisor
    • Quality Auditor
    • Quality Manager


    An internship will provide you with a hands-on opportunity to apply your classroom learning and is a great transition to employment. It is intended for students who have some advanced skills and knowledge and have completed many of the core courses in the major, particularly estimating, planning and scheduling, and documents and contracts. 

    If you already have a job, you don't have to find a new one—you can work with your present employer to explore new responsibilities in an area of the company you haven’t yet fully experienced.

    Contact the internship coordinator, Lynn Cross, at

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    Meet faculty director, industry leader, and regulatory expert Mac McKeen to learn more about the program and career opportunities in the field.

    Contact Information

    612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 |

    20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 

    In-Person Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Phone Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.