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Manufacturing Operations Management Bachelor's Degree

Manufacturing Operations Management student

Build Your Future in Manufacturing

Please Note: The Manufacturing Operations Management major will no longer be accepting admissions applications as of fall 2020. However, we will continue to offer some individual MM courses at least through spring 2021. The instructional offering in manufacturing management is currently being restructured, and the changes will be announced at a later time. For more information, please contact MM advisor Tony Scott (scott035@umn.edu).

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

Requirements and Courses

You'll work closely with an advisor to create a plan to reach your 120-credit goal. (See the Admission section below for information about transferring credits.)


You can apply to the program if you have completed at least 30 college credits, which will count toward your 120 credit total.


Admission Requirements

Subject Course Number (if taken at the U of M)
Mathematics (meets Mathematical Thinking General Education requirement) MATH 1042 or 1142 or 1271
Physics I and Lab* (meets Physical Science General Education requirement) PHYS 1101W or 1107 or 1301W
Chemistry* CHEM 1061 or 1065

Preparatory Courses

Subject Course Number (if taken at the U of M)
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 and 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.

Detailed course information can be found on the U of M Schedule Builder.

MM Core Courses (43-45 credits)

Technical Electives (6 credits)

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


Please Note: The Manufacturing Operations Management major will no longer be accepting admissions applications for fall 2020 and beyond. If you have any questions, please contact MM advisor Tony Scott (scott035@umn.edu).

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.

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: Sometimes foundation courses can be taken at another school, including community colleges. Consult Transferology to see how credits might transfer to the University of Minnesota. To learn more about the MM major and transfer coursework, contact an advisor.

Premajor Admission Criteria

  • 30 transferable credits
  • 2.5+ GPA
  • Demonstrated interest in field

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 or the University's best interest.

Career Outlook

Figures below are averages of 2013−18 MM alumni in the first year after graduation. Job information is taken from alumni surveys from the same years.

  • 93%Paid employment 
  • 92%Closely/somewhat related to major 
  • 93%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 it's 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 cross047@umn.edu.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.

Contact Information

612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 | ccapsinfo@umn.edu

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

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