Manufacturing Operations Management Bachelor's Degree

Manufacturing Operations Management student

Build Your Future in Manufacturing

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.

We also offer a manufacturing minor and certificate.


You'll work with your adviser to construct a plan with 120 total semester credits, including at least 79 within the major. See the Admission section below for information about transferring credits.

    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
      Virtual Reality and Simulation in Manufacturing (MM 4011) 3 spring
      Advanced Manufacturing: Process and Technology (MM 4012) 3 spring
      Global Supply Chain Management (MM 4035) 3 fall
      The Science of Sourcing: Partnerships for Success (MM 4039) 3 spring
      The Product Life Cycle in a Regulated Industry (MM 4045) 3 spring
      Optimizing Operations Management (MM 4102) 3 fall
      Quality Engineering and Management (MM 4201) 3 fall
      Sustainable Lean Manufacturing: Eliminating Waste (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
      Advanced 3D Printing for Innovative Business Practices (MM 3305) 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.

      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 program courses 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.

      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.

      Transcript Review

      If you have a PDF of your transcript available, an adviser would be happy to review your transcript and send you a report of what transfers.

      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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      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.