Top 10 MBA Programs for a Career in Operations Management

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Released today, the QS MBA by Specialization Rankings 2019 provide insight into the world’s top business schools and MBA programs for seven different areas of specialism.

Schools are ranked based on employer reputation and research strength for each of the seven areas, as well as the number of career placements MBA graduates from the school have achieved in the field. Each of these three indicators is assigned a score out of 100.

MIT Sloan School of Management has been ranked as the best business school in the world for specializing in operations management, with 13 percent of its graduates going into a relevant industry. The complete top 10 can be found below.

QS MBA by Specialization Rankings 2019: Operations Management

Rank

School

Location

% of graduates going into relevant industry or function, based on 2017 employment data

1

MIT Sloan School of Management

Cambridge (MA)

13

2

Jouy-en-Josas, France

14

3

Rotterdam, Netherlands

19

4

Milan, Italy

16

5

East Lansing (MI)

58

6

Toronto (ON)

18

7

Manchester, UK

21

8

Madrid, Spain

12

9

Atlanta (GA)

15

10

West Lafayette (IN)

39

 

10) Krannert School of Management

Krannert School of Management

Kicking off the top 10 is the MBA program at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. The school scored highly in career placements and research strength. An impressive 39 percent of Krannert graduates went on to careers in operations management – the second highest proportion in the top 10.

Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, the 21-month program has tuition fees of US$44,836 for Indiana residents and US$84,368 for non-residents. The Operations Management specialization at Krannert is a rigorous program that includes modules such as Advanced Manufacturing Planning & Control and Supply Chain Management. Previous employers include Shell Oil Company, Rolls-Royce Corporation and Roche Diagnostics.

9) Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

In ninth place is the MBA program at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business. The school achieved high scores in the ranking indicators for research strength and career placements, with 15 percent of students going into operations management roles post-graduation.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the 22-month program has tuition fees of around US$58,464 for Georgia residents and US$80,360 for non-residents. Students who choose the Operations Management MBA concentration can choose from elective options including Pricing Analytics and Revenue Management, Supply Chain Modelling and Business Strategies for Sustainability.

8) IE Business School

IE Business School

Eighth in the table, and the first European program in the top 10, is the MBA program at IE Business School. The program scored highly in the ranking indicators for career placements and employer reputation, with around 12 percent of graduates taking jobs in the operations management field.

The Madrid-based full-time MBA program at IE takes one year to complete, with intakes in September and January. Tuition fees for the 2018-19 academic year are €72,200 (approx. US$82,000). IE graduates who go into operations and logistics can expect a healthy mean starting salary of €66,606 (approx. US$75,875), plus bonuses.

7) Alliance Manchester Business School

Alliance Manchester Business School

In seventh place is the MBA program at Alliance Manchester Business School. The school achieved high scores for career placements and research strength. Around 21 percent of students went into careers in operations management post-graduation.

Located in Manchester, UK, students have the option of completing the program in either 18, 15 or 12 months with a flexible approach. Tuition fees for the MBA are £44,000 (approx. US$57,565). The Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) Research Group at Alliance Manchester are a world leading research group for operations management, working with companies such as Rolls Royce and Unilever. Many members of the group are lecturers on the MBA program. 

6) Schulich School of Business

Schulich School of Business

Placing in sixth position is the MBA program at York University’s Schulich School of Business. The school achieved a high score for research strength and a perfect score for career placements, the only school in the operations management ranking to do so. Post-graduation, around 18 percent of students went into operations management careers.

Tuition fees for the Toronto, Ontario based full-time program are around C$79,800 (approx. US$59,604) for Canadian residents and C$101,900 (approx. US$76,110) for non-residents. Students who choose the Operations Management & Information Systems specialization at Schulich will undertake electives including Service Operations Management and Supply Chain Management.

5) The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Michigan State University

In fifth place is the MBA program at The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management (Michigan State University). The school achieved very high scores in the ranking indicators for career placements and research strength. Eli Broad has the highest proportion in the rankings of students going into the operations management field – over half the cohort, at 58 percent.

Based in East Lansing, Michigan, the 21-month program has tuition fees of US$31,867 for Michigan residents, US$50,483 for out-of-state US residents and US$50,633 for international students. Eli Broad MBA graduates going into operations management can expect impressive starting salaries of US$104,324 according to the university’s employment report.

4) SDA Bocconi

SDA Bocconi

Narrowly missing out on a spot in the top three is SDA Bocconi, which achieved high scores in career placements and research strength. Around 16 percent of SDA Bocconi students went into careers in the operations management field post-graduation.

Located in Milan, Italy, the one-year program has tuition fees of €57,000 (approx. US$64,604). Their Industry & Operations club is open to all students with an interest in pursuing a career in operations management, committed to expanding knowledge and providing exposure to the industry for students.

3) Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

In the bronze medal position is the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The school scored particularly highly for research strength and career placements, with around 19 percent of graduates going into the field of operations management.

The program is based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and has tuition fees of €52,000 (approx. US$58,819). Previous employers related to operations management at RSM include 3M, APM Terminals, Eli Lilly & Co and Volkswagen.

2) HEC Paris

HEC Paris

Taking second place is the HEC Paris MBA program which achieved a perfect score for employer reputation as well as high scores in other ranking indicators. Around 14 percent of HEC graduates go into the operations management field.

Located in Jouy-en-Josas in the suburbs of Paris, the 16-month MBA program has tuition fees of €69,500 (approx. US$78,524). Operations management is a core module on the MBA program, and HEC’s Information Systems & Operations Management faculty teaches topics including purchasing, procurement and logistics, sustainable operations and the green supply chain.

1) MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan School of Management

The top ranked program for operations management MBAs is at MIT Sloan School of Management. It achieved high scores for all indicators, including a perfect score for employer reputation. Around 13 percent of students go into careers in operations management post-graduation.

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the 24-month program has tuition fees of US$148,400. Sloan graduates who go into operations management can enjoy median starting salaries of US$130,000, with some salaries reaching up to US$175,000. MIT is home to four research centers associated with operations management: The Operations Research Center, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and the MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation.

 

Written by Julia Gilmore

Julia is a writer for TopMBA.com, publishing articles for business students and graduates across the world. A native Londoner, she holds an MSc in Marketing Strategy & Innovation from Cass Business School and a BA in Classical Studies & English from Newcastle University.

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