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Operations managers are responsible for developing, improving and managing the processes used to produce and transport products, services and even people. They're often tasked with reducing costs, maximizing profits and increasing customer satisfaction - critical areas to any organization's sustainability.
Develop the knowledge and skills you need to help businesses run with the Bachelor of Science in Operations Management online degree program at Southern New Hampshire University.
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Leadership skills are key to success in this field. That's just one of many reasons that military students are especially well-suited for the BS in Operations Management. Some students are also able to receive credit for their military service in addition to tuition discounts, allowing them to advance their career without putting their life on hold. Contact an Admission counselor to learn more.
Become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
Want to earn a certification that can help position you for success in the field? As part of SNHU's online operations management degree program, you can take QSO-345: Project Management for CAPM® Certification course, which will prepare you to take the PMI® Certified Associate in Project Management® exam. SNHU is a registered education provider of PMI, the world's largest project management member association.
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Choose the bachelor's in online operations management degree alone, or elect a concentration in Logistics and Transportation or Project Management.
Play a crucial role in the supply chain with the Bachelor of Science in Operations Management with a concentration in Logistics & Transportation.
This concentration will help prepare you with skills you need to oversee the successful delivery of goods including purchasing, transportation, inventory and warehousing. You'll use software programs and manage logistical functions and challenges across the entire life cycle of a product, all in service of a superior consumer experience.
Courses may include:
Earn your project management degree online at Southern New Hampshire University and gain the knowledge and skills you need to manage and execute projects on time, on budget and within scope.
The Bachelor of Science in Operations Management with a concentration in Project Management degree provides students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and techniques needed to execute and manage projects in almost every industry, including manufacturing and services.
If you enjoy the rewards and challenges of managing people and processes, this project management degree online is the right fit for you. You'll learn effective communication skills, creative and analytical problem-solving strategies, and explore the vital role that project management plays in moving a company forward.
According to a Project Management Institute® report, the number of project management jobs in project-oriented industries in the U.S. will grow by over 31% through 2027.2 The same report stated that employers in the U.S. and 10 other countries will need 87.7 million individuals working in project management-oriented roles.2
Those interested in this concentration may also want to explore our BS in Business Administration with a project management degree concentration.
Employment continues to grow as more businesses transport goods in the global economy.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for operations research analysts will increase by 26% through 2028 - much faster than the average of all occupations.3 The need for logisticians will increase by 5% in the same time period, according to the BLS.3
Operations managers are highly valued in a number of high-demand industries, including transportation, retail, military, e-commerce, healthcare, financial services, higher education, insurance, food service, manufacturing and hospitality.
Graduates with a bachelor's in operations management can pursue a number of roles including:
An online operations management degree from SNHU will not only help prepare you through its curriculum – it'll give you opportunities to get out into the world and build skills employers want to see.
One such opportunity is the SNHU LEADS Conference, an annual event that brings online students together to network and share ideas on leadership. While the event represents students across all of our 200+ online degree programs, it's an especially impactful experience for those looking to grow into a management role.
For Student Advisory Board member, Megan McKinney, who is earning her BS in Operations Management with a concentration in Project Management, an important takeaway of the conference was “learning to put yourself out there and connecting with others and learning to grow.”
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
Education is about empowering you to advance your career. That's why, at SNHU, we offer a number of experiential learning opportunities, all built to position you for success long after you complete your degree. Some of our operations management students, for example, have competed in the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Case Competition – a global event in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting LLP that challenges teams of participants to engage in real-world supply chain problem solving. Student teams from universities across the U.S. and the world compete against each other for the chance to win cash prizes up to $5,000. The competition not only helps students flex both technical knowledge and soft skills, it offers valuable opportunities for networking that could lead to mentorships, internships and more.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
SNHU's operations degree provides a solid foundation of knowledge for managing operations in manufacturing, service and other sectors. The curriculum builds upon a business core, emphasizing communication, ethics and globalization. This bachelor's program culminates in a capstone course, meant to assess students’ ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Typical entry-level education for operations managers is a bachelor's degree in operations management, supply chain management or a related field.
Some operations management positions may also benefit from a business administration degree due to its holistic approach to all facets of how a business runs and operates. Earning a business degree with a concentration in an area such as project management offers the experience you need to succeed in operations management, project management and a multitude of other business operations positions.
For those looking to continue their education in operations management once they earn their bachelor's, SNHU also offers an online master's in project management.
Broadly speaking, operations managers are responsible for guiding critical business decisions within an organization.
They use mathematical and analytical methods to identify, analyze, interpret and solve operational challenges, as well as promote successful business practices. They have the power to examine and improve processes in almost every area of an organization – from supply chains and resource allocation to setting prices and production schedules.
It's important to note that, while people tend to associate operations managers with retail and home improvement industries, these areas only scratch the surface of what can be done with an operations management degree. Virtually every business and industry needs the knowledge and skills of an operations manager – whether it's a high-end dining establishment, a local bank or fashion retail.
Generally, an operations manager will be responsible for at least one of the following:
You may work in a single retail location or distribution center, or as a regional or area manager – overseeing multiple stores in an assigned area. In any case, your contributions will play a major role in the success of a company.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, operations research analysts earned an annual median pay of $83,390 in 2018.3 By comparison, the national annual wage for all workers was $38,640 in the same year, a difference of nearly $45,000.3
These wages vary by industry. For example, in May 2018, logisticians working for the federal government earned a median annual wage of $113,920, the highest among all industries.3 With data playing an increasingly pivotal role in the way organizations operate, it's expected that job prospects for qualified professionals who can interpret this data will continue to grow.
This is especially true for federal government jobs, as operations research analysts are expected to play a large part in the development and implementation of policies and programs within different areas of government.
There are several key skills an operations manager must possess, including:
These skills and many others are demonstrated regularly by military service members in the numerous organizational leadership positions that span across all branches of our military.
Military operational support roles, for example, require service members to execute timely decisions, coordinate leadership operational directives, allocate resources or prioritize operational needs that can change at a moment's notice. The operations management degree helps our valued service members take these skills – many of which were developed through their service experience – and translate them into a successful civilian career.
Beyond a curriculum that builds upon military skills, SNHU has a longstanding track record of empowering military service members and their families – a commitment we've stuck to since we first introduced online learning for active military students back in 1995.
"Being a military family, we move often," said Kristi Galvin, who earned her bachelor's at SNHU in 2019. "SNHU was the one constant in our lives that no matter where we move, I can continue with them. We know that they'll always be there for me."
Here are just a few ways we proudly support our men and women in uniform:
It's also worth noting that, in more recent years, advances in technology – such as automation, mobile communication and the use of third-party delivery systems – have evolved the role of an operations manager. As a result, those looking to break into these roles need a solid grounding in tech, to help them master software and platforms that can help businesses run more smoothly.
By pairing an online learning environment with coursework in continuous improvement, trends in operations management and sustainable operations, SNHU's BS in Operations Management is built to help you stay ahead of an ever-changing field.
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Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.
*According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.
2Project Management Institute, on the Internet, at Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017-2027 at http://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/ public/pdf/learning/job-growth-report.pdf (viewed online October 16, 2019)
3Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.