Why Choose Operations and Supply Management?
For the serious business student, operations and supply management enables the individual to not only manage the business, but the ability to improve it. The degree includes a lean systems focused curriculum. The classes prepare individuals to lead, manage, and evaluate a continuous improvement system within an organization and with its suppliers. Students will acquire the skills to apply the lean principles in a complex work environment.
The Operations portion of the program focuses on integrating the core Lean principles (process efficiency, value stream mapping, kaizen, PDCA, 5S, pull, leveling process stability, standardized work, root-cause problem resolution and A3 Reporting), Six Sigma (process quality), Lean culture (skills development), Lean cost management (value stream performance measurement), and 5) Leadership techniques (employee centric) to assist the organization in achieving and sustaining optimal employee and organization/operational performance.
The Supply Management section of the program concentrates on how to extend the lean system to the organization’s suppliers. Collaboration with an organization’s suppliers and service providers is essential in achieving the lean goal – delivering the right product/service at the right time, in the right quantity, to the right customer, at the right cost. Managing the flow of incoming and outbound goods, services, and related information involved provide valuable tools for turning logistics problems into a competitive advantage. The emphasis will be directed on supplier selection, reducing logistics costs, improving logistics service, and removing impediments as well as bottlenecks to achieve efficient and effective operations.
This cutting edge approach will provide graduates with highly sought-after capabilities to improve operational & financial performance and monitor growth within any type of organization - e.g. banks, nonprofits, offices, hospitals, restaurants, manufacturing.
Students who feel they are driven to make things better and see structure in business end up in middle to upper management positions with this degree. To put it simply, graduates of this program are in demand. Business and industry need people with combined technical and business backgrounds for positions in areas such as quality, purchasing, supply chain management, global logistics, human relations, materials, production control and technical support. The Operations and Supply Management program prepares students for these positions.
College graduates are gaining entry-level positions in production control, purchasing, supply chain management, supplier development engineer, plant layout, inventory control, materials manager, traffic management, distribution management and management training.
In fact, Ferris' placement service reports that requests for individuals with operations and supply management training are usually in greater demand than the number of available graduates. Companies that have hired Ferris graduates in the past range from Fortune 500 manufacturing firms to the growing service industry.
New Students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher.
Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGLISH 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and HS Algebra with 2.0.
Exceptions for New and Transfer Students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 High School GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math or Reading (2.00 Overall GPA for Transfer Students) can be considered for conditional admission in a College of Business Pre-Program. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.
Applicants not meeting the above criteria for direct admissions into a specific COB program, but still meeting Ferris State University admissions criteria, will be placed into the College of Business in the Pre-Business program until they meet the admission criteria for the program into which they desire entrance. Transfer student admission criteria can be found on the transfer student webpage.
The Operations and Supply Management program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree in business. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall.
Management Department, BUS 212
119 South Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: (231) 591-2427
The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.