Instructions

The MSOM comprehensive oral exam will follow the standardized format listed below.  The entire exam will be scheduled for 30 minutes.

Your first step is to apply to take the exam. Once you have been approved as eligible to take the comp exam, you will be added to a Blackboard course where you will submit a presentation and video using the steps below.

1. Create a PowerPoint presentation AND Kaltura video (of you presenting the PPT) that is 8-10 minutes in length (10 minutes is the absolute cutoff). Make sure your video shows both your screen and your face when presenting. If your Kaltura video presentation does not show both your screen and YOU, or if your video does not fall between 8-10 minutes exactly, your exam materials will not be accepted and you will not receive credit for the video. 

Your presentation should outline the following:

  • Previous education: institution, major, special projects
  • Professional work experience
  • Coursework concepts used in case studies, class projects, or work that address each of the 7 program outcomes:
    1. Apply the skills and techniques required to lead and manage complex global operations involving processes, technology, and people. (5003, 5113, 5133, 5143, 5253, 5303, 5373, 5423, 5503, 5623, 5733, 5783, 5823, 5873, 5993)
    2. Design plans and controls to create value through strategic, tactical, and operational change. (5003, 5623, 5633, 5873, 5983)
    3. Design plans and controls to lead and manage multi-disciplinary projects. (5783, 5873, 5983)
    4. Identify problems, analyze alternatives, and design solutions considering financial, environmental, and societal impact. 
      (5003, 5013, 5123/5463, 5503, 5623, 5783, 5983, 5993)
    5. Use quantitative techniques and models to analyze data to support decision-making. (5003, 5123/5463, 5373, 5433, 5443, 5503, 5613, 5623, 5673, 5783, 5833, 5873, 5983)
    6. Assess legal, regulatory, professional, and ethical corporate and individual responsibilities. (5113, 5143, 5253, 5303, 5403, 5623, 5783)
    7. Write and present to stakeholders and senior decision makers. 
      (5003, 5443, 5503, 5623, 5783, 5873, 5983, 5993)
  • How the MSOM program, its curriculum, and the ten Operations Management decisions will fit into career plans or has complemented current or past work.  The ten OM decisions include:  design of goods and services, managing quality, process and capacity design, location strategy, layout strategy, human resource and job design, supply-chain management, inventory management, scheduling, and reliability and maintenance.
  1. Once you have successfully completed and uploaded your presentation and video, you will be contacted to schedule a date and time for the interview portion.  This portion can either be completed live at your site, or via video chat.
  2. The committee of three MSOM graduate faculty members will follow-up with questions to the student during the interview that focus on the courses that fulfill program outcomes that were weak in the presentation. No notes, books, or other outside study materials can be used during the interview portion of the exam.
  3. The student will be graded on his or her understanding of the program outcomes.  A pass or fail grade will be awarded.

 

PREPARING FOR YOUR COMP EXAM

To prepare for the exam, students should review the main ideas from each course and how they relate to the 7 MSOM program outcomes. It is very helpful to keep textbooks and notes for each class. Some useful review techniques include re-reading class notes; making an outline of principal concepts from each course; preparing a glossary of key terms, theories, and leaders/ideas in specific fields. It is also helpful to review the Course Descriptions and Objectives from the courses you have taken.

Operations Management graduates should be able to:

  1. Apply the skills and techniques required to lead and manage complex global operations involving processes, technology, and people. (5003, 5113, 5133, 5143, 5253, 5303, 5373, 5423, 5503, 5623, 5733, 5783, 5823, 5873, 5993)
  2. Design plans and controls to create value through strategic, tactical, and operational change. (5003, 5623, 5633, 5873, 5983)
  3. Design plans and controls to lead and manage multi-disciplinary projects. (5783, 5873, 5983)
  4. Identify problems, analyze alternatives, and design solutions considering financial, environmental, and societal impact. 
    (5003, 5013, 5123/5463, 5503, 5623, 5783, 5983, 5993)
  5. Use quantitative techniques and models to analyze data to support decision-making. (5003, 5123/5463, 5373, 5433, 5443, 5503, 5613, 5623, 5673, 5783, 5833, 5873, 5983)
  6. Assess legal, regulatory, professional, and ethical corporate and individual responsibilities. (5113, 5143, 5253, 5303, 5403, 5623, 5783)
  7. Write and present to stakeholders and senior decision makers. 
    (5003, 5443, 5503, 5623, 5783, 5873, 5983, 5993)

 

To be SCHEDULED for an exam, a student must:

  1. Apply to take the comp exam AFTER completing 8 graduate level MSOM courses; and
  2. Be in good academic standing with both the Graduate School (2.85 GPA or above) and with the MSOM program (3.0 GPA or above for graduation); and
  3. Turn in a Kaltura video presentation and PowerPoint via Blackboard and have both accepted by the comp exam committee at least 14 days prior to testing.