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The MSOM program is contained within the Industrial Engineering department and is closely related to the Master of Science in Engineering, the Master of Science in Engineering Management and the Project Management Graduate Certificate programs. These, along with the Master of Science in Operations Management program, comprise a framework of educational opportunities intended to meet a diversity of student needs. Please click on the links below to learn more about alternative avenues of study which may be more appropriate to your individual needs.

Master of Science in Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering Management
Master of Science in Engineering Management
Project Management Graduate Certificate
Project Management Graduate Certificate

The Department of Industrial Engineering offers a Master of Science in Operations Management which was established in 1974 to fulfill recognized needs in graduate education for military, civilian, and industrial personnel. Since that time it has become the largest graduate degree program offered by the University. Graduate Resident Centers are established at Naval Support Activity/Mid-South at Millington, Tennessee; Little Rock Air Force Base; and Hurlburt Field, Florida. All requirements for the Master of Science in Operations Management degree may be completed at these centers and at our Fayetteville campus. Most of our courses are also offered online, and two are offered as independent studies.

­­­Operations Management is a set of activities that creates value by transforming inputs into outputs.  Operations Management involves the 10 strategic decisions: 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. Here is a chart that shows how our courses align with the 10 Operations Management strategic decisions.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Apply the skills and techniques required to lead and manage complex global operations involving processes, technology, and people.
  2. Design plans and controls to create value through strategic, tactical, and operational change.  
  3. Design plans and controls to lead and manage multi-disciplinary projects.
  4. Identify problems, analyze alternatives, and design solutions considering financial, environmental, and societal impact.
  5. Use quantitative techniques and models to analyze data to support decision-making.
  6. Assess legal, regulatory, professional, and ethical corporate and individual responsibilities.
  7. Write and present to stakeholders and senior decision makers.

Courses are offered in eight-week terms consisting of two class periods per week of 150 minutes each, exclusive of breaks. The University schedules five terms per calendar year. A student may take up to two courses each term. Under this schedule a student may satisfy requirements for the degree in five terms, or approximately one year.

All courses are taught by graduate faculty members of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville who have been individually evaluated by the Graduate Council. Courses and instructors in the Operations Management program are subject to the same standards of quality that apply to other graduate programs on the Fayetteville campus. Faculty members typically reside near the Center at which they teach live classes.


Notice: The University's Drop/Withdrawal Tuition & Fee Adjustment Schedule has changed. Read more...

  • Fall 8-week 1 (2018)
    August 20 - October 9, 2018

  • Fall 8-week 2 (2018)
    October 10 - December 6, 2018

  • Spring 8-week 1 (2019)
    January 14 - March 5, 2019

  • Spring 8-week 2 (2019)
    March 6 - May 2, 2019