Clearly, MBA is one of the most popular postgraduate options among Indian students going abroad to study. To get the most out of your MBA, two things seem quite essential. First, you need to decide what you would like to do after you graduate, and choose a specialisation that will take you forward in that path. Second, you need to choose among the top business schools with good rankings, course accreditations and opportunities for hands-on experience.
Operations management and Technology is increasingly becoming a popular concentration among MBA aspirants today. An MBA in operations prepares you for senior leadership roles.
Though the exact course curriculum will differ from business school to the other, an MBA in operations management in the U.S. will typically prepare a student for the role of a manager in various areas including operations, quality management, supply chain management and technologies, warehouse management, production control, procurement and global sourcing.
While the first year will have a broader focus and builds your foundation based on general management principles, in the second year, the focus deepens into the area of operations management and technology. Subjects such as building a successful enterprise, environment and business, and innovations in management are covered. You are taught how to optimize material, product, information, and financial flows through a global network of suppliers and customers.
Most business schools in the U.S ensure that theoretical work is complemented by research and real-time training through advisory board meetings, guest lectures, field trips, project work, socials, and internships.
As a graduate, you will find yourself suitable for positions such as consultant, analyst, product/service manager, project leader, business developer, or operation, information technology, and supply chain manager. The scope is wide and present in most industries like retail, manufacturing and IT/ITES. In fact, every industry has an operations management department which plays a vital role in the organizational growth.
Most US business schools admit applicants based on GMAT scores, personal interview, academic transcription and significant work experience. Some institutions consider GRE scores.
Universities to choose from:
A few of the top business schools which offer MBA in operations management are:
- Harvard business School
- Stanford University
- Columbia Business school
- University of California
- Chicago Graduate School of Business
- New York University
- Kelley School of Business
Most U.S universities offer you the flexibility to choose the pace and intensity of the MBA programme through a variety of study options such as the full time MBA, the Part time MBA, the Executive MBA and the Dual MBA.