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Operations Management, M.S.

The Masters of Science in Operations Management (MSOM) program offers opportunities for current and future managers to learn how to apply contemporary theory in practice. Our core courses are designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills: Project Management, Operations Management & Research, Management & Leadership in Technical Organizations, and Seminar.

A visit with the graduate program coordinator, Dr. Ekaterina Koromyslova, or one of the MSOM faculty (Drs. Huang, Lu, or Steinlicht) will help you determine whether our program fits your future plans, preparedness and timeline to completion.

The individualized program of study…

There are three methods of progress toward the MSOM degree. Students may elect to pursue the traditional thesis option: this is valuable for individuals who anticipate future graduate work in a terminal degree (Ph.D.). This option requires the student to form a graduate thesis committee and the process proscribed by the Graduate School.

Most students select the research/design paper option. This requirement generally takes the form of an applied research project to solve a problem or to improve a system or process. A third path to degree is the coursework only option. The 36 credit program option has more electives to allow you to shape your degree to meet professional career goals. Regardless of the option selected, the student works closely with his/her Major Advisor to develop the program of study plan, make consistent progress toward completion of the degree, and to show proficiency in core and elective topics.  

The MSOM student develops a plan of study by working with the program coordinator initially and their faculty adviser, once selected. Beyond the 10 credit management core, student select supporting courses from each of three topic areas:

  • Resources
  • Operations
  • Analysis

The remaining 7-14 credits in the MSOM program are either Thesis credits, Project Credits or graduate level coursework from a variety of departments across the university. A Final Oral Exam is required for all options.

Program Requirements

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Graduate School
South Dakota State University
Box 2201
Brookings, SD 57007

Operations Management program information
Dr. Ekaterina Koromyslova, Associate Professor & MSOM Program Coordinator
Department of Construction and Operations Management
Solberg Hall 216B, Box 2223
Brookings, SD 57007