Jun 13, 2024  
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Major in Operations Management [Business]

Sequence of Courses

Year Three

Year Four

  • 9 units in Operations Management electives (See Note 4)
  • 18 units in free electives (See Note 1)


  1. See Policy on Elective Courses  
  2. Either ACCTG 322  or BTM 311  may be taken in Year Two with the other taken in Year Three.
  3. May be taken in any year except Year Two, Fall Term.
  4. Operations Management electives may be chosen from any 400-level OM courses and from a list of additional approved courses available from the Department of Accounting, Operations, and Information Systems. At least four of the seven Operations Management electives must be chosen from 400-level OM courses, MGTSC 405  and MGTSC 455 .
  5. Students planning to take advanced course work in Economics may wish to substitute ECON 281 . See Policy on Elective Courses (4) . ECON courses used to satisfy the requirements of this major may not also be used to satisfy the requirements for coursework outside the Faculty of Business.
  6. First Year students will take BUS 101  in Year 1 and will take BUS 222  in Year 2, BUS 303  in Year 3 and BUS 404  in Year 4. Transfer students who begin in Year 2 or higher will take BUS 201  in Year 2 if they do not already present transfer credit for the course, and will not be required to take BUS 222 , BUS 303 , or BUS 404 BUS 222  will be replaced by a non-business elective, and BUS 303  and BUS 404  will be replaced by Free Electives in the course sequencing for the Majors listed above.


  1. Students with a declared major in Operations Management may choose to do a minor in any subject area of Business. See Minors for Business Students  . Minors are not required. Students are urged to select areas complementary to the Operations Management major. Some suggestions and details are listed next. Students may also wish to consider the Cooperative Education program (see Bachelor of Commerce Cooperative Education ).
  2. Students with a declared major in another area may complete a minor in Operations Management by fulfilling the requirements of Minors for Business Students  . 3 units must be in OM 352 .
  3. Students wishing to construct informal programs of study outside the Faculty of Business should consider the following suggestions:
    1. Economics: Any senior ECON course, with Departmental approval.
    2. Statistics/Mathematics Computing Science: Additional work is recommended for students who are interested in graduate studies, for example, MATH 373  and STAT 265 .

Operations Management Concentrations

Students majoring in Operations Management can tailor their program to focus on either Operations (the purchasing, transformation and delivery of goods and services to customers) or Business Analytics (modeling and analysis to support decisions in operations and other fields). Recommended courses for each of these streams are listed below.

Professional Designations

Many Operations Management positions require a professional designation. Elective courses in Operations Management help prepare students for pursuing professional designations and count towards the requirements of some professional designations. Please consult the appropriate governing body.

  1. CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) and CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional): Offered by APICS: The Association for Operations Management.
  2. SCMP (Strategic Supply chain Management Professional): Offered by the Purchasing Management Association of Canada.
  3. CITT: Offered by the Canadian Institute of Traffic and transport.
  4. CORS Diploma: Offered by the Canadian Operational Research Society.