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At Booth, the operations management MBA examines the impact of management decisions on the day-to-day running of a company—as well as the impact of daily operations on management decisions.

Through this two-way lens, you’ll learn to successfully manage an organization's resources in order to maximize its value. By combining concepts, models, and data, you’ll be empowered to make better decisions, develop better systems, and lead with confidence.

Our interdisciplinary approach combines coursework in delivery of goods and services, decision models, and data analysis with experiential learning opportunities. Students in our Health-Care Analytics Lab, for example, have helped hospitals improve operations in areas including population health, hospital readmissions, scheduling, and nurse benchmarking.

Choose Your Courses

Customize your MBA education with a concentration in operations management by choosing three courses in this discipline. Here are just a few of the options.

To see more operations management courses, visit our course catalog and search by concentration area for your program of interest.

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Our Distinguished Faculty in This Area

At Booth, you’ll study with faculty who conduct groundbreaking research, consult with businesses, and share their insights into how managerial decisions affect the day-to-day operations of a company.

Dan Adelman

Dan Adelman

Charles I. Clough, Jr. Professor of Operations Management

Baris Ata

Baris Ata

Chookaszian Family Professor of Operations Management

Raghu Betina

Raghu Betina

Clinical Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Entrepreneurship

John Birge

John R. Birge

Hobart W. Williams Distinguished Service Professor of Operations Management

Rene Caldentey

Rene Caldentey

Eli B. and Harriet B. Williams Professor of Operations Management

Chicago Booth Harper Center

Sergio Chayet

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Amy Ward

Amy Ward

Rothman Family Professor of Operations Management and Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow

Spotlight on Research

Chicago Booth Review and other publications regularly feature the research of Chicago Booth scholars.

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How Bookies Can Outwit Smart Bettors

Research by Chicago Booth’s John R. Birge, Booth PhD candidate Yifan Feng, and others suggests a solution to a fundamental problem for market makers in dynamic conditions.

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Secrets of Wait Loss

Research by Chicago Booth’s Amy R. Ward and others is helping incorporate a tricky variable into the study of queuing: human behavior.

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Learn from Industry Experts

Faculty members at Booth are connected to some of the most important leaders across industry. Our faculty regularly invite these leading practitioners and influencers to speak to students in the Booth classroom, providing you with greater access to learn, network, and grow.

Beyond the Classroom

Develop your skills, meet new people, and build a dynamic global network. As an MBA student in operations management at Booth, you’ll have many opportunities to get involved in student groups, competitions, and other activities.

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Participate in a Competition

Test your theories and gain valuable experience in some of the world’s most prestigious competitions on campus and around the globe.

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Explore Part-Time Groups

Pursue your interests and expand your network by joining a student-led group for Part-Time MBA students.