Operations and Logistics

By combining operations and logistics, students learn how the total flow of goods, services and information within and between firms can be managed effectively and efficiently. Our faculty in this area teach students how to develop processes that facilitate efficient and cost-effective flow through a variety of supply chains.

The operations portion of this major teaches students general management and technical skills in areas such as quality, operations planning and control systems, and operations strategy. The logistics segment of this major addresses current issues and topics in the management of the flow of product through the supply chain. In addition to the foundational curriculum in logistics and operations, Fisher offers innovative coursework in lean management, six-sigma principles, and supply chain management.

Supply Chain Management

We focus our curriculum on a cross-functional, process oriented framework as set by Fisher's Global Supply Chain Forum. We offer an introductory course that teaches the principles behind supply chain management and emphasizes why organizations need to take a cross-functional view. Then students can take an advanced course that focuses more heavily on implementation issues and allows them to work with a company to perform a process assessment.

Major requirements

12.0 hours in total

3.0 hours in base courses

9.0 hours in additional Operations and Logistics electives

Course offerings

Base courses (for all tracks)
  • M&L 7380 - Strategic Logistics Management
  • M&L 7383 - Supply Chain Management
Logistics track
  • M&L 7381 - Logistics Decision Making
  • M&L 7386 - Logistics Technology and Application
  • ISE 5430- Warehouse and Facility Design
Operations track
  • MGT 7231 - Manufacturing Planning and Control for Supply Chain Mgt.
  • MGT 7232 - Supply Chain Analytics: Matching Supply with Demand
  • MGT 7233 - Global Sourcing I: Organizing for Effective Global Sourcing
  • MGT 7241 - Lean Enterprise Leadership
  • MGT 7242 - Six Sigma Principles I
  • MGT 7244 - Six Sigma Projects (3.0 credit hours)
  • MGT 7253 - Sustainable Operations
  • MGT 7254 - Introduction to the Global Energy Industry
Supply Chain track
  • MGT 7232 - Supply Chain Analytics: Matching Supply with Demand
  • MGT 7233 - Global Sourcing I: Organizing for Effective Global Sourcing
  • M&L 7381 - Logistics Decision Making
  • M&L 7384 - Supply Chain Tools
  • MGT 7201 - Operational Excellence in a Service Environment
  • MGT 7202 - The Business of Healthcare
  • MGT 7203 - Service and Healthcare Operations
  • MGT 7221 - Introduction to Decision Making
  • MGT 7222 - Simulation, Risk Analysis and Decision Making
  • MGT 7223 - Project Management I: Senior Manager Issues
  • MGT 7251.02 - Operations and Technology Strategy


Our program is widely recognized as one of the best in the United States. Our graduates are recruited nationally by Fortune 500 firms, and recent graduates are now pursuing careers as supply chain leader, supply chain strategy manager and associate operations manager.

Here is a sample list of recruiters who have hired Fisher MBAs:
  • General Electric
  • The Scotts Company
  • United Stationers
  • Lexmark International
  • Owens Corning
  • Penske Logistics
  • Solectron
  • Emerson
  • Limited Brands
  • American Electric Power
  • ABB

Action-based learning

Fisher students have the opportunity to compete in a variety of case competitions during their two years in the MBA program. One of the case competitions Fisher recently competed in was the International Logistics Case Competition hosted by University of Arkansas and sponsored by Sam's Club.

To learn more check out Stacy Schroeder's blog post about the competition.

In Their Words

More Information

  • Fisher's Supply Chain Management and Logistics program was ranked 7th and our Productions and Operations expertise was ranked 11th nationally by U.S. News & World Report in its 2012 ranking of Best Graduate Schools.