Top School in Philadelphia for an Operations Management Degree

School and Ranking Information

Students seeking an operations management education in Philadelphia, PA, can choose from among three private nonprofit universities. Based on rankings, student-to-faculty ratio and number of degrees awarded in the field of study, the following university is considered a top school in Philadelphia for operations management degree programs:

  • Winner: The University of Pennsylvania grants more degrees in operations management than any other college or university in or near Philadelphia. Students will find operations management studies at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels.

School Info Chart

Category University of Pennsylvania
Ranking #8 (tie) Best National Universities (2015)*
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $45,890**
Operations Management Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral
Operations Management Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 65**
Most Popular Operations Management Degree in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (49 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 96%**
Noteworthy Undergraduate operations management program ranked #4 among national universities (2015)*; graduate operations management programs ranked #3 among national universities (2015)*

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

University of Pennsylvania

  • Wharton School of Business the first collegiate business school in the world
  • Business faculty one of the most published in the U.S.
  • Study abroad opportunities available in business school studies

Located in west Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania enrolls nearly 25,000 students in 16 undergraduate and graduate schools. The Wharton School of Business offers operations management studies through its Department of Operations and Information Management (OPIM). This subject can be found as an area of concentration within the school's bachelor's degree in economics program and its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. A Ph.D. in Operations Management is also offered.

The Bachelor of Science in Economics program at the Wharton School of Business offers several concentrations, including operations management. Students can choose the general program consisting of four OPIM courses, or a designated track in operations management/management science. That concentration includes four courses: a foundation course in process management or management science, and three electives.

The MBA in Operations and Information Management program includes courses in operations strategy and process management, service operations management, operations performance analysis and retail supply chain management. The MBA core curriculum includes courses in leadership, analytical foundations and business fundamentals.

The Ph.D. in Operations Management/Operations Research program emphasizes research into real-life operations management problems in the public and private sectors. Students can complete this program in four years, with summer study. Candidates must earn 16 course credit units, complete a teacher development program and write and defend an original dissertation. In the summer of their first year, they must also write a publication-worthy paper and pass a qualifying exam.

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