While no school located in or within 100 miles of Jacksonville, FL, offer degree programs focusing directly on operations management, a few schools have programs in related areas of management, supervision, business administration or business management. The following three are considered top schools in the Jacksonville area based on rankings/distinctions and number of degrees awarded:
- Winner: Florida State College at Jacksonville is placed in the top spot because it is the only school located directly in the city offering studies relating to operations management. Students can earn an associate's or bachelor's degree related to the field. It is also the largest among the three institutions in terms of student population.
- Runner Up #1: Daytona State College places second due to the ranking of its online programs and the total number of degrees granted in the field of study. Students can pursue a certificate, an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in an area related to operations management.
- Runner Up #2: Saint Johns River State College lands in the third spot because of the total number of degrees conferred in the area of study and its distance from Jacksonville (about 90 miles). It is the smallest of the three schools offering operations management studies in the Jacksonville area. A relevant associate's program is available.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Florida State College at Jacksonville||Daytona State College||Saint Johns River State College|
|Ranking/Distinction||#4 among national public 4-year colleges awarding associate's degrees (2010-2011)*||#2 Best Online Bachelor's Programs (2015)**||N/A|
|Location||Jacksonville, FL||Daytona Beach, FL||Palatka, FL|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$2,830 (in-state)
|Operations Management Degrees Offered||Associate's and bachelor's||Certificate, associate's and bachelor's||Associate's|
|Operations Management Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2012-2013||11 (associate's)***||4 (associate's)***||2***|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||35%***||38%***||41%***|
|Noteworthy||The workforce development program at Florida State College at Jacksonville is the biggest in Florida||Was one of Florida's first comprehensive colleges||Has a gateway program with the University of North Florida for students who earn an associate's degree|
Sources: *Florida State College at Jacksonville; **U.S. News & World Report; ***NCES College Navigator
Winner: Florida State College at Jacksonville
- Online and hybrid online/on-campus formats available
- Associate's degree in business administration accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
The Associate of Science in Business Administration program offers courses in project management, management principles and business law, all of which can prepare students for a career in operations management. Other courses include marketing, accounting, finance, business statistics and public speaking.
Students may complete the 120-credit Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management curriculum within two years, since they enter the program with an associate's degree. Core courses in the supervision and management major include business writing, business law and ethics, management theory and practices, financial management and organizational behavior. In addition to the core classes, the degree program requires specialized courses, such as customer relations, human resources management, group dynamics, decision making and marketing. Students must fulfill a foreign language requirement prior to graduation.
Runner-Up #1: Daytona State College
- Online formats available
- Students can pursue a certificate in Business Operations Entrepreneurship
Students of the Associate of Science in Business Management program take courses in management principles, service management, personnel management, small business operations and business law. The Bachelor's in Supervision and Management curriculum requires an associate's degree to qualify for the program. The purpose of the program is for students to firmly understand business leadership skills and parlay them into an upper management or supervisory position. A total of 120 credit hours are needed for students to graduate and a capstone course is required. Those who participate in the program will learn about areas such as accounting, aspects of the business world, information systems, management and decision making.
Runner-Up #2: Saint Johns River State College
- Online courses available
- The Business program had the most students who earned an associate's degree in Fall 2011
Students who are interested in attaining the Associate in Science in Business Administration degree will be expected to complete 60 credit hours. They will take courses addressing management principles, business communications, microeconomics and business law.