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In North Carolina, programs in business operations are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels at various community colleges and universities. Students typically enroll in a larger business administration degree program and then concentrate in operations management. Relevant programs include topics such as logistics, business technology, human resources, and supply chain management. The following North Carolina schools offer related certificate and degree programs.
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Located in the city of Fayetteville, this 2-year public community college became a member of the state's community college system in 1963. The school offers certificate programs in operations leadership and small business operations, requiring one and two semesters of study, respectively. Students can also choose to pursue an AAS in Business Administration/Operations Management program. Course topics include management, marketing, production planning, and logistics.
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
At the Raleigh campus, North Carolina State University's Poole College of Management offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in operations and supply chain management. Core program courses include topics such as operations planning, business strategy, human resources management, business process management, planning, purchasing, logistics management, and strategic finance. Supply chain management is also available as a concentration in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
University of North Carolina at Asheville
The Asheville campus of the University of North Carolina system was founded as a junior college in 1927 and became a university in 1969. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management with a concentration in operations management. Courses cover topics such as quality control, supply chain management, project management, production management, and operations research.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The main campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill houses the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Students can earn a BSBA with an emphasis in operations. Courses include topics such as sustainable operations, business modeling, operations strategy, retail operations, and global business environment. At the graduate level, students can pursue an MBA program with a concentration in operations management. Graduate students can also pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Operations, which includes courses in operations research modeling, inventory management, dynamic pricing, and supply chain networks.
Through the university's Department of Statistics and Operations Research, students can pursue a Master of Science in Operations Research program, with mathematics-oriented coursework such as stochastic models, event simulation, and linear programming.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Through the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina's campus in Charlotte, students can pursue a BSBA with a concentration in operations and supply chain management. Required courses include decision modeling, project operations, and supply chain management. Elective options include operations management, business analytics, quality control, or data management. A supply chain management concentration is also available through an MBA program.
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Originally accredited as a junior college in 1948, Wilmington's campus of the University of North Carolina houses the Cameron School of Business. Undergraduate students can pursue a BSBA with a concentration in operations management. Program coursework includes topics such as service operations, purchasing, project management, and supply chain management.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Business Operations Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Fayetteville Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Operations Leadership Certificate,
Small Business Operations Certificate,
AAS in Business Administration\Operations Management
| $2,394 in-state
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||4-year, public; large city|| BSBA with a Concentration in Operations/Supply Chain Management,
MBA with a Supply Chain Management Concentration
| $8,581 in-state,
|University of North Carolina at Asheville||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Management with a Concentration in Operations Management|| $6,605 in-state,
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||4-year, public; small city|| BSBA with an Operations Emphasis,
MBA with an Operations Management Concentration,
Master of Science in Operations Research,
Doctor of Philosophy in Operations
| $8,591 in-state,
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte||4-year, public; large city|| BSBA with a Concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management,
MBA with a Concentration in Supply Chain Management
| $6,532 in-state,
|University of North Carolina at Wilmington||4-year, public; midsize city||BSBA with an Operations Management Concentration|| $6,691 in-state,
Source: *NCES College Navigator.