Oper­a­tions & Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment Edu­ca­tion at the Monte Ahuja Col­lege of Business


Founded in 1964, Cleve­land State Uni­ver­sity is a state-​assisted, met­ro­pol­i­tan uni­ver­sity. Cleve­land State has some 16,000 stu­dents enrolled in more than 1,000 courses and 200 major fields of study at the under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate lev­els as well as pro­fes­sional cer­tifi­cate and con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion pro­grams. These include: sev­enty under­grad­u­ate pro­grams, forty master’s-level pro­grams, two law degree pro­grams, three spe­cial­ist degrees (two in edu­ca­tion and one in school psy­chol­ogy), six doc­toral pro­grams, and joint pro­grams in law-​business, law-​public admin­is­tra­tion, and law-​environmental studies.

The Uni­ver­sity also offers over a dozen grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate pro­grams. Approx­i­mately one-​third of Cleve­land State’s stu­dents are enrolled in grad­u­ate or pro­fes­sional pro­grams and about half attend on a part-​time basis.

With more than 3,400 stu­dents, the Monte Ahuja Col­lege of Busi­ness is one of the largest col­leges on cam­pus and ranks among the largest busi­ness schools in the US. The Nance Col­lege is housed in Monte Ahuja Hall, a beau­ti­ful six-​story build­ing which includes fac­ulty and depart­ment offices, class­rooms, sem­i­nar rooms, and com­puter class­rooms and lab­o­ra­to­ries with more than 125 com­put­ers that are con­tin­u­ously upgraded.

Academic Programs

Under­grad­u­ate Program

  • BBA in Oper­a­tions and Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment : The goal of the BBA major in Oper­a­tions and Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment (OSM) is to pro­vide stu­dents the back­ground needed to become busi­ness lead­ers who will be equipped to solve com­plex chal­lenges in oper­a­tions and sup­ply chain man­age­ment. The cur­ricu­lum accom­plishes this goal through the excel­lence and strength in high qual­ity teach­ing and world-​class research. A stu­dent may be a gen­eral OSM major or option­ally may spe­cial­ize in one or more of the fol­low­ing areas: sup­ply chain man­age­ment, global oper­a­tions man­age­ment, busi­ness sta­tis­tics, and project management.

Grad­u­ate Program

  • MBA with Spe­cial­iza­tion in Oper­a­tions and Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment: The MBA pro­gram pre­pares stu­dents through a broad cur­ricu­lum of func­tional core courses, cross-​functional and inte­gra­tive courses, and spe­cial­iza­tion courses. Spe­cial­iza­tion within an area of busi­ness can be obtained by tak­ing a min­i­mum of 9 cred­its (three elec­tive courses) in any of the fol­low­ing areas: Account­ing; Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment; Finance; Health Care Admin­is­tra­tion; Human Resources and Labor Rela­tions; Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems; Inter­na­tional Busi­ness; Mar­ket­ing,; and Oper­a­tions and Sup­ply Chain Management.


More than 1,000 courses sup­port 200 major fields of study at the under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate lev­els, as well as pro­fes­sional cer­tifi­cate and con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion pro­grams. Courses of instruc­tion are offered in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion, edu­ca­tion and human ser­vices, engi­neer­ing, law, lib­eral arts and social sci­ences, sci­ence, and urban affairs. As nearly 90 per­cent of Cleve­land State’s stu­dents work full– or part-​time, flex­i­ble aca­d­e­mic pro­gram­ming and con­ve­nient class times are offered. Of the 16,000 stu­dents, approx­i­mately one-​third are in graduate-​level pro­grams and about half attend on a part-​time basis.

  • Cam­pus: The Cleve­land State cam­pus con­sists of 85 acres - the largest foot­print in down­town Cleve­land - with 40 build­ings used for teach­ing, research, hous­ing, admin­is­tra­tion, and recre­ation. Uni­ver­sity build­ings fea­ture a blend of old and new archi­tec­tural styles, with his­toric land­mark Mather Man­sion shar­ing the stage with such mod­ern facil­i­ties as Glickman-​Miller Hall, and the 13,000-seat Bert L. and Iris S. Wol­stein Center.
  • Accred­i­ta­tion: Cleve­land State Uni­ver­sity is accred­ited by The Higher Learn­ing Com­mis­sion, a com­mis­sion of the North Cen­tral Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Schools (NCA). The BBA, MBA, MLRHR, M.Acc and DBA pro­grams of the Col­lege of Busi­ness are accred­ited by AACSB Inter­na­tional, the Asso­ci­a­tion to Advance Col­le­giate Schools of Business.
  • Fac­ulty: The Monte Ahuja Fac­ulty are pro­fes­sors with tremen­dous exper­tise in their aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­plines as well as related expe­ri­ence in busi­ness. Nearly every fac­ulty mem­ber has a ter­mi­nal degree in their field of spe­cial­iza­tion - many from the world’s lead­ing busi­ness schools. In addi­tion, fac­ulty are actively involved in the com­mu­nity - as busi­ness con­sul­tants, mem­bers of pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tions, and com­mu­nity lead­ers - bring­ing a rich­ness of prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion to every course they teach.
  • APICS Stu­dent Chap­ter: Mem­ber­ship and par­tic­i­pa­tion in CSU’s stu­dent chap­ter of APICS helps to pre­pare you for a career in oper­a­tions man­age­ment and SCM through our active rela­tion­ship with the Cleve­land APICS chap­ter. By inter­act­ing with pro­fes­sion­als that are cur­rently work­ing in the field, you can enhance your under­stand­ing of the cur­rent top­ics and devel­op­ing trends in SCM.
  • Alumni: The uni­ver­sity has more than 90,000 alumni, most of whom have remained in the North­east Ohio area to estab­lish careers, give back to the com­mu­nity, and raise their fam­i­lies. At nearly 1,000 busi­nesses across the coun­try, a Cleve­land State grad­u­ate is at the helm as founder, chair­man, CEO, pres­i­dent, or other top executive.
  • Career Ser­vices Cen­ter:The Career Ser­vices Cen­ter pro­vides grad­u­ate stu­dents and alumni with a full range of ser­vices in the career devel­op­ment process, includ­ing: Career Prepa­ra­tion Work­shops for Grad­u­ate Stu­dents; The Career Resources Library; Job Loca­tion and Devel­op­ment; and One-​to-​one career explo­ration and career devel­op­ment counseling.
  • Coop­er­a­tive Edu­ca­tion: Stu­dents may elect to par­tic­i­pate in the Coop­er­a­tive Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram. Stu­dents in the Co-​op Pro­gram can choose either part-​time semes­ters or full-​time alter­nate semes­ters of paid, career-​related employ­ment that allows them to apply aca­d­e­mic the­ory to on-​the-​job prob­lems. In addi­tion to enabling stu­dents to gain prac­ti­cal, career-​related expe­ri­ence in a field, the co-​op expe­ri­ence can assist in financ­ing the studies.
  • Cam­pus Employ­ment: Excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ties exist for part-​time stu­dent employ­ment on cam­pus. Stu­dents employed on cam­pus can develop valu­able skills and have the con­ve­nience of work­ing flex­i­ble hours. Both fed­eral work-​study and non-​workstudy posi­tions are available.
  • Cen­ter for Lead­er­ship & Ser­vice: The Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Academy/​Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment Sem­i­nar is a great way to begin the explo­ration of lead­er­ship and ser­vice over the course of sev­eral Sat­ur­days through­out the semes­ter. Major lead­er­ship and ser­vice events are offered each semes­ter as well as a wide vari­ety of lead­er­ship work­shops and ser­vice oppor­tu­ni­ties. The cen­ter offers free lead­er­ship self-​assessments, helps match stu­dents to com­mu­nity ser­vice oppor­tu­ni­ties, and works with stu­dents one on one to help them develop per­son­al­ized devel­op­ment plans.
  • Study Abroad: Through­out the year, Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Ser­vices and Pro­grams (CISP) facil­i­tates study abroad oppor­tu­ni­ties offered by sev­eral Cleve­land State aca­d­e­mic depart­ments in dif­fer­ent areas of the world. Pro­grams include study in India; Costa Rica, France, Spain, and Mex­ico; China; Eng­land and Paris; and Germany.

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