Any needed undergraduate prerequisites must be completed before a student can take their 5th graduate course. The successful completion of ten graduate courses (30 credit hours). 4 Core Required Courses Special Problems Project for Focus Area Designations Passing a comprehensive exam. All prerequisites must be completed before a student can register for his/her fifth graduate class. It is the student’s responsibility to verify that he/she has met the prerequisite requirements within the generous time limits allowed. Note that two of these courses must be completed before a student can register for specific graduate courses, as summarized in the table below. Therefore, it is wise to get these prerequisites out of the way as soon as possible. Undergraduate Course Prerequisite OMGT 4323 Industrial Cost Analysis OMGT 4333 Applied Statistics OMGT 4853 Data Processing Systems Graduate Course OMGT 5123 Finance OMGT 5433 Cost Estimation Models OMGT 5463 Economic Decision-Making OMGT 4613 Production & Inventory Control OMGT 4873 Principles of Operations Research OMGT 5013 Supply Chain Management OMGT 5503 Maintenance Management OMGT 5433 Cost Estimation Models OMGT 5443 Decisions Models OMGT 5373 Quality Management OMGT 5823 Information Technology OMGT 5833 Decision Support Application Development In order for a course to meet the prerequisite requirement, the student must have earned a grade of C or better. The following prerequisite classes taken in the student’s undergraduate career do not have an expiration date: OMGT 4313, OMGT 4323, OMGT 4333. All students beginning the program Fall 2014 and beyond will be required to take the OMGT 4853 Data Processing Systems proficiency exam or the 8 week course. A student may have completed a similar course in his/her undergraduate course work. We identify such similar courses in our regular evaluation of student transcripts during the admission process. Prerequisites that the student must meet are specified in his/her admission letter. If we have overlooked a course, or if a student feels he/she has met a prerequisite, but with a course for which the course name was not sufficiently descriptive, he/she can send us a course description and/or syllabus for further review. A student can take all prerequisites through the Operations Management program; the tuition and technology fee charges and term schedule are the same as a graduate course. A student can take an equivalent course at another accredited school, but should first provide the site coordinator with the course title and description for approval. (Except OMGT 4853) A student can opt for one attempt to pass an on-line proficiency exam in lieu of the course. Earning a grade of at least 70% on such an exam (the grade will not to be used in calculating the student’s MSOM GPA) will satisfy the respective prerequisite. Four core courses have been required of all students entering the program since August 2008. For students beginning their first graduate course in Term I (August, 2011) or later the four required courses below must now be completed within the first 18 hours of graduate study: 1. OMGT 5003—Introduction to Operations Management (preferably taken as the first course, as a course in the first term, or in special circumstances, in the second term.) 2. OMGT 4783—Project Management for Operations Managers 3. OMGT 5123—Finance for Operations Managers or OMGT 5463—Economic DecisionMaking 4. OMGT 4623—Strategic Management (not currently offered via distance) or OMGT 5873—Organization and Control In addition, students must earn a grade of “B” or better in their four core courses. A “C” grade received in a core course will result in the student having to repeat that course as soon as possible as determine by program administration. Failure to obtain a grade of “B” or better on the second attempt will lead to dismissal from the program. Some students wish to focus their studies on a particular area of Management. These students may choose from one (or more) of four Focus Areas: Business Management Human Resource Management Industrial Management Safety and Health Care Management Earning a Focus Area Designation is optional. In order to do so, the student must complete six courses in his/her chosen area, one of which must be OMGT 5773 Special Problems. A student may acquire more than one focus area, but this requires additional enrollments in the appropriate Special Problems topic. Because a student can take OMGT 5773 only once in the 30 hours required for the Master’s degree, a student wishing to complete more than one focus area would be required to take more than 10 graduate level courses. The area of focus is not listed on the transcript or diploma; it is a separate document from the diploma. Please see section I. E. in the Student Handbook for further details on how to register and the course matrix. Due to the course matrix it is very important for you to decide as earlier as you can if you want to do a Focus Area. To be eligible for the examination, Must have completed all prerequisite courses and “OMGT” Graduate courses (including all four required graduate courses), which does not include approved graduate transfer credit. Completing six OMGT courses and transferring in two courses does not make them eligible for comps. Transfer in one or two courses, student will be tested on the material as if they took the courses through us. Immediately upon completion, the student is given the result. The oral exam panel consists of 3-4 faculty members. Skype or Blackboard Collaborate website administration of the oral exam is available only if a face-to-face oral comprehensive exam is not possible. The written version of the comp exam is available only: (a) for students with extenuating circumstances that prevent their participating in the oral examination (b) as a standard option for students who entered the program before March, 2010, and (c) as a secondary option for students who have attempted the oral exam once, but did not pass.