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

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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.

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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.