OU-MBA Operations & Supply Chain Management Concentration

Online Master of Business Administration | Webinars

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Thank you everyone for joining us today
for Ohio University’s online webinar

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today we will be discussing the online
Masters of Business Administration

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program with a specific focus in our
operations and supply chain management

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concentration the purpose of our webinar
today is to share insights into our

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online MBA program as well as the supply
chain management concentration we’re

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going to be sharing with you curriculum
job opportunities and the like I do want

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to share with you however if you’ve
previously watched another concentration

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video please use the feature on the side
of the screen that way you can go ahead

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and skip ahead to our operations and
supply chain management faculty member

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and the specifics about the operations
management concentration so for today’s

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agenda along with hearing directly from
an Operations is supply chain management

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professor the webinar will also discuss
with you Ohio University’s background as

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well as the College of Business and the
overall MBA program in our curriculum we

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will also be focusing on these
descriptions and learning outcomes of

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the operations and supply chain
management curriculum this will help you

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determine if the program as well as the
concentration is the best fit for your

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needs so that way you can make the
determination if you would like to

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become a future bobcat at the end of the
presentation I will also be covering the

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online admissions criteria for further
understanding of our MBA expectations so

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now for the more exciting part I want to
introduce you all to a professor in the

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supply and change management
concentration professor Ashley Metcalf welcome

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Hi thank you for having me I’m
Ashley Metcalf I’m an assistant

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professor of operations management here
at Ohio University and just to give you

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a little bit about my background I
started my career as a chemical engineer

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but I didn’t actually work in
engineering I graduated and I

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it to work immediately in operations and
I spent three years working in a

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manufacturing environment I did a
part-time MBA myself so I was a working

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professional while attending my MBA
program and then I went back to school

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for my PhD in operations so I know many
MBA students come from various

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backgrounds and I can certainly relate
to that but my my doctorate degree is in

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operations management my research is
related to a supply chain risk

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environmental risk and Lean Six Sigma
process improvement so I have

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publications in all of those areas and I
teach classes and all of those areas as

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well thank you professor Metcalf for
that introduction now ladies and

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gentlemen I want to briefly cover some
information about the institution itself

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Ohio University is a prestigious
institution with a long history of

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success we are the ninth oldest public
university in the United States and we

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were established in 1804 we have a wide
array of alumni we have about 200,000

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strong alumni the university is also
fully accredited and recognized for

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quality by the Higher Learning
Commission North Central Association of

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colleges and schools the College of
Business itself is also housed within

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the MBA program so that program and
college is associated and accredited by

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the Advance Collegiate Schools of
Business so you might have heard that

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better known as a a AACSB accreditation in
fact only 5% of business schools

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worldwide have that accreditation so
when you’re looking at a specific

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program with that type of accreditation
you know that you’re receiving a very

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high level curriculum degree program

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more on the college of business
specifically the College of Business

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with in Ohio University houses a strong caliber and

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quality of faculty with more than 80
percent of our faculty holding terminal

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degrees in their field that is awesome
now what this means is that a large

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quantity of our faculty hold either a
doctorate or doctorate of business or a

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juris doctorate degree all of our
faculty members however are active

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industry practitioners they also bring a
new light to the MBA program through

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active real world current knowledge of
the industry the College of Business is

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consistently ranked amongst the top
business schools for quality and value

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as it is a Tier one institution which is
noted by the US News and World Report’s

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among the various accomplishments
education received in this program it

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does outweigh the expected total cost we
are also recognized by force for the

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best value MBA now several other
publications deem Ohio University’s MBA

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program and College of Business
specifically to be within the best

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online programs and best public and
private business universities so this

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degree program as you can see speaks
very highly for itself the online MBA

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program is a comprehensive and rigorous
program it does have an emphasis on

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strategic leadership and professional
development the program also

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incorporates hands-on leadership and
training opportunities in the addition

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to real-world approach to the curriculum
so our structure to resemble the

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development and deployment of a
strategic business plan both online and

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through our on-site leadership
development program now the online

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platform that we use for this program is
meant for the working professional so it

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is very flexible for the user it also
provides opportunities to connect with

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professors and peers throughout the
program while also maintaining your full

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time working schedule along with the
importance of the online platform

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blackboard is which is a platform that
we use here the program does offer

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integrative support system for all
students to assist

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with heavy demands of a full-time work
schedule Ohio University’s MBA program

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online is also housed on the concept of
student-centered learning the university

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offers you the connection with
enrollment advisors student advisors

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faculty and your fellow students as a
support system this will ensure your

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success in our program now at the end of
the programs the online degree offers

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students the opportunity to graduate
with their MBA from a highly affordable

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top rate Business School in less than
two years so this is awesome once again

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our online MBA curriculum was designed
with full-time working professionals in

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mind the program can be completed on a
part-time schedule in as few as two

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years or six total semesters now its
semester compromises to terms of seven

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weeks each therefore while you register
for two courses every semester you’re

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only completing one course at a time
which makes it easier for the working

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professional you’ll have a total of 35
credits to complete that includes nine

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core courses for a total of 26 credits
and three concentration courses for an

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additional nine credits now while your
core courses will cover a variety of

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business related topics your
concentration courses will be more

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specific to your selection of a
concentration in either finance business

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analytics health care sales and
operations and supply chain management

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or executive management now once you’re
in the program students are required to

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select the concentration of interest in
fact once you decide to apply to the

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degree you are prompted to enter a
concentration of interest now while I

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let professor Metcalfe discuss the
operations at supply chain management

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consultation specifically it is more
important to note that the program

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offers alternate consultation options we
offer options in healthcare finance

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sales executive management or business
analytics now if you’re still trying to

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determine
better option that fits your needs after

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the webinar what I would do is I
encourage you to review all similar

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consultation webinars those are listed
on the side of your screen and that way

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you can get a better understanding of
each alright now that you’ve heard more

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about the MBA specific courses let’s
jump right into the courses for the

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operations of supply change management
concentration I’m going to turn it back

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over to Professor and Metcalf

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thank you so let’s just walk through for

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a second on the different classes that
are involved specifically with the

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operations and supply chain management
concentration the first course that you

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would be taking would be a quality and
process improvement course and this

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course is designed to familiarize
students with Lean Six Sigma projects so

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many companies today are doing quality
improvement process improvement

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initiatives Lean Six Sigma is an
overarching philosophy for how to

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increase quality how to decrease cost
how to become a better organization so

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the cost will be structured to teach
students how to do Lean Six Sigma

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projects and how to manage those
projects successfully the the second

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class is a supply chain class but it
specifically focuses on supply chain

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risk and disruptions and managing those
and so when we think about most

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companies today have very vast supply
chains we use a lot of outsourcing

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because of the cost advantages some of
the outsourcing might be companies right

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down the street but it might be
companies across the world and so when

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we engage in these activities we open
ourselves up to a lot of potential risk

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and so many companies today are having
to deal with higher levels of risk than

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they’ve ever had to deal with in the
past so this class will focus on

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teaching students the different
of supply chain risk how to deal with

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those risk and how to design in risk
management plans in all of the company

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operations the third class is a project
management class and project management

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is so useful in so many settings even
even outside of operations on supply

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chain many managers are dealing with
various projects and in project

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management class we’ll introduce not
only large and small projects but how to

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define a project scope how to prevent
this the project from going beyond the

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time or beyond budget and and it gives
you a structure for approaching project

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management and to be successful with
that so if you look at these three

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courses within the concentration what an
mba student would leave with would be

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the skills to really make their
organization better and if they’re

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trying to run their own company it’s
going to give them a design perspective

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to be able to design their operations
and the supply chains to not only be

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have appropriate levels of risk
management but to be continuous

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improvement oriented and to have proper
logical structure and the way that they

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approach various projects so I think
it’s a very useful concentration for any

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manager or working professional

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so who is the operations and supply
chain management concentration for well

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I think it’s a really useful
concentration for all levels of managers

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certainly anybody who’s going to start
their own business would really have

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advantages from this concentration you’d
be able to align all of your

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behind-the-scenes activities to be the
most efficient and effective possible

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which is great for any startup and then
when we think about all other types of

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managers if you think about high-level
CEOs and vice presidents and COOs those

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are people within an organization that
deal with leading projects and

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determining risk plans and determining
process improvement initiatives at a

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very high level so those types of
managers would certainly benefit from

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this concentration as well and then even
as we work lower in the organization

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there’s all kinds of jobs that our
operations and and project oriented jobs

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and those professionals would certainly
benefit from this concentration as well

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so if we look at some job titles that
are more traditional operations roles

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you’ll see job titles such as supply
chain managers even operations managers

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you know production distribution
logistics but even project managers or

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information systems managers quality or
quality improvement managers or

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supervisors those would all be
professionals that would benefit from

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this concentration as well and thank you
professor Metcalf for that insightful

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information regarding the career
outlooks and the information on the

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courses for the operations and supply
chain management concentration now we

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want to go ahead and cover some common
questions we have heard from those that

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are interested in pursuing the MBA
program

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with the operations and supply chain
concentration so the first question we

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have here is what software is used in
the operations and supply chain

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management courses?

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well in terms of
software it’s going to be primarily

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Microsoft Office products so you know
Word PowerPoint it’s so the classes do

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use various Microsoft Excel add-ins but
if you have Microsoft Excel on a

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computer you shouldn’t have any problem
running those add-ins whether you’re

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using or PC or a Mac environment thank
you the next question is what are the

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benefits of obtaining an MBA with a
concentration in the operations and

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supply chain management?

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well there’s a
lot of benefits for this particular

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concentration one this concentration
really provides students with an

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understanding of how work is performed
and I mean that in the sense that you

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know all of the things that happen
behind the scenes and a company how the

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company actually does work is talked
about in this concentration so being

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more efficient and effective at how work
is done

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is one of the skills of this
concentration

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you know how companies are linked
together and this vast global network

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how we deal with global risk management
and outsourcing how we manage large and

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small projects and so if you think about
walking away with an MBA with a

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concentration and operations and supply
chain it opens the door to a lot of

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opportunities in your career whether it
is starting your own business or working

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your way up in an organization the
people with these types of skills look

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very lucrative to be higher level
managers the next question we have here

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is do students need experience and
project management to pursue this

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concentration?

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no you don’t need any specific

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experience in project management some
students will have that they may even be

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project managers and I think the
concentration will add to their existing

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knowledge but you don’t need project
management experience specifically for

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this concentration and if you think
about it most people have done project

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management to some degree if you’ve ever
planned a birthday party or planned a

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wedding or even a smaller event at your
work that would be technically project

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management and and so you can take a lot
of your life experience and relate it to

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project management even if you don’t
think you’ve had that formal experience

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yourself great thank you and the last
question we have here is any advice from

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you professor Metcalf for future MBA
students that are looking at the

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operations and supply chain management
concentration?

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sure so I think one thing

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that I have found in my experience as
companies really struggle with

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operations and being innovative and
their operations what typically happens

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at least for existing companies is they
kind of get stuck in the way that

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they’re doing things and you know they
train all their employees to you know

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this is the way that we do it and this
is the way that we’ve always done it

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and so I think companies really have a
challenge with embracing change and

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embracing innovation and operations and
supply chain and so for future students

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I would argue you know embrace this
challenge embrace the change because if

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you can take the knowledge that you’ll
learn in this concentration and apply it

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in your job or in your organization
you’re going to find that that has major

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benefits in quality and efficiency and
of course in financial gains as well so

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embrace that and use that to further
your applied skills as a future manager

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oh right everyone so now that you have
the opportunity to learn more about the

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program and hopefully determine whether
or not the program fits your needs and

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whether or not you would like to become
a future bobcat let’s learn a little bit

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more about the applicant and student
expectation so in order to be considered

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for admissions to the online MBA program
it is recommended that all applicants

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have preferred an accredited bachelor’s
degree or higher with at least it

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prefers 3.0 GPA is this the program is
meant for those that are already working

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professionals we also require a minimum
of two to five years of professional

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progressive work experience now please
note the program does not require GMAT

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or GRE test course and the program will
not accept any transfer credits if you

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are however in certain if you meet any
of these requirements you are encouraged

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to contact your enrollment advisor for
assistance now once you’re ready to

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apply and complete an online application
this is what you’ll need to provide

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you’ll need to provide us transcripts
from all previously attended

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institutions and update it resume or
cover letter three letters of

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recommendation with at least one from
your current supervisor and a personal

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goal statement with their personal goal
statement we would like for you to

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explain your career objectives and
interest in the program as well and then

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the online application fee is $50 as
you’ll see to the right side of the

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slide you’ll see our tuition cost now
when selecting a graduate degree program

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we know that this option is also an
important topic

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the online MBA program is financial aid
eligible so just so you know we do

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accept financial aid if you qualify the
tuition cost per credit hour is one

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thousand four dollars for Ohio residents
and one thousand twenty three dollars

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for non Ohio residents with an overall
estimated total tuition for Ohio

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residents at thirty five thousand one
hundred and forty dollars and non Ohio

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residents at thirty five thousand eight
hundred and five dollars

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ladies and gentlemen we’ve reached the
end of our webinar presentation today I

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want to thank you all once again for
watching our operations and supply chain

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management concentration webinar and
taking the time to learn more about your

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graduate options you are encouraged to
use all the resources available to you

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on your screen to speak with an
enrollment advisor and to also watch

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other concentration in webinar videos we
are now accepting applications for the

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next term of enrollment if you are
interested in applying please reach out

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to your enrollment advisor thank you
again on behalf of all of our Roma

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advisors for Ohio University’s online
MBA we look forward to assisting you

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with your interest go Bobcats