Master's Programme in Operations Management and Control, 120 credits

About the education

The MSc programme in Operations Management and Control at Stockholm University will prepare you for an exciting and challenging future career in public and private sectors, in services and manufacturing, in Sweden and around the world.

This new program is unique in Sweden and the basic idea is to gather students with a bachelor’s degree in for example business, computer and systems sciences, political science, law, medicine or engineering with no previous academic background in operations management.

However, while having no previous background, applicants are expected to have a strong desire in their future careers to lead and manage change in their respective fields. For example, business students working as supply chain controllers in the retailing industry; computer and systems sciences students designing operations and supply chain information systems; students from political science interested in putting new public management into practice; economists devising contracts for effective operations of public-private partnerships, students of corporate law designing tax efficient supply chains; doctors and nurses improving health care operations through lean production; engineers managing the process of developing new products and services faster and more effectively.

Program overview and content

The program is a fulltime two years MSc program in operations management and control given over four consecutive semesters. Semesters one and two consist of mandatory courses. Semester three consists of elective courses and semester four completes the program through thesis work.

The mandatory courses address the topic area at three different levels. 1) Industrial dynamics and transformation, which for example, concern perspectives and tools to analyse markets and industries in transition, the role of new technology, and, global macro trends and their impact on operations management and control. 2) Value creating processes, which for example, concern models that help to design effective flows of products and services, capital and information from suppliers to end customers. 3) Project leadership and change management. After all, operations management and control is about improving current practice. Students will lead projects in their future careers and handle people in organizational change projects. Therefore such skills are also thoroughly developed in the program. In addition to this, courses are also given in financial analysis, performance measurement and management control to develop students’ business acumen.

The elective courses during semester three offer many different possibilities. Students can take further courses in operations management and control, explore a wide variety of courses in other business disciplines such as Marketing, Finance, General management, Entrepreneurship and Accounting, explore what Stockholm University as a whole has to offer in for example Law, Economics and Languages, or last but not least, explore Stockholm University’s truly extensive study abroad programs.

Why chose this program?

High employability. The program is given in close collaboration with private and public sector firms and organizations to address relevant challenges for operations managers and controllers. The pedagogical idea is to develop students’ problem solving skills through cases, live projects and enterprise simulations. Naturally, classical academic lectures and seminars are also an integral part of the program.

Renowned faculty and institution. The School of Business is one of the top Nordic business schools. Creative thinking and critical reasoning are guiding principles and courses are based on the latest scientific research. Stockholm University is one of the world’s top 100 academic institutions and has been characterized by openness and innovation since 1878.

This program offers a unique possibility for students with no previous background in the area to learn operations management and control from a strategic and financial, rather than, technical and mathematical perspective.

How to submit your GMAT/ GRE result:

Step one: Upload your score report on your account at or send in a copy of the report to:

University Admissions in Sweden

FE 20102

SE–839 87 Östersund


Step two: Make sure that your test-center submits your result to the correct GMAT/ GRE code.

For more information and an overview of the program please refer to education website.

Subject: Business Administration

Business administration provides you with knowledge about the function of companies and other organisations, as well as their role in society. Issues covered are useful for work in companies, both in the private and the public sector, as well as for non-profit organisations.

The subject opens many doors on the labour market. It gives you an overview of the main areas in business, and at the same time gives you possibility to specialise within one of the main areas: Financial analysis and calculation, Management/Organisation, Marketing, or Accounting and financial control. The ability to solve problems analytically and critical thinking are important elements in all areas covered.

Financial analysis and calculation examines how to make decision-making easier through the analysis of a company’s income and expenses. Other important topics, such as investments and financing, the company’s raising and use of capital as well as the assessment of companies on the stock market, will be reviewed.

Management/Organisation deals with leadership, control and organising in companies and other organisations. The interplay between the individual, group and organisation are fundamental aspects here. Project management and change are other vital topics covered, as well as issues regarding company- and organisational culture.

Marketing analyses how markets work and how best to handle the flow of goods and services to consumers. In a broad sense marketing thus regards communication and impact. Issues such as brands, consumer behaviour, market surveys and marketing strategies are other topics that are covered.

Accounting deals with how financial information can be compiled to measure and follow up the performance of the business and how information in accounting systems can be used as data for control and decision-making. Issues regarding companies’ external accounting, financial control and auditing as well as financial company analysis are other important topics to be covered.

Area of interest: Business and Economics

Business and Economics is important at all levels in society. Business Administration teaches you how companies and other organizations work and how they can achieve their goals in the best possible way.

Do you want a long-term perspective and are you interested in what causes financial crises and why certain economies grow faster than others? Then Economic History is the subject for you.

If you wish to study how decisions made by human beings affect society, then Political Economy is a wise choice.

Department responsible for education

Stockholm Business School