Learn the essentials of supply chain optimization—in a flexible online format
The Online Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management—designed for working professionals who want to study 100% online—can help you build critical skills for improving efficiency and reducing costs from one end of the supply chain to the other.
This flexible certificate format allows you to choose from six start times throughout the year. You’ll study in intense five-week bursts that maximize learning, listening to lectures, accessing course materials, and submitting assignments at your own pace each week while meeting deliverable deadlines. Through the virtual format, you’ll interact with students and faculty from a wide range of backgrounds and work experiences so you can truly develop a global mindset.
Tailor your curriculum to your needs
Your coursework will focus on a holistic and strategic view of designing and managing supply chains from end to end, giving you a deeper understanding of interconnected functions such as sourcing, logistics, inventory management, and process control. You’ll select two electives that take a closer look at topics important to your professional goals—sustainable supply chains, for example.
The Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management is a great way to gain business skills you can use immediately and also pave the way toward a future master’s degree, including the Online MBA.
Focuses on the integrative management of processes and activities involved in transformation and delivery of goods and services. Offers students an opportunity to obtain foundational knowledge on operations and supply chain management concepts, techniques, and functions. Topics covered include sourcing and procurement, manufacturing and service operations, process design and control, quality management, capacity planning, demand planning and forecasting, inventory management, transportation and distribution management, interfirm relationship management, and attendant information flows.
SCHM 6201 | 3 credits
Focuses on the managerial activities of those involved in supply chain management operations and planning for companies involved in international commerce. Analyzes contemporary issues that affect the design of international supply chain systems and strategies, including sourcing, logistics, transactions, risk, and ethical considerations. Examines the current status and future prospects of the modes of international logistics operations as well as international trade and development issues, not only from the corporate perspective but also in terms of government policy.
SCHM 6213 | 3 credits
Complete 6 elective credits from the following
Examines the logistics and transportation operations, including the structure, challenges, and potential of the major modes of domestic transportation. Focuses on the interaction between logistics providers and shippers in the marketplace. Explores the major dynamics of the logistics marketplace and their impact on supply chain management. Offers students a managerial perspective on controlling what is typically the most expensive component of supply chain management, transportation expenditures.
SCHM 6211 | 3 credits
Addresses the strategic and operational role of sourcing and procurement and its impact on the supply chain as it relates to the entire organization. The selection, contracting, development, and monitoring/managing of the right supplier in the right location is more often a source of competitive advantage and a major contributor to a company’s bottom line. Focuses on a variety of aspects of this function—strategy development, organization, procedures, supplier selection, negotiations, buyer-supplier relationship management, quantity, quality, timeliness, and cost/price considerations for the purchase of goods and services. Emphasizes the perspective of the sourcing and procurement manager. The key questions addressed in this course are: What does the manager need to know to be effective? How do they apply key concepts?
SCHM 6214 | 3 credits
Focuses on how to create sustainable supply chains that profitably yield high-quality, safe products without supply interruption while creating a net benefit for the employees, community, and the environment. Studies how companies measure environmental performance and use the data to motivate associates, suppliers, customers, policy makers, and the public. Also addresses the impacts of global sustainability frameworks and measures.
SCHM 6221 | 3 credits
The curriculum is subject to change by the D’Amore-McKim faculty. Course offerings may vary by semester.