Learn the essentials of supply chain optimization—at a flexible pace

The Part-Time Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management—designed for working professionals in the Boston area—can help you build critical skills for improving efficiency and reducing costs from one end of the supply chain to the other.

As you’re learning, you’ll set the pace. Evening classes run Monday through Thursday, and you can choose from 5:20 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. class times. You can finish in as little as one year, or if you need to go slower in order to accommodate your work and family commitments, you can finish your certificate over a longer period of up to three years.

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 align closely with your professional interests and goals, choosing from topics such as supply chain analytics, demand forecasting, and managing healthcare supply chains.

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 Part-Time MBA.

Required courses

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

Electives (Select 2 or 3)

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
Structured around the participation of upper-level corporate executives in the classroom. Topics covered and executives participating are based on the most important contemporary issues in supply chain management. Operates on a seminar basis with extensive interaction between students and executives. Also comprises a strong individual research focus with students completing a major research paper during the term.
SCHM 6212 | 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
Designed to develop strategic decision-making skills using the latest analytics capabilities and enabler. Examines the state of the art in analytics capabilities and how these drive supply chains, from marketing to sourcing. Also examines how organizations use analytics to meet their strategic objectives, provide value to the business, and make decisions. Focuses on industry best practices, including studying some of the leading companies.
SCHM 6215 | 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
Focuses on developing competency in management of new and emerging issues in the supply chain across industries. Emphasizes strategic and tactical response to changes in the business environment that have major impacts on a company’s supply chain operations and competitiveness. Topics covered vary but may include supply chain changes due to mergers and acquisitions, security breach, product recalls, natural disasters, geopolitical events, sustainability, business-to-business relationship dynamics, etc.
SCHM 6222 | 3 credits
Examines concepts and topics related to the design and management of supply chain operations in the healthcare sector. Focuses on activities and functions such as inventory control, order fulfillment, logistics, procurement, managing processes, relationship management, and information technology systems. Introduces various tools and techniques that enhance effective supply chain operations in healthcare organizations.
SCHM 6223 | 3 credits
Offers a practical introduction to demand (sales) forecasting for business students. Focuses on the organizational processes in generating a forecast, regression analysis, exponential smoothing, time-series analysis, judgmental forecasting methods, and evaluation of forecast quality. Uses real-life data and various software packages to illustrate basic concepts.
SCHM 6224 | 3 credits

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Course offerings may vary by semester.