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Designed to Advance Your Career

The Graduate Certificate at Anderson University is specifically designed to advance your career. You will work first hand with highly experienced and knowledgeable faculty who will teach you state of the art business strategies to drive an organization forward. 

AU’s Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management will equip you to tackle today’s business problems, including giving the student a thorough introduction to decision sciences which focus on logistics, operations management, data analysis, procurement, and quality management. The program will generate the skill set to pursue careers in demand management, production scheduling, sourcing, global logistics, inventory management and supply chain analysis. Students will be able to attain positions and advancement in the manufacturing, service, and governmental sectors.

Our 4-course program will equip you to advance your career aspirations in Supply Chain Management.

Flexible for the Working Professional

The Graduate Certificate is designed for the working professional, offering classes 100% online.  The flexibility of our program gives you the freedom to complete the courses at the time and place that’s most convenient for you. 

Earning a Supply Chain Management and Logistics Certificate will increase your value in the job market. The areas of study are: project management, strategic procurement, and logistics management. Students without a 4-year business or graduate degree would need to pass a basic statistics exam

Program Outline

Classes will follow either a 7-weeks long or 14 week format based on the nature of the course. The Graduate Certificate includes the following courses:

1. Supply Chain Management and Procurement

This class provides a systems thinking perspective of supply chain management with a focus on strategic procurement. It includes topics that support organizations as they face globalization of trade for both tangible and intangible goods and services. Topics include managing and strategizing globally; multi-national location and site selection; international commerce, sourcing and purchasing; currency and negotiations; global logistics; and, operations management.  The course will include the key issues in areas of supplier quality, inter and intra-organizational relationship management, global sourcing and supplier relationship management in order to optimize product innovation. This class will also include discussion and application of the triple bottom line, including sustainability, the reverse supply chain and life cycle analysis.

2. Logistics and Distribution

This course will examine the critically important areas of transportation, distribution and logistics and how they relate to overall supply chain management. Current domestic and global transportation, distribution and logistics concepts, tools and trends are covered. This course combines theory and application to provide an up-to-date, practical learning opportunity that focuses on the needs of modern managers and professionals in an age of global competition and rapid technological change. Character and operational excellence principles related to management activities will also be explored and applied. 

3. Project Management

This course provides a comprehensive overview of project management while emphasizing project management tools, team problem solving techniques and the interpersonal skills required to lead effective project teams. Planning concepts, project scope, time, cost, and risk, and making direct use of such information to develop key documentation such as the project schedule and budget will be covered. Examples of specific topics considered include project work content and change, documentation, and resource requirements. This class incorporates both the technical and leadership/human capital aspects of project management

Your Future in Supply Chain Management

The supply chain management and logistics certificate will equip you to attain positions and advancement in both the manufacturing and service sectors. You’ll have the skill set to pursue careers in demand management, production scheduling, sourcing and relationship management, global logistics, supply chain sustainability and inventory management.  

Additionally you'll be skilled to serve as a buyer, inventory manager, materials analyst, or purchasing agent, and be prepared to advance to a top-tier position, such as a manager, director or vice president of supply chain and/or logistics management. Supply chain managers enjoy increased opportunities for career advancement as they take on responsibilities for new product development, manufacturing, budgeting and even managing strategy for an organization.

Earning a Supply Chain Management and Logistics Certificate will increase your value in the job market. The areas of study are: project management, strategic procurement, and logistics management. Students without a 4-year business or graduate degree would need to pass a basic statistics exam, and then they could take BUS 550, BUS 601, BUS 602 and BUS 603.