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The Purchasing, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management Certificate offered by the School of Continuing Studies provides the foundation to be able to improve processes and effectively organize resources through advanced decision-making and leadership skills.

The learning objectives in this program are universal inapplicability for use in government, public, and private sectors. As a result, upon completion of the certificate, students can understand, analyze, and deploy proven solutions to some of the most complex issues facing today's purchasing, logistics, and supply chain management professionals.

Purchasing, Logistics, and Supply Chain Program Structure 

The curriculum includes seven courses covering 18 credits that each cost $440 per credit. Total cost of the certificate program is $5,280.

As all courses in the program are open enrollment, there is no application process, and students can begin at any time of the year. The courses can be taken in any order except for the practicum, which requires completion of at least two of the other required courses.

All courses in the Certificate program have multiple start dates, allowing for rapid progression through the program for an average completion time of nine months. There are no formal admission or application requirements for any of the courses.

Required Certificate Courses 

The certificate represents both a career advancement opportunity, as well as an entry point into the supply chain management field. It covers essential topics such as procurement, cost analysis, global supply chain efficiency, transportation of goods, cost-effective procedures, sourcing, and lean production.

Courses are instructed by industry-leading faculty members, who provide mentorship and access to real-world applicability of curriculum concepts. The knowledge and skills gained are relevant, practical, and in-demand, opening students up to a wealth of high-earning professional opportunities.

BUSCS 310 Supply Chain Management Principles and Practices (3 Credits)

Survey of supply chain management, including defining the scope of service, procurement, purchasing, and materiel management. Business concepts include return on investment, value chain principles, contracts and legal issues, and operations management.

BUSCS 311 Supply Chain Management Logistics (3 Credits)

Examine transportation and distribution concerns, including production scheduling, third-party logistics, calculating costs of services, warehousing, material management, analyzing value of services, staffing and supervision, and technology.

BUSCS 312 Supply Chain Management Procurement (3 Credits)

Explore procurement management and contract administration, including procurement policies and procedures, supplier selection, cost analysis, contract negotiation, strategic sourcing, bidding and requests for proposals, and overall project management.

BUSCS 313 Supply Chain Management Practicum (3 Credits)

Capstone experience focusing on the application of industry best practices. Topics include aligning supply chain management operations with business practices.

Prerequisites: two of the following courses: BUSCS 310, BUSCS 311, or BUSCS 312.

How To Register

Click on the “Register Now” button in the upper right column to access the shopping cart.  Please note that there are multiple starts for each course. Pay particular attention to the year. Then, click add to cart. You can then purchase the course. Once you've purchased the course, you will receive an email regarding the next steps.

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All online live class sessions are in the Pacific Standard Time zone. 

This program of study is offered in partnership with the University of Redlands School of Business & Society. Interested in seeing business degree programs?