Purchasing, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management Certificate

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 four required courses, covering 12 credits. Each course costs $1,275, and the total cost to complete the certificate is $5,100.

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.

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

Course Enrollment & Registration

You may enroll in any of the upcoming courses below. There are no application requirements.

The Early Bird discount applies to students who register and pay for their classes 14 days before the start of the class using the online shopping cart. Additional discounts and SCS Scholarships are available, contact us for more information. 

For assistance with registration, please email info-scs@redlands.edu.

Please note that all courses are listed in Pacific Standard Time.

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Purchasing, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee

Members of the Purchasing, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee come from private and public organizations. The advisory committee helps to:

• shape the curriculum
• lead the development of future offerings
• identify developing trends in the discipline
• expand partnership opportunities with organizations and professional associations
• identify adjunct faculty and guest speakers to teach in the program, mentor students, and expand the University's reach to new audiences.