Online Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate
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Thanks to the impact of globalization, managing a modern supply chain means managing complex international networks—putting a premium on professionals who have the knowledge and capability to supervise and navigate these networks while exhibiting a solid command of supply chain terminology and logistical capacity.
According to the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), supply chain jobs—including high-tech roles in data analysis, cloud solutions, supply chain planning, and risk management—are projected to grow in line with the national average of 9 percent over the course of the next decade. In their 2021 career and salary survey, the ASCM found that one third of respondents reported finding a job in less than a month.
Available online as well as on campus and in a blended format, the online Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management is a course of study covering key operations management concepts and methods, as well as state-of-the-art tools used in the process of designing and managing global supply chains. Students in the program gain hands-on experience with a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques used in the area of supply chain management. Through a curriculum that covers the essentials of operations management, global supply chains, strategic logistics management, international trade, and import/export operations, graduates of the program will be able to analyze business process flows and control streams of materials, information, and services across the supply chain of a corporation.
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management will be able to demonstrate:
- An understanding of the importance of supply chain management decisions in developing a business strategy for a firm.
- Foundational knowledge in supply chain management and its core principles including logistics operations and/or import/export operations, lean practices, and/or six sigma practices.
- Knowledge of key supply chain management issues and tools vital in analyzing supply chain decision problems.
Awards & Accreditations
Accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Supply Chain Management program courses Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals (MET AD 605) and Quality Management (MET AD 734) may qualify you for Green Belt Training accredited by the Council for Six Sigma Certification—an Official Industry Standard of Six Sigma Accreditation for Six Sigma training providers worldwide.
Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management?
- Learn from expert faculty from MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, and benefit from a unique combination of dynamic academic curricula, the latest educational technologies, and direct professional contact with industry leaders in the supply chain management area.
- Boston University certificate programs comprise just four courses (16 credits) and provide essential skills and capabilities in high-growth industry areas. Certificate programs also provide a pathway to Metropolitan College management degree programs.
- Successfully complete Quality Management (MET AD 734) and you may qualify to earn a Six Sigma Green Belt accredited by the Council for Six Sigma Certification. By also completing Business Process Fundamentals (MET AD 605) you are eligible to earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. A Six Sigma certificate can help you increase productivity and decrease costs, enhancing your ability to deliver top-quality products and services to consumers in a limited amount of time. Eligibility is determined by satisfactory performance on final examinations in each course.
- Collaborate with professors and industrial practitioners in BU MET’s Decision Sciences Research Laboratory, while applying your analytical skills to solve current problems facing industrial organizations.
- Benefit from advanced pedagogy and the latest digital-learning concepts introduced in the online environment, such as video conferencing, live lectures and seminars, proctored assessments, access to proprietary software applications within virtual labs and cloud servers/technologies, creative learning, teamwork, and competitive games offered with the help of advanced business simulations.
- Online certificate programs share courses and instructors with MET’s master’s degree programs in management, ranked #9 among the nation’s Best Online Master's in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report in 2023.
Operations Research Analysts
25% increase in jobs through 2029
$86,200 median annual pay in 2020
Market Research Analysts
18% increase in jobs through 2029
$65,810 median annual pay in 2021
11% increase in jobs through 2029
$87,660 median annual pay in 2020
4% increase in jobs through 2029
$132,290 median annual pay in 2020
4% increase in jobs through 2029
$76,270 median annual pay in 2020
The supply chain analytics market size exceeded $4 billion in 2020 and is projected to register gains at over 16% CAGR from 2021 to 2027.
—Global Market Insights Report, 2021
69% of supply chain organizations expect a decrease in consumer willingness to visit stores over the next five years.
—Future of Supply Chain, Gartner 2021
Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.
Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.
Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management consists of four required online courses (16 credits).
Students who take MET AD 734 and meet certain performance standards will earn Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Students who take both MET AD 605 and MET AD 734 and meet certain performance standards will earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
(Four courses/16 credits)
METAD605 Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals
This course will provide students with the analytical tools to analyze, manage, and improve manufacturing, service, and business processes. Coverage includes various options to lower operational costs and improve responsiveness to customers' needs, including operating system design, product & service design, capacity analysis & buffering, waiting line optimization, and process quality analysis using statistical approaches. Quantitative methods include application of stochastic simulation, analysis of random outcomes, statistical analysis routines (confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, machine learning), system reliability analysis, and statistical process control. The Deming philosophy of management, Lean operations principles, and Six Sigma process improvement methodologies form the underlying foundation of the course coverage. [4 credits]
METAD680 Global Supply Chains
This course covers the quantitative analysis tools to support operations management for a supply chain that is geographically dispersed and culturally diverse. The tools necessary to assure that the products/services are delivered/provided in the quality and timely manner include demand forecasting, inventory and capacity buffer optimization, delayed differentiation, statistical risk pooling, and stochastic inventory optimization. These tools are applied to decisions such as offshoring, multi-country outsourcing, push-pull, reverse supply chains, and risk mitigation. Particular attention is given to sustainability, information technology and digitalization, and creating resiliency. [4 credits]
And two chosen from the following:
METAD690 Strategic Logistics Management
This course covers quantitative approaches to logistics management. It teaches network optimization techniques and center gravity models for location analysis, mathematical programming for selecting the optimal transportation modality, statistical distributions for modeling the statistical uncertainty around the arrivals of trucks to a warehouse or a store, and inventory modeling for optimizing distribution centers. The course introduces mathematical models for warehouse layout decisions, learning curve models, and logistics network design in the context of today's increasingly digitalized supply networks. [4 credits]
METAD734 Quality Management
Course participants will be exposed to the fundamental principles involved in the analysis and management of quality for enterprises and their supply chain. Quality is defined in the broadest sense, encompassing all performance components that drive customer satisfaction. The course focuses on management principles, statistical modeling and analysis, and their application in a variety of industrial, service, healthcare, and educational environments. Topics include the Deming philosophy of management, Six Sigma and the DMAIC project framework, quality certification systems, statistical data analysis & presentation, statistical modeling using control charts, and statistical analysis of process capability. Students will earn a Six Sigma Green Belt based on satisfactory performance on the final examination. [4 credits]
METAD760 International Trade and Logistics
This course provides extensive insight into international trade practices and corporate decision-making criteria attendant to global import/export and other market entry strategies, and management of international logistics operations including global sourcing, global transportation, facility network design, intermediaries, and trade documentation. Topics include operations, government agencies, import/export channel networks, and the evaluation of international opportunities with the help of a business simulation package specifically prepared for this course. It is designed to provide students with the skills and tools necessary for international trade and international logistics management. [4 credits]
MET prioritizes the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in the rolling admission process. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible and no later than the priority application deadlines for each term.
Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree, in any field of study, from a regionally accredited college/university (or the international equivalent) prior to enrollment at Metropolitan College. The following materials are required for a complete application:
- Completed Application for Graduate Admission and application fee
- All college transcripts
- Personal statement
- One letter of recommendation
- Official English proficiency exam results (International students)
Canan Gunes Corlu
Associate Professor, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Supply Chain Management
PhD, MS, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; BS, Koc University
Associate Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Enterprise Risk Management
PhD, MS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
BA, East Stroudsburg State College
Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
MS, Boston University; BA, University of Chicago
Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Digital Learning, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Applied Business Analytics
PhD, MS, BS, Dresden University of Technology
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