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Operations and Supply Chain Management

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Richard R. Young, Ph.D., FCILT
356P Olmsted Building, Penn State Harrisburg
Phone: 717-948-6169

The goal of this 12 credit certificate program is to better prepare operations and supply chain management professionals with those contemporary skills and concepts necessary for the effective and efficient management of the physical, informational, and financial flows that collectively form the networks that add value to firms competing on a global scale.  Students will learn to analyze, develop, and implement those functions related to sourcing materials, producing goods and services, delivering products, returning residuals, and planning how these are combined into a network.


Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

This curriculum is designed for working operations and supply chain management professionals. Successful applicants will normally have, before the start of their first semester, at least two years' post baccalaureate work experience in operations management, supply chain management, project management, or a closely allied field.

An applicant must have received, from a regionally accredited institution, a baccalaureate degree under residence with credit conditions substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State. Additionally, the applicant's baccalaureate degree should be in business, engineering, economics, information sciences, or a related field and the applicant should have completed a college-level course in microeconomic principles with a course in supply operations and/or chain management strongly recommended.  A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 is required unless the student has earned a graduate degree from an accredited university. 

Ideally, the applicant should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and business statistics, plus a basic understanding of accounting principles.

List of Courses* Included in the Certificate:

  1. Required foundation course (select one of the following):
    1. MNGMT 522 Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 cr.)
    2. MNGMT 523 Service Operations Management (3 cr.)
  2. Electives courses (select two of the following):
    1. MANGT 510 Project Management (3 cr.)
    2. SC&IS 540 Transportation and Distribution Management (3 cr.)
    3. SC&IS 546 Procurement and Supply Management (3 cr.)
    4. SC&IS 570 Supply Chain Engineering (3 cr.)
  3. Required capstone course:
    1. SC&IS 565 Supply Chain Strategy (3 cr.)


Effective Semester:  Spring 2016

Expiration Semester: Spring 2021


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