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Supply Chain Analytics Certificate Program

Certificate in Supply Chain Analytics

Certificate in Business Analytics

Apply Powerful Quantitative Tools to Analyze
and Manage Supply Chains

Learn to analyze data and apply the quantitative methods used by supply chain management professionals. Connect with Nebraska's Big Ten faculty in accessible and relevant online classes while elevating your career with services from a leading career center.


August, January or May Start

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Versatile and Vital

As advances in technology and disruptive global events transform the economy, businesses find increasing value in employees who can analyze and coordinate supply chains, which are at the core of every organization. Nebraska Business can help you develop the skills necessary to meet this growing demand. The course credits you’ll earn are transferrable, so you can also roll your credits into master’s program at Nebraska, including our MBA with a specialization in supply chain management.

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8-Week Courses

Complete Two Required Courses


GRBA 815

This course enables students to better develop and sustain a company’s competitive advantage through effective supply chain management. Students will learn how to create value for customers through supply chains, operations, and information systems, and develop an understanding of the relationships between operations, supply chain management, and other parts of the organization. Students will also gain an understanding of how effective operations and supply chain management can support corporate level strategies. This course is a prerequisite for most other supply chain management courses.


GRBA 851

This course provides an introduction to several important business analytics topics and discusses how they can be used to support decision-making in all areas of business, as well as government, education, and agriculture. A prerequisite for all other business analytics courses, GRBA 851 covers methods used to describe data, make predictions and enable decision-making.

Choose Two Elective Courses


SCMA 831

This course discusses how information systems and technology are used to support operations and supply chain management, including designing, planning, and controlling of manufacturing and service systems. Students will explore and learn some of the latest trends in information systems and technology, and gain an understanding of how those systems can improve supply chain performance.


SCMA 851

Prerequisites: GRBA 851

There are three categories of analytical tools: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive. Predictive analytics extends statistical and/or artificial intelligence methods to provide forecasting capability. In today’s environment, predictive analytics typically involves applying knowledge management to analyze large quantities of data. This course exposes students to the analytical methods and statistical programming languages, such as R, commonly used for predictive analytics in business.


SCMA 836

Project management involves managing people and resources to accomplish a new activity. This course introduces techniques used for planning and managing projects, from project initiation through implementation. Students learn a variety of tools and techniques used for budgeting, planning and scheduling, risk management, and project implementation.


SCMA 853

Prerequisites: GRBA 851

Data mining applies quantitative analysis to support humans in identifying actionable information from large quantities of data, which helps organizations make better decisions. Descriptive analytics involves the examination of data to discover patterns and other types of knowledge. This course focuses on successful applications of descriptive data mining in business and describes the statistical and artificial intelligence tools commonly utilized. The course also addresses ethical issues related to the use of information obtained through data mining.


SCMA 837

Simulation is the process of building a computer model of a system or a decision-making problem and experimenting with the model to obtain insight into the system’s behavior or assist in making a decision. This course covers the simulation of business systems that are subject to uncertainty and risk. Upon completion, students will be able to carry out the entire process of designing a simulation model, implementing it in appropriate software, executing the simulation, collecting and analyzing output data, and using the results of the analysis to evaluate alternative decision scenarios.


SCMA 855

Prerequisites: GRBA 851

There are three categories of analytical tools: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive. Prescriptive analytics focuses on the use of data generated by descriptive and predictive analytics to achieve an organization’s strategic and operational goals. Since data is increasingly available in today’s business environment, integrating that data into decision-making is essential for efficiency improvement and profit generation. This course introduces students to the analytical methods and software commonly used in optimization modeling, enabling them to prescribe recommendations to improve performance and study what-if questions in business problems.

Fair Tuition

$675 per credit hour
12 total credit hours required*

Nebraska's graduate certificate programs offers exceptional value, combining fair cost and strong preparation for career advancement. The flat cost of $675 per credit hour applies to all students, regardless of where you live. Although the program is F1 visa exempt, international admission requirements no extra charge.

*Based on 2022–23 Tuition Rates

Maximize Your Investment
Completing a certificate can be a good way to get a feel for graduate level classes and diversify your expertise. Because the course credits you'll earn while completing a certificate are transferrable, you can roll your credits into a master's program later on. If you’re enrolled in our MBA programs, you can use your MBA electives to earn this graduate certificate at the same time.

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Because we review applications on a continual basis, you can start earning the certificate when it works best for you, whether that’s spring, fall or summer.

Application deadlines are July 1 for the fall semester, November 1 for the spring semester and April 1 for the summer semester.

Upload Supporting Documents

All Supporting Documents are uploaded directly via the graduate application.

  • Professional Résumé
    Your résumé should include relevant work experience, education, skills, professional and community involvement, and other professional credentials.

  • Unofficial Transcripts
    You are required to submit an unofficial transcript from each higher education institution you have attended.

Submit Official Transcripts

If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript sent directly from each institution you have attended to The Office of Graduate Studies. We recommend that you complete this task before your admitted term begins. A hold will be placed on your account if they do not receive your official transcripts by October 1 for the fall semester, February 1 for the spring semester and July 1 for the summer semester. Students will have until that day to submit official transcripts or your admission will be rescinded.

Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail to

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Graduate Admissions
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619

Note: International Student Transcript Submission

If you are an international student, please refer to the Nebraska Office of Graduate Studies for transcript and document information.

International Transcript Information

Note: 3.0 recommended GPA

Students with less than a 3.0 GPA with substantial relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Applying for Multiple Certificates

The College of Business is pleased to provide multiple graduate certificate options. Please note, however, that students pursuing multiple graduate certificates may not apply the same course to more than one certificate. Below is a list of courses used by more than one certificate. If you have questions about this policy, please reach out to the Business Graduate Programs office at

Overlapping Courses in Certificates

  • Business Analytics and Marketing Analytics share GRBA 851
  • Business Analytics and Supply Chain Analytics share GRBA 851
  • Supply Chain Management and Supply Chain Analytics share GRBA 815
  • Marketing Analytics and Strategic Marketing share GRBA 813

Additional information on Application Requirements can be found at Graduate Studies website.

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Before applying, ensure you have met the prerequisite of a bachelor’s degree. You are also expected to have developed proficiency in using Microsoft Excel before beginning the program.


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August Start

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January Start

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