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Supply Chain Management Certificate Program

Certificate in Supply
Chain Management

Certificate in Supply Chain Management


At the heart of business, supply chain management professionals are in high demand due to competitive pressures and increased business complexity across the globe. Invaluable to every organization, they are involved in all processes from raw materials extraction to consumer purchase and customer satisfaction. In this 12-credit-hour online program, you’ll discover how to leverage key concepts, tools and technologies to make supply chains faster, more efficient and more resilient.


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Through innovative coursework focused on the theory and practice of supply chain management, you’ll learn about strategic supply chain design, planning and forecasting, sourcing and procurement, logistics, distribution and inventory management, sustainability and lean management principles. Comprised of four courses, which you can tailor to fit your interests, you must earn a grade C or better in each to complete the certificate.

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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.

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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 832

Prerequisites: GRBA 815 (Supply Chain Management Strategies)

This course covers topics related to planning that are relevant in the manufacturing, service, and public sectors. Topics include forecasting and planning for capacity management, materials management, utilization of facilities, managing and scheduling inventory, scheduling people and equipment, and the tracking of people, orders, and equipment to ensure the accommodation of customer needs while maintaining effective and efficient processes.


SCMA 834

Prerequisites: GRBA 815

This course focuses on the continuous improvement of supply chain operations and other business processes through the application of lean management principles. Topics include just-in-time, six-sigma, theory of constraints, and associated tools and applications.


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 839

Prerequisites: GRBA 815

This course considers issues of relevance in global supply chains, with a focus on sourcing, distribution, and transportation. Specific issues include international trade, the benefits and risks of outsourcing, and the use of information technology for coordination in international supply chains. Other topics include make or buy decisions, supplier evaluation and selection, total cost of ownership, negotiation, and purchasing ethics.


SCMA 844

Prerequisites: GRBA 815

Logistics has been defined as the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, cost effective flow, and storage of raw materials, in-process inventory, finished goods, and related information, from point of origin to point of consumption to meet customer requirements. This course covers topics related to physical distribution, channel design, transportation mode selection, and inventory management.


SCMA 847

Prerequisites: GRBA 815

Business leaders must understand how to leverage advanced information technology (IT) for operations and innovation. In this course, students will learn the foundations of IT, advanced IT trends, and how IT is used to operate, innovate, grow, and transform organizations. Topics include new and disruptive IT and its potential a role in innovation and smart operations through digital transformation.

Josh Johnston

I chose Nebraska because it's one of the best programs in the nation. I started out with the supply chain management graduate certificate. It's a great foundation and introduction into the realm of continuous process improvement. I took my new knowledge to change processes and make them more efficient. We re-organized our parachute shop and saved valuable hours by cutting down unnecessary steps. I used the certificate program as a stepping stone into the M.S. in Supply Chain Management program.

Joshua Johnston, Flight Chief, U.S. Air Force


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.

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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.


May Start

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August Start

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January Start

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Since certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid, we know cost is key. At a flat rate of $675 per credit hour, our certificate programs are some of the most affordable in the Big Ten.

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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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Jennifer Ryan

The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically shows how critical the supply chain is in all aspects of business, health care, government and manufacturing. Managing the supply chain changes daily.

Jennifer Ryan, Department Chair and Professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics and Van Horne Family Endowed Chair

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