Graduate Certificate in Operations and Supply Chain Management

This certificate is available on campus.

The purpose of this certificate is to train professionals and students in the knowledge and skills of contemporary operations and supply chain management.  Participants will learn to design and manage operational processes and supply chain solutions that are efficient, flexible, and resilient in order to meet customer expectations consistently and reliably.  The certificate is intended to appeal to professionals in all industries such as retail, health care, manufacturing, logistics, banking, and nonprofit organizations such as universities and government agencies.    

Upon successful completion of this certificate program, a student will:

  1. Understand the essential role of operations and supply chain management in relation to productivity, quality, and efficiency;
  2. Be able to use adequate qualitative and quantitative methods to make operational adjustments that will improve organizational performance;
  3. Understand the key factors that drive the performance of a supply chain;
  4. Be able to design a supply chain solution that integrates uncertainty, risk, lead times and economies of scale;
  5. Understand the Lean and Six Sigma methodologies; and
  6. Be able to apply lean principles and tools to enhance organizational performance.    

Entrance and Course Requirements

Students who have already been admitted into a UIS graduate degree program will automatically be admitted to the certificate program upon receipt of the degree-seeking application and fee (with the certificate designated also), or a Change of Curriculum Form.

Applicants not currently admitted into a UIS graduate degree program must provide the following:

  1. A graduate non-degree seeking application (with the certificate designated);
  2. Official undergraduate transcript(s) with degree documentation and any prerequisite documentation; and
  3. A 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or better, or substantial experience and responsibility in a field related to the area of study, as documented by a current resume.

Candidates for the certificate will be expected to complete course requirements with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

Required Courses  

Prerequisite Requirements 1
Prequisite Option 1:
ACC 311Administrative Uses of Accounting4-6
or ACC 211
ACC 212
Introduction to Financial Accounting
and Introduction to Managerial Accounting
ECO 315Economics for Administration4-6
or ECO 201
ECO 202
Introduction to Microeconomics
and Introduction to Macroeconomics
BUS 501Business Perspectives 23
Prerequisite Option 2:
BUS 322Principles of Operations Management3
Total Prerequisite Hours3-15
Required Courses
BUS 522Production and Operations Management3
BUS 528Supply Chain and Logistics Management3
BUS 529Quality Systems and Lean Operations3
Total Required Courses Hours9

ACC 311 (or ACC 211 and ACC 212) and ECO 315 (or ECO 201 and ECO 202) and BUS 501 may be completed concurrently with starting certificate course work.  BUS 322 must be completed before starting certificate course work. Preferably, prerequisites should be completed within seven years of application to the certificate program. Each prerequisite must be completed with a C- or better.  Any prerequisite exceptions must have instructor approval.


MBA students only