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Supply Chain Management Certificate Online Graduate Certificate in Operations

Matt Seawright, who earned a degree in operations and supply chain management in 2019, holding in a warehouse holding his framed SNHU degree with two warehouse workers in the background.

Cost per credit $637

Total courses 6

Total credits 18

Program Overview Why get a supply chain management graduate certificate?

The Operations and Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate online at Southern New Hampshire University is designed to introduce you to key concepts, strategies and processes used in the production of goods, from securing raw materials to distributing them to customers.

An operations and supply chain management graduate certificate from SNHU empowers you with the strong foundation you'll need to pursue a new career, advance in your current career or further your studies to gain new skills.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Information systems
  • Transportation planning
  • Inventory control
  • Warehouse management
  • Quality control
  • Procurement 
Matt Seawright, who earned a degree in operations and supply chain management in 2019, working on his laptop at a desk and wearing a headset including headphones and microphone.

Courses & Curriculum Online supply chain management certificate classes that prepare you for your career

The program's coursework provides excellent insight into the warehouse management decision-making processes used to successfully bring goods to market. You'll be introduced to mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools available to industrial organizations, the importance of information systems and the internet, and the role that other departments play in the life cycle of goods.

Our certificate programs are available to those who have completed a bachelor's degree or higher. Don't have a business background? SNHU's foundation course Mathematics and Statistics for Business can help get you to where you need to be to earn this certificate.

Degree Courses

Online supply chain management certificate courses

You'll need to complete 18 course credits: adding up to 4 required courses and 2 electives that you can choose from a list of graduate-level courses in Quantitative Studies and Operations Management.

Another option for one of those 2 courses is an internship in operations or project management. Not only is this a great source of experience for your skills and your resume, but it could help you make connections that you can use in the future. An internship opens the door to more opportunities to succeed in your career and make the most out of your certificate program.

With the required courses, you can learn the foundation of the subject, and with your selection of additional courses, you can hone your education based on what's most important to you, your position and your goals.

Courses may include:

Course ID: QSO 510
This is a survey of the mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools available for assisting in the operation and management of industrial organizations.
Course ID: QSO 600
This is a study of the concepts of production and operations and of a variety of methods and techniques used in their management. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
Course ID: QSO 630
This course analyses the role and activities of those involved in supply chain management decision making. It emphasizes the importance of transportation planning, inventory control, warehouse management, development of customer service standards, and procurement in the design and operation of supply and distribution systems. The importance of information systems and the internet in supporting such activities is also discussed. Special attention is given to the close working relationships with managers in other functional areas including information systems, marketing, and international operations.
Course ID: QSO 690
This course is designed to prepare students to function as high-impact manufacturing and/or service managers. The course theme is Total Quality Management and focuses on manufacturing systems, quality controls and inventory management with the goal of finding constant approaches to productivity improvement through in-depth investigation of JIT and OPT and their adaptability to manufacturing and service systems.

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Career Outlook What can I do with an online supply chain management certificate?

As operations and supply chain management spending continues to outpace the rest of the economy, career opportunities with traditional manufacturers and retailers, operations and supply chain management consulting firms and transportation providers should remain strong.

The operations and supply chain management graduate certificate program prepares you to compete for this growing number of high-paying jobs.

Those with qualifying skills and education could position themselves for success in the United States military services or armed forces. These fields are always in need of qualified professionals who can plan and direct the movement of needed supplies and workers.


With skills learned in your supply chain management certificate, you'll be primed for roles such as: 

Manage the acquisition, negotiation and purchasing of materials through various vendors in support of and in preparation for the construction of a finished product.

Organize the workflow of team members within the production environment to meet deadlines and production quantity output.

Establish parameters, roles and goals of a cross-departmental project team to help ensure success within an estimated time frame and budget.

Track inventory, provide pricing assessments, manage project-specific supply needs and work with vendors to negotiate pricing and scheduling.

Review production of materials with specialized tools, technical design documents and quality specs – helping you ensure your product meets quality standards and identify areas for process improvement.

Review current processes and establish supply chain schedules in order to help your organization navigate various factors that can impact movement within a supply chain such as customs, weather, breakdowns and more.


Projected job growth for logisticians – those who analyze and coordinate an organization's supply chain – through 2032, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1


Median annual salary for logisticians in 2023, according to the BLS.1

Understanding the numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors—like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Frequently Asked Questions
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) describes managers of the supply chain as logisticians. According to the BLS, most positions require a bachelor's degree.1 That said, a certificate can pair well with a degree to further qualify you for the area you want to work in.

SNHU offers a certificate in exactly that area.

Many of those who work in the field earn their degree in business, systems engineering or specifically supply chain management.1

SNHU has great foundational business programs with degrees in business administration, operations management and technical management.

Adding a certificate in supply chain management could be the added credential you need to get where you want to go in your career.

As an operations and supply chain manager, you'll help create strategic operational plans for resources to be manufactured and/or transported. You'll also manage schedules to help ensure the work is done on time.

Also known as logisticians, you'd likely work in the logistical department of an organization, perhaps a shipping company, manufacturing facility or any business that frequently takes deliveries of products or resources. You could even work for the United States military and armed forces overseeing spending and efficiently moving materials to where they're needed.

Additionally, with this education, you could pursue a position as an inventory manager, focusing on keeping retail sites stocked properly by analyzing consumer trends. Virtually every industry benefits from operations and supply chain management.

In this role, you are also responsible for finding problems or inefficiencies in the workflow and creating solutions for them, all while balancing the cost for the company. You'll be in a powerful position to make sure everything is running smoothly or put forth changes that could drastically improve the whole organization.

Formal education and credentials is a good place to start. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level education for this profession is a bachelor's degree.1

If you're looking to start your career in supply chain management, you can also build your skills through on-the-job training, master's level degrees and specialized graduate certificates.

At Southern New Hampshire University, we offer several of these opportunities online. If you're looking to earn your master's degree, we offer an MBA in Operations and Supply Chain Management and an MS in Project Management and Operations.

SNHU also offers a Graduate Certificate in Operations & Supply Chain Management. This 6-course graduate program is a great opportunity for those who already have a bachelor's degree and want to hone their skills in supply chain management. This affordable program can be completed online in less than a year.

Certificates in the industry are excellent credentials for your resume when seeking a job in operations and supply chain management. They pair well with many bachelor's degrees to help you get the job you want.

Some institutions offer a degree specifically in supply chain management, which would point you directly toward this position, but broader business programs could help prepare you for working with a team and in a variety of places. You'll be able to draw from knowledge across the business world to become more strategic, collaborative, and attentive to the needs of key stakeholders.

SNHU has programs like a bachelor's in operations management, a BS in Technical Management II, and a bachelor's in information technologies with concentrations in project management and business management.

You may also opt for a bachelor's in business administration with many concentration options such as management information systems and project management. Any one of these could pair perfectly with a certificate in supply chain management and make your career possible.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the median annual wage for supply chain managers, also called logisticians, was $79,400 in 2023.1 This is greater than the median wages of all occupations in the United States.

In particular, the managers working in the federal government earned about $95,890, those in manufacturing earned about $82,410, and in wholesale trade, the managers were reported to earn about $72,200.1

With the right curriculum and support, you can learn anything. At SNHU, we're committed to making your education achievable by providing resources to help support you along the way. We also require no test scores, so even getting started is easier than you think.

To apply for the graduate certificate programs at SNHU, you must have a bachelor's degree or higher. This means you should already have the foundations for studying in higher education. Plus, the certificate programs have the benefit of being a smaller time commitment than a full degree program.

With the flexibility of learning online, you can pursue a certificate in operations and supply chain management without putting your life on hold. You can earn a certificate while balancing a job, or add a certificate program while you're still in school. You can also simply choose to earn the certificate because you're interested and want to gain new skills.

If you need help with your coursework, you'll have academic advisors ready to help when you need it, an online writing center, tutoring services, technical support to ensure your online experience works well and an online accessibility center dedicated to bringing education to more people.

Sources & Citations

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at (viewed April 30, 2024).

Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.