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The graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management will provide students with foundational understanding of the functionality and associated complexities related to managing global supply chains. A major emphasis is on the strategic decisions that are explored given the inherent tradeoffs and risks embedded in the decision framework.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing the program, students will be able to:

  • Examine complex supply-chain problems through a variety of lenses and make informed decisions aimed at enhancing organizational performance

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Admission requirements

Degree: Semester(s) of entry: Deadline dates: Test requirements:
Certificate Fall Jul 1
Spring Nov 1
Summer Mar 1

All applicants to the graduate certificate program are required to meet the admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School. Applicants will be required to submit the following materials to the Graduate Admissions office:

  • Application form and application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation, professional and/or academic
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all schools attended
  • A statement of purpose outlining career goals
  • A resume stating relevant work experience

No transfer credit hours are accepted for the program. Credits from a degree already awarded cannot be applied toward the certificate.

For international students, the following is required: 

  • An official transcript evaluation from a recognized foreign educational credentials evaluation service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language minimum composite score of 100 for the Internet-Based Test or 600 for the paper-based score; or an International English language Testing System minimum score of 6.5 on the academic exam.
  • A minimum score of 68 on the VCU English Language Program Compression test (Students who do not achieve a score of 68 will be placed in the appropriate level English language proficiency courses.)

Prerequisite course work

SCMA 524 or an equivalent statistics course is a prerequisite for this certificate program. The prerequisite may be waived for students who present satisfactory equivalent preparation at the undergraduate or graduate level. The determination is made by the faculty adviser at the time of admission.

Degree requirements

In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students in the Certificate in Supply Chain Management program must complete 12 credit hours of course work.

The curriculum prepares students to manage and coordinate all supply chain functions in an enterprise, ranging from acquisitions to receiving and handling, through internal allocation of resources to operations units, to the handling and delivery of output, while also assessing the inherent risks in each of these areas. Course work will provide students with the foundations of supply chain management and enable them to develop strategies aimed at enhancing organizational performance. The required courses focus on educating students about acquisitions and purchasing; inventory control, storage and handling; just-in-time manufacturing; logistics planning, transportation and delivery management; quality management and control; process analysis and resource utilization; and other relevant topics.

The foundation course, SCMA 524, may be waived for students who present satisfactory equivalent preparation at either the undergraduate or graduate level. This determination is made by the faculty adviser at the time of admission.

Curriculum requirements

Course Title Hours
Required courses
SCMA 602Global Supply Chain Management3
SCMA 615Strategic Logistics Management3
SCMA 675Operations Management3
Restricted elective
SCMA 603SAP ERP and Supply Chain Management3
or SCMA 606 Supply Chain Innovation
or SCMA 677 Quality Management and Six Sigma
Total Hours12

The minimum number of graduate credit hours required for this certificate is 12.

Students who complete the requirements for this program will receive a Certificate in Supply Chain Management.

Austen Gouldman
(804) 828-4622

Additional contact
Graduate Studies in Business
(804) 828-4622

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