Supply Chain Management Certificate

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A flexible, for-credit option in Supply Chain Management

This for-credit Supply Chain Management Certificate program introduces you to key concepts in the field, such as systems analysis, trade-off analysis, transport systems, procurement, inventory management, and supply chain integration and strategy. The program provides an overview of logistics and supply chain management and addresses the needs of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, merchandisers, transportation and warehousing firms, and government agencies. The implications of e-commerce in relation to supply chain management are also explored.

Certificate Program Benefits

Certificate programs provide a flexible, convenient, short-term opportunity for professional development, self enhancement, and earning a formal academic credential from Penn State. Certificate program courses can “step up,” or be applied to, academic degrees at Penn State.

Required Courses

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of four courses (12 credits). The credits earned in the certificate program in supply chain management may be used to satisfy some course requirements in the associate degree in business administration, or the baccalaureate degree in business at Penn State.


SCM 301:
Supply Chain Management

(3 credits)

Supply chain management concepts, principles, and methodologies. (3 credits​)
Prerequisite: ACCTG 211 and ECON 102 AND (SCM 200 or STAT 200) 
To be determined. -
SCM 320:
Transport Systems

(3 credits​)
Strategic role of freight transportation systems and services in supply chain networks. 
Prerequisite: SCM 301
To be determined. -
SCM 416:
Warehousing & Terminal Management

(3 credits​)
Administration of warehouse and terminal functions in logistics systems, with an analysis of customer service, forecasting, inventory, investment, design, and operation.
Prerequisite: SCM 301
To be determined. -
SCM 460:
Purchasing & Materials Management

(3 credits​)
Purchasing policies, procedures, order specifications and agreements, supplier selection, and the role of purchasing in production planning and inventory management.
Prerequisite: SCM 301
To be determined. -

Admission to Certificate Programs

Certificate programs and courses are open to high school graduates and to those who have earned a GED. Prerequisite course requirements may apply. No formal application to Penn State is required, but those interested in enrolling must complete a non-degree enrollment form.

For registration information, contact 570-963-2509 or [email protected].


  • These are credit courses and all current tuition rates apply.
  • Tuition reimbursement from your employer is accepted with verification of eligibility. 

Location and Delivery

  • Classes are held through instructor-led training via Zoom video conferencing. 
  • With sufficient enrollment, this certificate program can be delivered on-site at a company location

Note: The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.