Operations & Supply Chain Management

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), 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
  3. A 2.5 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

Prerequisite Requirements 1
Prerequisite Option 1:
ACC 311 Administrative Uses of Accounting 4-6
or ACC 211
ACC 212
Introduction to Financial Accounting
and Introduction to Managerial Accounting
BUS 501 Business Perspectives 2 3
ECO 315 Economics for Administration 4-6
or ECO 201
ECO 202
Introduction to Microeconomics
and Introduction to Macroeconomics
Prerequisite Option 2:
BUS 322 Principles of Operations Management 3
Total Prerequisite Hours 3-15
Required Courses
BUS 522 Production and Operations Management 3
BUS 528 Supply Chain and Logistics Management 3
BUS 529 Quality Systems and Lean Operations 3
Total Required Courses Hours 9