Graduate Certificate Programs

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Department of Business and Information Technology

Program Description:
Corporations worldwide have focused on improving business processes for the past two decades. In their efforts to use information technology more effectively in enabling business processes, we have seen the emergence and growth of enterprise systems, and more recently, extended enterprise systems such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), strategic enterprise management (SEM), and business intelligence. Most Fortune 500 companies have already adopted enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and many midsize companies are also planning ERP implementations. With a commitment to keep pace with these changes in business processes and technology, the University of Missouri system joined SAP's™ University alliance and Microsoft's™ University Alliance programs in order to continue and expand classroom capabilities for integrating ERP software into the curriculum.

ERP systems can be used to reinforce many of the concepts covered in the business discipline. ERP systems incorporate state-of-the-art technology, providing a comprehensive teaching tool for business and for information systems. Universities that have successfully incorporated an ERP system into their curricula find unprecedented student demand for those subjects. There is also an increasing demand for ERP-related research.

ERP can be viewed as a combination of business management practice and technology, where information technology integrates with a company's core business processes to enable the achievement of specific business objectives. The Missouri S&T program prepares undergraduate and graduate students for positions as both technical and business consultants in the ERP field.

A graduate-level student may receive an ERP Graduate Certificate from the Center for Enterprise Resource Planning by completing four courses consisting of:

  • ERP 5110 ERP Systems Design and Implementation - taught fall and spring semesters
  • ERP 6120 ERP Systems Configuration and Integration - taught spring semester

And two other ERP courses at the 5000 level or above:

  • ERP 5240 Enterprise Portal Application Development - taught spring semester
  • ERP 5410 Use of Business Intelligence - taught fall semester
  • ERP 5310 Supply Chain Management Systems - taught fall semester
  • ERP 5210 Strategic Enterprise Management - taught spring semester
  • ERP 5510 ERP Systems Administration
  • ERP 6610 Advanced Customer Relationship Management - taught fall semester
  • ERP / IST 6444 Essentials of Data Warehouses - taught spring semester
  • ERP 6220 Enterprise Performance Dashboard Prototyping - taught fall semester

There exists a typical course plan for MS IST student pursuing an ERP Graduate Certificate. Similarly there is an ERP Graduate Certificate for MBA students.  Students with a graduate certificate in ERP will be eligible for a Missouri S&T's-SAP Certificate, authorized by the SAP Corporation.

Please check the  Schedule of Classes for a current listing of available courses.

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BUS 6426 Integration of Business Areas 
Students will acquire knowledge to integrate the business functions to maximize performance efficiency and effectiveness. It will be covered through case studies and readings. MBA core. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

ERP 5240 Enterprise Portal Application Development
This course provides conceptual foundation and hands on experience in web based applications development deployed through an Enterprise Portal and Mobile platform. SAP Netweaver Enterprise Portal and tools including Visual Composer and Web Dynpro, and Sybase Unwired Platform will be used to develop the applications. Prerequisites: IST 1551 or equivalent experience, ERP 2110 or ERP 5110 (may be taken concurrently).

ERP 5410 Use of Business Intelligence
This course introduces data-oriented techniques for business intelligence.  Topics include business intelligence architecture, business analytics, and enterprise reporting.  SAP Business Information Warehouse, BusinessObjects, or similar tools will be used to access and present data, generate reports, and perform analysis. Prerequisites: ERP 2110 (246) or BUS 6426 (426) or ERP 5110 (346) (may be taken concurrently).

ERP 5110 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP) Design and Implementation
This course provides a technical overview of enterprise resource planning systems and their impact on organizations. SAP’s ERP system is introduced to illustrate the concepts, fundamentals, framework, general information technology context, the technological infrastructure, and integration of business enterprise-wide applications. Prerequisite: IST 1750.

ERP 5310 Supply Chain Management Systems
The course will study the need for supply chain integration and the challenges of managing complex interfaces. This course focuses on the systems approach to the planning, analysis, design, development, and evaluation of supply chain management. SAP’s ERP ECC, supply chain management (SCM), BW and Sybase Unwired Platform are used to deploy SCM applications. Prerequisite: ERP 2110 or BUS 6426 or ERP 5110 (may be taken concurrently).

ERP 5210 Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM) Systems
This course will study different strategic performance management systems including dashboards, management cockpit, scorecards, and strategy maps in an organization. SAP's BW, Business Objects Xcelsius, Crystal Reports, Sybase Unwired Platform will be used to develop the applications. Prerequisite: ERP 2110 or BUS 6426 or ERP 5110 (may be taken concurrently).

ERP 5510 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems Administration
System administration and performance monitoring practices for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system will be studied. Students will install an instance of an ERP system and establish user management attributes and system security. Prerequisites: ERP 5110.

ERP 6610 Advanced Customer Relationship Management
Identification (targeting), acquisition, retention, and development (expansion) of (profitable) customers. Effective and efficient management of customers, using IT. SAP CRM, SAS BI tools, and Sybase mobile application development are used. Research paper and presentation required. Prerequisites: ERP 2110 or preceded or accompanied by ERP 5110.

ERP/IST 6444 Essentials of Data Warehouses
This course presents the topic of data warehouses and the value to the organization. It takes the student from the database platform to structuring a data warehouse environment. Focus is placed on simplicity and addressing the user community needs. Prerequisite: IST 3423 or equivalent relational database experience.

ERP 6120 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems Configuration and Integration
Implementation and design practices for business processes in enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. The course will examine and apply techniques used in SAP ERP system for system configuration and integration, with a focus on financial accounting, logistics, controlling, and production. Prerequisite: ERP 5110.

ERP 6448 Enterprise Performance Management System (EPMS) Prototyping
Study of implementation and design practices for enterprise performance management systems with a focus on dashboards, balanced scorecard, and value-based management. SAP's BusinessObjects Ecelsius, Crystal Reports, BW, or similar tools will be used for project implementations. Prerequisites: ERP 5110; ERP 6444 or IS&T 6444. 

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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A student who completes the ERP graduate certificate at Missouri S&T, having earned a grade of "B" or better in each of the certificate courses, may be admitted to the MBA program in business administration or the MS program in information science and technology. The normal application process will be followed, but the minimum undergraduate GPA and GRE score requirement will be waived. Normal course prerequisites still apply.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2014-15 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015)

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Business Administration (MBA)
Information Science and Technology (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

Other certificates to consider:

SAP Certificate of Excellence 
Business Intelligence Graduate Certificate 

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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