Graduate Certificate Programs

Digital Supply Chain Management

Department of Business and Information Technology

Program Description:
Success in today's marketplace requires that organizations deliver products and services that provide easily identified value for their customers. The digital supply chain management graduate certificate program draws on strengths within two departments to integrate source (strategic procurement and supply management), production (manufacturing and service operations), and delivery processes (demand fulfillment), with a focus on the use of information technologies as the critical enabler of supply chain efficiencies and responsiveness.

This graduate certificate will give students the tools and ideas that help shape and define the various components of value creation. Students gain knowledge and skills in the full spectrum of supply chain activities: supplier relationships, purchasing management, operations and inventory management, logistics and transportation, quality management, and information technology.

This is a professional development program focused on building competency across the foundations of supply chain management. Students attain new skill sets to help them manage and enhance the value of today's complex supply chains.

The graduate certificate in digital supply chain management consists of four 3-credit hour courses (12 hours of coursework). Students are responsible for prerequisite knowledge as determined by course instructors and listed in the graduate catalog

Required courses:

One of the following:

  • BUS 6425 Operations and Project Management - taught fall and spring semesters
  • ME 5708 Rapid Product Design and Optimization - taught fall semester

These courses:

  • ERP 5310 Supply Chain Management Systems in an ERP Environment - taught fall semester
  • ERP 5110 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Design and Implementation - taught fall and spring semesters

One course from the following:*

  • ERP 5410 Use of Business Intelligence - taught fall semester
  • ERP 5610 Advanced Customer Relationship Management - taught fall semester
  • ERP 6120 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Configuration and Integration - taught spring semester
  • ME 5757 Integrated Product and Process Design - taught spring semester
  • ME 5656Design for Manufacture - taught spring semester
  • ME 5760 / AE 5760 Probabilistic Engineering Design - taught spring semester
  • ME 5763 Principles and Practice of Computer Aided Design - taught fall semester

* Non Business & Information Technology students must select ERP 5110 as one of the two electives.

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

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First-Level Elective Courses:

BUS 6425 Supply Chain and Project Management
This course covers operations management and its critical role in developing and maintaining effective and efficient processes in the organization. The use of project management tools is covered for purposes of effectively managing organizational change. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Offered on-campus and via distance delivery.

MECH ENG 5708 Rapid Product Design and Optimization
Product life cycle design; Finding design solutions using optimization technique; Rapid product realization using rapid prototyping and virtual prototyping techniques. Prerequisite: MECH ENG 3708. Offered on-campus and via distance delivery.

Core Courses:

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. Prerequisites: IST 50 or graduate standing. Offered on-campus and via distance delivery.

ERP 5310 Supply Chain Management Systems in ERP Environment
The course studies the need for supply chain integration and the challenges of managing complex interfaces using the systems approach for the planning, analysis, design, development, and evaluation of supply chain. SAP's ERP ECC, SCM, BW, and Sybase Unwired Platform are used to deploy SCM applications. Prerequisite: ERP 2110 or ERP 5110 (ERP 5110 may be taken concurrently).

Second-Level Elective Courses:

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, business objects, or similar tools will be used to access and present data, generate reports, and perform analysis. Prerequisite: ERP 2110 (246) or preceded or accompanied by ERP 5110 (346). 

ERP 6120 Enterprise Resource Planning: 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 6610 Advanced Customer Relationship Management in ERP Environment
Identification (targeting), acquisition, retention, and development (expansion) of (profitable) customers. Effective and efficient management of customers using IT. SAP CRM and SAS BI tools used to enhance student education with real world applications. Research paper and presentation required. Prerequisite: ERP 2110 (246) or preceded or accompanied by ERP 5110 (346). 

MECH ENG 5757 Integrated Product and Process Design
Emphasize design policies of concurrent engineering and teamwork, and documenting of design process knowledge. Integration of various product realization activities covering important aspects of a product life cycle such as "customer" needs analysis, concept generation, concept selection, product modeling, process development, DFX strategies, and end-of-product life options. Prerequisite: ENG MGT 3310 or MECH ENG 3653. (Co-listed with ENG MGT 5515)

MECH ENG 5656 Design For Manufacture
Course covers the approach of concurrent product and process design. Topics includes: principle of DFM, New product design process, process capabilities and limitations, Taguchi method, tolerancing and system design, design for assembly and AI techniques for DFM. Prerequisites: MECH ENG 3708, MECH ENG 3653

MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5760 Probabilistic Engineering Design
The course deals with uncertainties in engineering analysis and design at three levels – uncertainty modeling, uncertainty analysis, and design under uncertainty. It covers physics-based reliability analysis and reliability-based design, robustness assessment and robust design, their integration with design simulations, and their engineering applications. Prerequisite: MECH ENG 3708 (208) or AERO ENG 3361 (261).

MECH ENG 5763 Principles and Practice Of Computer Aided Design (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0)
Fundamentals of computer-aided design including geometric modeling, CAD data exchange, graphics concepts, and finite element analysis. Projects include basic graphics, matrix algebra, automated drafting, freeform curve and surface modeling, solid modeling, assembly modeling, and finite element modeling, using educational and commercial software packages including Unigraphics and Matlab. Prerequisites: COMP SCI 1970, 1980, MECH ENG 3411, 3708

* 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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The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS, MS or PhD degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines.  

In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. The courses in the certificate program are offered such that students can complete the program in a timely manner.  

If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the master of business administration or to the master of science in information science and technology. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count toward the MBA program or the M.S. in information science and technology degree program.

Once admitted to the certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.

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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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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

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 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)


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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.

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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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