With markets that move at the speed of ecommerce, global companies must have a high-performing supply chain and logistics system. Learn the fundamentals in our Supply Chain Fundamentals certificate program.

And now you can complete the certificate completely on campus, completely online, or choose from both on-campus and online courses.

Program Highlights


Our program will set you apart. We are:

  • One of only a few universities in the country that offers programs in supply chain management.
  • One of the few AACSB-accredited programs in Illinois to offer graduate-level supply chain programs.
  • Aligned with Gartner’s Supply Chain Talent Attribute Model, an industry-recognized indicator of comprehensiveness.
  • Partners of Quinlan's Supply and Value Chain Center. The center's 70 corporate members helps ensure that our program curriculum is driven by best-in-class industry practices.

The goal of the Supply Chain Management Fundamentals Certificate program is to prepare business professionals to use advanced knowledge and skills in managing today’s supply chain.

Who this certificate is for


This certificate is an excellent option for current supply chain professionals who need to enhance their knowledge base. It is also an ideal specialization for students who are currently pursuing a graduate business degree, and a great complement for MBA graduates who need to retool or to enhance their resume.

What You'll Learn

At the completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Use advanced supply chain strategies and be able to implement these strategies in a variety of global business environments.
  • Utilize sophisticated methodologies to improve or optimize operations across a wide range of industries.
  • Execute advanced tasks associated with process design and improvement, transportation management, inventory management, and purchasing management.

Program Structure


Courses are scheduled to enable completion of the certificate within 9 to 12 months. Sessions meet once per week, for ten weeks. Courses are offered at our Water Tower Campus in Chicago (weekday evenings or Saturdays) and online.

Online students: The four required courses, as well as two electives (SCMG 481 and SCMG 489), are offered online. Online courses are scheduled to enable completion of the certificate in 12 months.

All courses completed in the certificate program can be applied toward a Quinlan MBA degree or MS in Supply Chain Management.


The certificate requires completion of five courses. Four of the courses are required, and one is elective.



Students should have completed one course in statistics (or can complete a statistics course at Loyola before beginning the certificate program) and have the U.S. equivalent of a BA or BS degree.



The certificate requires completion of five courses. Four of the courses are required, and one is elective.

Required Courses

SCMG 480: Intro to Operations Management*
*This course can be waived, depending on academic background. If waived, the student would take an additional elective course.
Introduction to concepts and methods for managing operations in manufacturing and service organizations. Topics typically include forecasting, capacity and aggregate planning, material requirements planning, scheduling, facility layout and location, inventory management, just-in-time, total quality management, project planning, and logistics.

SCMG 486: Global Logistics
This course examines how business partners along the supply chain can work together to gain competitive advantage in moving products and services around the world to satisfy customers. The course will be an examination of the planning and management of global supply chain operations. Emphasis will be placed on the areas of traffic management, carrier operations, and warehousing. Each area will be analyzed in terms of its key goals, operational processes, technology applications, and performance control mechanisms.

SCMG 487: Purchasing Management
A study of organizational procurement processes and decision making framework. Topics include insourcing/out-sourcing decisions based on total cost of ownership, purchasing cycle and processes, developing material and technical specifications, supplier evaluation, selection and management, supplier quality management, purchasing capital goods and services, global sourcing and e-commerce, and purchasing tools and analytics.

SCMG 488: Inventory Management
A study of the fundamental principles of effective management of inventory with emphasis on inventory costs, product stratification, performance measures, demand forecasting, periodic and continuous review, safety stock, material requirements planning, customer service, and use of technology in inventory management. Issues related to storage and the handling of inventory stock are also studied.

Elective Courses (select 1, or select 2 if SCMG 480 has been waived)

ISSCM 484: Project Management
The art and science of project management as applied to a variety of business and technical projects in commercial, public, and private sectors. The course covers: project life cycle and methodology; team-building; project organization, stakeholders and leadership; proposals and contracts; techniques for project planning, estimating, scheduling, and control; and PMO.

SCMG 481: Performance Improvement in Business Processes
The course focuses on a process view of the organization and provides students with a formal approach to designing, monitoring and improving business processes. The course provides the tools, methods and practical examples to help managers learn how to think from a process standpoint and how to ensure critical processes are controlled and functioning efficiently and effectively in their organization.

SCMG 482: Lean Production Concepts and Practices
Methods for managing operations in manufacturing and service organizations based upon the Toyota Production System. Topics include the principles lean production: employee empowerment, workplace organization, smooth process flow, pull production, setup reduction, TPM, cellular manufacturing, standard operations, visual management, and supplier partnerships.

SCMG 483: Management of Service Operations
This course explores the management of services in general, and the application of operations concepts to the design and management of service delivery systems in particular. A case study approach will be used, supplemented with lectures.

SCMG 489: Supply Chain Analytics
A study of the design, development, and use of decision models for analysis of supply chain problems. This course provides an example-driven approach to learn about important supply chain models, problems, and solution methodologies.


All academic programs in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system, and new students begin during all quarters.

Application Deadlines

QuarterApplication DeadlineQuarter Starts
Fall July 15 Late August
Winter Oct 1 Early November
Spring Jan 15 Late February
Summer April 1 Late May

Application Requirements

  1. A Completed Application Form →
  2. Official Transcripts
  3. Professional Resume
  4. Letter of Recommendation
    Letters of recommendation are optional. No more than one letter should be submitted.
    For applicants who may feel that one or more parts of their application are weak, letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged. If you wish to submit a letter, include your recommender's email address as part as your online application form and we will send them a personalized link to upload the letter.
  5. Statement of Purpose
    The Statement of Purpose is optional.
    For applicants who believe one or more parts of their application is weak, a personal statement is highly recommended. The statement should provide context for area(s) of weakness, accomplishments to date, and how Loyola's Quinlan School of Business graduate degree program will prepare you to achieve your career goals. Limit personal essay to 2-3 pages, double-space.

For International Applicants

Language Test Requirements

An official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service. The minimum acceptable total score on the Internet-Based Test (IBT) of the TOEFL exam is 90. The minimum acceptable total score on the IELTS exam is 6.5. The minimum acceptable score on the PTE exam is 61.

This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program or those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

Transcript Eval

If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit your official education credentials (e.g., transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, graduation diplomas) and evaluation fee directly to any NACES member companies including:

Please request a course-by-course evaluation report and have the official report sent to:

Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611

Please direct any questions about required credentials to the evaluation company you have selected and not to Loyola University Chicago.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Quinlan School of Business and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their graduate business education at Loyola affordable.