Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Supply Chain Fundamentals Certificate

Today’s global companies must have a high-performing supply chain and logistics system. Learn the fundamentals in our Supply Chain Fundamentals certificate program.

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.

Our program aligns with Gartner’s Supply Chain Talent Attribute Model, an industry-recognized indicator of comprehensiveness. In addition, our Supply Chain and Sustainability Center has more than 70 corporate members, which enables our program curriculum to be driven by best-in-class industry practices.

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

About the Certificate Program

The Supply Chain Fundamentals Certificate is a graduate-level, five-course certificate that delivers an essential foundation in supply chain management. It provides the skills central to effective end-to-end supply chain management, and indispensable insights for today’s supply chain professionals.

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. 


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

Required Courses

*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.

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.

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.

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)

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.


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.

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.

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), at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills, 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 M.S. in Supply Chain Management.


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.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

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

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

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