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 and Value Chain 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

  • SCMG 480:  Introduction to Operations Management
    This course can be waived, depending on academic background. If waived, the student would take an additional elective course.
  • SCMG 486:  Global Logistics
  • SCMG 487:  Purchasing Management
  • SCMG 488:  Inventory Management

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

  • ISSCM 484: Project Management
  • SCMG 481: Performance Improvement in Business Processes
  • SCMG 482: Lean Production Concepts and Practices
  • SCMG 483: Management of Service Operations
  • SCMG 489: Supply Chain Analytics

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.

Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

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 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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