Graduate Certificates in Supply Chain Online

Graduate Certificate
Supply Chain Essentials are commonly used in everyday life

Organizations in virtually every industry rely on intricate supply chains that globally manage goods and services demands. Synchronizing the flow of products, information, and funds are becoming increasingly complex with products that move across continents daily and deadlines that directly affect a company’s profitability. This fast-paced industry requires professionals with strong and balanced quantitative, analytical, communication, and project management skills. 

Offered 100% online, our graduate certificates are a convenient way to advance your skills without pressing pause on your career. You’ll earn the same certificate as students on campus, from the comfort of your home or office. 

The Business School, grounded in a technology-focused university, has world-class expertise and educational resources in these areas, and thus is suitably poised to offer a graduate-level education to prepare students for their career choices and leadership in the field of supply chain management. 

These four-course certificates are excellent preparation for taking the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM formerly APICS) Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and ASCM Certified Production and Inventory Management

Admissions Qualifications


  • BS or BA degree in any discipline with a GPA of > 3.0
  • GMAT/GRE’s are not required for this program

For specific application requirements, visit our admissions for online programs page.

Supply Chain Graduate Certificates Online

Supply Chain Analytics

WPI’s graduate certificate in Supply Chain Analytics provides the analytical tools and decision-making frameworks for employment as a supply chain analyst. The program can be completed on a part-time or a full-time basis. 

Program Requirements 

The graduate certificate in Supply Chain Analytics requires completion of four courses: three required courses for a total of nine credits and one elective course totaling three credits. 


Three Required Courses (9 credits) 

OIE 542:  Risk Management and Decision Analysis  

OIE 559: Optimization Methods for Business Analytics 

MKT 568: Data Mining Business Applications 

One Elective (3 credits) 

ACC 500: Accounting and Finance Fundamentals (1 credit) 

ACC 502: Financial Intelligence and Strategic Decision Making (2 credits) 

OIE 598: Special Topic – Supply Chain Simulation Modeling and Analysis 

OIE 598: Special Topic – Financial Analysis of Supply Chain 

Application Requirements

Supply Chain Essentials

Learning Outcomes 

  • Design and manage an effective supply chain, and apply project management techniques 
  • Improve the operational efficiencies of a supply chain and be able to interpret the implications of supply chain initiatives in terms of key financial performance metrics 
  • Be able to apply supply chain analytics and conduct demand forecasting, aggregate planning, and sales and operations planning for a supply chain 
  • Recognize and evaluate supply chain vulnerabilities and formulate approaches to mitigate supply chain risk 
  • Assess fundamental dimensions of supply chain strategy, innovation, transformation, and organizational leadership 
  • Evaluate and manage the sustainability of a supply chain 

Program Requirements 

The graduate certificate in Supply Chain Essentials requires completion of four required courses for a total of twelve credits.


Four Required Courses (12 credits) 

  • OIE 501. Designing Operations for Competitive Advantage 
  • OIE 544. Supply Chain Analysis and Design 
  • OIE 553. Global Purchasing and Logistics 
  • OIE 598 ST. Sustainable Supply Chain and Operations Management

Application Requirements


Info Session: Operations & Supply Chain Analytics

View our on-demand webinar to be introduced to WPI's online Operations & Supply Chain Analytics graduate programs. Get an overview of program logistics, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more!


Graduate Studies Series

Team members from Graduate & Professional Studies host quick and convenient webinars designed to highlight popular topics when starting grad school. Take a deep dive into specific areas of interest such as how to secure funding, how to ace your application, an overview of student services, and more!

WPI Business School Professor Joseph Sarkis presents on sustainable production and supply chain as it relates to COVID-19.


Faculty Profiles

Joseph Sarkis
Joseph Sarkis

Joseph Sarkis is a Professor of Management within Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Business School. He previously served as a faculty member at Clark University and the University of Texas at Arlington. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of environmental sustainability, operations and supply chain management. He is the author or co-author of over 600 publications. His research is widely cited and earned the designation of highly cited researcher for eight years from 2016-2023 from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics (Web-of-Science).

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Sara Saberi
Sara Saberi
Assistant Professor, The Business School

My research agenda takes advantage of my educational background. The first area of research is supply chain networks equilibrium. In this research stream, I model supply chain networks to understand the interactions of agents who act in their own self-interest and their impact to business and society. A broad class of research question in this area is motivated by the interaction between supply chain networks and sustainable and responsible decision-making. The focus in my second area of research is on Blockchain technology contributions in the supply chain networks.

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Walter Towner
Walter Towner
Associate Teaching Professor-Business, The Business School

I am interested in manufacturing and industrial engineering. My main interests lie at the intersection of manufacturing processes and the financial aspect of the business that relates to these processes. I see my mission as enabling students to become leaders in a business environment and helping them extract value from the processes that drive the organization. We do this by using tools like axiomatic design and Lean Six Sigma methods.

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Paul Delvy
Paul Delvy
Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer, The Business School

I enjoy teaching an interrelated series of topics that combine current industrial methodologies with the basics from academic study that form the foundations for commercial practice. The WPI classes give me an opportunity to share, mentor and steward students through simulated and practical problems, guiding them to plausible and realistic solutions.

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