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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.

The Foisie 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.

On-Demand Webinar: Supply Chain Essentials Info Session

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

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


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

This four-course certificate is 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 (CPIM) credentialing exams.

Faculty Profiles

Joseph  Sarkis

Joseph Sarkis


Joseph Sarkis joined WPI as a faculty member in July 2013. 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 operations, supply chain management, and sustainability. He is the author or co-author of over 400 publications. His research is widely cited and earned the designation of highly cited researcher in 2016, 2017, and 2018 from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics (Web-of-Science).

Sara  Saberi

Sara Saberi

Assistant Professor

Since my first day of teaching, I believed that I loved being in the classroom. I enjoy my role as an instructor because it enables me to see directly the outcome of my effort. I like the fact that as someone in higher education, I have the opportunity to make a positive influence on a young person's life. I make every effort to not only deliver the material of the course, but to develop a mentoring relationship with each student to help them grow as individuals and strive for success.

Walter Thomas Towner

Walter T. Towner

Associate Teaching Professor

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.

Paul  Delvy

Paul Arthur Delvy

Adjunct Instructor

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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Online Course Demo

Have you wondered what it’s like to take an online course at WPI? You can now explore our Canvas platform. 
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Rated as one of the "Best Online Supply Chain Management Degree Programs" in 2020 by