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Supply Chain Essentials Certificate

WPI’s graduate certificate in Supply Chain Essentials provides fundamental knowledge and skills for understanding supply chains and supply chain management. The program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.

This four-course certificate is excellent preparation for taking the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and APICS Certified Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credentialing exams.

Supply Chain Essentials


To apply for this certificate program, you must have a BS degree in any discipline.

The graduate certificate in Supply Chain Essentials 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)

  1. OIE 501: Designing Operations for Competitive Advantage
  2. OIE 544: Supply Chain Analysis and Design 
  3. OIE 553: Global Purchasing and Logistics 

One Elective (3 credits)

  1. MKT 561: Consumer Behavior
  2. OIE 598: Special Topic- Sustainable Supply Chain & Operations Management

How to Apply

The following materials are required when applying to a certificate program:

  1. Completed online application
  2. Official transcripts from undergraduate institutions previously attended
  3. The application fee (waived for current WPI undergraduates and WPI alumni)
  4. One letter of recommendation
  5. Official TOEFL/IETLS test scores required for international students who come from countries where English is not their first language.
    • For all Foisie Business School graduate programs the minimum score for the TOEFL exam is 90 and the IELTS minimum score is 7.
    • Applicants who have completed two years of full-time study in a college or university in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or the Anglophone regions or Africa, Canada, or the Caribbean, within five years of matriculating at WPI are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS* scores. Students who have studied at a school where the language of instruction is English, but the official language of the country is not English do not qualify for a waiver (e.g., study at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, does not qualify a student for the TOEFL waiver).
  6. Statement of Purpose

  7. Resume

For the standardized tests, WPI’s institution code is 3969 and all departments use the same code.

*Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. We will not accept paper IELTS test report forms. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Graduate Admissions
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609