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UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned many of our courses to an online or live online format. Live Online classes are fully online with live virtual class meetings each week using our Zoom conferencing system or Virbela virtual reality software. Online classes will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. We will resume in-person classes when it is deemed safe to do so.


Today's Purchasing and Supply Management professionals, as a member of the management team, will be expected to guide their company through the evaluation and deployment of contemporary best practices to solve supply issues that go well beyond the simple buying transaction.



Some electives available in-class.


Estimated Cost


Selection of Lean Six Sigma as elective incurs additional fee.


Minimum Duration

9 months

Must complete within five years.


The Specialized Certificate in Supply Management is intended to help individuals with responsibility for buying goods and services in research, healthcare, public service, retail and manufacturing environments to keep abreast of contemporary solutions in this dynamic field. The program is beneficial for participants who currently have supply responsibility and wish to advance their career, as well as those individuals who want to explore this profession as a new career.

Coursework emphasizes the practical information and techniques needed to solve real supply issues. Students will learn underlying theories, how to apply the latest research findings, then to develop solutions, just as they would in their workplaces, through vigorous discussion and consensus building. Students quickly learn the value of their own experiences and the power of consensus-based decisions through case studies.

Program curriculum is recognized by the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) as a basic primer for Supply Management professionals, and the principles reviewed can help you to prepare for ISM's professional certification.


Student Spotlight


Catalina-Ciobanu2-(1).jpg"I gained both personally and professionally. At work, I am able to apply new strategies to improve partnerships with suppliers and engineers and offer better support to customers. I am better prepared to negotiate and know which strategies to follow or contracts to use in order to successfully manage certain projects.

Personally, I had a lot of fun and met amazing people and quality instructors who have helped guide our career paths."
- Catalina Ciobanu

Student Spotlight: Catalina Ciobanu

Better Together


Super charge your career opportunities by combining your Supply Management certificate with credentials in Project Management and Lean Six Sigma. Did you know that you can apply coursework you earn in the Supply Management program toward certificates in Project Management and Lean Six Sigma?



Transfer to Online Master’s Degree


Upon completion of approved UC San Diego Extension Supply Management coursework, as outlined in the Transfer Course Requirements, nine units can be transferred towards the Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, which offers the master's degree program fully online.

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EDC Preferred Provider


The San Diego Regional EDC's Advancing San Diego program is designed to address talent shortages in Business positions. Students of our program will be eligible for fully-funded internships at San Diego small companies. Learn more about the program by

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Certificate at a Glance


Number of courses: Approximately 5 courses
Total units: 15 units needed
Estimated cost: $3,395 (Students that elect to take Lean Six Sigma Green or Black Belt will incur additional fees; please see course page for exact tuition fee.) 
Minimum time to complete: 9 months*
Delivery: Online delivery. Select electives available in-class.

*Students have up to five years from the start of program to complete it although it can be completed in as little as nine months.


There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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" Excellent, current information. Able to put new learnings to work right away. "
-Supply Management Student
" As a direct benefit, I got an offer from a local company in a position of supply chain specialist. This program helped me establish the foundation of supply chain management. "
-Supply Management Student

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