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About the Supply Management Program

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.

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.

Contact: SupplyManagement@ucsd.edu
 

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 visitingAdvancingSD.com.

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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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Format: Online

Some electives available in-class.

Estimated Cost: $3,395

Selection of Lean Six Sigma as elective incurs additional fee.

Duration: 9 months

Must complete within five years.

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Courses

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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid

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.

Complete all three.

Supply Management I: Purchasing & Creating RequirementsBUSA-40392

Units: 3.00

$595

Purchasing and supply management professionals must be equipped to face contemporary operational challenges. This class will expose students to industry best practices and provide an understanding of ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Supply Management II: Sourcing and Analyzing CostBUSA-40393

Units: 3.00

TBD

Understand the challenges facing a contemporary supply department and the various methods of operating to meet those challenges. The class will examine purchasing department objectives, organization, ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Supply Management III: Regulations, Contracting, and LogisticsBUSA-40394

Units: 3.00

$595

Build upon the understanding of purchasing organizations and operational objectives you gained in previous Supply Management courses. Study more advanced and specialized topics such as capital asset a...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Summer

Interest-Based NegotiationBUSA-40128

Units: 3.00

$615

Becoming a skillful negotiator is essential for all professionals. Learning to produce superior outcomes through negotiations is a learnable skill that can benefit individuals in any field. Negotiatio...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

The Sustainable Supply ChainBUSA-40742

Units: 3.00

$595

Managing a supply chain that is not only efficient, but encourages the sustainability of resources has become a challenge for companies of all sizes. Selection of socially responsible suppliers, mode ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Project Management EssentialsBUSA-40064

Units: 3.00

$625-$639

Grow Your Project Management Knowledge and Skills Effective project management skills are important to professionals in any industry. Learn how to define, plan and execute a project whether your goal ...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Business Communication: OnlineBUSA-40945

Units: 3.00

TBD

Learn Business Communication Online Success in today s business world relies heavily on your ability to effectively present yourself and your ideas. In meetings, presentations, and conversations, prof...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Procurement and LogisticsBUSA-40976

Units: 3.00

TBD

Learn how modern Procurement and Logistics organizations take advantage of digital tools to streamline the supply chain, mitigate risk and deliver more value to end users. Understand the fundamentals ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Lean Six Sigma Green BeltMAE-40013

Units: 4.00

$1,995-$2,495

During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your educatioanl goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, our Spring courses will be offere...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Lean Six Sigma Black BeltMAE-40004

Units: 9.00

$5,495

Fall Session Begins September 10! NOTE: Program includes Green Black Belt. There are no pre-requisites to begin. Want to know more about Lean Six Sigma? Join a free Information Session Thurs...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Project Management Boot Camp may be taken in place of Project Management Essentials

Project Management Boot CampBUSA-40950

Units: 3.50

$795

Get the Project Management Skills You Need in Four Days This intensive course will examine the basics of putting together a well-defined, planned, and executed project. Students will learn how to defi...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Lean Six Sigma Information Session (Black/Green Belt)INFO-70032

Units: 0.00

TBD

Join us to learn about Process Improvement Attend our free information session to learn how Lean Six Sigma can help you to improve all business processes in any industry. Explore the various training ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Summer

Careers in Project ManagementINFO-70061

Units: 0.00

TBD

Join Us Friday, April 9th For a Free Information Session During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about updates to the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam and news rega...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer

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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?

Conditions for Admission

UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

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

Next Steps Experience

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt* are electives in the Supply Management Program:

  • Collaborate with Master Black Belt instructors and peers on real-life and simulated projects
  • In-class program provides hands-on mentorship on a project from your organization with a minimum annual savings goal of $40k for Green Belt and $100k for Black Belt.
  • Earn an additional certificate in addition to Supply Management.
*Students who successfully complete the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program can apply earned units to the Supply Management program, satisfying all of the elective units required for the certificate.

For more information about how to join one of our Lean Six Sigma courses, please contact ProcessPrograms@ucsd.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can this certificate be completed fully online?

Yes! Students can take this program fully online in the convenience of your home or office. All of the required courses and most of the electives can be completed in a fully online environment. Some elective options also have traditional in-class formats as well. For online courses, all assignments, tests and quizzes can be completed online.

How are online classes formatted?

Most, but not all, of our online courses are asynchronous, which means that you can login and complete your work anytime 24/7. The lessons for each week are accessible online. While you can view the lectures and participate at your preferred time, you will have weekly assignments, quizzes and/or tests that are due on specific dates.

Is there any financial aid associated with this program?

UC San Diego Extension has a number of financial resources to assist students. Please visit our Financial Resources page for information about staff and faculty discounts, programs for the unemployed or under-employed, private student loans and more.

If you are a veteran who served in our armed forces, you may be eligible to use your veteran education benefits to cover some or all of your program tuition. Please review our Veterans Education Benefits page for details.

Are you a member of the San Diego Chapter of the Project Management Institute? If so, you are eligible for a 20% tuition discount on our introductory Supply Management I course. To request your discount, please complete this required request form at https://forms.gle/CEAjJFENq6NNZja37
 

Advisory Board

Jeff Brown

VP Procure to Pay

Qualcomm

Steve Hill, MA, CPIM, CPM

Senior Procurement Specialist

Solar Turbines

Andy Lamb, CPM

Director, Supply Chain Management

Rutland Regional Medical Center

Hyoduk Shin

Associate Professor of Innovation, Technology and Operations

Rady School of Management

Ted Walker, MBA

Former Manager of Contract and Compliance

HD Supply

Scott Williams

Sr. Director, Global Supply Chain

Dexcom

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.