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About the Supply Management Program

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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.


Upcoming Courses


Program Update

As of August 2021, the Supply Management program updated the course titles for our core courses. There is no need to retake any courses and any coursework you completed within the past five years will still count toward the certificate requirement. Courses may now be taken in any order. Course numbers and unit values remain the same.

The San Diego Regional EDC's Advancing San Diego program is designed to address talent shortages in Business positions. The Supply Management program has been identified by the SD EDC as a preferred education provider. Learn more about the program by visiting

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Format: Online, Live Online

Some electives available in-class.

Estimated Cost: $2,519

Selection of Lean Six Sigma as elective incurs additional fee.

Duration: 6-9 months

Must complete within five years.

Business, Professional & Legal Programs


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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
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Required Courses

Complete all three.

Purchasing and the Procurement ProcessBUSA-40392

Units: 3.00


The journey of a single item from manufacturing, shipping, distribution and sales to payment is fraught with potential legal and operational pitfalls. Yet the world of commerce continues to spin non-s...

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Winter, Spring

Supply Sourcing and Cost AnalysisBUSA-40393

Units: 3.00


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, ...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Supply Management Contracting and LogisticsBUSA-40394

Units: 3.00


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 ...

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Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer


Choose any one from this group or the Process Improvement Elective Options

Project Management EssentialsBUSA-40064

Units: 3.00


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

The Sustainable Supply ChainBUSA-40742

Units: 3.00


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 ...

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Interest-Based NegotiationBUSA-40128

Units: 3.00


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...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Process Improvement Elective Options

Earn an additional credential in Lean Six Sigma and satisfy the Supply Management elective requirement.

Lean Six Sigma Green BeltMAE-40013

Units: 4.00


FREE INFORMATION SESSION:Click HERE to watch a recording of the recent Lean Six Sigma Information Session. Join our next LIVE Information Session on Thursday, March 17, 8:00 - 9:00am PT . View detai...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Lean Six Sigma Black BeltBUSA-40995

Units: 6.00


Go Beyond Your Green Belt.Blaze a path towards $100k in savings with the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program. For individuals who have successfully completed a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt training, ...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Lean Six Sigma Green and Black BeltBUSA-40996

Units: 9.00


Get Ready - Accepting Winter and Spring 2022 Enrollments Click HERE to watch a recording of the recent Lean Six Sigma Information Session. Click HERE to attend the next LIVE Information Ses...

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Fall, Winter, Spring

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

Lean Six Sigma & Supply Chain

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need to apply to the certificate before enrolling in classes?

We recommend applying to the certificate prior to starting the program. However, all classes are open to the public and you may enroll in individual courses without joining the certificate program. This is great for working professionals who may just want to pick up specific skills.

By applying to the certificate, you ensure all coursework you complete will count toward the certificate program and you will receive regular updates and reminders from program advisors to help keep you on track.

If you have already taken some courses in the program, but not yet applied to the certificate, it is not too late. You may apply to the certificate and have past coursework counted toward the program requirement provided it was completed within the past five years and you received a grade of C- or better.

How do I enroll in classes?

Most students enroll directly through our website by navigating to the course page they want and clicking the "Add to Cart" button. Check out this short instructional video for exact steps.

Alternatively, you my enroll:

You will be able to view your courses in My Extension within 24 business hours after submitting your enrollment.

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.

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.

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

Advisory Board



ASCM San Diego Chapter

Andy Lamb, CPM

Director, Supply Chain Management

Rutland Regional Medical Center

Hyoduk Shin, PhD

Faculty Director, Institute for Supply Chain Excellence

Rady School of Management

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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.