Supply Chain Management

“The most exciting thing is that on any given day you can face a different challenge that can have a significant impact on the bottom line of the organization.”

—Darin Matthews, director of procurement and supply chain for UCSC 
and Extension Supply Chain Management (SCM) program chair.

Supply chain management is an expanding, diverse field where professionals can make a difference and have an impact on just about every aspect of an organization. Supply chain managers have advanced into senior leadership positions, lead sustainable procurement initiatives for organizations, and are viewed as value-adding professionals. 


It’s an evolving industry that requires strong soft skills such as collaboration as well as technological skills for cost analysis, price negotiation, effective procurement strategies, and best practices for sustainable procurement. 

While many of the more physical, entry-level jobs are going to be automated, the people who have pursued SCM certification will be best able to compete in the job market. SCM professionals, which also include logistics managers, transportation managers, purchasing managers, purchasing agents, and logistics analysts, will need to understand the emerging strategies to affect profitability and sustainability.


Students are welcome to sign up for UC-branded, accredited courses individually. The more comprehensive certification program designed and taught by working professionals in the SCM field provides a much-needed edge to people seeking to advance quickly in their company. 

Program Format

Courses are offered in classroom.

Credit Required

8 courses; 6 required courses and your choice of 2 electives.

Program Duration

Most courses take between 4 - 10 weeks to complete. Certificate, if pursued full-time, can take between 1 to 2 years

Approximate Program Cost


(Program costs are higher for F-1 students.)