Procurement and Supply Chain Management



“Supply chain management (SCM) is the active streamlining of a business' supply-side activities to maximize customer value and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. SCM represents an effort by suppliers to develop and implement supply chains that are as efficient and economical as possible. Supply chains cover everything from production, to product development, to the information systems needed to direct these undertakings.” 


There is no better time to study the critical role supply chain management plays in an organization’s bottom line. Historically supply chain and purchasing was a very reactive profession, fulfilling the orders that came down from various departments. But, today’s supply chain professional is radically different. The SCM professional works collaboratively with individuals in the organization to fulfill their needs in a proactive way. He or she looks outside the company to ensure the whole system—logistics, supply and procurement are efficient, cost effective and sustainable. With the right skills the supply chain manager gains a practical understanding of continuous process improvement through effective use of logistics planning and navigates the path of profitability.


•    U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

•    Glassdoor: Supply Chain Manager Salaries

•    Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®), a not-for-profit professional supply management organization worldwide. 

•    APICS, professional supply management organization worldwide. 

•    RSI Logistics

•    CareerOneStop, a project of of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

•    The Institute for Public Procurement


The Profession

“The need for top-notch supply chain management is escalating around the world. As a result, professionals with the leadership skills to create and manage high-performing supply chains are more elusive and difficult to find, yet are critical for organizations to succeed.” 

—From “The Rise of Supply Chain,” APICS Annual Report 2016

Supply chain management (SCM) is all about providing an organization the resources it needs to accomplish its mission and objectives—finished goods, raw materials, equipment, services, and everything in between. Every business sector, public and private, has a need for SCM professionals who understand best SCM practices to drive savings and profitability. Among the many SCM roles are buyers, material planners, logistics managers, data analysts, and procurement directors.

During the last two years in North America, the industry has experienced record orders for robotics and automated supply chain equipment as well as an explosion in the SCM software market. The industry will not be looking for people to stack pallets, retrieve products from the top shelf, or other manual jobs. SCM professionals will be operating in higher level leadership positions and will working with an evolving digital supply chain that is making logistics faster than ever. Gartner industry analysts estimate the SCM software revenue will exceed $19 billion by 2021.


•    $104,861 —a national average supply chain manager salary (Glassdoor, as of Nov. 4, 2017)
•    $74,170—logisticians 2016 median annual pay (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
•    $95,000—supply chain undergrad starting salary (2016, Michigan State University) 


There is a 6:1 ratio of global demand vs. supply chain professionals, according to Nick Little, managing director of the Railway Management Program at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.  In 2016, the supply chain management professional estimated a 30 percent annual growth rate of supply chain jobs requiring trained and educated people. 

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics is somewhat more conservative, forecasting that jobs within supply chain and logistics management will grow by more than 20 percent between now and 2022. 

New job opportunities are very likely in the future, given the large number of job openings projected for this profession by CareerOneStop, a project of of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.


UCSC Silicon Valley Extension students earning a professional certificate in Procurement and Supply Chain Management will demonstrate the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO):

•  PLO1 Acquire understanding of supply chain management role in an organization through strategic/master planning of resources in a supply chain.

•  PLO2 Apply principles and concepts of sustainable supply chain strategies and data analytics in the supply chain process.

•  PLO3 Identify the principles of customer and supplier relationship management in supply chains by developing problem solving abilities, critical thinking skills, and the ability to apply effective written and oral communication skills to business situations.

•  PLO4 Apply logistics and purchasing concepts to improve supply chain operations through principles of quality and lean manufacturing, incorporating complexities of international shipping terms, including transportation law and deregulation.


The UC-level, accredited SCM Certificate program curriculum reflects the top skills professionals need to be successful, including:
•  Advantages of supply and logistics planning;
•  Complexities of international shipping terms, including transportation law and deregulation;
•  SCM quality management tools;
•  Effective procurement strategy and leading trends; 
•  Data analytics in the supply chain process;
•  Sustainable supply chain strategies;
•  Emerging SCM software and new technology

In a recent report, “Millennials in Supply Chain,” (October 2017) by APICS, a national SCM professional organization, 81 percent of millennials surveyed said they felt they could make a difference in the SCM field and 88 percent said there saw opportunities for advancement in the field. Also, 65 percent of respondents said they intend to take continuing education programs or classes in the next 12 months to advance their careers and 45 percent believed earning professional certifications is critical to advancing in the field. 

 “Not only has supply chain emerged as a key differentiator and competitive advantage for businesses large and small, but it also brings enriching and meaningful opportunities to address a set of diverse, global, ecological and ethical challenges that have a very real and tangible impact on the world and its inhabitants – issues that millennials find worthwhile and personally rewarding,” according to the APQC, Supply Chain Management Review (Oct. 15, 2017).


Program Format

UCSC Extension’s Procurement and Supply Chain Management program is offered at UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus, a beautiful facility located on the corner of Scott and Bowers in Santa Clara. Choose courses according to your interest or declare candidacy in the certificate for a more comprehensive overview of the field.

Certificate Requirements

Total: 8 courses

Required: 6 courses, 13.5 units

Evolving Role of Supply Chain Manager, 1.5 units
Effective Procurement Strategies, 3 units
Logistics and Transportation Management, 3 units
Supply Chain Operations Management, 3 units
Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies, 1.5 units
Technology Impacts in the Supply Chain, 1.5 units

Elective: 2 courses, 2.5 units

Business and Professional Writing, 2 units
Business Law and its Environment, 3 units
Effective Negotiations: Principles, Strategies, and Techniques, 1.5 units
Managing Global Supply Chains, 1.5 units
Outsourcing and Contract Management, 1.5 units
Role of the Project Manager, 1.5 units
Supply Chain Decisions and Data Analytics, 2 units

GPA: 3.0, with a C or better in all courses.

Timeline: To earn the certificate, you must complete all minimum requirements within 3 years of declaring candidacy.

Transferring courses from other institutions: Courses completed more than 5 years prior to the date of certificate issuance cannot be used to fulfill requirements. Learn more about transferring credit here.

Required Courses

There are 6 required courses:


You must complete a minimum of 2 electives to earn the certificate.

Recommended Course Sequence

It is highly recommended that students start with “Evolving Role of Supply Chain Manager.”


The rough cost of the Procurement and Supply Chain Management certificate is $6,000.



No application is required to enroll in our courses or certificate programs. Information about our open enrollment process can be found on our Enrollment page. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the UCSC Extension Outreach office by phone at 408-861-3860, or by email at


From the schedule below, click on a course title to see sections available for enrollment. You may view the full course schedule, or enroll in the course, by clicking the respective button. The course type offerings (classroom, online, blended) are guidelines and subject to change. A blended (hybrid) course has both classroom and online components.


Declaring Candidacy

If you intend to pursue a certificate, declaring candidacy establishes program requirements early in your studies, so any subsequent curriculum changes do not affect your progress. It does not limit what courses you can take; and it helps you structure your professional development program for maximum benefit to you. Go the declare candidacy page to establish your requirements for this program. Certificate program requirements must be completed within three years of declaring candidacy.

Course Schedule

1. Required Courses (minimum 13.5 units)
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
SCMT.X400 Evolving Role of Supply Chain Management 1.5 Classroom Classroom Classroom Classroom
SCMT.X401 Effective Procurement Strategies 3.0 Classroom Classroom Classroom
SCMT.X402 Logistics and Transportation Management 3.0 Classroom Classroom
SCMT.X403 Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies 1.5 Classroom Classroom
SCMT.X404 Technology Impacts in the Supply Chain 1.5 Classroom Classroom Classroom
SCMT.X406 Supply Chain Operations Management 3.0 Classroom Classroom
2. Elective Courses (minimum 2.5 units)
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
3. Required Certificate Review
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
O-CE0506 Procurement and Supply Chain Management Certificate Completion Review Online Online Online Online