Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business Introduces a New Graduate Certificate Program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved the Bolte School’s request to begin offering a new graduate certificate program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The post-baccalaureate certificate will enable the Bolte School to continue to provide a challenging and relevant academic program of graduate and professional studies that reinforces the development of analytical, strategy-specific, decision-making, and problem-solving skills delivered within a framework of ethical and socially responsible behavior. The certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management will be an integral part of the existing Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program. The certificate consists of 15 graduate credit hours, and those 15 graduate credit hours may be counted as part of the 37 graduate credit MBA program.
The certificate program will consist of five courses:
- Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management (3 Credits)
- Logistics Information Systems (3 Credits)
- Global Transport and Distribution (3 Credits)
- Supply Operations and Warehousing (3 Credits)
- Advanced Methods for Supply Chain Management and Modeling (3 Credits)
Graduates of the program will be prepared to serve in managerial leadership roles in the transportation, manufacturing, medical, and retail sectors as well as in many military functions. Persons employed as logisticians analyze and coordinate logistical functions and are responsible for the entire life cycle of a product from acquisition to distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources. Logisticians are employed in an array of occupations including: transportation analysts; purchasing managers, buyers and purchasing agents; and management, scientific, and technical consulting services. Graduates of the program will possess technical skills supplemented with interpersonal and ethical approaches to procurement, transport, and distribution functions.
Given the significant advancements in global transportation, production, and trade in the past few decades, individuals with skills and knowledge in logistics are in high demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs in the field of logistics are projected to grow much faster than jobs in other occupations between 2008-2018.
Classes in the new certificate program will begin in the fall of 2012.