The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management is to provide the students with graduate level education in the fundamentals of Supply Chain Management (SCM), with particular emphasis on Department of Defense (DoD) and Air Force specific applications. In addition, lean operations related to Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century (AFSO21) will be covered. Finally, statistical data analysis and basic quantitative modeling, to include linear programming, simulation analysis, and heuristics, are included.
The objectives of this program are to educate Air Force Logistics Readiness Officers (LROs), civilians, and other DoD personnel in the above topics and to enable them to apply state of the art analytical and problem solving techniques to Air Force and DoD specific supply chain management problems, as well as enabling them to utilize the concepts of lean in similar situations
Program Outcomes (POs)
Our Program Outcomes (student knowledge/skills/abilities) produce graduate certificate conferees who exhibit:
The admission requirements for the Certificate program mirror those for the 18 month, GLM Program, with the exception of the requirement for GRE/GMAT scores. The general requirements for admission to the Supply Chain Management Certificate program are:
The Supply Chain Management Certificate Program (SCM) is an organizationally funded program that targets individuals within the acquisition or logistics career fields working at depots, labs, acquisition centers or program offices, or headquarters.
Qualified applicants admitted into the program will normally be funded for their tuition by a federal agency ("unit funded"). Academic qualification requirements aside, applicants who are not unit funded will be admitted by exception, on a case-by-case basis only. In short, entry into the SCM program requires both academic acceptance into the program and agreement on the organizational funding mechanism. The program starts each Winter quarter in agreement with the AFIT Academic Calendar.
Certificate Completion Requirements
Successful completion of the Certificate Program requires a cumulative GPA on all course work of a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale). Time to completion would be 5 quarters. There are no exit examinations required, and no final project. However, there are numerous projects and assignments required in the various courses that give an opportunity for the student to apply their knowledge to broad problems.
Description of the Curriculum
The curriculum consists of five graduate level courses for a total of 20 graduate credits, with no electives or research hours required. In addition, there is a non-credit Algebra Review (MATH 001) course, which is self-paced and web-based. The courses will be offered once a year and students will take one course per quarter, beginning in the winter quarter. The courses will be offered via distance learning in conjunction with the current academic calendar, as well as being offered in residence.
For further information on the Supply Chain Management Certificate program curriculum or the acquisition of graduates, please contact:
Lt Col Bradley E. Anderson, Supply Chain Certificate Program Director
Department of Operational Sciences
Air Force Institute of Technology
AFIT/ENS, Bldg 641
2950 Hobson Way
Wright Patterson AFB OH 45433-7765
Voice: (937) 255-3636 x4358, DSN 785-3636 x4358