Graduate Certificate in Optimization and Supply Chain Management

Curriculum / Program Requirements

The graduate certificate requires successful completion of 15-units with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 for all units applied to the certificate.

Current USC graduate students, may complete the Graduate Certificate in Optimization and Supply Chain Management in conjunction with course work required for the program in which the student is already enrolled. Applicability of these courses to the student's primary degree program is determined by the student's home department. Current MBA students may apply all 15 units of the graduate certificate program to their MBA degree. (Note: conferral of the certificate and documentation on the transcript requires that the individual formally apply to the program and be admitted. See the Admissions page for more information about this process.)

For USC alumni, courses applied to the individual's previously completed degree may not be credited toward the certificate.

Note: Students admitted to Summer/Fall 2021, or later terms, will follow the below requirements. Current Certificate students admitted to Spring 2021, or earlier terms, should refer to their STARS report for their degree requirements.

Required Courses (6 units)

At least three units from the following:

DSO 565  Supply Chain Analytics (3)
DSO 581  Supply Chain Management (3)
DSO 505 & DSO 506 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5) AND Sourcing and Supplier Management (1.5)

AND at least three units from the following:

DSO 547  Designing Spreadsheet-Based Business Models (3)
DSO 570 The Analytics Edge: Data, Models, and Effective Decisions (3)
ISE 530 Optimization Methods for Analytics (3)

Electives (complete courses from the following list to total 15 units)

CE 589 Port Engineering: Planning and Operations Analysis (4)
DSO 520 Logistics Management (3)
DSO 522 Applied Time Series Analysis for Forecasting (1.5 or 3)
DSO 548 Emerging Technologies in Supply Chain Management (3)
DSO 549 Application of Lean Six Sigma (3)
DSO 580 Project Management or ISE 515: Engineering Project Management (3)
DSO 582 Service Management: Economics and Operations (3)
DSO 583 Operations Consulting (3)
GSBA 504ab or GSBA 534  Operations Management (3)
ISE 506  Lean Operations (3)
ISE 513 Inventory Systems (3)
ISE 514 Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling (3)
ISE 515 Engineering Project Management (3) or DSO 580: Project Management (3)
ISE 580 Performance Analysis with Simulation (3)
ISE 583 Enterprise Wide Information Systems (3)

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate program is documented on the graduate's USC transcript and acknowledged with a certificate (diploma) issued by the University of Southern California. For more information, write to or call (213) 740-3198.

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