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.


Complete 15 units from the list below including at least 3 units of DSO and/or GSBA courses:

CE 589 Port Engineering: Planning and Operations Analysis (4 units)
DSO 505 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5)
DSO 506 Sourcing and Supplier Management (1.5)
DSO 520 Logistics Management (3)
DSO 522 Applied Time Series Analysis for Forecasting (1.5 or 3)
DSO 547 Designing Spreadsheet-Based Business Models (3)
DSO 548 Emerging Technologies in Supply Chain (3)
DSO 549 Application of Lean Six Sigma (3)
DSO 565 Supply Chain Analytics (3)
DSO 570 The Analytics Edge: Data, Models, and Effective Decisions (3)
DSO 580 Project Management or ISE 515: Engineering Project Management (3)
DSO 581 Supply Chain 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 (formerly SAE 551) 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 530 Optimization Methods for Analytics (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.

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