A Four-Course Certificate Program

Dates: TBA
Location: Penn State Harrisburg

To Register: If you are interested in registering for this program, please review the requirements provided here, then contact the program coordinator to begin the process.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate

Penn State Harrisburg's Logistics and Supply Chain Management program prepares an organization to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. To stay competitive in a rapidly changing economy, you need access to the most up-to-date information available. Our program gives your employees the state-of-the-art training they need to keep your business running efficiently and effectively.

The four course certificate covers such key areas as systems analysis, trade-off analysis, transport systems, procurement, inventory management and supply chain integration and strategy. The implications of e-commerce in relation to supply chain management are also explored. The courses provide a broad overview of logistics and supply chain management and address the needs and perspectives of individuals from a wide range of areas, including manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, merchandisers, transportation and warehousing firms and government agencies.


  • Join the ranks of those who have benefited from attending Penn State’s supply chain and information systems program, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive program in the world.
  • Update your knowledge of logistics, the second largest employment sector in the United States
  • Increase your awareness of the most influential factors affecting logistics today
  • Develop an understanding of future trends and their strategic implications

Who Should Enroll?

  • Buyers, agents and representatives 
  • Logistics and transportation managers, analysts and planners 
  • Operations/warehouse personnel 
  • Customer Service, order fulfillment and inventory control managers

Credit and Noncredit Course Option

All courses are taken for a letter grade and require 37.5 hours of course work. Students completing all four courses will earn a Certificate of Completion from Penn State. Those who do not wish to take the entire series are welcome to register for any course of interest. Students who take the courses for credit may do so as nondegree students and are not required to apply to the university; however, if you wish to pursue a degree at a later date, the credits earned may apply. Students enrolled in credit courses earn three credits per course.

A noncredit enrollment option is also available to students at an adjusted tuition rate and students will earn 3.75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of each course. The CEU is based on a standard of one unit per ten hours of classroom contact.

Courses Required for Certificate: One course is offered each semester in succession.

SCM 301—Business Logistics Management
Business Logistics Management is an introductory course that provides an overview of key logistics and supply chain management processes, concepts, and methodologies. Emphasis is given to the framework for supply chain management, the analysis of logistics cost and service trade-offs among inventory, transportation, and warehousing activities, the strategic role of information technology in supply chains, the use of third-party logistics providers, and methods of measuring value of logistics performance. Instruction includes class participation, exams, practical exercises, and case studies.

SCM 320—Transport Systems
Transport Systems develops an understanding of the strategic role of freight transportation systems in supply chain networks. Emphasis is given to the components of transportation systems, including inter-modal and intra-model competition, their technological features, operational processes and cost conditions, the buyer-seller channels for acquiring transportation services, and the strategic and tactical alternatives for transport procurement. Instruction includes class participation, exams, practical exercises, and case studies.

SCM 405—Warehousing and Terminal Management
Warehousing and Terminal Management focuses on the administration of warehouse and terminal functions in logistics systems, with analysis of customer service, forecasting inventory, investment, layout design, and operation. Instruction includes class participation, exams, practical exercises, and case studies.

SCM 415—Strategic Procurement
Strategic Procurement offers special emphasis on the analysis of supply markets, supplier selection, building and maintaining key supplier relationships for long-term success, strategic planning, and use of information technology. This course develops an understanding of the strategic framework, the managerial issues, and the best practices related to the planning and execution of “source” processes. Special attention is given to the capabilities, methodologies and key measurement criteria, relationships, levers, and methods needed for responsive, flexible, and efficient procurement strategies and operations. Instruction includes class participation, exams, practical exercises, and case studies.

Instructor Information

Dr. Richard Young holds a B.S. in Operations Management from Rider University, an M.B.A. in Marketing from the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. in Business Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Young is a member of the Council of Logistics Management (CLM), the Canadian Association of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (CALM), the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), the American Society for Transportation and Logistics and the Chartered Institute of Transport (United Kingdom) which appointed him to Fellow status.

Registration and Information

Erin Shannon