For individuals aiming to enhance their strategic supply sustainability and operational effectiveness.

Participants will explore all aspects of supply chain management (SCM) strategy in their organizations, from relationships between logistics and SCM, to supply chain mapping, performance measurement using a balanced scorecard, and implementation of supply chain management.

Supply chain managers are in a natural position to spearhead sustainability initiatives—by using resources to meet current needs without compromising the ability to meet future needs. Students will examine traditional industry models as well as those that encompass new concepts such as value constellations and business ecosystems.

Online certificate of completion requirements

The Supply Chain Management online certificate of completion is made up of eight online courses worth one credit each (see schedule). All eight online courses must be completed to earn the Supply Chain Management online certificate of completion.


Fees are $1108 per course which includes all materials, and Graduate Student Association fees of $13 per credit. AU alumni (degree holders only) will receive a 20% reduction.

Transfer credit available

All eight online courses can transfer to a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Leadership and Management (PBDLM). You will need to complete ten additional credits to satisfy requirements to earn the PBDLM.  In addition, three online courses may transfer for one three-credit elective within Athabasca University’s online MBA for executives should you meet the entry requirements and be accepted into the MBA.

What will you learn?

You will gain understanding, knowledge, and fluency in:

  • purposes and methods of supply chain mapping; how supply chain mapping differs from process mapping.
  • introductory logistics with special emphasis on integrated logistics and logistics outsourcing.
  • issues related to developing sustainable or ‘green’ supply chains.
  • principles and scope of the triple bottom line (environmental, economic and social).
  • types of 3PLs, relationships with 3PLs and 4PLs.
  • upstream (purchasing) issues and downstream (marketing and distribution.
  • change management strategies to implementing effective change within your organization.
  • appraising organizational resources and conduct industry analysis using strategy frameworks.
CourseStart DateEnd DateRegistration
550-LSCM: Strategic Supply Chain ManagementJan 8, 2018Feb 4, 2018Dec 10, 2017
558-LGSC: Green Supply ChainFeb 19, 2018Mar 18, 2018Jan 21, 2018
575-LRKM: Risk ManagementApr 2, 2018Apr 29, 2018Mar 4, 2018
571-LSMI: Strategic Management IMay 14, 2018Jun 10, 2018Apr 15, 2018
559-LOSL: Outsourcing and LogisticsJun 25, 2018Jul 22, 2018May 27, 2018
551-LMOC: Leading People Through Organizational ChangeAug 6, 2018Sep 2, 2018Jul 8, 2018
576-LTIN: Technology and InnovationSep 17, 2018Oct 14, 2018Aug 19, 2018
577-LBSC: Operations Balanced ScorecardsOct 29, 2018Nov 25, 2018Sep 30, 2018
*Course dates subject to change