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  Dec 16, 2017
USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Optimization and Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Optimization and Supply Chain Management is offered by the Marshall School of Business in partnership with the Viterbi School of Engineering. The program offers individuals opportunities to expand their knowledge of the rapidly expanding uses of technology in the management of global supply chains.

The certificate may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis. Most classes applicable to the program are offered during both daytime and evening hours. Many of the courses included in the curriculum are available online.


Applicants should have a foundational knowledge (academic or experiential) of statistics and operations management.

Prospective students may apply to begin the programs in the fall, spring or summer term. Applications are submitted online at A complete application may include the online application form, responses to several essay and additional information questions, test scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts from all institutions attended since high school, and an application fee. For more information, visit

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

Required Courses*


For current USC graduate students, courses credited to graduate certificate programs may be completed in conjunction with course work required for a graduate degree program in which the student is already enrolled. Applicability of courses to the student's primary degree program is determined by the student's home department. For USC alumni, courses completed in conjunction with the individual's prior degree may not be credited toward a certificate, but may be applied toward the master's degree. If necessary, appropriate substitutions for required courses will be determined and documented by the program director.

Successful completion of a graduate certificate program is acknowledged by a certificate awarded by the university.

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