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Business School Launches New Grad Programs

New Certificates Offered in Supply Chain and Finance

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The Manning School of Business is launching new graduate certificate programs in supply chain management and financial management.

By Jill Gambon

The Manning School of Business is launching two new graduate certificate programs for professionals who want to deepen their expertise, broaden their skills and advance their careers.

The 12-credit programs, one in financial management, the other in supply chain operations management, will be up and running in the fall. Both are designed for mid-career professionals.

“These programs are part of our mission of offering working professionals opportunities to enhance their skills and build their careers,” says Manning School Assoc. Dean Frank Andrews.

The financial management program will consist of three two-credit courses and two three-credit courses and will cover such topics as analyzing financial statements, evaluating merger and acquisition decisions and examining the risks and benefits of using debt. 

“There are a lot of people who advance their careers in engineering, sciences and health-care professions and when they are in decision-making roles they need to better understand the financial implications of their decisions,” says Prof. Yash Puri, who teaches finance and international business in the Manning School and is working to develop the program. Puri estimates it will take 12 to 18 months for most students to complete the program.

The financial management program is designed to appeal to professionals who may not want to commit to a 30-credit master’s degree program. However, Puri expects some of the students in the certificate program will end up staying on at the Manning School to earn an MBA.

The supply chain program will be run by faculty in the Operations and Information Systems Department. It is designed for engineers and managers that want to develop a deeper understanding of their organization’s global sourcing, logistics, capacity and demand management and other operations. The program’s four courses cover global supply chain and operations management and industrial engineering and will address such issues as global sourcing strategies, enterprise resource planning, measuring productivity and quality and managing technology.

Many of the courses for both certificate programs will be available online in September and all the courses are expected to be available online within a year. According to Andrews, both programs are unique in that similar courses of study are not available anywhere else in the region.