Online Certificate in Supply Chain Management Announced

October 31, 2005

Boise State University and the University of Alaska Anchorage announce a unique partnership to offer the “NEON Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate” as a new online program beginning in January 2006. The online courses are designed for professionals seeking the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage a company’s supply chain operations.

“Whether in manufacturing, retail operations, or the military, efficient global supply chains make all the difference between corporate success and failure in the 21st Century,” said Oliver Hedgepeth, chair of the Logistics department at the University of Alaska Anchorage. “This program aims to educate those business and military professionals who need more advanced skills in managing a supply chain, but do not need a full master’s degree.”

The 15 credit hour program begins with three core courses: Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Supply Chain Measurement. Upon completing those courses, the student may choose from one of two specialty areas:

    • RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) and the Supply Chain
    • Operations Excellence Along the Supply Chain
“Our online format reaches students in the own setting and does not require a busy professional to uproot a family to move to a campus,” said Lyman Gallup, Associate Professor of Operations Management at Boise State University. “In creating our courses for this program, we’ve had to rethink our course content. We needed to both to into an online format and integrate the curriculum between the two universities.”

The program is being coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education’s NEON project. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, NEON creates partnerships among universities to create new educational opportunities in the West.

For more information on the program, go to the “NEON Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate” web site at:


Russell Poulin, NEON Co-director