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Purchasing & Supply Chain Management


Degree Options

- Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences

- Certificate of Proficiency

- Certificate of Completion

- Certificate of Completion
  (focus on sustainability)



  • buyers
  • contract specialists
  • supply chain associates
  • logistics and transportation specialists
  • supplier and vendor managers
  • associate buyers


Program Advisor

Jerry Baker

Room 1408




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Purchasing and supply chain management focuses on the fundamental aspects of the supply/value chain, including methods to improve how organizations find the materials and services needed to make a product or service and deliver it to customers. Supply chain management encompasses the management of all activities involved in sourcing, procurement, production, logistics and customer relations. It also includes the crucial components of coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers.


Shoreline offers three fully online program options. You will learn fundamental aspects of the supply chain, including methods to improve acquisition and management of critical materials and services. Use any one of these credentials to help you justify a raise, qualify for promotion or simply to bolster the skill set you already possess.


Program Options

The 90-credit Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree provides an in-depth focus of the field. Students learn related business and accounting practices such as standard policies and operating procedures, negotiation techniques, planning, organization, and the legal aspects of purchasing.


The 51-credit Certificate of Proficiency is similar to the AAAS but is shorter and primarily includes business and supply chain classes.


The 26-credit Certificate of Completion leads to entry level positions in the supply chain field. Students interested in advancement are encouraged to enroll in a longer course of study to complete additional certificates or an AAAS degree.


Career Opportunities

The demand for skilled and knowledgeable professionals continues to grow in business organizations and government agencies. Entry-level annual salaries typically range from $30,000 to 45,000. Potential employers include: Manufacturing and Construction Companies, Retail Stores, Educational Institutions, Government Agencies (federal, state, counties, and cities), Public Utilities, Wholesale, Services and Distribution Firms.