Manufacturing Management Certificate

Stock image: Manufacturing Management CertificateA resurgence of manufacturing across the state of New York has created a critical need for individuals with an understanding of manufacturing technologies, processes and systems and the global supply chain. In response to this growing need, SUNY Empire State College has developed a new undergraduate certificate program in Manufacturing Management designed for professionals who do not currently hold a degree in the field.

The undergraduate certificate in Manufacturing Management is designed specifically to meet the needs of individuals working in the manufacturing sector, who seek professional growth and advancement in their careers. The certificate program is designed to help students learn to successfully supervise manufacturing operations, while providing expertise in a variety of areas, such as production planning, inventory management, project management and supply-chain management. The 24-credit certificate is aimed at students who want to become managers in the manufacturing environment.

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to demonstrate an enhanced understanding of:

  • the dynamics of a manufacturing organization and how it operates within a global environment
  • global supply chains, including the impact of information technology along with supply-chain design
  • management and leadership skills in a production-based environment
  • lean manufacturing, resource planning, plant layout, inventory controls and production planning and supervision
  • the use of analytical tools to improve operations modeling and evaluation of outputs
  • manufacturing strategies and principles from a preventative and predictive maintenance standpoint
  • methods to translate customer demand into effective production and service delivery models

The 24-credit Manufacturing Management certificate program comprises six courses that may be taken online or through independent study. The certificate courses are fully applicable to a bachelor’s degree program developed in the Business, Management and Economics (BME) area of study. Certificate students who are concurrently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program are eligible to apply for federal financial aid, while those students who enroll only in the certificate program are not.


Management Principles (4 credits; lower level, non-liberal)
No prerequisite

Statistics: An Activity Based Approach (4 credits; lower level, liberal)
Prerequisite: Facility with arithmetic and basic algebra; intermediate level of experience with Excel spreadsheets, such as may be gained from a course in computer applications; and ability to install the appropriate software and describe any problems encountered.

Manufacturing Management (4 credits; advanced, non-liberal)
Prerequisites: Management principles or equivalent knowledge.

Supply Chain Management in the Global Context (4 credits; advanced, non-liberal)
Prerequisites: Upper-level standing with advanced-level critical thinking, reading, research and writing skills. In addition, Principles of Management is a prerequisite for this course. A previous study (or equivalent knowledge) in international business is desirable, but not mandatory.

Project Management (4 credits; advanced, non-liberal)
Prerequisites: Ideally, students enrolled in this course will have course work or equivalent professional experience in management (such as is covered in a basic management course); Organizational Behavior course is preferred.

Operations Management (4 credits; advanced, non liberal)
Prerequisite: An understanding of management principles and statistics through prior study or experience.

Enroll in the Certificate Program for Manufacturing Management

Currently enrolled students: download and submit the Manufacturing Management Undergraduate Certificate Registration (PDF 356kB). If you are not currently enrolled, apply online and select the certificate option.

Certificate Program Coordinators

Anant Deshpande
associate professor and academic area coordinator, SUNY Empire Online
518-587-2100, ext. 2874

Take the Next Step

Ready to advance your education and career? There’s no time like the present. Apply now, or learn more about SUNY Empire at one of our information sessions.