Program Overview

California State University in Dominguez Hills offers graduate students the opportunity to earn a certificate in Purchasing and Purchasing Education and Training through an innovative online blended learning format. Students of the Purchasing program will partake in the same program as students at the physical campus location, learning the essentials necessary for mid-executive level positions in a multitude of career fields. 

The Purchasing certificate program is designed for professional individuals seeking to gain a broad understanding of the necessary principles of purchasing and procurement management. The additional education may be ideal for individuals already working with or in the fields of supply chain management and quality assurance. The certificate program is comprised of five courses, each strategically covering essential topics of interest required in the industry. The coursework delves into subjects such as: cost-price analysis, negotiation, public sector procurement, legal and regulatory considerations, specification, standardization, supply, ethical issues, partnering, total quality procurement, and logistics

Students earning the certificate may see an increase in marketability when seeking to advance in current positions or pursuing higher positions within a new field. The curriculum combines the broad Purchasing education with previous experiences, to give students the dynamic understanding of purchasing principles and how to apply them. The certificate program may also be used for students wishing to continue their education at a Bachelors level by providing a foundation in emerging processes and technologies and transferrable credit hours. 

Successful students may be able to use the education to confidently pursue careers or position requiring an advanced knowledge of the logistics, manufacturing and the entire factory to consumer product, as well as the associated problems and situations. With the online program, busy students have the option of earning a valuable education, while still fulfilling current obligations with concurrent educational pursuits, careers or community programs. The certificate program may give students the comprehensive and practical skills, methods and theories needed to be effective leaders and managers in careers including aerospace, electronics, military, hospital, and retail industries.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


    No application is required for entering the certificate program.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1960, California State University Dominguez Hills is located on 346 acres in the Los Angeles area, on the original Spanish land grant, known as Rancho San Pedro. For seven generations, the Dominguez family owned the prodiverty until it was transferred to the state of California for construction of the university.

    In addition to on-campus programs, DonimguezOnline coordinates a distance learning campus supporting nine degrees and seven certificate programs. Furthermore, online programming includes general education classes, coursework for high school students, and self-paced and instructor-led professional programs. Students can access hundreds of courses via DHTV broadcasts and online streaming.


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