Purchasing Degree and Certification Programs

Many degree programs related to purchasing are available, including programs in logistics and supply chain management. Read about associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees that emphasize coursework in purchasing. Learn about certification options for professionals in the purchasing field. Schools offering Procurement degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Undergraduate Degrees Are Available?

If you're just starting out, you might consider earning an undergraduate degree as your first step. One option is to start with an associate's degree, which takes about two years to complete. An associate's degree program in purchasing or supply chain management introduces you to the field of study. The curriculum includes some general education and business classes in addition to classes in your field of study that cover things like logistics, transportation, pricing strategies and negotiation.

The more traditional route is earning a bachelor's degree, which is usually completed in four years. A bachelor's degree program offers a more in-depth look into the field of purchasing and includes additional general education and business-core credits. Some of the classes for your major may include:

  • Financial management
  • Retail management
  • Manufacturing resource planning
  • Business to business marketing
  • New product development
  • Business policies
  • Strategic cost management

Undergraduate Programs Associate's and bachelor's degrees
Undergraduate Course Topics Retail management, business policies, business to business marketing, strategic cost management
Graduate Programs Master's and doctoral degrees
Certification Options Exam given through the Institute for Supply Management

What Graduate Degrees Are Available?

If you're looking to advance your education, a master's degree program that focuses on purchasing or supply chain management is an option. Master's degree programs usually take about two years to complete. You can expect to complete upper-level classes in purchasing and to complete a master thesis.

If you are interested in an academic career, you may choose to enroll in a Ph.D. program. Earning your Ph.D. requires you to complete classes specific to your area of focus along with classes that cover research strategies. You also work closely with your faculty to research and write your doctoral dissertation, which must be defended in front of the department board prior to being awarded your doctoral degree.

How Do I Become Certified?

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) administers the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) exam for those who wish to work in purchasing. A bachelor's degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university is required before you take the exam. You are also expected to complete three years of full-time work experience in the field. The exam has three parts that covers topics like supplier relationship management, logistics, project management and strategic sourcing.

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