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Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management & Continuing Education in Maritime Management in Tacoma WA

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Founded by Norwegian Lutheran pioneers in 1890 and located at a 156-acre Parkland campus (suburb of Tacoma, Washington), Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) is a private university offering liberal arts and professional education. With over 3100 students and 220 professors, PLU consists of 5 colleges and schools including the School of Business. PLU offers 44 majors and 54 minors in several disciplines as well as graduate and professional degrees.

PLU is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities, a national consortium of 22 medium-sized independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. The university consistently ranks among the top 20 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Universities in the West and recently was named fourth in the West for Best Colleges for Veterans. The university has also produced 100 Fulbright Scholars.

Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Business is one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review and is located in the Morken Center for Learning and Technology. School of Business programs are accredited by AACSB International. Continuing Education at Pacific Lutheran University offers a variety of professional development courses and programs to meet the needs of business professionals and life-long learners.

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Professional Programs

Professional Business Program


  • Post-Baccalaureate Professional Business Certificate in Supply Chain Management: This certificate is open to anyone who has educational or employment experience in the field of Supply Chain, Logistics, and Operations. The post- baccalaureate professional business certificates are intended for those who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding in a specific area of business. Applicants must have either completed an undergraduate degree in Business or have relevant industry experience in the area of study.

Continuing Education Program

  • Certificate in Maritime Management: In this course, participants gain vital knowledge about maritime law and regulation, applied management theory, and vessel and terminal operations, as well as the global and local history of the industry. Participants will also spend a full day at the Port of Tacoma, talking with port and terminal employees, visiting the maintenance and repairs shop, observing rail transfer operations, viewing the Port from atop a gantry crane, and touring a vessel. The program is accredited by National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) for 20 CCS/CES credits and International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) for 16 hours of Continuing Education Credit for advancement from MPE to AMPE or maintenance of AMPE certification.

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