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Undergraduate Certificate in
Enterprise Resource Planning with SAP

Program summary

Extend your knowledge and stand out in a competitive job market by studying online to complete course work and earn a certification in SAP, the leading global provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.

Application deadline

Apply by August 14 to start August 21

Credits and costs

9 Credits $620/$664 per credit

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Certifications Set You Apart

SAP® is the leading global provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. Companies — large, small, and midsized — rely on SAP software solutions to better manage their business intelligence, operations planning, and purchasing and materials.

To best use their SAP solutions, companies in a variety of industries want people with ERP certifications using SAP software. If you work in business operations, information systems, project management, or supply chain management, obtaining an ERP Certificate with SAP is a great way to extend your knowledge, stand out in a competitive job market, and make yourself a more valuable resource to the more than 183,000 employers who use SAP software solutions.

Why an ERP Certificate with SAP Online at Penn State?

As a student in Penn State's online ERP certificate with SAP program, you can gain specialized experience with modules in SAP ERP. More importantly, by using SAP as a business tool, you can gain a better understanding of how decisions in purchasing and materials management, operations planning and control, information systems, and ERP and business processes play a role in the success of an organization as a whole.

SAP University Alliances

This ERP certificate with SAP program was developed so that you can gain a valued credential from Penn State, a respected leader in online and on-campus education. 

Who Should Apply?

This certificate program is a good choice for you if you are completing a degree in, employed in, or planning to work in the following fields:

  • business management
  • operations analysis
  • project management
  • computer software
  • information systems
  • supply chain management


The online ERP certificate with SAP is a 9-credit program of study designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of SAP. To earn this certificate, you must successfully complete all three courses.

The hands-on use of SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system is an integral component of the course work. You will complete numerous lab projects both individually and in teams to work through assignments using the SAP logistics, materials management, and other applications to gain practical experience with many SAP functions.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • 3

    A problem-based, interdisciplinary course on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) concepts to help you understand the integrated software modules used to run virtually all business processes in an organization. This course explains and demonstrates in detail how business processes such as sales logistics, production/material management, procurement, and human resources are supported in an ERP software package.

    • Prerequisite

      MIS 204 or first-level programming course or with permission from the program

  • 3

    Gain detailed information on planning and control systems for business operations, including aggregate production planning procedures, disaggregation methods in hierarchical production planning, sales and operations planning, master production scheduling, material requirements planning, production activity control, lot-sizing, and capacity planning.

    • Prerequisite

      SCM 301

    • Note

      This is a unique version of this course, supplemented with SAP–specific course work and may only be taken through World Campus to count toward the certificate; transfer credit will not be considered, including from another Penn State campus.

  • 3

    Focuses on materials management and purchasing policies, procedures, and goals, including the role of purchasing in production planning and inventory management.

    • Prerequisite

      SCM 301 or SCM 310

    • Note

      This is a unique version of this course, supplemented with SAP–specific course work and may only be taken through World Campus to count toward the certificate; transfer credit will not be considered, including from another Penn State campus.

SAP Functions Covered by Course

Through exercises and lab assignments, you can learn how to perform the following SAP functions in each of the respective courses.

MIS 404 SAP Functions

  • Creating and maintaining new customer records and sales orders
  • Generating shipping labels
  • Tracking sales order shipments
  • Identifying invoices against sales orders
  • Creating customer, sales order, and accounting reports
  • Locating and documenting customer and sales order information
  • Creating and maintaining new material (product) records
  • Creating Bill of Materials (BOM) records
  • Creating and maintaining new vendor records and standard purchase orders
  • Retrieving specific human resource data (recruitment, training, and event management, personnel master data, etc.)
  • Financial accounting

SCM 445 SAP Functions

  • Creating Material Masters (finished goods, in-house production, and raw material)
  • Creating Bill of Materials (BOMs) and material routings
  • Creating work centers and capacity profiles
  • Production planning — maintaining forecasts
  • Creating independent demand
  • Maintaining Material Requirements Planning (MRP) ordering parameters
  • Executing MRP and Master Production Scheduling (MPS)
  • Maintaining inventory-related parameters
  • Releasing manufacturing orders to production
  • Creating product groups
  • Developing rough-cut capacity profiles
  • Developing aggregate production schedules utilizing rough-cut capacity planning
  • Disaggregation of product group production schedule

SCM 460 SAP Functions

  • Creating Material Masters (raw material)
  • Creating new vendors, purchase orders, purchasing requisitions, and contracts (blanket purchase orders)
  • Converting requisitions to purchase orders
  • Creating information records (to link material to vendors and set pricing)
  • Processing Request for Quotes (RFQs) and vendor quotes
  • Processing shipping notifications
  • Processing releases (purchase orders) against contracts
  • Processing goods receipt transactions (receiving goods into inventory)
  • Processing advanced shipment notifications, vendor invoices, and payments
  • Set-up and execution of MRP reorder point planning
  • Warehouse management process steps

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.

Costs and Financial Aid

Undergraduate Tuition

Undergraduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register and the number of total credits you have accrued at or transferred to Penn State. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.

2022–23 Academic Year Rates

How many credits do you plan to take per semester? If you have 59 or fewer credits If you have 60 or more credits
11 or fewer $620 per credit $664 per credit
12 or more $7,527 per semester $8,125 per semester

Financial Aid and Military Benefits

Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.

Paying for Your Certificate

Students pursuing a certificate are considered "nondegree," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid, including the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. A private alternative loan may be an option to consider.

Additionally, Penn State offers many ways to pay for your education, including an installment plan and third-party payments. Penn State World Campus also offers an Employer Reimbursement and Tuition Deferment Plan. Learn more about the options for paying for your education.

Students pursuing a degree and meeting all other eligibility requirements may qualify for financial aid.

How to Apply

Deadlines and Important Dates

  • Fall DeadlineApply by August 14 to start August 21
  • Spring DeadlineApply by January 1 to start January 8
  • Summer DeadlineApply by May 5, 2024, to start May 13, 2024

All supporting materials should be sent following the submission of your application.

For current and future course registration deadlines, visit the Registrar's website to view the academic calendar by semester

Admissions Help

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact [email protected].

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must have already completed 60 credits of course work to be eligible. Unofficial transcript(s) and course descriptions from previous institution(s) are required for evaluation. You will be instructed how to provide your transcripts after you submit your application.

The ERP certificate with SAP has the following prerequisites that must be met before enrollment in the program:
MIS 204: Introduction to Business Information Systems (3 credits)
Introduction to the use of information systems in business organizations.

SCM 301: Business Logistics Management (3 credits)
Management of logistics/supply chain processes.

If you completed college-level courses similar to either or both of the above prerequisite courses, please include a brief note with your transcript(s) that indicates the similar course names and numbers, and provides course descriptions. We recommend that you use the official course descriptions listed in your institution's course catalog (typically found on the institution's website). Program faculty will review your transcript and determine if the courses can be substitutes for the prerequisites.

Applicants who do not meet the prerequisites may take both courses from World Campus. Both MIS 204 and SCM 301 are offered most semesters. Please note that SCM 301 has its own prerequisites.

Technical Requirements 

Review the technical requirements for this program.

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Start or Advance Your Career

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You can use the knowledge gained from this program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue careers in a variety of fields, depending on your goals.

Career Services to Set You Up for Success

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From the day you're accepted as a student, you can access resources and tools provided by Penn State World Campus Career Services to further your career. These resources are beneficial whether you're searching for a job or advancing in an established career.

  • Opportunities to connect with employers
  • Career counselor/coach support
  • Occupation and salary information
  • Internships
  • Graduate school resources 

Job Titles Related to This Degree

Companies in a variety of industries all over the globe use SAP software solutions. As a graduate of the ERP certificate with SAP program, you can prepare for positions such as:

  • SAP data analyst
  • SAP support analyst
  • database administrator
  • computer systems analyst
  • budget analyst
  • program manager

Contact Us

For questions about admissions and applications, please contact World Campus Central:

World Campus Central
Phone: 814-865-1146
[email protected]

To learn more about the Undergraduate ERP Certificate with SAP, offered in partnership with the Penn State Erie Black School of Business, please contact:

Sourish Sarkar   
Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
Phone: 814-898-6800
[email protected]


  • Ozgun Caliskan Demirag

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Degree
      M.S., Operations Research, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Degree
      M.S., Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Dr. Ozgun C. Demirag is a professor of operations and supply chain management at the Penn State Behrend Black School of Business. She teaches courses in the areas of supply chain management, operations planning and control, and quantitative methods for business at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research has been published at leading journals in operations and supply chain management. She is a recipient of the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Faculty Research Award and the Penn State Excellence in Advising Award.

  • Kyle Chalupczynski

    • Degree
      MBA, Penn State Behrend
    • Degree
      B.S., Management Information Systems, Penn State Behrend

    Kyle Chalupczynski is a lecturer in management information systems at Penn State Behrend. He also teaches systems analysis, introduction to ERP and business processes, supply chain information systems with Oracle, and customer information systems with Oracle. Mr. Chalupczynski has a decade of industry experience, fulfilling various roles on software delivery teams before joining the Black School of Business. As a Certified Scrum Master, he emphasizes the importance of agility and flexibility — not just as it pertains to software development, but across all facets of IT.

  • Varun Gupta

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Operations Management, The University of Texas at Dallas
    • Degree
      MBA, The University of Texas at Dallas
    • Degree
      M.S., Supply Chain Management, The University of Texas at Dallas
    • Degree
      B.Tech., Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

    Dr. Varun Gupta is an associate professor of supply chain management and analytics. He teaches supply chain management, business analytics, and quantitative business methods. His research has appeared in top-tier journals in his fields, such as Production and Operations Management and European Journal of Operational Research. He has industry experience as a business analyst in consumer goods and retail.

  • Sourish Sarkar
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
    • Degree
      M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
    • Degree
      B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University

    Dr. Sourish Sarkar is an associate professor of operations and supply chain management. He teaches supply chain management and operations planning (using SAP) for MBA and undergraduate students. Dr. Sarkar’s research interests are inventory and supply chain management and behavioral operations. His research has appeared in the International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, and International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management.

  • Matthew Swinarski

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Management Science and Systems, State University of New York at Buffalo
    • Degree
      M.S., Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo
    • Degree
      B.S., Electrical Engineering, Clarkson University

    Dr. Matthew Swinarski is an associate professor of management information systems in the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend. His industry experience includes configuration and service contact management of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Dr. Swinarski's research and teaching areas of interest include IS outsourcing, process improvement, decision modeling with spreadsheets, and ERP systems. His research has been published in top-tier IS journals, including the Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, and European Journal of Information Systems.

  • Jianing Zhi

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Operations Management, The University of Alabama
    • Degree
      M.S., Operations Management, The University of Alabama
    • Degree
      B.S., Logistics Management, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
    • Degree
      SAS Data Mining Certificate, SAS & The University of Alabama

    Dr. Jianing Zhi is an assistant teaching professor of project and supply chain management at Penn State Behrend. She teaches statistics, supply chain management, and quantitative methods for business. Dr. Zhi's research areas of interest include supply chain network design, resource allocation, and data analytics in supply chain management. Her research involves the application of a variety of optimization techniques to solve challenging problems in manufacturing, logistics, and health care.

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