Logistics refers to the movement of products and services through complex systems. Many colleges offer logistics training within supply chain programs in both the engineering and management aspects of the field. Students can obtain bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees focusing on logistics and supply chain management. The two schools described below are well-ranked for their graduate programs in this field, and a broader list of strong schools for logistics is also provided.
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA
|School Highlight: The Master's in Supply Chain Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can be completed in 10 months and includes site visits, thesis projects and an Innovation and Leadership series.|
MIT was the top-ranking graduate school for supply chain and logistics, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The Center for Transportation & Logistics offers a Master of Engineering in Logistics program with courses in transportation systems, operations management and product development. Supply chain master's programs with international components and a doctoral program in logistics are also available from the center. Additionally, logistics students may consider the System Design and Management Program operated jointly by the School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management.
2. Ohio State University in Columbus, OH
|School Highlight: The Fisher College of Business offers action based learning that includes field courses, case and business plan competitions and a Washington campus.|
U.S News & World Report named Ohio State University as the eighth-best graduate school for logistics and supply chain education in 2015. Logistics is one of 13 specializations available in the undergraduate business program. Corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Nestle and Dow Chemical have employed recent graduates of the Bachelor of Science program. Jointly offered through the Fisher College of Business and the College of Engineering, a Master in Business Logistics Engineering is awarded upon successful completion of 45 credit hours of coursework in logistics, supply chain management, mathematical modeling and facility design.
Top U.S. Schools with Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programs
|Arizona State University||ASU has a department dedicated to the logistics discipline, the W. P. Carey Department of Supply Chain Management||Tempe, AZ|
|Michigan State University||The supply chain management undergraduate program was ranked first by U.S. News & World Report for four straight years.||East Lansing, MI|
|Northwestern University||The Kellogg School of Management's Executive Program, which offers an Operations & Technology program for supply chain management, is housed in the self-contained Allen Center that provides classrooms, dining rooms and sleeping quarters for students||Evanston, IL|
|Purdue University||Graduate students can earn a Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM) in one full-time year that can include cross-functional, cross-cultural, on-site and interdisciplinary projects||West Lafayette, IN|
|University of Arkansas||The Walton College's Department of Supply Chain Management includes a supply chain management research center||Fayeteville, AK|
|University of Michigan||The Master of Supply Chain Management program offered by the Ross School of Business incorporates paid consulting opportunities||Ann Arbor, MI|
|University of Tennessee||The highly-ranked MBA for Global Supply Chain includes immersion opportunities all around the world||Knoxville, TN|
|University of North Texas||A Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management can lead to professional certification from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics||Denton, TX|