Top Schools for Logistics, Distribution and Materials Management

Read about programs in logistics, distribution and materials management, also known as supply chain management. Learn about the high-ranking programs at three state universities, and find a list of other schools in the U.S. with programs for supply chain managers.

School Overview

Logistics, distribution and materials management, also known as supply chain management, refers to the flow of products and materials from one geographical location to another. The programs are typically offered by university schools of business, such as the three featured below, and can be found at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Top U.S. Schools with Logistics, Distribution and Materials Management Programs

1. Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan State University first and second respectively for its undergraduate and graduate programs in supply chain management and logistics. The school's Department of Supply Chain Management offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Supply Chain Management. Additional programs include a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Logistics Management, as well as a doctoral program in either logistics or operations and sourcing management.

2. Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ

Arizona State University is a public school that U.S. News & World Report ranked fourth in the nation for its undergraduate program in supply chain management for 2012, as well as fifth for its graduate program in the same year. The Department of Supply Chain Management in ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business offers a B.S., an MBA and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Supply Chain Management; executive education and graduate certificates in the same area are also available. ASU has the largest student population of any campus-based college or university in the U.S.

3. Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in University Park, PA

In 2009, Pennsylvania State University's supply chain programs ranked first in the country by AMR Research, a global supply chain and technology research firm. PSU offers an undergraduate degree in supply chain and information systems. Graduate students can earn an MBA and a Ph.D.

List of Ten Good Logistics, Distribution and Materials Management Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Auburn University Auburn Supply Chain Management Association Auburn, AL
Arizona State University Center for Executive and Professional Development offers continuing educational programs for professionals and executives in the industry Tempe, AZ
Lehigh University Engineering and business students work together in the Integrated Product Development program Bethlehem, PA
Michigan State University IBM On-Demand Supply Chain Center East Lansing, MI
Ohio State University - Columbus Logistics undergraduate program ranked fifth by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University - University Park Center for Supply Chain Research offers education programs, symposia, workshops and research for executive management and leadership University Park, PA
Purdue University - West Lafayette Purdue's Industrial Distribution major focuses on inventory control, logistics, purchasing and sales West Lafayette, IN
Rutgers University Supply chain management major offers three tracks of study Newark, NJ
University of Maryland - College Park International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management ranked Maryland's supply chain management and logistics program second in 2010 College Park, MD
University of Tennessee - Knoxville UT Chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Knoxville, TN

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