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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 Overviews

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.

1. Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

School Highlight: This school was ranked by Industryweek.com as a Top Ten Supply Chain School.

In 2015, 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 an undergraduate major and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Supply Chain Management. Additional programs include a doctoral program in either logistics or operations and sourcing management.

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

School Highlight: U.S. World & News Report ranked this university as #3 on its list of top Supply Chain and Logistics programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Arizona State was rank the third best school with a Supply Chain and Logistics program by U.S. World & News Report. The university offers a B.S. in Supply Chain Management and a B.A. in Retail Management and Global Logistics Management. A Master of Science in Global Logistics degree is also offered by this school.

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

School Highlight: U.S. World & News Report ranks this university's Supply Chain Management and Logistics program at #5.

PSU offers an undergraduate major in supply chain and information systems, its Supply Chain Management and Logistics program ranking fifth in the country. Graduate students can earn a Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain or a Ph.D. with an Emphasis in Supply Chain and Information Systems.

Top Logistics Distribution and Materials Management Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Lehigh University Engineering and business students work together in the Integrated Product Development program Bethlehem, PA
Purdue University - West Lafayette Offers Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering Technology and Industrial Management degree programs West Lafayette, IN
Rutgers University Offers three levels of study in Supply Chain Management Newark, NJ

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