Logistics programs tend to be offered through graduate schools at 4-year colleges and universities. Many schools strongly encourage only students with logistics work experience to apply and some only accept students with a science, math or engineering background, while others offer part-time programs aimed at students with corporate experience and a Master of Business Administration degree.
10 Logistics Schools
Here's a list of institutions with applicable programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, Massachusetts||4-year, private not-for-profit||Master's, doctorate||$46,400|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, Michigan||4-year, public||Master's, doctorate||In-state $16,122 Out-of-state $31,674|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, Arizona||4-year, Public||Master's, doctorate||In-state $10,610 Out-of-state $22,580|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, Ohio||4-year, public||Master's, doctorate||In-state $11,560 Out-of-state $31,032|
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, Pennsylvania||4-year, public||Master's, doctorate, certificate||In-state $19,328 Out-of-state $33,142|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||4-year, private not-for-profit||Doctorate||$40,625|
|Stanford University||Stanford, California||4-year, private not-for-profit||Master's doctorate, certificate||$45,729|
|University of Tennessee-Knoxville||Knoxville, Tennessee||4-year, public||Master's doctorate||In-state $10,618 Out-of-state $28,806|
|University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, Michigan||4-year, public||Master's||In-state $20,638 Out-of-state $41,688|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||4-year, private not-for-profit||Master's doctorate||$31,068|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
When trying to select a graduate school for logistics, students should consider the following:
- Students should consider how much time they have to devote to a logistics graduate program, since most schools only offer full-time weekday programs and only a few have night classes or online options.
- Students might want to check a school's website for scholarship programs because there are many corporate-sponsored and school-sponsored financial scholarships for study in the logistics field.
- Students should look for schools that have their own logistics research organizations or centers of excellence, as valuable experience can be gained working for these organizations while pursuing a degree. Students can make high-level contacts at client corporations, as well as be hired for full-time positions at school-sponsored organizations.
- Students should also look into existing alumni associations to see what networking opportunities exist to help find a position after graduation.
Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
The basics of logistics and supply chain management are covered in this 18-credit program. This certificate is often granted in conjunction with a master's degree in business or engineering. Depending on the school, students may be able to focus their studies in international logistics, logistics software, e-commerce, quality or operations.
Master of Science in Logistics
Geared towards working professionals, this program teaches students how to leverage the supply chain to gain a competitive edge. A master's thesis is required for graduation.
Ph.D. in Business: Logistics
A strong focus on analytics and international management forms the core of this program. Doctoral candidates are usually required to complete 1-2 years of student teaching at the degree-granting school. Along with completing a dissertation, students are often required to present one or more papers at a national logistics conference approved by the dissertation committee.
In graduate-level logistics programs, students receive an advanced education in supply chain operations and often get to choose a concentration. When selecting a school, students should research the existence of networking opportunities and financial aid programs.