Logisticians analyze, manage and coordinate the flow of goods, services, and capital in international market. Students receive advanced training in business and engineering principles, investigating supply and demand infrastructures and managerial techniques through research and case study analysis. They learn to plan, develop and implement strategies for managing supply and demand in the global marketplace, and they study advanced analytical perspectives in supply chain management to develop problem-solving skills in inventory theory and flexible contracting. Prior to graduation, master's students must complete a thesis. In order to apply, students are required to hold a bachelor's degree, preferably in engineering, science or mathematics.
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Master's Degree in Logistics
The curriculum covers current research and strategy in logistics, business policy, technology systems, practical perspectives, and leadership skills. Common course titles include:
- International logistics
- Supply chain planning
- Logistics management
- Logistics systems
- Management accounting
- Transportation systems design
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
Graduates have the expertise and managerial experience to acquire advanced positions in government and manufacturing industries. Typical job titles for logisticians with advanced education include integrated logistics support manager, product planner and logistics team leader. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected a 2% employment increase for logisticians between 2014 and 2024, which is slower than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for logisticians was $74,260 as of May 2015 (www.bls.gov).
Continuing Education Information
Graduates who want to pursue advanced study in the field of logistics may pursue a Ph.D. in Logistics. A doctorate is typically required for high-level careers in research and academia.
A master's degree in logistics combines business and engineering concepts to prepare students for careers in the industry or advanced study. Graduates can attain jobs as product planners, logistics team leaders, and integrated logistics support managers.