Entry-level positions in logistics management may be obtained after completion of a bachelor's degree. Those looking for career advancement may want to consider graduate study in the field, which is available at many schools.
Logistics Management Schools
The following schools offer programs in logistics management or related fields:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, Massachusetts||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's, Doctoral||$46,400 (graduate)*|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, Michigan||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,560 (undergraduate); $16,122 (graduate)*|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, Arizona||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,158 (undergraduate); $10,610 (graduate)*|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, Ohio||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,037 (undergraduate); $11,560 (graduate)*|
|Penn State University||University Park, Pennsylvania||4-year, Public||Master's||$19,328 (graduate)*|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$40,625 (graduate)*|
|Stanford University||Stanford, California||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate||$12,000 (certificate program fee, 2017)**|
|University of Tennessee - Knoxville||Knoxville, Tennessee||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$12,436 (undergraduate); $10,618 (graduate)*|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, Michigan||4-year, Public||Master's||$20,638 (graduate)*|
Sources: *National Center of Education Statistics and **School Website
College Selection Criteria
Students looking for education in the logistics management field can find programs at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's levels. Students interested in logistics management programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:
- Logistics management is commonly associated with supply chain management, so students may choose to enroll in combination programs in order to study both areas.
- Bachelor's degree programs may offer a more business-focused curriculum than associate's or master's degree programs do, including courses in business law, marketing and economics.
- Some graduate degree programs emphasize business or research, so consider your career goals.
- Students may want to get experience in the field by looking for programs that offer cooperative work opportunities.
Associate Degree in Logistics Management
A 2-year program may be completed as a preparatory program for a bachelor's degree. It also may qualify students for entry-level positions within transportation and carrier companies.
Bachelor's Degree in Logistics Management
Within a bachelor's degree program, students gain the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to develop solutions to transportation, procurement and warehousing problems.
Graduate Certificate in Logistics Management
A certificate in logistics management may be completed in 2-3 semesters and may include study in supply chain management.
Master's Degree in Logistics Management
A master's degree program in logistics management can commonly be completed in two years; however, accelerated programs are available that include less than a year of study. Master's graduates are qualified for mid- to senior-level management positions in the field.
Students interested in pursuing careers in logistics management have many programs to choose from at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Considerations when choosing a school include opportunities to gain work experience and what the programs emphasize.