Schools with Warehouse Management Programs: How to Choose

Dec 06, 2019

Educational prerequisites for the warehouse management profession may vary, but academic certificate and degree programs in logistics and supply chain management often include instruction on warehouse operations and management training.

Students interested in pursuing warehouse management can enroll in a college certificate program or earn a degree from a professional institute. In addition to learning about the tuition rates, consider the institution type before making an informed decision on what university is the best fit for you.

Schools with Logistics Management Programs

The universities listed offer certificates, undergraduate degrees, or graduate degrees related to supply chain management and logistics.

College/University Location Institution type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Master's $54,976
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL 4-year, Private Master's $22,588
Bellevue University Bellevue, NE 4-year, Private Bachelor's $7,827
University of Alaska Anchorage, AK 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's $8,580 (undergrad, in-state)
$10,410 (grad, in-state)
University of North Texas Denton, TX 4-year, Public Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral $10,852 (undergrad, in-state)
$7,338 (grad, in-state)
Park University Parkville, MO 4-year, Private Associate's and Bachelor's $11,572
Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN 2-year, Public Certificate and Associate's $5,561
Alabama A&M University Normal, AL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,744 (in-state)
Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's, and Bachelor's $2,963 (in-state)
Lone Star College The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $1,600 (in-district)
$3,880 (in-state)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Warehouse management programs can be found at community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities, from undergraduate certificates up through master's degrees. Important considerations for students include:

  • Most certificate and undergraduate degree programs provide instruction on inventory control and warehousing operations, which suits those for an entry-level career.
  • Those with sufficient previous education - usually an associate's degree - may earn a bachelor's degree in an accelerated program.
  • Academic programs at all levels exist in online and distance learning formats.

Certificate Programs

Most logistics management certificate programs offer courses in warehouse management. Other coursework may include:

  • Transportation systems
  • Cargo management
  • Software applications
  • Distribution
  • Supervisory training

Many certificate programs can be completed in under a year and may be transferable into a degree program.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs in logistics or supply chain management commonly include warehouse management courses, and graduates typically qualify for entry-level positions. Students learn:

  • Control technologies
  • Business operations
  • Procurement procedures
  • Administrative duties

Taking approximately two years to complete and including general education courses, a degree in warehouse management can provide additional employment opportunities and a higher salary.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor's degree programs may be completed in four years and generally qualify experienced warehouse or logistics employees for management positions. A variety of business courses, including:

  • Accounting
  • International trade regulations
  • Supply chain management
  • Cost analysis and purchasing
  • Inventory control measures

Students may participate in summer internship programs with logistics companies for course credit and experience.

Master's Degree Programs

A master's degree in logistics or supply chain management can often be earned in 1-2 years, and some schools may allow work experience or professional training to count toward a degree. Advanced courses include:

  • Cargo
  • Storage control
  • Project management
  • Distribution of materials and information

A Master of Business Administration program with a concentration in warehouse management may offer extensive business and management courses. Several schools offer master's degree programs online, and graduates often use the degree to further a career into a managerial or executive role.

Most institutes offering programs related to warehouse management are typically provided through a public or private 4-year university. Students can complete a training certificate, associate's degree, and master's degree in less than four years, except when pursuing a bachelor's in logistics or management

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