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Many colleges offer logistics training within supply chain programs in both the engineering and management aspects of the field. Students can obtain bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees focusing on logistics and supply chain management. Logistics refers to the movement of products and services through complex systems. The three schools described below were highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for their graduate programs in this field in 2016, and a broader list of strong schools for logistics is also provided.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA
|School Highlight: The master's in supply chain management program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can be completed in 10 months and includes site visits, thesis projects, and an Innovation and Leadership series.|
MIT was the top-ranking graduate school for supply chain and logistics, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2016. The Center for Transportation & Logistics offers a Master of Engineering in Logistics program with courses in transportation systems, operations management, and product development. Supply chain master's programs with international components and a doctoral program in logistics are also available from the center. Additionally, logistics students may consider the System Design and Management Program operated jointly by the School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management.
Ohio State University in Columbus, OH
|School Highlight: The Fisher College of Business offers action-based learning that includes field courses, case and business plan competitions, and a Washington campus.|
U.S News & World Report named Ohio State University as the 7th-best graduate school for logistics and supply chain education in 2016. Logistics is one of 13 specializations available in the undergraduate business program. Corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Nestle, and Dow Chemical have employed recent graduates of the Bachelor of Science program. Jointly offered through the Fisher College of Business and the College of Engineering, a Master in Business Logistics Engineering is awarded upon successful completion of 45 credit hours of coursework in logistics, supply chain management, mathematical modeling, and facility design.
Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ
|School Highlight: ASU has a department dedicated to the logistics discipline - the W.P. Carey Department of Supply Chain Management.|
For 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Arizona State University's graduate program in supply chain and logistics #4 in the country. Through the W.P. School of Business, ASU offers a Master of Science in Global Logistics degree that focuses on international logistics topics, including emerging markets and intercultural management. The program can be completed in 9 months. At the undergraduate level, ASU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in global logistics management. This program is available entirely online.
Top U.S. Schools
These universities also offer programs relevant to logistics management:
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||The supply chain management undergraduate program was ranked 1st by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||The Kellogg School of Management's executive program, which offers an operations & technology program for supply chain management, is housed in the self-contained Allen Center that provides classrooms, dining rooms, and sleeping quarters for students.|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, IN||Graduate students can earn a Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM) in one full-time year that can include cross-functional, cross-cultural, on-site, and interdisciplinary projects.|
|University of Arkansas||Fayeteville, AK||The Walton College's Department of Supply Chain Management includes a supply chain management research center.|
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||The Master of Supply Chain Management program offered by the Ross School of Business incorporates paid consulting opportunities.|
|University of Tennessee||Knoxville, TN||The highly ranked MBA for Global Supply Chain includes immersion opportunities all around the world.|
|University of North Texas||Denton, TX||A Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management program can lead to professional certification from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.|
Through top-ranked universities, students can study logistics management and closely related topics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Some of these programs provide a specific international focus.