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Top Schools for Logistics, Distribution and Materials Management

Read about programs in logistics, distribution and materials management, also known as supply chain management. Learn about the high-ranking programs at four universities, and find a list of other schools in the U.S. with programs for supply chain managers.

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Logistics, distribution and materials management, also known as supply chain management, refers to the flow of products and materials from one geographical location to another. The programs are typically offered by university schools of business and can be found at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Business and Commerce, General
  • Business Statistics
  • Customer Service Management
  • eCommerce
  • Logistics, Distribution, and Materials Management
  • Management Science
  • Office Management
  • Operations Management
  • Public and Nonprofit Organizational Management
  • Purchases, Acquisitions, and Contracts Management
  • Transportation Management

School Overviews

Relevant programs are available at the four universities highlighted below. Each has earned high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

School Highlight: This school was ranked tied at #82 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan State University first and second, respectively, for its undergraduate and graduate programs in supply chain management and logistics. The school's Department of Supply Chain Management offers an undergraduate major and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Supply Chain Management. Additional programs include a doctoral program in either logistics or operations and sourcing management.

Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ

School Highlight: U.S. News & World Report ranked this university as tied at #5 on its list of top undergraduate Supply Chain and Logistics programs, and #4 on the list of graduate programs in this field.

Arizona State was tied at #129 among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The university offers a B.S. in Supply Chain Management and a B.A. in Retail Management and Global Logistics Management. A Master of Science in Global Logistics degree is also offered by this school.

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in University Park, PA

School Highlight: U.S. News & World Report ranks this university's graduate Supply Chain Management and Logistics program at #3.

PSU offers an undergraduate major in supply chain and information systems. Its undergraduate Supply Chain Management and Logistics program was ranked tied at fifth in the country for 2017. Graduate students can earn a Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain or a Ph.D. with an Emphasis in Supply Chain and Information Systems.

Rutgers University in Newark, NJ

School Highlight: The school offers three levels of study in Supply Chain Management.

Through the Rutgers Business School, students can pursue an undergraduate major in supply chain management, which includes studies of logistics, sourcing, procurement, quality management and supply chain technology. At the graduate level, the school offers an online Master of Supply Chain Management degree, an MBA concentration in supply chain management and a PhD in Supply Chain Management. The school was ranked #11 on the list of best graduate Supply Chain/Logistics programs by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Top Logistics Distribution and Materials Management Schools

Here are two more schools with strong programs in the field:

  • At Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, engineering and business students work together in the Integrated Product Development program.
  • Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, offers Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering Technology and Industrial Management degree programs.

Students who are interested in logistics distribution and materials management can find outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs at business schools that have been highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for their supply chain and logistics offerings.

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