There are various educational levels available for logistics programs. Relevant programs can be found at both two-year and four-year institutions.
10 Schools with Logistics Programs
The following is a list of 10 schools that offer logistics programs. Tuition is based on the 2015-2016 school year:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,037, in-state; $27,365, out-of-state|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,806, in-state; $34,676, out-of-state|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,632, in-district; $3,360, in-state; $3,756, out-of-state|
|Texas A & M University||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,176, in-state; $28,768, out-of-state|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,560, in-state; $36,360, out-of-state|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$15,054, in-state; $30,214, out-of-state|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,504, in-district; $3,184, in-state; $3,544, out-of-state|
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, TX,||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,320, in-district; $2,064, in-state; $4,920, out-of-state|
|California State University-Long Beach||Long Beach, CA||4-year, Public||Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's||$6,452, in-state; $17,612, out-of-state|
|University of Maryland-College Park||College Park, MD||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$9,996, in-state; $31,144, out-of-state|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, Schools' websites
School Selection Criteria
Here are some factors to consider when selecting a logistics or supply chain management school:
- For students who are interested in getting practical training in the field, it can be helpful to find out whether internships are available or required for degree completion.
- Students may want to look for programs that provide specific preparation for professional certification exams, as certification can improve job prospects.
- Students may want to focus on schools that are ranked for their logistics and supply chain management programs by respected organizations, like U.S. News and World Report.
- Students who are currently working or have other scheduling constraints may look for online logistics programs.
Associate's Degree Programs
Two-year associate's degree programs in logistics typically lead to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS). In addition to general education courses and foundational business studies, students learn the basics of supply chain management. Common topics of study include warehousing, transportation and materials management.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor's degree programs in logistics confer either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. At some schools, logistics is not offered as a major, but rather as a concentration within a broader business-related program. Over the course of these four-year programs, students take the same introductory courses as those provided in associate-level programs, but they also have the chance to explore more advanced topics, such as global logistics, business policy and organizational behavior. An internship may also be required.
Master's Degree Programs
Master of Science (MS) programs in logistics provide students with the advanced education they need to pursue high-level management positions in the field. Common graduate-level course topics include sustainability, acquisition, risk management and process improvement. Another option is to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in logistics management. These programs are divided between a core of advanced business courses and a series of logistics classes. Students may also have the chance to specialize their studies to prepare for careers in the government, military or private sector.
Doctoral Degree Programs
Students who want to go into academia rather than industry can pursue a PhD in logistics. In these programs, students conduct faculty-supervised research in a particular subfield of logistics, such as strategy, operations or management, and they ultimately produce a publishable dissertation. Most graduates find work as university professors.
Certificates in logistics are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate certificates typically cover the same topics as associate's degree programs, except that they do not include general education requirements. These programs typically take one year to complete. At the graduate level, certificates are available for professionals who want to advance their education or earn continuing education credits in order to meet recertification requirements. These certificates typically focus on one particular aspect of logistics, such as distribution operations analysis, supply chain leadership development or supply and demand planning.
Many institutions offer logistics degrees, so students should determine what level of training they want, as well as a school's reputation for logistics and supply chain management education. Tuition varies widely by school.