According to the US Department of Labor, the US will need a million more logistics workers this year but will come up 800,000 short. A fifteen billion dollar industry, logistics jobs will increase by over 25 percent by 2020, despite the shortage of workers. Getting a Masters in Operations and Management can prepare you for a career in leadership in multiple areas, including contract management, project management, logistics, quality assurance, and overall business management. One last thing to note is that the tuition rates listed below reflect the cost of the entire program, start to finish. Our data comes from the university and colleges’ websites as well as nationally recognized U.S. News and World Report and The National Center for Education Statistics.
University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool is located England but their Masters of Science in Operations and Supply Chain Management degree can be taken fully online, meaning students achieve a distinctively global education from their homes. And unlike many others on this, the University of Liverpool includes a specialization in oil and gas management. This program is offered through the university’s Management School, which is accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 5 percent of business schools worldwide receive this elite, much-coveted accreditation from AACSB, making this program one of the best.
University of Wisconsin–Stout
At the University of Wisconsin–Stout (UW–Stout) you can attain a Master of Science in Operations and Supply Management that has been certified by the USDLA, the United States Distance Learning Association, and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, making it a renowned program marked by its quality. This program includes three areas of concentrations: quality management, operations management, and project management. Graduates from UW–Stout go on to work in a number of fields, including but not limited to: project manager, supply chain analyst, materials manager, manufacturing engineer, and more.
Tuition: $26,452 out-of-state / $12,492 in-state
New England College
New England College’s Master of Science in Operations Management is a thirty-six credit hour program that has students take two courses per seven-week term. Students learn how to increase management and leadership skills, the history and evolution of leadership theory, the dynamics of global operations, ethics, problem-solving, and more. New England College is a private liberal arts college located in Henniker, New Hampshire and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Though their curriculum takes place fully online, they boast a highly collaborative learning environment.
University of Southern Mississippi
Through the School of Construction, the University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss) offers a Master of Science in Logistics, Trade, and Transportation that can be completed in as little as one year. For those more interested in the shipping side of supply management, Southern Miss’s curriculum is a combination of global trade theory, economics, and supply logistics. There are also multiple avenues of study: online, in-person, and the executive/hybrid format, which allows professional students to continue working as they pursue this degree.
Florida Institute of Technology
Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the Master of Supply Chain Management at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) features a broad curriculum. Students are trained to communicate, plan, and lead effectively, to reduce costs and improve systems, to manage venders, deliveries, and inventories. Most of the students in the program are working professionals who bring their expertise and experience to the collaborative learning environment. Class sizes are small at FIT and faculty members take a markedly mentoring approach to teaching.
Governors State University
Governors State University stands apart from some of the other institutions on this list in that they provide, not a Masters of Science, but a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Supply Chain Management. Taking only seventeen months to complete, Governors’ accelerated program focuses on forecasting and optimization, materials management, sourcing, distribution, warehouse inventory, and cutting-edge theory. The program is 100 percent online, offers student fellowships, and is fully accredited.
Tuition: $22,104 out-of-state / $11,052 in-state
Friends University is a private, Christian university located in Wichita, Kansas. The Master of Management Information Systems (MMIS) emphasizes the integration of information systems and business culture. There are four concentrations students can choose from: business analytics; management information systems; security; and supply chain management and logistics. Friends University’s MMIS program is more research oriented than some of the other programs listed here with a curriculum marked by methodology, analytics, data interpretation, and more.
A private, non-profit university located in Bellevue, Nebraska, Bellevue University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. They offer a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management that can be taken fully online. For those looking for a degree that will prepare them to work in the government or military, Bellevue’s program is specifically designed to train students in legislation, regulation, methodology, contracting, sourcing, and more. Additionally, the curriculum can be helpful for those seeking to obtain a Level II or III Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification.
University of Roehampton
With three locations in the United Kingdom, the University of Roehampton is a public university that also has a broad online learning platform. They offer a Master of Science in Strategic Supply Chain Management that consists of 180 academic credits. The coursework is split into seven modules, each of which is twenty credits, and is followed by a management research project that is forty credits. Each module is approximately three months long, with a two-week break that follows, making the duration of this program around twenty-nine months. Students at Roehampton are prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to be leaders in the global business marketplace.
Georgia College is a public liberal arts university located in Milledgeville, Georgia that offers a Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MLSCM) degree that can be taken fully online. Not only is it the most affordable program on the list, it is also one of the most efficient; it requires only thirty credit hours to complete. And with over forty years of providing logistics and supply chain education, Georgia College has a long history in preparing students to advance their careers in this rapidly growing industry.