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Master of Arts in Transportation and Logistics Management-Capstone Option




Program Description

The Master in Arts in Transportation and Logistics Management (TLM) is designed for serving military transportation logisticians, transportation personnel, or related specialists; government or corporate civilians involved in the transportation industry on a local, regional, national, or global scale; and students interested in joining the transportation industry but lack professional expertise in the field. This degree program provides individuals with advanced knowledge of the world of logistics from an industry-based perspective. Individuals completing this degree program will integrate theory, strategy, economic principles, and best practices of TLM to practical and real-world scenarios and activities. This degree program is versatile and relevant to the ever-changing industry needs of companies utilizing TLM.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Apply economic principles to evaluate the performance of a transportation system.
  • Analyze the history, pattern, and impact of laws and regulation on the various modes of transportation in the United States.
  • Evaluate the importance of transportation at the organizational and national levels.
  • Examine global transportation issues including systems, documentation, providers, and challenges in international transportation.
  • Contrast and compare buyer/seller relationships, third-party relationships, negotiations, bidding, contracts, and the challenges of relationship management in transportation.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation and logistics management is the second largest employment sector in the United States. In fact, transportation and logistics management is at the core of global supply chain management, encompassing manufacturing, distribution, retailing, recreation, and national security. National and global disasters such as the massive earthquakes of 2010 in Haiti and Chile focus on transportation and logistics management as the foundation for response and recovery to mitigate their tragic consequences. Careers in transportation and logistics management offer opportunities in not only a variety of transportation modes with global carriers, but with private and public sector organizations whose success depends on the global fulfillment of customers’ requirements. The technology of the 21st Century has truly revolutionized transportation and logistics management. The movement of information has become as important as the movement of goods and people, making it an exciting career for ambitious men and women.

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Useful Skills Within the Transportation and Logistics Field

Problem Solving - Identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Career Options

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the transportation and logistics management field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach.  

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. This career field in particular will likely require additional education or experience.

Air Traffic Controllers
Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
Airfield Operations Specialists
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
Aviation Inspectors
Bridge and Lock Tenders
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 
Commercial Pilots
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
Crane and Tower Operators
Dredge Operators
Driver/Sales Workers 
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
Flight Attendants
Freight and Cargo Inspectors
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 
Hoist and Winch Operators
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 
Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining
Locomotive Engineers 
Locomotive Firers
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
Material Moving Workers, All Other
Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge
Mine Shuttle Car Operators
Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other
Motorboat Operators
Packers and Packagers, Hand 
Parking Lot Attendants
Pilots, Ship
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
Rail Transportation Workers, All Other
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters 
Recycling Coordinators 
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 
Sailors and Marine Oilers
Ship and Boat Captains
Ship Engineers
Subway and Streetcar Operators
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Traffic Technicians
Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants
Transportation Inspectors
Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation 
Transportation Workers, All Other
Wellhead Pumpers

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. Below are a few examples of places that offer internships for both graduate and undergraduate transportation and logistics management students:

Hub Group 

In addition to the organizations mentioned above, there are government organized internship programs which provide students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain real life experience. Many require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. The best way to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, to search, or to look at the agencies career portal.  Keep in mind these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key.


The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university. 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation, and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in transportation and logistics management. The below list provides a few example places one might find employment using their degree.



Keeping Current: Publications and Professional Organizations
Conferences and Expositions
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Maritime Engineering Management Total Credits - 36 Hours
Core Requirements
15 Hours
History of Transportation
3 hours

This course is designed to provide the graduate student with a study of the major historical events in the transportation industry. Topics include agricultural, industrial, information, interstate, and transtate transportation events and precedents. The course will provide both broad analysis of the industry and specific seminal events in its history.

Research Methods in Transportation and Logistics Management
3 hours

This course in research methods will prepare the transportation and logistics management graduate student to understand material and issues associated with but not limited to the logic of the scientific method, research design, and qualitative and statistical analysis of data. Students will be afforded to opportunity to begin to conduct research on topics within the field of transportation and logistics management. This course is intended to provide a foundation from which the student may use the knowledge and practices gained in this course throughout the rest of their graduate program.

Transportation Economics
3 hours

The course provides the student with a coherent and integrated framework, based on micro and macro economic principles, for understanding aggregate transportation activity. Issues include: regulation, tariffs, interstate commercial policy, international trade, and transportation exchange rates.

Strategic Intermodal Transportation
3 hours

This course examines the United States and worldwide commercial freight transportation systems, with an emphasis on international intermodal surface transportation. Modal/intermodal economic and operating characteristics will be surveyed, along with cost, pricing, and regulation of transportation services. In addition, students will be introduced to electronic data interchange (EDI) in commercial transportation and the use of computer software applications in transportation management—all with the goal of providing students with an in-depth understanding of the principles of intermodal transportation systems, a grasp of transportation terminology, and the interrelationship between the Defense Transportation System (DTS) and the global commercial transportation infrastructure.

Global Logistics Management
3 hours

This course provides an understanding of leading-edge logistics management, as well as principles and techniques available to achieve optimum operational efficiencies. Topics include: development of logistics, logistical economic significance, the importance of logistics management in transportation operations, application of supply chain management concepts, role of information systems, elements and management of global logistics, distinctions and characteristics of international versus domestic logistics, global transportation options, traffic management, global transportation decision-making, management of inventory costs, measurement and control of integrated logistics systems, and development of effective world-wide logistics strategies.

Concentration Requirements
15 Hours
Port Security
3 hours

This course will survey the critical importance of ports to trade, their vulnerability to disruption and attack, and defensive measures to mitigate risk focusing on international cooperation and legislation. Special emphasis will be placed on defensive measures to protect ports from disruption or asymmetric attack, international cooperation, and national legislation.

Management Information Systems
3 hours

This course addresses information systems, to include their nature and role as key management resources. This course covers the information systems infrastructure, to include databases, knowledge management systems, enterprise information portals, telecommunications, the Internet, and wireless technology. It examines the topics of e-commerce, information systems in the global economy, managing global systems, securing information systems, and ethical and social issues in information systems.

Organizational Development
3 hours

This course consists of a collection of classic and contemporary readings in Organizational Development covering a broad range of topics including interpersonal relations, motivation, decision making and group behavior in organizations. Included are experiential exercises that give students an opportunity to practice their skills and cases that allow students to draw on their own experiences to apply the concepts and theories in managerial situations. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the leader.

Port and Terminal Operations
3 hours

An in-depth look at the workings of maritime port operations and intermodal transportation systems. Course topics include the governance and administration of ports and marine terminals, the role of regulatory agencies, navigation and safety, port operations and development including the process to fund and carry out dredging projects. Cargo handling for containers and dry and liquid bulk operations will be discussed along with a look at productivity of terminal operations. Comparisons will be made with other regions of the world. A review of major steamship lines, their trading patterns and future trends among the industry will be covered along with technological advances in vessels and terminal operating equipment. A strong emphasis will be placed on current issues in port policy.

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Quality Management in Contemporary Organizations
3 hours

A comprehensive analysis of the theory and practice of Total Quality Management, including the use of Statistical Process Control, as developed and espoused by Juan and Deming, through extensive readings of books by and about these two management pioneers, and use of up-to-date TQM "how-to" handbooks used by businesses and the Federal Government.

3 hours

This course covers the elements of contemporary leadership and delineates the principles that are important in the development of a leader for the 21st century. Discussion of the role and function of leadership will include an in-depth analysis and study of needs impacting individuals, organizations and society. The course provides students with a set of leadership skills and competencies on which to build an individual model for effective leadership that can be tested over time.

Final Program Requirement
3 Hours
Transportation and Logistics Management Capstone
3 hours

This course is available to graduate students majoring in transportation and logistics management. This course will involve a major research paper or thesis option that demonstrates understanding of the program objectives. The research paper and thesis will demonstrate understanding of social science research methodology. A Research Manual with explicit guidance for the research paper and thesis option will be available. The student shall select their research paper or thesis option professor from designated APUS faculty. Students should confer with the professor overseeing the research paper or thesis option to determine which exit option is the best for the student’s needs. This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.

Graduate Electives
3 Hours
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.

Total Credits (36 Hours)
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