Ph.D.: Indiana Institute of Technology
DEGREE AT A GLANCE:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up to date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations are also a great networking opportunity. Below are a few professional organizations and publications you may be interested in within the transportation and logistics field.
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL)
The Association for Operations Management (APICS)
Intelligence Transportation Society of America (ITSA)
International Air Cargo Association (IACA)
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA)
International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA)
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA)
National Industrial Transportation League (NITL)
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
American Association of Port Authorities
Nov. 2-4, 2015
APICS International Conference and Expo
Oct. 5-7, 2015
Las Vegas, Nev.
Intelligence Transportation Society of America Annual Meeting & Expo
Intelligence Transportation Society World Congress 2015
Oct. 5-9, 2015
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association 83rd Annual Meeting
Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2015
International Warehouse Logistics Association
National Defense Industrial Association
The National Industrial Transportation League's (NITL) Annual Meeting & TransComp Exhibition
Nov. 16-19, 2015
New Orleans, La.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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