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The innovative master’s in global logistics curriculum is delivered by faculty from the Department of Supply Chain Management in the W. P. Carey School of Business — one of the leading supply chain schools in the entire world, highly regarded for faculty research and expertise, as well as the academic strength and outcome of our programs. With a foundational core curriculum and hybrid evening classes, the MS-GL from ASU will immediately open professional pathways and build skills you will use throughout your career.

Logistics degree curriculum

The MS-GL is a part-time program that requires 30 total credit hours to complete. Earn your master’s degree in just one year, through a combination of live in-person and online instruction. Students attend class at ASU’s West Valley campus on Tuesday evenings and join live online classes via ASU Sync on Thursday evenings.

You’ll unlock a broad scope of knowledge in the logistics space, from how emerging markets impact supply chains to project management principles to effective methods of managing resources and teams. You’ll also develop your critical thinking and communication skills and learn how to apply logistics methodologies in real-world contexts.

MS-GL courses

Explores supply chain management topics including environmental, project and supply chain processes. Additionally, covers processes in the areas of new product introduction development; quality control; TQM (Total Quality Mgt).

Provides a survey of concepts, structure and analytical tools that lay the foundation for employing quantitative techniques (descriptive and predictive) to gain insights that help decision makers make better decisions. Familiarizes students with descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, logistic regression and forecasting methods.

Covers decision modeling approaches for supply chain management such as optimization, simulation and decision analysis. Focuses on technology enablement, performance management and analytics, and strategy change and management. Emphasizes modeling using spreadsheet-oriented approaches. Additionally, focuses on financial spreadsheet analysis and its use in optimization.

Covers theories and practices of modern logistics management within a market-driven supply chain. Begins with an outline of reasons why some operations are not efficient, then introduces management tools to improve efficiency and responsiveness followed by application of analytical tools to evaluate the current logistic management practices. Topics include logistics strategy, demand management, distribution and warehouse management, distribution/warehouse design and location decisions, transportation and delivery frequency, reverse logistics, humanitarian logistics and responsive supply chains.

Applies principles, philosophies and processes of supply management to facilitate the continuous improvement and strategic design of an organization's supply management system on a global basis. Focuses on topics like performance management and analytics, project management and governance and finance. Provides a comprehensive understanding of supply management and its impact on the organization.

Global trade, global networks and the influence those networks have on economic development worldwide. Exposes geographic, economic and sociopolitical perspectives on these issues and invites students to draw conclusions from an increasingly informed perspective.

Students will be taught how to manage complex projects and to improve supply chains using sustainable strategies. Additionally, they will be taught problem solving and excel skills used in operations management.

Capstone experience for students in the MS in Global Logistics program. Synthesizes learnings from previous courses and applies this learning to specific issues that have a major global logistics component.

Preparation of a supervised applied project that is a graduation requirement in some professional majors.

Professional preparation

STEM designation

The W. P. Carey MS-GL program has been designated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security as a STEM eligible degree program (CIP code 52.1301). The STEM designation may allow eligible graduates on student visas access to an Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension, up to 36 months, as compared to 12 months for non-STEM degrees. As an international student, the longer work authorization term may help you gain additional real-world skills and experience in the U.S.

What can you do with a master’s in global logistics degree?

Logistics careers can encompass a number of different responsibilities in the supply chain industry. Because supply chains are truly global in nature, a logistics degree can prepare you for jobs around the world. The master’s in global logistics degree from ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business develops the expertise and skills to lead across complex functions and industries. Example career paths may include any of the following:

  • Warehouse manager
  • Logistics analyst
  • Distribution manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Transport planner
  • Operations analyst
  • Management analyst
  • Director of operations
  • Director of transportation

With outstanding flexibility for working professionals, the MS-GL degree from ASU has been crafted to create a foundation for your future. And, career coaches in the W. P. Carey Career Services Center will be there to support you every step of the way.

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Learn from dedicated, passionate teachers, practitioners and thought leaders. As world-renowned researchers and experts who consult companies around the globe, W. P. Carey faculty bring learning to life. W. P. Carey faculty members regularly contribute to and edit prestigious academic journals, and their expertise is sought by such media outlets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, USA Today, CNN, and NPR.

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