Learn Supply Chain Management Online
- $320/credit (120 credits)
- Transfer up to 90 credits
- Apply your military experience as college credit
- Program accredited by ACBSP
- Prepare to take the CAPM®
- Receive credit for prior learning
Online Logistics Degree Concentration Overview
Enhance your Bachelor of Science (BS) in Operations Management with a concentration in Logistics and Transportation at Southern New Hampshire University. This program is perfect for business-savvy professionals and military service members interested in essential operations and supply chain management strategies.
Are you organized and detail oriented? Do you enjoy thinking about the processes that help businesses run? This online logistics degree could be right for you.
Our specialized operations management degree will help position you for success in a number of dynamic industries. Whether you're managing daily processes of a manufacturing plant, overseeing the shipment of medical supplies or playing an integral role in food delivery for a fast-paced restaurant, you'll build skills that make a big impact.
Courses in this program can help prepare you to sit in for 2 certification exams. These exams, available through the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), are:
- Certified in Logistics, Transportation & Distribution (CLTD)
- Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
Each requires either 3 years of related business experience or a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Learn how to:
- Assess and implement operations management theory
- Evaluate and apply continuous improvement practices
- Solve problems with process, procedure and product
- Explore factors that influence business sustainability
- Make low-risk operations management decisions
- Promote accountability, sustainability and organizational effectiveness
SNHU's online logistics degree program explores the complex processes essential to supply chain management, including moving and storing supplies, work-in-progress and finished goods. It also examines the steps necessary to integrate suppliers, factories, warehouses and stores so products can be distributed to customers in the right quantity, at the right time.
Receive Credit for Prior Learning
You've earned it. Now take advantage of it. If you have the following certifications, you may be eligible to waive certain courses, helping you save time and tuition.
- Active Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Certification for QSO-345: Project Management for CAPM® Certification
- Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (with an exam score of 280 or above) for QSO-360: Six Sigma Quality Management
Logistics & Supply Chain Management Career Outlook
Even in the face of more recent economic challenges, logistics and transportation has proven to be a viable industry.
"In response to increasing demand, transportation and logistics have become the forefront of the global economy," said Dr. Zuzana Buzzell, associate dean at SNHU. "The strategic transport of moving goods ensures that customers get the right goods at the right time. This is vital to national security. It helps facilitate national disaster response and maintain a stable economy."
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of logisticians – professionals who organize and coordinate an organization's supply chain – will grow 5% through 2028.1 Logisticians reportedly earned a median annual wage of $74,750 in 2019. Additionally, transportation, storage and distribution managers earned a median annual salary of $94,560 in that same time period.1
Employers hiring for these positions seek professionals with a bachelor's degree and related work experience. Those with military logistics experience may also be positioned for success in the field.
The online logistics degree concentration prepares you for careers in professional services, scientific and technical services, transportation and warehousing.
- Operations manager. Oversee high-level procedures and operations. Analyze and improve organizational processes as well as quality, productivity and efficiency.
- Supply chain manager. Manage the acquisition, negotiation and purchasing of materials through various vendors. This role is critical in supporting and preparing for the construction of a finished product.
- Transportation, storage and distribution manager. Plan, direct or coordinate transportation, storage or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and government regulations.
- Logistics analyst. Analyze product delivery or supply chain processes to identify and recommend changes. You may also manage route activity including invoicing, electronic bills and shipment tracing.
- Purchasing manager. Purchase resources, supplies and tools needed for product creation and development. Evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts, assess product quality and often supervise purchasing agents and buyers.
- Logistics manager/logistics team lead. Oversee warehouse, inventory control, materials handling, customer service, transportation and planning workers and other aspects of the supply chain.
- Freight coordinator. Support companies in tasks crucial to transportation, shipping and logistics. Track shipping product information and work with companies to keep supply chain shipments on schedule by helping with inventory, pickups and drop-offs, communication streams and problem solving strategies.
- Distribution operations manager. Plan, direct, or coordinate the storage or distribution operations within an organization. Alternatively, you could work with organizations that are engaged in storing or distributing materials or products.
- Traffic manager. Arrange for delivery of materials and transportation of products. You'll consider safety factors, costs and schedule as you monitor and forecast outbound and inbound transport, allocating resources to meet demand.
- Warehouse manager. Schedule and manage a team of material handlers, as well as the overall supply and storage of materials for future distribution.
- Shipping manager. Oversee various tasks such as packaging, verifying content for shipping, scheduling, assessing inventory and facilitating transport.
- Transportation director. Coordinate the day-to-day transportation operations of people and products, including coordinating teams in order to manage the flow of goods and services to point A to point B and beyond.
- Inventory manager. Lead a team of inventory or warehouse employees to receive and record new stock as it's shipped and delivered. Duties include recording daily deliveries, evaluating new shipments and analyzing different suppliers.
- Customer service manager. Ensure that customers are always satisfied. Duties may entail supervising and managing the customer service team, training staff members to provide the highest standards of customer service and ensuring that all company policies are followed.
Start Your Journey Toward an Online Logistics & Transportation Degree Concentration
Why SNHU for Your Logistics Degree Concentration
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- “Most Innovative” regional university honors from U.S. News & World Report each year since 2015
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
- Recognition as a 2017 Digital Learning Innovator by the Online Learning Consortium
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
We're proud to support our men and women in uniform. We’ve been helping military service members reach their goals for nearly 80 years – from those coming home from WWII, to those still serving around the globe. We offer many military education benefits, including up to 30% tuition discounts for active duty, National Guard and Selected Reserve and the spouses of those on active duty – making our already low online tuition rates even more affordable. Plus, our military-focused advisors and dedicated military benefits team are here to help you make the most of your military experience.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
How to Apply
Simply work with an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
- Completing a free undergraduate application
- Providing previous institutions attended – so we can retrieve transcripts for you at no cost
- Test scores are not required as part of your application.
Courses & Curriculum
The logistics and transportation concentration will help you focus on the effective management, delivery and storage of information or materials. This includes production and manufacturing processes.
"SNHU's operations degree provides a solid foundation of knowledge for managing contemporary operations across diverse industries," said Dr. Zuzana Buzzell, associate dean at SNHU. "The curriculum builds upon a business core, emphasizing communication, ethics and globalization."
Throughout the program, you'll gain fundamental business knowledge and learn how to apply it across global industries. Specifically, you'll explore areas including logistics management, reverse logistics, transportation management and integrated supply chain management.
Real world application is a cornerstone of this specialized logistics and transportation degree program. You'll analyze business case studies, design and manage spreadsheets and use software and advanced tools to boost delivery consistency.
In terms of specific competencies, you'll learn how to:
- Develop business communication, problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills
- Execute and manage operations
- Implement leading-edge supply chain strategies
- Enhance delivery reliability
- Apply logistics theories and tools
- Optimize the supply chain
This bachelor's program culminates in a capstone experience, giving you the opportunity to apply what you've learned.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
- Business core: Revised for fall 2020, our undergraduate business programs contain 10 cutting-edge business courses. These core courses are designed to help prepare you for success wherever you go.
- General education courses: All online bachelor's degree students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
- Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
- Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Show your knowledge of the materials in your program's math courses, and you could earn up to 12 math credits – at less than $50 for each course assessment.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|BS in Operations Management - Logistics & Transportation|
|Courses May Include|
|BS in Operations Management Logistics and Transportation Online|
|QSO 320||Management Science through Spreadsheets||Apply management science techniques to analyze data to inform business decisions that align to strategic organizational objectives.|
|QSO 322||Logistics Management||This course provides an overview of the field of logistics including its nature, scope, and process, including logistics management functions and the interrelationships among strategic support and operational logistics. Students examine the logistics functions of business involved in the movement and storage of supplies, work-in-progress, and finished goods. Additionally, it explores the trade-offs between cost and service and the purchase and supply of raw materials.|
|QSO 325||Continuous Improvement Tools and Techniques||This course examines continuous improvement tools and techniques used in problem solving supporting sustainable operations. Topics include lean techniques, quality management, TQM, JIT, and product experimental design.|
|QSO 328||Sustainable Operations||This course focuses on manufacturing and service operations control and the importance of making operations decisions that support the long-term sustainability of organizations while meeting the needs of the customers. Students explore topics such as brand management, closed loop supply chains, competition, environmental management, safety and compliance, and social responsibility.|
|QSO 330||Supply Chain Management||This course focuses on effective supply chain strategies for companies that operate globally with emphasis on how to plan and integrate supply chain components into a coordinated system. Students are exposed to concepts and models important in supply chain planning with emphasis on key tradeoffs and phenomena. The course introduces and utilizes key tactics such as risk pooling and inventory placement, integrated planning and collaboration, and information sharing.|
|QSO 415||Trends in Operations Management||This course focuses on contemporary topics in operations management. Examples of topics that will be explored included assessing and managing disruptive change, agile project management, automation, innovation, and technology trends.|
|QSO 425||Reverse Logistics||This course provides students with an overview of today's best practices in reverse logistics. An application perspective is examined in manufacturing, retail and in the military. Students examine the nature, scope, practices, procedures, and processes of adding a reverse logistics operations center to a forward logistics supply chain.|
|QSO 450||Transportation Management||This course provides an overview of the transportation industry to include providers, users, and government agencies. It examines contemporary public policy issues, along with managerial strategies in transportation. Additional focus will be given to micro and macroeconomic issues in the transportation industry. Topics include the economic aspects of rail, water, air, ground, and other transport modes, inventory, and supply.|
|QSO 455||Integrated Supply Chain Management||This course examines key issues associated with the design and management of supply chains. Students examine modern supply chain management practices. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of how to integrate suppliers, factories, warehouses and stores so that products are distributed to customers in the right quantity and at the right time. A key topic area is the service logistics and distribution component of the supply chain.|
|QSO 489||Capstone in Operations Management||This capstone course is the culminating experience for the B.S. in Operations Management program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.|
|Total Credits: 120|
Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
|Online Undergraduate Programs||Per Course||Per Credit Hour||Annual Cost for 30 credits|
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Frequently Asked Questions
What degree is best for logistics?
The real question is: which logistics degree is best for you? Only you can decide.
If you're looking to break into a career in logistics, this online bachelor's program can be a great place to start. You'll gain critical knowledge about the supply chain and operations management. Plus, you'll hone the skills you need to be a more effective leader – helping prepare you to make an impact across a number of different industries.
There are several other benefits to earning an online logistics degree at SNHU. Here are just a few of them:
- Quality. Let's be honest – the quality of the program is what matters most in terms of future success. Our curriculum was created by subject-matter experts and taught by professionals with industry experience. That means you'll have the opportunity to learn from instructors with insider knowledge and decades of wisdom to share. Plus, throughout your courses, you'll apply what you've learned using real-world scenarios, making the material more meaningful.
- Flexibility. School can often feel like it's out of reach – especially if you're trying to balance work, family and other personal commitments. We're here to help. With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
- Cost. Ours are some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation. Why? Because we're built for people, not for profit. We believe college can be more accessible when it starts being more affordable. We're so dedicated to this cause, we've frozen online tuition rates every year since 2012 – and we're committed to keeping it that way until at least 2021.
- Transfer friendly. Have previous college experience, but never finished? Maybe you've earned your associate degree, but aren't sure what to do next? At SNHU, we accept up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree. Consider the fact that it takes 120 credits to complete your bachelor's program, and that could mean you're already 3/4 of the way to earning your degree. All of this to say, your degree could be closer than you think.
- Military friendly. Speaking of transfers, did we mention that military experience may also translate to college credits? Not only that, active duty military and their spouses are eligible for up to 30% tuition discounts. You'll also have access to military-focused advisors and a dedicated military benefits team, so you can feel confident you'll make the most out of your military benefits as you pursue your bachelor's.
Do you need a degree to work in logistics?
As logistics and supply chains are highly complex, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that many employers seek logisticians with a bachelor's degree for entry-level positions.1 Some professionals may also seek certificate licensure to stand out in a competitive market, but this is not necessarily required.
According to Dr. Zuzana Buzzell, associate dean at SNHU, a logistics degree is critical to understand all the moving parts of a supply chain.
"Logistics and transportation managers are responsible for moving people, goods, and animals from one location to another by diverse transportation modes," Dr. Buzzell said. "They are tasked with operational decisions dealing with packaging, containerization, documentation, insurance, storage, regulations, freight damage, managing partners and risk mitigation."
Bachelor's programs like SNHU's logistics and transportation degree concentration explore in-depth principles and practices of logistics, transportation and supply chain management. With the addition of practical, experiential learning and a capstone project, graduates will have the knowledge and skills they need to make an impact in the real world.
"Our operations management degree with a concentration in logistics and transportation will not only help prepare you through its curriculum – it will provide you with the opportunity to build upon your critical thinking skills and analytic abilities that employers seek in this fast-paced field," Dr. Buzzell said.
While a logistics degree is often a minimum requirement for employers, those with previous experience in a logistical support role will have an edge in a competitive field. For this reason, dispatchers, clerks and people with previous military experience are highly-valued for organizations looking to hire entry-level professionals.
How much do logisticians earn?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, logisticians earned a median annual wage of $74,750 in 2019.1 By comparison, the national annual wage for all workers was $39,810 in the same year.1
These wages vary by industry. For example, in May 2019, logisticians working for the federal government earned a median annual wage of $85,450, the highest among all industries.1 Other top-earning roles were available in:1
- Management of companies and enterprises
- Professional, scientific and technical services,
- Wholesale trade
In addition, job prospects appear to be growing on pace with the national average for all occupations in the coming years.1 Job growth will likely be caused by an increased need for educated professionals who can tackle highly complex supply and distribution systems, along with new opportunities to fill roles as workers retire.
What's the difference between logistics and transportation?
While these two terms may often be used interchangeably, logistics are actually a much broader piece of the supply chain. Transportation, by comparison, hones in specifically on the process of physically carrying goods from point A to point B.
The term "logistics" embodies all the processes that must happen between manufacturing a product to delivering it to the end user. This includes planning, implementation, managing procedures, storage and, of course, transportation.
All businesses rely on logistics to help them meet consumer needs. Take restaurants, for example. Because food is perishable, there is a constant stream of product and supplies moving in from partner distributors, like local farmers. Delivery of these goods needs to be timely and temperature controlled, which means a partnership with the right transportation company is critical. Finally, once the product is on site, it needs to be stored. A logistician must then consider inventory, asking questions like: What can we keep on site, how much of it and for how long?
As mentioned earlier, transportation is one piece of the logistics process. Specifically, it's the point in which goods are physically moved from the manufacturer to the consumer – whether it's by air, sea, land or even space. These are the processes that enable trade between two parties, and are an absolutely crucial piece of the supply chain.
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Sources & Citations (1, 2)
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
- https://www.bls.gov/OOH/business-and-financial/logisticians.htm (viewed June 17, 2020)
- https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes113071.htm (viewed June 17, 2020)
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2 According to more than 9,200 SNHU online students in survey responses from the fall of 2019.