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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:
Each requires either 3 years of related business experience or a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Learn how to:
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
This bachelor's program culminates in a capstone experience, giving you the opportunity to apply what you've learned.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
Total Credits: 120
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.
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
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.