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Field of Study: Logistics and Materials Management


Logistics and materials management programs prepare people to plan and direct how materials and equipment are used to produce goods and services.



Logistics and materials management programs cover topics such as:

  • Inventory management
  • Resource allocation
  • Shipping
  • Records management

Some community colleges offer this program as a focus in a business management program. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete.

Several college and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in logistics and materials management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Universities also offer graduate degrees in logistics. It is also possible to focus on logistics and materials management in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.


College preparation

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

  • Pre-Calculus
  • Second Language
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Business
  • Computer Science and Programming
  • Public Speaking


Graduate admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Your bachelor's degree should be in logistics and materials management or another business field. Otherwise, you should complete several courses in logistics. You will need a background in accounting, economics, management, and business law. Courses in management information systems and statistics are also helpful.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (G) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview (MBA)


Typical course work

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Business Law
  • Business Writing
  • Calculus for Business
  • International Management
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Human Resources Management
  • Introduction to Logistics
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Logistics Operations
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Management and Organization
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Statistics for Business
  • Strategic Management
  • Transportation Economics


Things to know

Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in logistics and materials management. Your high school transcript needs to show that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.


Similar fields of study

Careers you may qualify for

College Business Teachers
Industrial Production Managers
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers



The American Society of Transportation and Logistics

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