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Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Master's and Doctoral Programs

The master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of North Texas give you the tools to be successful in your current career or to transition into a new one.

We offer course work leading to a Master of Business Administration degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management or a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business with a concentration in Logistics Systems.

Gartner Inc., a leading information technology research and advisory company, recently ranked our M.B.A. program among the top 25 programs in the nation. Gartner considered our program’s overall industry value, scope and size in its rankings.

The M.B.A. program

The curriculum focuses on how leading executives obtain a competitive advantage by aligning key business processes with end-user requirements. While pursuing the degree, you:

  • Develop a strong analytical and problem-solving foundation that allows you to respond to complex logistical and supply chain challenges facing senior executives
  • Interact with logistics and supply chain professionals in academic and business settings
  • Learn and apply logistics and supply chain practices employed by leading firms
  • Solve logistical and supply chain dilemmas in a case-based or analytical problem-solving environment

We draw on related and supporting courses ranging from computer information systems and economics to decision sciences and finance.

In addition to earning your M.B.A., you’ll qualify for certification in transportation and logistics (CTL) from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. Many of our students also apply for the graduate certificate in logistics and supply chain management.

The Ph.D. program

The Logistics Systems concentration blends business, logistics, supply chain, public policy and engineering. This combination prepares you for faculty positions or high-impact positions in industry.

The curriculum provides a foundation for analyzing logistics and supply chain management and a thorough understanding of theory, methods and modeling techniques. This approach also lays the groundwork for publishing success before you graduate.

Outstanding research opportunities and student support

The new Complex Logistics Systems Laboratory allows students and faculty members to partner with logistics companies in applied research that could help companies more efficiently manage the distribution of goods and services and cut costs.

The lab offers interactive logistics simulation, business intelligence, data visualization and complex logistics systems modeling, including 3D modeling.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camps. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Distinguished faculty

Our faculty members are outstanding professors, mentors and global leaders. Because of faculty members’ research efforts, the program ranks as the world’s fifth best program for research productivity by the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. Faculty research examines:

  • Supplier-customer relationships
  • How companies manage risk and create value in complicated supply chain systems
  • How major aircraft manufacturers can reorganize their service models using performance-based contracting approaches
  • Supply chain resiliency and the impact on business vitality
  • • Supply chain financial management and economic value analysis

Through their research and executive development programs, faculty members routinely interact with major corporations and organizations such as PepsiCo, Verizon, Hillwood Investment Properties, J.C. Penney Co. and the U.S. Department of Defense.

The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750; Tampa, Fla. 33602; telephone 813-769-6500). This accreditation means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.

The Business Leadership Building reflects a commitment to preparing future business leaders and promotes interaction among students, faculty and industry leaders. The facility — which has Gold-level LEED certification for sustainability — contains 24 classrooms, team study rooms and a state-of-the-art computer lab. This building helps distinguish us as a leader in business education.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

M.B.A. program

For admission to the M.B.A. program, you must complete the admission requirements for the graduate school and provide the following materials to the College of Business:

  • Official GMAT scores
  • Résumé with work and academic experience
  • Two letters of recommendation (signed and dated on letterhead or the College of Business form)
  • 600- to 700-word essay about unique events, life experiences and qualifications you feel distinguish your candidacy

Ph.D. program

You must meet the admission requirements for the graduate school and the following program requirements:

  • Three Doctoral Applicant Evaluation Forms or letters of recommendation from professors or colleagues familiar with your academic record
  • Essay stating your reasons for pursuing doctoral study, personal objectives and career plans
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae

Satisfying these criteria doesn’t guarantee admission to the doctoral program. All documents undergo a holistic review process, and the Director of Ph.D. Programs and Research notifies candidates about program admission.

For graduate school requirements and possible exceptions, visit the graduate school website or the catalog.

More information about the program’s admission requirements is available by contacting a graduate advisor in the College of Business.

Degree requirements

Your program’s exact content depends on your academic background. Students without undergraduate business degrees generally are required to complete 18 credit hours of background courses. However, your undergraduate degree course work will be evaluated on an individual basis.

M.B.A. degree

  • 18 credit hours of background courses (if necessary)
  • 18 credit hours of M.B.A. core courses
  • 18 credit hours of concentration courses

Ph.D. degree (students with a master’s degree)

  • 18 to 12 credit hours of research track courses
  • 33 to 27 credit hours of major and minor areas
  • 12 credit hours of pre-dissertation
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation

Ph.D. degree (students without a master’s degree)

Depending on your academic record, you can be admitted to the Ph.D. program directly from an undergraduate program. You should have some work experience, but admission is based on a holistic review by the doctoral committee. The decision requires completing a master’s degree while completing the Ph.D. program.

The track may be appropriate for selected, highly qualified students or students sponsored by organizations or nations that don’t have a master’s degree requirement for a Ph.D. The requirements are:

  • 30 credit hours of graduate courses to complete the master’s requirement
  • 18 to 12 credit hours of research track courses
  • 33 to 27 credit hours of major and minor areas
  • 12 credit hours of pre-dissertation
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation

Internships

The Dallas-Fort Worth region offers numerous internship opportunities. Students with logistics internships possess a competitive advantage during the job search process. Most of our students receive and accept job offers while completing their internship.

Financial assistance

Our department frequently employs M.B.A. students as graduate assistants. If selected, you’ll assist with administrative, teaching or research tasks. These positions provide employment for 10 to 20 hours per week. An out-of-state tuition waiver may be granted for a 20-hour-per-week position. Graduate assistants must enroll in at least 9 credit hours per semester. More information about financial assistance is available at the financial aid website or the graduate school site.