Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-4 years
Credit Hours:

60 (with prior master's)90 (with prior bachelor's)
Expand your understanding of the key to getting business done.
You'll learn to conceptualize abstract information, critique and synthesize what you learn, develop a comprehensive understanding of issues pertinent to logistics, and integrate that knowledge into areas of cutting-edge research. While the focus of a master's degree program is in solving practical problems faced by one company at one point in time, a doctoral program trains you to think about logistics problems faced by several companies across time horizons.

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Why Earn a Logistics Ph.D.?

The University of North Texas' G. Brint Ryan College of Business is one of the nation's largest business schools. Our alumni are prominent scholars, administrators and professors at leading business schools, universities and research institutions.

Our Ph.D. in Logistics program will give you:

  • Premier faculty from major Universities in the United States
  • A curriculum designed to provide you with superior theoretical foundation and research skills
  • A lock-step curriculum that ensures timely completion of course-work
  • The best computer facilities and technical support in the region
  • Exposure to electronic classrooms and multi-media aided teaching as a required part of your program
  • Practical experience in course development and preparation
  • Mentoring by graduate faculty on theoretical and applied research leading to journal publications
Marketable Skills
  • Application of standard research methods
  • Conduct and report business research
  • Knowledge of core business disciplines
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Business research communication

Logistics Ph.D. Highlights

You'll be individually evaluated by our Degree Program Committee that will design an emphasis to meet your particular needs and interests.
Our program is a full-time in-resident research-based program, and our students participate in teaching and research in the department.
Our faculty are world leaders in their respective areas and routinely interact with major companies and corporations through their research and executive development programs.

The Business Leadership Building — which has Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council —reflects our commitment to preparing future business leaders and promotes interaction among students, faculty and industry leaders with its 24 classrooms, and team study rooms.

This program consists of an assortment of courses in theory and advanced research skills, plus practical research experience obtained by writing articles for publication and producing a high-quality Ph.D. Dissertation.

What Can You do With a Logistics Ph.D.?

Over the past 10 years, all of our graduates, without exception, have found employment in academia, ranging from teaching colleges to research-intensive universities, both in the United States and abroad, including Florida Atlantic University, Georgia Southern University and Eastern Washington University.

Logistics Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Logistics Strategy (3 hrs)
Review of research in logistics strategy. Seminar topics include theories of competition and logistics strategy including antecedents, outcomes, mediators and moderators between strategy and performance; multimarket competition; first/late mover advantage; transaction cost analysis; marketing channels; and the contributions to the strategy dialogue.
Supply Chain Strategy (3 hrs)Survey of concepts and research methods of interorganizational systems. Supply chains are studied from multiple context and theoretical perspectives including the following
institutional design and structure, transaction cost economics, operations and logistics cost economics, exchange behaviors and strategies, supply chain relationship types, and evaluation of supply chain performance.
Systems Theory and Experimentation (3 hrs)
Provides an in-depth investigation and analysis of logistics and supply chain research based upon the systems view of the firm and the supply chain. Engineering, business and complex adaptive approaches to systems theory are explored as a framework for logistics and supply chain related business research.
Game Theory (3 hrs)
Drives students to learn game theory, agency theory and contract theory. The intent is to understand how these theories are relevant to logistics and supply chain management (LSCM).
Operations Research for Logistics (3 hrs)
Focuses on operations research (OR) techniques published in top-tier OR journals and their applications in leading logistics and supply chain management journals. Deterministic (e.g., mathematical programming) and stochastic (e.g., reliability theory and queueing theory) techniques are studied with a focus on delineating between optimal and heuristic techniques (e.g., genetic algorithms and simulated annealing). Real-world, industry problems and supporting data are used to further validate the application of OR techniques to the discipline of logistics and supply chain management.
Logistics Theory (3 hrs)
Understanding of the history of logistics, theoretical definitions of logistics and controversies in logistics thought. Investigation, analysis and discussion of significant issues in the field of logistics.

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