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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 prepare people to manage inventory, allocate resources, and make sure goods are shipped on time. Students learn how to manage staff and computer systems for keeping records.

Logistics and materials management programs cover topics such as:


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.

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Program Admission

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.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

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:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

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.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Central Washington University - Lynnwood

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Everett

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Renton

Highline College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Shoreline Community College

University of Washington - Seattle

Kitsap Area

Brandman University - Bangor

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Whidbey Island

Spokane Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Fairchild AFB

Gonzaga University

Statewide and Distance Learning

Washington State University - Global Campus

Tacoma Area

Central Washington University - Pierce County

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma Community College

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College

Western Washington University

Whatcom Community College

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College