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Transportation and Logistics Management - Major

Students majoring in Transportation and Logistics Management learn the business of efficiently moving people, materials and products. They might focus on different types of transportation, such as managing a railroad, or they might concentrate on logistics, where they learn to manage activities such as the just-in-time delivery of parts being assembled in a factory.

Students acquire a sound background in business with the opportunity to specialize in the form of transportation or logistics that interests them. The major combines specific courses about transportation and logistics with courses in geography, marketing, economics, finance, law, mathematics and computer information systems.

Real-World Experience

All students gain real-world experience by completing an internship. Numerous internship opportunities are available locally, regionally, and nationally. Students also can gain knowledge and experience by working on research projects through the Transportation Research Center located on campus. Students work with faculty members and industry professionals on a wide range of government and industry funded studies.

Job Placement

Graduates of the program are prepared for entry level management positions in transportation and logistics. Transportation jobs may be found with a carrier, such as a trucking company, railroad or airline, or with a business that purchases transportation services, such as product distributors, utilities, and manufacturers. Graduates entering the logistics field may find jobs with employers such as product distributors, parts suppliers or manufacturers. Numerous employment opportunities are available for graduates of this program, and most receive job offers before graduation day.

Let's talk Transportation and Logistics 

  • One of only 28 programs in the country certified by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.
  • Every student completes an internship with an employer. Students have held internships with manufacturers, trucking companies, railroads, port authorities, airport authorities, Mississippi River towboat companies, vessel fleets on the Great Lakes and federal transportation agencies, to name just a few.
  • Scholarships and research opportunities available.
  • Specific scholarships, internships and research opportunities available for students interested in railroad careers.
  • The major was designed with the aid of industry leaders and business educators. An advisory panel of industry executives guides the program.
  • The program has a strong international component and draws on many disciplines to produce graduates with a broad range of knowledge and skills.
  • The Superior-Duluth metro area is an important transportation hub. Superior is among the busiest bulk loading ports on the Great Lakes, with terminals handling coal, grain, and iron ore. Superior also is home to several trucking companies and a major pipeline company. In addition, several railroads serve the area. Duluth is home to a large Great Lakes port as well as an aircraft production and a major international airport.
  • Students receive personal attention from professors and enjoy the benefit of small classes.
  • Numerous employment opportunities are available for graduates. Most students receive job offers before graduation day.
  • A survey of recent graduates in the program showed 97 percent found jobs in their discipline.

What can you do with a degree in Transportation & Logistics from UW-Superior?

Transportation and logistics are important to virtually all manufacturers, distributors, retailers and wholesalers. The U.S. Department of Transportation expects world trade to double by 2020, resulting in creation of thousands of jobs with carriers such as railroads, ship and barge lines, airlines, trucking companies and pipeline companies. In addition, career opportunities abound with local, state and federal government agencies and transportation authorities.

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