Transportation and Logistics / Supply Chain Management

Efficient movement of products plays a vital role in a nation’s economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that transportation-related fields are growing 6% from 2016 to 2026, adding 634,300 new jobs. In response to industry need, UW-Superior offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Transportation and Logistics Management.

This program was designed with the aid of business educators and industry leaders, and it is the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Students majoring in this program enjoy the benefits of UW-Superior’s personal attention to students and its quality business programs, as well as Superior’s role as a Midwest transportation hub. 

Supply Chain Management Concentration

The Supply Chain Management (SCM) concentration is an interdisciplinary program that complements the successful Transportation and Logistics Management (TLM) major, one of the most distinctive and highly regarded programs of its kind in the United States. The TLM major is focused on operations while the SCM major is more analytical in scope. SCM graduates plan and oversee the delivery of goods and services up and down supply chains while TLM graduates manage the cargo movements. The university’s longstanding relationship with a wide range of agencies and businesses make possible students with a multitude of internship, networking, and employment opportunities.

Students take core business classes and then study the complex world of supply chains through classes that emphasize data management, quantitative analysis, and problem solving. Students learn the business of coordinating the seamless flow of raw materials, information and products through global supply chains. Students benefit from UW-Superior’s location on the shore of Lake Superior, where a major international transportation hub supports global supply chains using rail, highway, marine, air, pipelines and intermodal service.

Program Formats and Graduation Plan Options

The Transportation and Logistics Management program is offered both on campus and online. On-campus students may opt to take individual courses online, except for School of Business and Economics degree completion courses (DCP). On-campus students benefit from the following experiential opportunities:

  • Industry tours in the Twin Ports transportation hub
  • In-person TLM Club activities, such as train rides, volunteer work, and trips
  • Paid research assistant opportunities in the Transportation and Logistics Research Center
  • In-person networking opportunities with industry leaders, faculty and fellow students
  • Public speaking practice
  • Participation in professional organizations
  • In-person student activities and the UW-Superior campus experience

Students can select one of three graduation plan options:

  • 4-YEAR PATHWAY
    A four-year plan earning a B.S. or a B.A. degree in Transportation and Logistics
  • 3.5 YEAR PATHWAY
    An accelerated plan that leads to graduating in 3.5 years with a TLM major
  • 4-YEAR PATHWAY DOUBLE DEGREE
    A four-year plan leading to a double major in TLM and Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management

Program Fast Facts

The TLM major has one of the highest enrollments at UW-Superior and continues to grow. Here are just a few reasons students choose this degree:

  • The UW-Superior TLM degree program offers students rigorous academic and professional preparation for careers in a rapidly growing and dynamic field.

  • Over 98% of graduates work in the field, with most hired prior to graduation. TLM management positions start from a $50,000-$70,000 annual salary, with significant opportunities for advancement.

  • TLM students have numerous scholarship and research fellowship opportunities, up to full tuition. From 26% to 43% of TLM students are awarded scholarships.

  • Small class sizes provide a personalized program experience in which accomplished professors take a vested interest in each student’s success.

  • Students gain hands-on experience throughout the program, including industry field trips, guest speakers, conferences, state-of-the-art simulations and a required internship.

  • In the two decades since the program started, many TLM graduates have gone on to earn masters and doctorate degrees at universities all over the world.

  • Because UW-Superior is an Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) Scholarship University, TLM students have the opportunity to tour facilities throughout the country and participate in the annual IANA Expo and intercollegiate case study competition.

  • The TLM Student Club offers opportunities for students to engage with professional societies, do volunteer work, network, and have fun as they become professionals.

  • With its location on the doorstep of an international transportation cluster, the program enjoys the special benefits of close relationships with industry. The area features:
    • The largest Great Lakes port serving domestic and international vessels
    • Three airports and the world’s largest manufacturer of piston-powered aircraft
    • An energy cluster that moves by pipeline 17% of all oil imported into the U.S.
    • Service by four Class 1 railroads and a rail-truck intermodal terminal
    • The headquarters of several regional trucking companies.

Internships

The Transportation and Logistics Management major requires a six-week long internship, with work weeks typically averaging 20-40 hours. Faculty help students find placements that fit their individual career goals. The internship is a key component of the program, offering students real-world experience and often leading to employment offers and invaluable professional connections.