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Program Overview


The PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (LSCM) features major themes of analytical modeling and international business. It provides a solid understanding of broad business issues, the latest developments in supply chain management, and current technology - all complemented with expertise in international and analytical aspects of LSCM.

The LSCM-field is a growing and exciting area of business research as new technologies and transport systems make managing global logistics systems and supply chains more important than ever. The instructional component of the PhD program provides a solid grounding in business, with advanced coursework covering the latest developments in LSCM and special focus on international and analytical aspects. The primary research focus of the program is applied research to better manage LSCM systems in an operating environment that is increasingly complex, international, and technologically-driven.

The PhD requires a minimum of 69 course credit hours and a minimum of 6 dissertation credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Of the required credit hours, 33 must meet the emphasis area requirements for the LSCM. To ensure sufficient background for doctoral-level courses, students must demonstrate appropriate competence in quantitative reasoning, which is evidenced through completion of ECON 4105 and BUS AD 5000 or their equivalent. Students must also demonstrate appropriate competence in managerial communication, which is evident through completion of BUS AD 5100 or equivalent to be determined by the PhD Coordinator.

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What UMSL Business has to offer


The College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited for both business and accounting by AACSB, the highest accreditation a business school can receive, placing the college among the top five percent of business schools worldwide. Our programs are dynamic, evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the global market.

UMSL Business faculty are recognized for research impact in their fields, but they are not only scholars. They are mentors, passionate about what they do, offering support through informal conversations, career events, seminars, workshops and more. Our internship program helps students secure diverse work experiences from Fortune 500 firms as well as local small businesses. We are invested in the success of every student. 

About 150 local executives serve on UMSL Business advisory boards, assisting us with current trends, mentorships, internships, jobs, advice, and financial support. This means that our curriculum remains up to date and relevant to your eventual job search. Of graduates who responded to a 2015 survey conducted by UMSL Career Services, 100% of accounting and 92.5% of all UMSL Business undergraduate alumni had a job or were pursuing a graduate degree within 6 months of graduation.

For more on UMSL Business, visit business.umsl.edu.