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Graduate Programs

Established in 2000, the Center developed an emphasis in Logistics & Supply Chain Management within the MBA program at UMSL. MBA students seeking an emphasis in Logistics & Supply Chain Management must complete 10 hours from approved courses in addition to the courses: Statistical Analysis for Management Decisions, and Production and Operations Management. Students must complete at least 39 credit hours to earn the MBA degree.


Additionally, the Center helped create a program for students to earn a Graduate Certificate in Logistics & Supply Chain Management. The Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is an 18-hour program designed to provide a focused, intensive study of important issues within logistics and, more broadly, in supply chain management. Three required courses provide thorough background in operations, logistics, and supply chain management. Three elective courses allow specialization in areas such as logistics and supply chain software, international logistics, operations research, e-commerce, and quality.


Undergraduate Program

In 2005 the Center officially launched a Minor in Transportation Studies for undergraduates at UMSL. During the summer of 2003, the Center appointed Daniel L. Rust, Ph.D. as Assistant Director for Undergraduate Program Development. Dr. Rust coordinates the emerging undergraduate program with the use of adjunct professors drawn from companies in the St. Louis area. He also teaches the first introductory course of the program, “Introduction to Transportation,” jointly listed with the College of Business and the Department of History.


Besides “Introduction to Transportation,” faculty at the Center also offer other undergraduate courses including “Traffic and Transportation Management,” “Railroads in American Life,” “Aviation in American Life,” “Domestic Transportation,” and “Economics of Transportation.” Besides internships, faculty at the Center oversee independent study and directed readings courses with topics as diverse as school bus safety, the role of African Americans in aerospace, and the operations of air cargo companies.


The new minor provides students in the St. Louis metropolitan area who desire employment in a transportation-related field with the opportunity to gain valuable skills applicable to the transportation industry. The minor will also provide the industry with a source of university-trained personnel in their field. Seeking an opportunity to expand the appeal of the Minor in Transportation Studies, Daniel Rust is proposing making the Minor a joint program between the College of Business and the History Department within the College of Arts and Sciences. Such a program would allow students to satisfy the requirements for the Minor by taking mostly transportation history courses or courses emphasizing the business of moving goods and people.



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Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

The Center for Transportation Studies provides administrative and registration support to the monthly meetings and luncheons of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals St. Louis Roundtable conferences. The Center has actively participated in the arrangements committee of the national annual conferences, and is dedicated to assigning student members to represent the St. Louis Roundtable at these events. Since its creation, the Center has participated each year at the annual national CSCMP conference. All of the Center’s research assistants attended the 2005 national conference in San Diego, California, and Center faculty presented research results in a conference session.


The Center has also initiated the CSCMP St. Louis Roundtable Student Mentoring Program through which students from the University are paired up with professionals in the St. Louis logistics and supply chain industry. These professionals take time out of their work schedules at companies such as BAX Gobal, Emerson Motors, FedEx, UPS, Purina, Graybar Electric, and HUB Group to meet with UMSL transportation, logistics, and supply chain management students. Mentors and students typically meet as a group once or twice each semester at the Center and then informally throughout the semester. This network of professionals provides students with invaluable networking opportunities and allows them to seek sound advice from practitioners on how to successfully pursue a career in the industry.