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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
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
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.
- The Transportation Management Track prepares and trains students on the value of “place” utility in Marketing Management. Transportation is annually more than $5 Trillion on a global basis. Transportation is the history of human migration and culture. Transportation is at the heart of supply chain management (SCM) and arguably the most complex as well as visible of all SCM functions. Transportation is a leading economic indicator, a public/private economic generator, creates value linking the producer to the consumer and importantly, a primary technology innovator. Transportation promotes geographic specialization, mobility, increased market opportunities, enhances prosperity, accessibility and security. Transportation is driven by demand and supply. Transportation is fraught with risk. Transportation is digital and connected.
- While the major focus is on global and domestic transportation management within corporations, the material also presents strategies and trends regarding cyber risk, urban transit planning, geopolitical topics,
macro-economics, business resiliency, passenger transport and competitive advantage.
- The objective of this track is to prepare and advantage the student with knowledge and comprehension of the historical contribution of transportation, industry business models, operating characteristics, regulatory topics, carrier relationship management, transportation procurement and contemporary management strategies.
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
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