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Logistics Management Degree Program

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Improve performance by designing & developing efficient supply chains

Logistics professionals keep things moving. More than getting items from Point A to Point B, effective logistics planning improves company performance by ensuring that items reach their destination efficiently. Reducing time and unnecessary expense, and decreasing the carbon footprint of the supply chain are all part of an intricate puzzle you’ll master as part of the study of logistics.

With Franklin University’s transfer-friendly, degree completion Logistics Management major, you’ll gain the theoretical foundation and practical know-how to develop an efficient supply chain. By learning how to evaluate critical variables like distance, time and environmental factors, you’ll become an asset in helping to get products to market.

Boost efficiency with effective logistics strategies & methods

Gain key skills necessary to develop a supply chain to bring your product to market faster, at the lowest cost and in a manner that’s more environmentally friendly. The Logistics Management degree program will expose you to current strategies and methods related to supply chain growth, cost control, purchasing and inventory management. You will also learn to grow an efficient and responsible supply chain by becoming acquainted with green policies and strategies that reduce fuel consumption and costs.

The Logistics Management curriculum will also deepen your knowledge of quick response scenarios used during disaster relief efforts and familiarize you with linear programming methods to help improve supply chain efficiency.

Get the skills to develop & design state-of-the-art supply chains

Develop your professional toolkit with solid skills in demand planning and forecasting, planning and procurement, supply chain optimization, strategic sourcing, transportation and logistics, and materials and inventory management. From initial raw materials to final product delivery, you’ll understand the life-cycle of the supply chain and learn how to account for the impact of globalization, technology and outsourcing.

Put your learning to the test by developing a road-tested logistics plan

Your capstone class is the culmination of your learning. You’ll draw upon concepts from each of your previous courses to create a logistics plan using best practices to manage purchasing, inventory and transportation to efficiently create and distribute your product.

Get up to 20 hours of prior-learning credit & finish faster

Earn your degree faster and lower your tuition costs by transferring up to 20 hours of prior learning in a related discipline. Your technical credit, combined with Franklin University’s Logistics Management major, can propel you to the management level and more career opportunities.

Learn from faculty members who are logistics professionals

Take your career to the next level with a curriculum designed with input from industry leaders from Fortune 500 companies like Cardinal Health and UPS. Plus, our Logistics Management instructors have years of experience within the U.S. military and corporations like The Limited, Nationwide and Alcatel-Lucent, so you can be assured that what you learn will be relevant to your career.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Demand Planning & Forecasting
    • Provide demand forecast analyses for volume, levels, and capacity, ensuring timely delivery of goods and services, and inventory replenishment
    • Leverage historical performance, such as point-of-sale data, statistical models, and collaborative insight, to develop and manage forecasts
    • Prepare key performance indicators (KPIs), building consensus of demand forecasts to maximize sales and balance inventory
    • Design and implement rigorous processes and activities for forecasting, planning, and analysis using trends, competitive position, and demand-signal data
    • Support and deliver total demand plans through sales and operations planning cycles
    • Develop critical forecast accuracy metrics using root-cause analyses and corrective action planning to improve forecast accuracy
  • Planning & Procurement
    • Manage key supplier relationships, including vendor selection, contract negotiation, performance monitoring, and issues resolution
    • Use Excel, Access, linear programming models, and various other analytics in understanding costs, savings, service, and operational impact
    • Prepare and review contracts and supplier agreements, consulting with legal counsel to ensure accuracy of supplier pricing, specifications, and terms
    • Ensure the cost- and time-efficient purchase of goods and services in accordance with green procurement policies and procedures and supplier agreements
    • Understand and leverage current market trends, such as environmentally sustainable purchasing, identifying opportunities and sources for cost savings based on volume, process, and/or market-based pricing
    • Create, issue, and evaluate request for information (RFI), request for quote (RFQ), and request for proposal (RFP) responses, facilitating the process through vendor selection, including building consensus and resolving conflict
  • Supply Chain Optimization
    • Leverage models to translate outputs into realistic business insights, perform what-if scenarios, and drive business recommendations and decisions
    • Formulate, implement, and continuously improve end-to-end supply chain operations at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in order to achieve business objectives
    • Adopt and/or manage green supply chains, including forecasting, product release execution, fulfillment, distribution, inventory management, and logistics, to reduce waste and improve efficiencies
    • Establish sourcing strategies consistent with strategic business objectives, continuous improvement processes, and cost-reduction efforts
    • Ensure seamless, efficient supply chain operations based on a collaborative planning forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) process, minimizing operation costs, and achieving competitive service levels and cycle times
    • Drive initiatives from idea development to implementation management, including supply chain modeling and solution development
    • Develop tactical plans that align with business objectives and support current capabilities and sourcing strategies
  • Strategic Sourcing
    • Track and measure supplier performance and contract compliance to leverage spend, standardize service, and reduce supply base
    • Evaluate market conditions, implementing sourcing, and spend management strategies to proactively mitigate risks and reduce costs
    • Implement sourcing strategies and cost initiatives to achieve year-over-year improvements in cost, quality, delivery, and cycle time performance
    • Develop and execute optimal global commodity and supplier strategies using a structured sourcing process that includes cost reductions, quality improvements, increased safety, supplier diversity, and green procurement
    • Identify cost-reduction opportunities using best-practice techniques, such as total cost of ownership (TCO), should-cost modeling, value analysis, supplier rationalization, item rationalization, demand management, and make/buy and lease/buy analysis
  • Transportation & Logistics
    • Develop and support transportation planning and improvement processes to optimize cost, mode and flow, and ensure consistent, world-class service and delivery
    • Model and optimize freight and sku movement through the supply chain
    • Analyze logistics, carrier performance, scorecards, costs, service standards, and processes for international and domestic inbound and outbound deliveries
    • Manage in-country air and ground transportation requirements, overseeing tactical transportation service
    • Ensure efficient, economical and green flow of goods, services, and information from point of origin to point of destination
    • Investigate and recommend green transportation initiatives such as the SmartWay program and the Clean Diesel Fuel Alliance
    • Support information connectivity among suppliers and providers to enhance satisfaction and value through technology-driven services
  • Materials & Inventory Management
    • Maintain accurate inventory controls through continuous improvement in cycle-counting, physical inventory management, and inventory tracking
    • Enhance material flow to ensure availability of supplies and equipment using lean inventory techniques such as Kanban
    • Optimize materials scheduling, delivery, supplier response, and lead time to reduce expenses and improve service levels
    • Ensure materials requirements planning (MRP) accuracy by analyzing SAP/APO (ECC/SCM) systems and master data
    • Perform comprehensive analyses of inventory transactions and material forecasting, identifying deficiencies and obsolescence risk while driving improvements
    • Drive new product introduction programs, ensuring approvals and release through product lifecycle management and enterprise resource planning systems
    • Maintain integrated asset management programs and appropriate inventory levels in consideration of cost, storage space, and delivery lead time, ensuring consistent and timely availability of resources

Career Opportunities

  • Logistics Manager

    Logistics Managers oversee the work of teams responsible for receiving and/or delivering products, ensuring cost-efficient and effective transport and handling.

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  • Warehouse Manager

    Warehouse Managers maintain receiving, storage, and distribution operations while managing warehouse staff, training and policies.

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  • Scheduler

    Schedulers ensure timely and efficient operations by prioritizing shipments, organizing materials and managing deadlines.

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  • Supply Chain Manager

    Supply Chain Managers direct the planning of procurement, production, inventory control, logistics, and distribution.

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  • Inventory Manager

    Inventory Managers oversee the tracking and replenishing of merchandise in warehouse, stores, facilities, and food service establishments.

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Employment Outlook

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - April 2015

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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