Who We Are
The Department of Logistics offers a full spectrum of degree and certificate programs, designed in collaboration with industry, to meet the real-life needs of domestic and international businesses. Faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research and scholarship as well as professional consultation throughout Alaska and the world.
Whether your interest is in logistics and supply chain operations, mid-level management, or executive leadership we have the logistics and supply chain management program to meet your career goals.
Alaska Logistics: Large, Diverse and Challenging
Alaska, with its great size, abundant resources and strategic locale, is a hub of multi-modal logistics activity. As a logistical gateway to the United States, Alaska plays a prominent role in the nation’s flow of international trade.
Anchorage, the state’s largest city, is positioned along the great circle route for U.S.-Asia air cargo. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is within nine hours flying time of 95% of the industrialized world. It is one of the world’s busiest cargo airports and benefits from the most liberal air cargo transfer options allowed anywhere in the United States.
The great circle route for ocean vessels, traveling the world’s busiest shipping lanes between U.S. west coast and Asian ports, passes through, or near the Aleutian Islands archipelago. Alaska’s waters are some of the most challenging in the world and several carriers in Alaska’s trade lanes use specially designed vessels to deal with nature’s challenges.
Alaska is a state rich in resources including petroleum, natural gas, minerals, and timber as well as the most expansive, diverse and efficiently managed fishery in the world.
As a major tourist destination, the world’s largest and most opulent cruise ships ply its coastlines and dock at its ports. The Alaska Marine Highway manages the nation’s most expansive network of ferries for the purpose of tourism and connecting many of Alaska’s water-locked coastal communities.
Supply Chain Management: According to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), supply chain management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities. Importantly, it also includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers.
According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), supply chain management involves the design and management of seamless, value-added processes across organizational boundaries to meet the needs of the end customers.
Logistics: According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), logistics is the process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient, cost effective flow and storage of raw materials, in-process inventory, finished goods and related information from point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements.
Logistics Program Sponsors
The Logistics Department and its degree programs are supported by numerous Anchorage business partners who recognize the importance of logistics and supply chain management in Alaska.
BBA in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
The BBA in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management offers students the opportunity to study in a new and exciting field. Logistics refers to moving material and personnel into and within a business and distributing final products to customers. Logistics students complete all university requirements and degree curriculum required of business majors, along with five professional courses in the logistics area. Students without significant logistics experience will also complete a logistics internship.
MS in Global Supply Chain Management
The focus of the graduate degree in Global Supply Chain Management is managing global supply chain systems with an emphasis on leadership, information technology, and international business practices. The degree is comprised of five courses, six credit hours each, to be taken over five consecutive semesters. Time to completion is approximately 20 months for a total of 30 credit hours. To learn more about the Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management visit its site in Graduate Programs
AAS in Logistics and Supply Chain Operations
Upon graduation, AAS Logistics and Supply Chain Operations program graduates will be able to:
Undergraduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Operations
The Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Operations program enables students to enhance and develop their understanding and skills in the fields of logistics and supply chain operations. The program is designed for individuals who presently work in the industry and want to advance their knowledge of logistics and supply chain management, but have no prior academic background in the field. The certificate program also provides continuing education opportunities for professionals in the business community.
Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
The Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Operations, which is awarded by the Logistics Department, is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for students who want to initiate or develop a career path in logistics and supply chain operations without having to commit to lengthier educational programs. All 15 credits earned toward the occupational endorsement certificate are transferable to both the Undergraduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Operations and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Operations.
At the completion of an Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Operations, students are able to demonstrate: