DEGREE AT A GLANCE:
The Master of Arts in Reverse Logistics Management provides an industry-based group of courses designed to educate professionals in advanced subjects in reverse logistics as a key component in logistics management. Students will analyze how reverse logistics is being used in their military or civilian logistics organization. It will provide students with advanced knowledge of current applications of reverse logistics use and opportunities to study practical applications in domestic and international transportation and logistics scenarios. In today’s competitive global transportation and logistics business climate, organizations are always under pressure to adapt to new procedural and technological trends to improve the visibility of product and cargo flows through an ever-widening and complex supply chain. Within the next three to five years, there will be an increase in reverse logistics as a separate organizational component reporting directly to the CEO or CFO.
In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of reverse logistics management, graduates in this degree program will be able to:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation and logistics management is the second largest employment sector in the United States. In fact, transportation and logistics management is at the core of global supply chain management, encompassing manufacturing, distribution, retailing, recreation, and national security. National and global disasters such as the massive earthquakes of 2010 in Haiti and Chile focus on transportation and logistics management as the foundation for response and recovery to mitigate their tragic consequences. Careers in transportation and logistics management offer opportunities in not only a variety of transportation modes with global carriers, but with private and public sector organizations whose success depends on the global fulfillment of customers’ requirements. The technology of the 21st Century has truly revolutionized transportation and logistics management. The movement of information has become as important as the movement of goods and people, making it an exciting career for ambitious men and women.
Useful Skills Within the Transportation and Logistics Field
Federal Aviation Administration
Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up to date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations are also a great networking opportunity. Below are a few professional organizations and publications you may be interested in within the transportation and logistics field.
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL)
The Association for Operations Management (APICS)
Intelligence Transportation Society of America (ITSA)
International Air Cargo Association (IACA)
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA)
International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA)
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA)
National Industrial Transportation League (NITL)
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
American Association of Port Authorities
Nov. 9-13, 2014
APICS International Conference and Expo
Oct. 19-21, 2014
New Orleans, La.
Intelligence Transportation Society of America 21st World Congress
Sept. 7-11, 2014
International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition
Oct. 7-9, 2014
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association 82nd Annual Meeting
Sept. 14-17, 2014
International Warehouse Logistics Association
National Defense Industrial Association
The National Industrial Transportation League's (NITL) Annual Meeting & TransComp Exhibition
Nov. 14-19, 2014
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting
Jan. 11-15, 2015
This course is a comprehensive review of the major applications of reverse logistics principles, problems and best practices in manufacturing, retail and the military. The student will study applications from apparel, aviation, automotive, electronics, food and beverage, retailers, and sporting goods. It includes an analysis of Green applications and Carbon Footprint credits for companies.
This course is a comprehensive study of problem formulation and calculating return on investment (ROI) in project management such as applications for reverse logistics. The student will develop engineering economic analysis solutions to case study problems of returns, recalls, recycling, repackaging, waste management, as part of learning how to design a reverse logistics network or supply chain.
This course investigates the advanced analysis methods and techniques used to solve the pricing and packing needs of products entering the reverse logistics supply chain. The course emphasizes the most successful methods from business statistics, production and operations management, management science, and operations research fields of study. Students will be required to synthesize material from several major fields of study in order to apply it in this course. Methods of analysis will be investigated to solve these problems including probability concepts and their applications, statistical quality control, process design, forecasting, inventory control, waiting line models, transportation and assignment methods, decision analysis, and simulation modeling
This course covers government rules, regulations, policies, etc. that govern reverse logistic operations. These policies and regulations will be analyzed toward their impact on product production, manufacturing, and retail industry. The impact of the overall reverse logistics network designs and distributions will be studied from case studies. The impact on the financial elements of a company engaging in reverse logistics practices will be examined from a return on investment and sound business planning.
This course in research methods will prepare the reverse logistics management graduate student to understand material and issues associated with, but not limited to, the logic of the scientific method, research design, and qualitative and statistical analysis of data focused on any aspect of reverse logistics issues or problems. Students will be afforded the opportunity to begin to conduct research on topics within the field of reverse logistics management. This course is intended to provide a foundation from which the student may use the knowledge and practices gained in this course throughout the rest of their graduate program
This course is a comprehensive examination of the global factors affecting reverse logistics drivers from major companies to small businesses. The student will examine and analyze disaster logistics and how it affects the resiliency of a global supply chain.
This course studies the use of GPS, RFID and bar coding technology used to track and trace products through the forward supply chain and the reverse logistics process. The student will study the complex issues of data synchronization facing today’s reverse logistics manager.
Students in this course analyze the resources needed to establish and implement a reverse logistics operations in manufacturing and in retail stores. Emphasis is placed on analysis and way to measure the return on investment and other performance measures to ensure a successful reverse logistics operation.
This course is a focused and comprehensive examination of the recalls programs of major manufacturing companies around the world, as a thorough study of how a returns program can enhance the revenue stream of a retail store.
A comprehensive study of the central returns centers, its layout, the facilities, and training needed to successfully operate in today’s global market place. Emphasis on project management knowledge, use of diagrams and flowcharts are used to design a network process for a manufacturing firm and for a retail organization.
This course examines the organization, planning, and controlling of recycling, reclaimed materials, and reclaim centers projects that are designated as Green. The student is provided practical knowledge on Green project planning, managing Green project scope, and sustainment and environmental risk management.
This course is a focused and comprehensive examination of how different retail industries implement reverse logistics programs. The focus is on food and beverage, apparel, automotive, sports, hotel operations, and consumer electronics. Attention is focused on data synchronization inventory management comparing the forward and reverse logistics chains.
This course studies the handling of hazardous materials in reverse logistics operations. The study designs a forward and reverse logistics chain to identify and analyze the point where the product become hazardous to workers in recycling, returns, and waste movement. The student will study the regulatory issues that govern the legal and illegal activities of returns through case studies.
A study of the reverse logistics function, its role in society, and the theory that provides the underpinning manufacturing and retail management business today. The course will provide an understanding of general principles of reverses logistics as compared to forward logistics and the supply chain concept. Topics covered include revenue generation, return on investment, Green technologies and related topics. This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.
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