There are generally two ways of getting a degree in logistics or supply chain management --- complete coursework at an accredited college or register for the distance learning program of a reputable university. Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees are available. A distance learning program allows you to earn while you learn and boosts future career prospects. An undergraduate degree in logistics will enable you to get an entry level job, while graduate and post-graduate degrees will help you move to the upper echelons of management or pursue a career in consulting or academics.
Get a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED) to fulfill the minimum educational prerequisite for gaining entry into degree programs in logistics.
Appear for the SAT or American College Test (ACT) to test your readiness for college. Grade point average (GPA) in high school and SAT or ACT scores will be taken into account when you apply for admission to an associate's or bachelor's degree program in logistics. You will have to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to apply for a master's degree program in logistics.
Choose a college offering an accredited degree program in logistics. You can visit the website of the United States Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to check whether the college or logistics degree program that you have chosen is accredited or not.
Get a job in a warehouse, store or manufacturing facility. You will gain hands-on experience by assisting the staff in checking invoices and monitoring inventory levels. This will help you to gain entry into universities that require prior work experience for enrolling in a post-graduate degree program in logistics, especially if you hold a bachelor's degree in disciplines other than logistics, mathematics, physics or engineering.
Take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) if you wish to pursue a master's degree in business administration with logistics and supply chain management as the core subjects. Apply for the MBA program in a college accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
- Earn certification from professional bodies like the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL), Institute for Supply Management, APICS or American Purchasing Society. This will enhance your professional standing and contribute to career progress.
- Enroll in an accredited online logistics degree program of a recognized university if you cannot attend a full-time course in college due to current work or family responsibilities.
Hailing out of Pittsburgh, Pa., David Stewart has been writing articles since 2004, specializing in consumer-oriented pieces. He holds an associate degree in specialized technology from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.