Masters in Disaster Relief Losgistics

Master of Science
Classroom, Online, Off-site
Hampton Roads, Fort Lee, Redstone/Huntsville, National Capital Region, Virtual Site
Major Code: 8410 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate, Extended Studies
Delivery Mode/s: online, classroom, off-site Location/s: Fort Lee, Hampton Roads, National Capital Region, Redstone/Huntsville, Virtual Site
Admission Materials: GMAT, GRE recommended

The goal of the Master of Science in Logistics Management - Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Logistics is to prepare individuals for advanced leadership positions in the private, public and military sectors with specific skills and competencies in logistics management.

Admission Requirements

The applicant to the program must have a bachelor's degree; however, the degree need not be in business administration. Students who are graduates from other fields are encouraged to apply. Students with an undergraduate business degree or courses may be able to waive the program prerequisite in the program based on an evaluation of their undergraduate academic transcripts. Prerequisite courses are required of a student whose undergraduate major is outside the business area or who has not previously completed the courses in these prerequisite areas. The exact number of needed prerequisite courses depends on courses completed during the student's undergraduate studies.

The GRE or the GMAT may be required for admission evaluation purposes. General admission requirements and the process for applying are discussed in the Academic Overview of this catalog. Individuals who do not meet the stated requirements for regular admission may petition to take graduate courses for credit as a continuing education applicant.

Degree Requirements

The degree of Master of Science in Logistics Management - Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Logistics is conferred upon students who have successfully completed 33 credit hours of graduate coursework plus other course requirements as listed on the student's approved graduate program plan. Students without adequate undergraduate background will be required to complete the program prerequisites. Students may choose elective courses from several of the management or related academic disciplines by securing approval of both their faculty advisor and academic unit head.

Students with undergraduate credits for courses that they believe are equivalent to the program prerequisites should consult with their advisor concerning waiver of those prerequisites.

Program Prerequisite

(noncredit for this program)

  • MTH 1701 College Algebra
    Credit Hours: 3
    Real-number system; arithmetic operations with polynomials, special products and factoring; linear, fractional and quadratic equations; inequalities, exponents, radicals and absolute values; functions and graphs; and complex numbers, logarithms, logarithmic and exponential functions. Credit can only be applied toward business, communication, humanities, management, psychology or computer information systems degrees at Florida Tech.
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course

Note: Computer literacy is required as a prerequisite. It can be demonstrated by the applicant's undergraduate coursework, passing a proficiency examination offered by the extended studies department or by completing a suitable computer course.

Required Courses
  • MGT 5006 Introductory Managerial Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies methods of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data for managerial decision making. Includes data presentation, measures of central tendency, dispersion and skewness; discrete and continuous probability distributions; sampling methods and sampling distributions; and confidence interval estimation of parameters and tests of hypotheses.
  • MGT 5051 Logistics Chain Management in Humanitarian and Disaster Relief
    Credit Hours: 3
    Combines lectures and class discussion on assigned topics and case analyses. Includes the role of logistics chain management in the economy and organizations; inventory; global logistics; effective organizing; packaging and purchasing; and materials flow and handling. Also includes the implementation of logistics chain management strategy.
  • MGT 5061 Systems and Logistics Support Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Addresses the management of evolving systems. Emphasizes planning and support requirements of the system during its life cycle. Includes maintenance planning, physical distribution, manpower requirements, facilities and equipment needs, documentation, systems integration and other support requirements.
  • MGT 5062 Logistics Policy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes logistics as a science and provides a comparative analysis of different policy considerations. Reviews the role of logistics in organizational policy and problems, and future trends in logistics. Involves a significant research paper or challenging capstone project designed to demonstrate mastery over the complete curriculum.
  • MGT 5063 Inventory Control and Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes management techniques and methods related to the life cycle management of material. Addresses material management systems and concepts of standardization, modernization, material reserve, cataloguing, pro-ordering, storage and distribution.
  • MGT 5064 Cost and Economic Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers cost effectiveness, trade-off analysis, system effectiveness model structure, criteria for evaluation of alternative systems, principles of cost accounting and cost estimating for system life cycle. Includes basic math for cost-effective analysis, computer tools for economic modeling and risk assessment.
  • MGT 5100 Distribution Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Distribution systems and management from a cost vs. return view. U.S. and world transportation systems' impact on distribution centers, automated order processing, warehousing techniques and layout, organization for physical distribution management, total systems approach, government regulation, distribution components and management of distribution resources.
  • MGT 5216 Management of Logistics in Complex Emergencies
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers key institutional factors. Includes emergency rescue; military agencies; local, state and federal emergency agencies in the field; and international humanitarian and relief organizations. Explores emergency requirements for food, shelter, healthcare and public order.
  • MGT 5903 Logistics Management Capstone Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Involves a team-based consulting activity for an outside client organization. Requires a project, written report and presentation assessed for synthesis of learned competencies in oral and written communication, critical thinking and logistics management.
    Acts as the capstone for the master's program in logistics management.
Electives (2 courses)
Select two courses:
  • MGT 5043 Law and Politics of International Conflict Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the legal, political and policy issues involved in international intervention in conflict and its historical background. Explores legal doctrine, official policy and political practice in conflict intervention. Also covers prevention and post-conflict recovery. Includes themes that deal with the continuum from war to peace.
  • MGT 5044 Role of Foreign Relations and National Security Law
    Credit Hours: 3
    Addresses the interrelationship of international and U.S. constitutional law. Focuses on separation of powers; decision-making authority; international law as part of U.S. law; treaties and other international agreements; war power and terrorism; appropriations power; federalism; the role of the courts; and current national security issues.
  • MGT 5045 Information Systems for Complex Emergencies
    Credit Hours: 3
    Addresses the use of information technology systems (ITS) and communications systems in a crisis operational environment. Includes legal and regulatory systems and interface with public safety/emergency agencies.
  • MGT 5046 Organizational Behavior in Humanitarian and Disaster Operations
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the contribution to management theory made by the behavioral sciences. Studies human behavior of groups and individuals. Includes not-for-profit and volunteer personnel systems. Extensively uses current periodicals and case materials.
  • MGT 5052 Planning and Modeling for Emergency Operations and Disaster Relief
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies case analysis and modeling tools to a disaster and emergency assistance environment. Discusses systems analysis and constructs computer models. Includes system classification, problem formulation, decision/risk analysis, modeling techniques, discrete event simulation and evaluation of information. Requires a design project.
    Prerequisite course or equivalent
  • MGT 5053 Project and Program Risk Mitigation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes a systematic approach to risk management from project initiation through planning, implementation, control and closeout. Discusses various techniques and models for qualitative/quantitative risk assessment and risk management in such areas as post-scheduling and outputs.
    Prerequisite courses or permission of the instructor
  • MGT 5215 Emergency Procurement and Contract Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the basic concepts, policies and procedures incident to public agency contracting. Includes in-depth coverage of the acquisition process. Emphasizes using commercial organizations to supply goods and services; contingency contracting and interagency support; and establishing organizations for maintenance and continuity of operations.
Total Credits Required: 33