Master of Managerial Logistics
The Master of Managerial Logistics (MML) is offered online under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Army Logistics University at Fort Lee, Virginia and addresses all twelve points of the National Logistics Curriculum. The goal of the program is to provide educational access for U.S. military personnel wherever they may be located—at bases throughout the United States and around the world. NDSU's unique program provides the breadth and depth of knowledge needed for global logistics and supply chain operations and employs an innovative learning strategy that stresses the need for coordinated and integrated actions in complex emergencies, consistent with the goals of the Joint Logistics Enterprise. The MML curriculum (which is previewed below) is built around a supply chain/logistics concentration of 17 credit hours, complemented by courses that build a broader understanding of the technological and operational context of modern logistics. Students who successfully complete the Theatre Logistics Planner (TLog) program at the Army Logistics University may be awarded nine transfer credits with submission of their official transcript toward the completion of the Master of Managerial Logistics degree.
Supply Chain/Logistics Concentration
The supply chain/logistics core teaches theories, concepts, and practices that are essential to professional logisticians, within and outside of the military. While military case studies are often used, the curriculum stresses commercial supply-chain practices that are relevant to defense industry suppliers and partners.
- TL 711 (Logistics Systems) covers foundational material that is essential to effective supply-chain management, including inventory theory, forecasting, aggregate planning, quality management and project management. Essential concepts in systems modeling and optimization are introduced.
- TL 723 (Advanced Supply Chain Planning) continues the development of concepts introduced in TL 711, by emphasizing the supply chain as a dynamic system and focusing on supply-chain flexibility. Stressing an understanding of both current capabilities and the evolving needs of an enterprise, TL 723 illustrates how appropriate modifications to supply chains can be identified and optimized.
- TL 721 (International Logistics Management) offers a coherent global perspective on contemporary logistics, emphasizing integrated flows and functions from raw materials to end customers, while addressing the roles of governments, intermediaries, and local trade laws in global logistics. A variety of concepts in transportation management are integrated into a coherent framework for evaluating the capabilities and limitations of transportation modes.
- TL 729 (Adaptive Planning in Logistics) entails a systems view of organizations, with a focus on how remote sensing technologies enable sense and respond logistics. Applications are emphasized at both the strategic and operational level. Organizational structure, strategic alliances, quality, and programmed decision making are addressed at the strategic level, while supply-chain dynamics, inventory management, and the value of information transparency are addressed at the operational level.
- TL 715 (Enterprise Resource Planning) focuses on management information systems that integrate internal and external information sources across an organization to facilitate the flow of information among all business functions, while coordinating transactional, financial, logistical, and supply-chain objectives through software applications. The processes involved in the successful implementation of enterprise-wide planning systems are illustrated, along with methods of evaluating alternative ERP configurations.
Planning and Management Focus Area
The core knowledge gained from the supply chain/logistics nucleus is expanded through courses that focus on the operational, planning, and management context of logistics, including complex emergencies, large organizations, and contracts.
- TL 719 (Crisis Analysis and Homeland Security) provides an integrated approach to crisis response and management within the contexts of military logistics and homeland security. The primary focus is on problems of natural, technological, civil hazards, and disasters. The roles of communication, technology, and social networks are emphasized, as well as cultural and locational factors that influence the design and operation of logistics systems in ambiguous and chaotic environments.
- TL 727 (Organizational Change Management) provides an overview of change management as a process of making either incremental improvements or radical changes to an organization's operations for purposes of enhancing organizational and individual effectiveness. A systems perspective and leadership implications are stressed in this course.
Technology and Decision Analysis Focus Area
The supply-chain/logistics nucleus is further complemented by the following courses.
- TL 725 (Technology Advances and Logistics) depicts new technologies that shape logistics planning and the advantages that these technologies have brought to end users, suppliers, and a broad spectrum of related industries. TL 725 develops an understanding of the requirements for the effective integration of concepts for automated systems in support of logistics through the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) and other data-capturing technologies.
- TL 731 (Logistics Decisions Analysis) covers the collection, management and analysis of logistics information necessary to make good decisions, as well as quantitative decision models for the systematic evaluation of decision situations involving uncertainty, complexity, alternatives, and preferences. The focus is on decision making under uncertainty, with less-than-perfect information.
- Capstone: TL 733 (Case Studies in Logistics) features case studies based on events from previous military operations and commercial logistics. The focus is on actual logistics cases, along with solutions and lessons learned about how individual/organizational decisions are related to ultimate outcomes. The emphasis is on identifying processes that could have reduced or eliminated a supply chain's susceptibility and avoided failure or suboptimization. Topics from previous courses in the supply chain/logistics core are integrated into the cases and provide a vehicle for students to assimilate material from other courses.
- TL 751 (Transportation Systems Security) examines security threats and solutions related to transportation systems. Specific focus is placed securing passenger and freight modes of transportation including railroad, highway, aviation, maritime and pipelines from acts of terrorism and intentional disruption.