Doctorate in Transportation and Logistics
North Dakota State University offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. degree in Transportation and Logistics (TL). The TL program is a joint effort of the Colleges of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; Business; Engineering; as well as the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. The following departments are participating in the program: Agribusiness and Applied Economics; Civil Engineering; Construction Management and Engineering; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; Management and Marketing; Geosciences; and Emergency Management.
The TL doctoral program allows students to develop advanced knowledge and research skills in the rapidly growing fields of transportation and logistics. The Ph.D. program consists of three main components: a core curriculum of 25 credits, an area of concentration, and a dissertation. After completing the interdisciplinary core curriculum, students may enter one of three areas of concentration: (1) Logistics and Supply Chain Systems, (2) Transportation Economics and Regulation, and (3) Transportation Infrastructure and Capacity Planning.
This is a research-oriented degree that requires advanced skills in mathematical programming, statistics, and transportation modeling. Prospective students must have a high quantitative aptitude and be prepared to undertake rigorous graduate-level training in quantitative methods.