Department of Information Technology & Decision SciencesMaritime and Supply Chain
The College offers an undergraduate major in MSCM (BSBA degree program), an undergraduate minor in MSCM, and Graduate Certificates in Supply Chain Management, and Maritime, Ports, and Logistics that may be taken as a stand-alone certificates or concurrently with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA).
Old Dominion University is the only university in the United States to specifically offer a maritime and supply chain management undergraduate major and one of only two universities to offer an undergraduate maritime major. Recently, the Journal of Commerce identified Old Dominion University as one of the three Top Logistics Schools in Virginia. The undergraduate major provides students with an integrated working knowlede of maritime operations and supply chain management and the critical thinking and analytical skills that maritime and supply chain industries are seeking.
Maritime & Supply Chain Academic Programs:
- BSBA - Maritime Supply Chain Management
- Minor - Maritime & Supply Chain Management
- MS - Maritime Trade and Supply Chain Management
- Certificate - Maritime, Ports and Logistics Management
- Certificate - Supply Chain Management
- International Maritime Ports and Logistics Management
What will I study?
Through general education and core business courses, students gain a specialization in maritime or supply chain management. The major consists of courses in international shipping, supply chain and logistics management, port management, shipping management, purchasing and strategic sourcing, distribution and materials management, etc
Career opportunities for maritime and supply chain majors are numerous. They include Careers in the field include port operation, transportation carrier management, third-party shipper management (freight forwarding, third party logistics and customs brokerage), shipper logistical analysis, distribution and warehouse management, inventory control, scheduling, transportation planning, and global supply chain strategy.
Maritime and Supply Chain Management majors are encouraged to participate in ODU's two-week summer Port Study Abroad Program, alternating each year between Europe and Asia. In addition, MSCM majors have the opportunity to take the summer study abroad courses - "Transportation Systems and Trade Flows within the European Union" and "Hong Kong and Shanghai: History and Development of the Chinese Port."
Alternative Classroom Experience
The ODU Maritime Institute works with many international and local organizations to offer students internships and co-op opportunities throughout Hampton Roads, the United States, and internationally. Firms range from port authorities, operators, and carriers (shipping lines, railroads and trucking firms) to third-party logistics providers, warehousing and distribution centers, and shippers.