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Why ODU for maritime trade and supply chain management?

ODU is strategically located in the heart of the Maritime Logistics Cluster in Hampton Roads. This area is a major East Coast hub for logistics activities and an emerging digital port. Our faculty are connected to local, regional and global communities in the maritime and supply chain industries.

Our master of science degree in maritime trade and supply chain management is designed for both new and experienced professionals. You will learn the theory, skills, and practices needed to meet daily challenges in global supply chain management. Our courses will introduce you to many components of the industry, including:

  • national and international regulations for the transportation of goods
  • demand and inventory management in supply chain
  • port planning and operations
  • capacity management and equipment investment
  • logistics and reverse logistics
  • supply chain software and technology, such database management, SQL, and NAVIS N4, a terminal operation software used by over 200 ports in the world

In addition, you will learn how to think critically about local and global maritime trade and supply chain issues. You will gain practical skills to identify problems, analyze data, and design solutions for more efficient port and supply chain management.

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Learn from Our Experience

ODU's main campus is situated near the Port of Virginia and its thriving maritime industry. This gives our faculty immediate access to study maritime trade and supply chain management at local, regional, and global levels.

Through ODU's International Institute of Maritime, Ports and Logistics Management, our faculty and students are connected to supply chain partners, service providers, businesses, and government agencies that are directly or indirectly involved in the movement of cargo. These connections mean that ODU's research is at the forefront of the dynamic maritime and supply chain management industry.

ODU is also the leading partner in the OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub, which connects entrepreneurs, industries, and communities to address global maritime and coastal issues.

Required Courses

  • 30 credit hours (10 courses)

You will take:

  • Five core courses:
    • International economics
    • Supply chain management and logistics
    • International maritime transportation
    • Port planning and economics
    • Reverse logistics and sustainable operations
  • Four elective courses
  • One capstone course in international shipping and supply chain management

Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2021 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

Careers in Maritime Trade and Supply Chain Management

This master's program can benefit both new and experienced professionals. It's also a great next step for professionals with corporate or military experience who want to advance their careers.

Note: earning a degree from ODU does not guarantee employment in the positions listed above. Explore more career information on our Career Coach website.

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How to Apply

To apply, you should have:

- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. university or equivalent foreign institution.

- GRE or GMAT scores. A waiver may be available if you have:

Additional items are required to complete the application. View details in ODU's Graduate Catalog.

Want to get started now?

You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.