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Our competitive Ph.D. program prepares doctoral candidates to become productive researchers and educators at top research universities.

Logistics Doctoral Student Manual

Program Overview

Our doctoral program is designed to prepare its graduates for success in academic positions at top-tier research institutions around the world. The program is designed for students with solid work experience who are able to commit to a full-time program with the goal of an academic career in research and teaching supply chain logistics. The coursework covers a broad range of topics, including theory development and research methods. Doctoral students are assigned as teaching and/or research assistants at various phases of the program. Upon completion of coursework, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in logistics and then complete a dissertation that demonstrates their ability to conduct and lead an original research project.

A doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree signifies that the candidate has demonstrated the required high level of scholarship to lead an academic career at the university level as well as to conduct independent scholarly research.

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Stanley E. Griffis

  • Logistics Doctoral Program Director

From the Director

The Department of Supply Chain Management offers a Ph.D. concentration in logistics and one in operations and sourcing management. Our programs focus on preparing students for academic positions at top-tier research universities. As such, we are interested in prospective students who desire to become highly recognized as scholars in the field of logistics and supply chain management.

Our logistics doctoral program is a small, but elite program focusing on theory and research that advances the supply chain logistics discipline. Students work closely with faculty from the onset of their program to ensure the best preparation for academic life – including working on research projects that eventually lead to publications in top-tier academic journals. The program links the traditional areas of logistics research and development with faculty expertise in the areas of demand management and forecasting, logistics operations and modeling, logistics strategy and relationship management. Both empirical and analytical methods are examined in the program to provide students with the skill sets necessary to succeed in their chosen stream of research.

As faculty director of the logistics program, I am happy to answer any questions you have about the program, academic careers and/or the application process. Please review our program information online and contact me via email at griffis@broad.msu.edu if I can be of assistance.

Students are admitted to the doctoral program only for a fall semester start and on a full-time basis. Find out more about admission criteria and the application process.

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Faculty-student collaboration is a significant part of the Broad experience. Doctoral students have the opportunity to work with some of the top researchers across multiple disciplines. Find out more about the research opportunities for logistics doctoral students at MSU.

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The supply chain management faculty at the Michigan State University Broad College of Business are among the best in the world. Find out more about our faculty currently working with doctoral students.

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See a roster of current doctoral students in the program as well as a listing of our graduates’ placements at research institutions across the globe.

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Get answers to common questions regarding the Ph.D in Logistics program at Broad.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

At the present time, all doctoral students receive financial support from the department, the college and/or various external organizations.

Our goal is to provide every student admitted to the program with a graduate assistantship and/or a fellowship. The assistantship is usually at a half-time level, although some students may be appointed quarter time. A half-time appointment requires that the student be a teaching assistant and/or a research assistant for 20 hours a week.

Renewal of financial assistance is contingent on the student making satisfactory progress in the program. Assistantships include a nine-credit-hour tuition waiver for each of the fall and spring semesters, a waiver for the out-of-state portion of tuition for non-Michigan residents, and health insurance. The waiver does not include registration fees or other fees.

Financial support is assured for the first three years of the program. Further support is provided subject to the available of financial resources and the candidate making satisfactory, significant progress in the doctoral program.

Fellowship aid is available from the university, the department and external sources.

For more information about funding sources, visit the MSU Graduate School.

Contact Information

  • Department of Supply Chain Management
  • Business College Complex
  • 632 Bogue St Rm N370
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Phone: (517) 355-2241