International transportation management

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The International Transportation Management graduate program provides a solid foundation in international business, economics and law, in transportation management and in systems analysis.

As a student in our program, you can use our vast array of elective courses - covering liner and tramp shipping, port operations, international trade, economics, insurance, law and other topics - to design a program tailored to your needs and interests. Or you may follow one of five tracks: business of shipping; global transportation security; international logistics; marine insurance; or research in international logistics and shipping.

Academic Program

The Master of Science in International Transportation Management is a high quality and competitive graduate-level business education for those interested in pursuing a career in international business with a special emphasis on transportation and trade.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Master of Science program in International Transportation Management, graduates will be able to:

1. Implement appropriate analytical and research methods necessary to gather and communicate insights on emerging transportation issues

2. Interpret and execute knowledge of theories and principles of transportation systems

3. Examine the impact of globalization and geopolitical forces on international trade

4. Understand and illustrate market ready shipping industry business practices and operational requirements of intermodal transportation with an emphasis on the shipping industry.

5. Demonstrate an integrative and broad mastery of ethical principles, leadership abilities, and multi-cultural awareness

Three Program Options

34-Credit degree

This program involves four core courses, six electives based on your interests and professional goals, and one culminating capstone course. This program can be completed online, on campus or a blend of the two.

40-credit degree

This program includes the Advanced Certificate in Supply Chain Management, an additional credential to help you in your career. The program includes four core courses, five supply-chain management courses, three electives of your choice, and the culminating capstone. This program cannot be completed online.

96-credit degree

This program includes the 34-credit master's degree as well as a U.S. Coast Guard third mate license. The license includes 62 credits at the undergraduate level. Though you may take courses online, the license component of the program must be completed on campus.

Core Courses

Four courses form the core of the master's in International Transportation Management. They emphasize International transportation and trade, intermodalism and the maritime industry.

  • TMGT 7060: Systems Analysis & Operations Research

  • TMGT 7100: Economics of International Trade

  • TMGT 7300: Transportation Management

  • TMGT 7500: International Business & Transportation Law

Customize Your Degree or Follow a Track

International Transportation Management provides a solid foundation in international business, economics and law, transportation management, and systems analysis.

As an ITM student, you may choose from a variety of elective courses to suit your interests and professional needs, including liner and tramp shipping, port operations, international trade, economics, insurance, law and other topics.

Alternatively, you may choose to follow one of five tracks that have been established for you. You must successfully complete four of the track's designated courses to have the track listed on your academic transcript. The track options are:

  • Business of Shipping

  • Global Transportation Security

  • International Logistics

  • Marine Insurance

  • Research in International Logistics and Shipping

Capstone Course or Thesis

With the capstone option, a student will take one 3-credit course that is the culmination of the ITM program and is designed to draw upon the knowledge acquired in all of the preceding courses. Students work in groups to perform directed team research and make a group presentation to faculty and outside evaluators. The prerequisite for the capstone course is completion of all core courses with a total of 25 completed credits and a 3.0 GPA.

With the thesis option, a student will work with a supervising faculty member to conduct original research and write a thesis paper in two 3-credit courses.

Certificate Programs

The ITM program offers two separate certificates:

Chartering Certificate

The chartering certificate may be completed as part of the regular 34-credit master's program or on its own. To earn the certification, you must successfully complete two courses in charter parties: TMGT 8450 Advanced Charter Parties I and TMGT 8460 Advanced Charter Parties II. These courses are offered in cooperation with the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents, the U.S. representative to the Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of ‘The Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (U.S.A.) / S.U.N.Y. Maritime College Chartering Certificate’, certificate holders will be able to:

1. Apply insights gathered through analytical and research methods to address issues that may arise out of time and demise charter party fixtures, voyage charter party fixtures and / or contracts of affreightment, and position themselves to better protect their (or their principal’s) interest by the negotiation of more favorable contract terms.

2. demonstrate the use of charter parties within the context of other transport systems, logistics, and the supply chain.

3. examine the impact of globalization and geopolitical forces on time and demise charter parties, voyage charter parties and contracts of affreightment, under the laws of various seafaring nations, including the United States, United Kingdom, and emerging maritime / trading centers.

4. illustrate the basic principles, skills, and tools of shipping, chartering and chartered vessel operations as they relate to international transportation management overall.

5. to integrate ethical principles and leadership into one’s life, which includes demonstrating compliance with principles of academic integrity, as well as an understanding of the ethical considerations and ethical codes that are adhered to in the business of shipping and chartering.

Advanced Certificate in Supply Chain Management

This 21-credit certificate allows for graduate studies in specialized supply-chain management courses. Demande for supply-chain management professionals has been growing for more than a decade; earning this stand-along certificate can fast-track your career in a growing profession. This program cannot be completed online. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of an Advanced Certificate in Supply Chain Management, certificate holders will be able to:

  1. Implement appropriate system analysis to monitor, evaluate, and recommend adjustments to effectively and professionally manage supply chain processes.

  2. Interpret, evaluate, and execute knowledge of principle theories of supply chain management.

  3. Analyze and evaluate the impact of globalization and other geopolitical forces on the management of supply chains.

  4. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of basic supply chain management principles with an emphasis on the maritime nexus.

  5. Demonstrate the mastery of ethical principles and moral codes of professional behavior as applied to supply chain management in a multi-cultural business environment.

U.S. Coast Guard License

In addition to the standard curriculum, a student may pursue a U.S. Coast Guard deck license. Licensure creates the opportunity for a graduate to work on a marine vessel as a third mate. To earn a license, you must be an on-campus student and belong to the regiment of cadets. This program is a 96-credit program, including the 62-credit undergraduate license program.

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