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Maritime, Ports, Logistics & Supply Chain Management Degree & Certificate Programs and Maritime History Program at Old Dominion University (ODU)

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Established in 1930 and located at Norfolk, Virginia, Old Dominion University (ODU) is Virginia’s entrepreneurial-minded doctoral research university with more than 25,000 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and initiatives that contribute .1 billion annually to Virginia’s economy.  

Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business's International Maritime (Ports & Logistics) Institute was created through a University/Business community partnership in Hampton Roads. Its mission is to provide world quality maritime, ports and logistics management education, training and research to meet regional, national and international needs. In pursuit of its mission, the Institute engages in building mutually supportive linkages locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and in supporting the economic growth and international competitiveness of greater Hampton Roads and Virginia.


The Institute provides a focal point for educational services and research programming that is responsive to the port-related needs of Hampton Roads, Virginia and other port-related facilities in the world. Serving as a positive link with port related business, and public administration communities; the Institute provides a catalyst for the delivery of education, training, research and service programs in both the credit and non-credit arenas. The Institute also serves as a hub for applied education, training and research related to the development and management of transportation and storage systems, with ports serving as centers of internationally complex activities.

The Hampton Roads area is ideally suited to serve as the home to a program in transportation, with a variety of transportation modes converging within a congested, urban environment. Freight movement, congestion, safety, land use, and emergency management are all important, relevant topics in the region. Students can pursue Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in transportation. The department’s Transportation Research Institute (TRI) actively supports formation on multi-disciplinary research teams to go after external funding and provides various types of research services to clients.

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Academic Programs




Undergraduate Programs

  • BS in Business Administration - Maritime and Supply Chain Management (MSCM) Major: The maritime and supply chain management major is designed to provide students with an integrated working knowledge of maritime operations and supply chain management. It is the only undergraduate major of its kind east of the Mississippi River and graduates will be able to meet the needs of regional, national and international shipping, transportation, and distribution industries. Students may concentrate in either maritime management or supply chain management area by choice of their MSCM electives.

Master Degree Programs

  • MBA with Concentration in Maritime & Ports Management: The MBA program is designed to achieve two key objectives: relevance and flexibility. It provides students with flexibility in both time to completion and delivery mode. Students may choose a completion schedule as little as 4 semesters (full-time) or several years and may elect to complete the program online, on-campus, or a blend of both.
  • MBA with Concentration in Supply Chain Management: students can elect to fulfil their elective requirement by pursuing one of graduate certificates to specialize their MBA to fit their unique career goals while developing them into well-rounded professional candidates with a highly sought-after skill set by taking on just an additional course or few. Graduate certificates are standalone credentials that typically require a minimum of 9 to a maximum of 24 credits depending upon the certificate.
  • MS in Maritime Trade & Supply Chain Management (Online, Oncampus): The Master of Maritime Trade and Supply Chain Management is a graduate program that provides managers and supply chain professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge, update their skill sets, and enhance their work with supply chain partners, transportation carriers, shippers, sourcing agents, warehouse managers, as well as third parties and governments directly or indirectly involved in the movement of cargo and material flow.

Graduate Certificate Programs

  • Graduate Certificate in Maritime, Ports & Logistics Management (Online, Oncampus): This certificate program is designed to help working maritime and port professionals develop and sharpen their maritime and port management skills. The program consists of four graduate level courses that expose students to international shipping, port management, maritime law, port operations and planning.
  • Graduate Certificate in Maritime History (Oncampus): The Graduate Certificate in Maritime History offers perspectives of the history of maritime developments throughout the centuries. The Graduate Certificate in Maritime History is designed for those who want to supplement their studies with a maritime focus. It offers students an innovative introduction to maritime affairs and its global historical dynamics. The certificate program is open to current MA candidates or students already possessing an MA in History.
  • Graduate Certificate in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (Oncampus):  In order to provide the opportunity for practicing engineers to further their knowledge and to become more competent in the fields of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers a non-degree graduate level certificate program in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
  • Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management (Online, Oncampus): This certificate program is designed to help working supply chain professionals advance their careers by developing and enhancing their supply chain management and leadership/planning skills.

ODU Features

At Old Dominion University, studies are designed to help you bring your talents, your ideas and your goals to life. You gain knowledge and experience in classrooms and facilities with the latest teaching technologies, and through internships with global industries. Learning at ODU doesn't end in the classroom - ODU faculty engage the modern mind with real-world puzzles and cutting-edge solutions.

  • Campus: Located at Norfolk Virginia, The University Village is a 75-acre mixed use development initiative by Old Dominion University. With the University, and its 24,000 students and 2,400 staff and faculty, in addition to the Ted Constant Convocation Center as anchors, The University Village is a destination all its own with restaurants, retail, recreational facilities, hotel, residential, office and research facilities.
  • Accreditation: Regional Accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. College of Business and Public Administrations by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AASCB). College of Engineering & Technology by Engineering Accreditation Commission, ABET.
  • Maritime & Transportation Specialization: Areas of specialization at undergraduate and graduate level includes: Maritime and Port Management, Supply Chain Management and Transportation Engineering.
  • Internships and Cooperative Education: The award winning Career Management Center offers opportunities in Internships or Co-op programs to ODU students. For ODU transportation programs (ODUTP), research and teaching assistantships are available to full-time students. These typically pay for student stipends with full or partial tuition waiver. Internships provide employment experience and the opportunity to develop professional skills. Students can work for these local ODUTP partners: Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center, Virginia Department of Transportation and Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.
  • Recognition: Best Southeastern College by Princeton Review, Top 15 for Global Management MBA by Entrepreneur and 25 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards.
  • Research: ODU research teams generate million in annual funding through more than 400 ongoing projects. Supported by grants from NSF, NIH, Depart of Education, Department of Energy, DoD. ODUhas already made ground-breaking advances major areas, such as Modeling & Simulation, Bioelectrics, Maritime Health & Systems, Alternative Energies, Nanotechnologies etc.
  • Facilities: 95% of ODU classrooms and modern buildings are packed with 21st century teaching technology. Other facilities are: Career Management Center, Study Abroad, Honors College and Center for Service and Civic Engagement.
  • Study Abroad: Old Dominion University encourages all students to consider studying abroad for a summer, semester, or full year as part of their academic experience. Study abroad can enhance any major by challenging students to adapt to a new academic system and to infuse their studies with a global perspective. Approved courses which are taken abroad are fully transferable to your academic program, and students can take courses to meet major, minor, or general education requirements. Arrangements can also be made for credit-bearing internships, or volunteer and work abroad programs.

LAST UPDATED ON Aug 18, 2021