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Maritime, Ports, Logistics Management and Transportation Engineering at ODU Maritime Institute & Transportation Research Institute (TRI)

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Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, 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 Maritime 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.

Transportation and Research Institute (TRI)

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.

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.
  • BS in Civil Engineering (BSCE) with Transportation Engineering courses: Students build a solid foundation in engineering , offered by College Engineering and Technology, by taking a courses in transportation fundamentals transportation planning, & operations. Students take the following courses: Roadway Design, Transportation Fundamentals, Transportation Planning, Transportation Operations.

Graduate Programs

  • MBA with Additional Specialization Certificate in Maritime & Port Management (OnCampus, Online & Blended)): Each student must select 18 credit hours of electives from the wide range of electives offered in each of the functional areas. The concentration in maritime and port management offers courses such as International Maritime Transport, Port Operations and Management, International Maritime and Admiralty Law, Port Planning and Economics, Maritime Security & Risk Analysis, Supply Chain and Reverse Logistics, Transportation Intermediaries, Transportation Economics, Directed Research/Independent Study or Internship and Selected Topics in Maritime and Port Management.
  • MS in Maritime Trade and Supply Chain Management: 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. The 30-credit hour program requires critical thinking and investigation in maritime and supply chain industries, including analyses of worldwide port networks and supply chains that contribute to enhanced productivity.
  • MS and ME in Civil Engineering with Transportation Engineering Concentration: The department of civil engineering of of College Engineering and Technology, offers Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (ME) degrees in Civil Engineering with concentration in Transportation Engineering. Note that an ME course option is not available in this concentration. The student must pass an oral thesis or project defense examination respectively for the MS and ME degrees.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering: The PhD program provides training in research methods that enables graduates to contribute to the development of substantive theory, knowledge, and scholarship in transportation engineering.

Graduate Certificate Program

  • Graduate Certificate Program in Maritime, Ports and Logistics Management (12 credit Online Program): Maritime, Ports and Logistics Management Certificate Program is available for individuals who wish to study the maritime, port and logistics courses without applying for degree status. This program allows students to take PORT courses for the certificate.


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.


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