Department of Operational Sciences

Department of Operational Sciences
Distance Learning Master of Science in Logistics



The Commander, Air University, is authorized by Public Law 733 of the 83d Congress to confer degrees upon persons who meet all requirements for those degrees as established by AFIT.  The Institute is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools through the doctoral level.  This specific program (LOGSCI.MS) leads to the degree of Master of Sciences in Logistics.


Primarily for DoD-sponsored full-time students or part-time students, the LOGSCI program requires 12 months (4 academic quarters) of full time study beginning in June of each year or 36 months (12 academic quarters) of part-time distance-learning-based study beginning in January of each year.  Typically, only those DoD-sponsored students selected in-residence may participate in the full-time program and only those DoD sponsored students selected for the distance-learning track may participate in the part-time program.  Other individuals, such as civilian DoD employees or defense contractor employees may participate in this program as space allows.  The program is directed by the Department of Operational Sciences of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management (AFIT/ENS), 2950 Hobson Way, Bldg 641, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7765 (DSN 785-2549, Commercial 937-255-2549).


Graduates will be well-prepared to fill a variety of key decision-making, and policy formulation positions at the Pentagon, MAJCOM headquarters, COCOM headquarters, AFMC product centers, operational units, and other DoD agencies.


The general requirements for admission to the LOGSCI.MS program in the Department of Operational Sciences are:

 1.   A baccalaureate degree or equivalent.
 2.   A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
 3.   Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of at least 550; or 
       Graduate Records Examination (GRE) of at least 153 (verbal) and 148
       (quantitative) on the Education Testing Service (ETS) 2012 GRE Concordance
       Table (which is based upon performance of all examinees who tested between 1
       August 2011 and 30 April 2012); or at least 500 (verbal) and 600 (quantitative)
       for GRE tests taken/scored under the old scale ETS used prior to August 2011 test
 4.   College algebra with a grade of B or higher.
 5.   Board selected for in-residence or distance-learning program.
Waivers to the above requirements may be granted on an individual basis by the Department of Operational Sciences.  Admission procedures are specified in the AFIT home page at


The core courses required for the LOGSCI.MS program are:  LOGM 520, LOGM 569, LOGM 570, LOGM 617, LOGM 620, LOGM 542, LOGM 660 or LOGM 565, and LOGM 400 or LOGM 568.  These courses provide the student with a functional base from which they will best understand the logistics field.



All AFIT students must complete an approved program of study, formulated with a faculty advisor and documented in an education plan (Ed Plan).  In accordance with ENOI 36-120, dated 29 May 2012, degree seeking students are responsible for maintaining the currency and accuracy of their Ed Plans.  The Ed Plan must be approved before the end of the first quarter of study and should be reviewed by the student prior to each subsequent quarter course registration. Courses may be substituted in the following curriculum with the approval of the LOGSCI.MS Program Director.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS.  As part of the degree requirements, all students must complete a total of 48 credit hours of study over the twelve quarters.

Catalog Years 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016      (Suggested twelve-quarter program for the part-time student)

YEAR 1 Course/Credit Hours/Dept
LOGM 568 Introduction to Supply Chain Management - 3 ENS
LOGM 569 Maintenance and Production Management - 3 ENS
STAT 521 Applied Statistical Data Analysis - 5 ENC
OPER 501 Quantitative Decision Making - 3 ENS
LOGM 565 Strategic Sourcing - 3 ENS
LOGM 620 Activity Based Management/Costing - 4 ENS
LOGM 617 Transportation Systems & Strategic Mobility - 3 ENS
LOGM 601 Principles and Methods of Research - 4 ENS
LOGM 520 Managerial Economics - 4 ENS
LOGM 542 Management & Behavior in Organizations - 4 ENS
LOGM 570 Principles of Inventory Management - 4 ENS
LOGM 627 Supply Chain Management - 4 ENS
OPER 791 Research Project for Operational Sciences - 6 ENS
PENS 791** Research Project Completion - N/A - ENS

50 Total Credit Hours

*Course sequence may change due to course availability.
** PENS 791 Research Project Completion - This is not a course in the Graduate Catalog and will not appear on a transcript.  Students must, however, register for 6 credit hours of PENS 791 in order for their graduate research project completion, final GRP grade, and the 4 to 6 GRP credit hours to post to their transcript.                                                                      


Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Our Program Educational Objectives (expectations two or more years beyond graduation) are to produce graduates who:

1.  Breadth.  Apply foundational logistics concepts and sound analytical principles to efficiently and effectively advance Air Force, DoD, and other employer logistics and supply chain management capabilities.

2.  Depth.  Are well educated, highly-valued, and successful logisticians.

3.  Professionalism.  Professionally communicate technical solutions and results.

4.  Lifelong Learning.  Continue to pursue lifelong multidisciplinary learning.

Program Outcomes (POs)

Our Program Outcomes (student/knowledge/skills/abilities upon graduation) produce graduates with:

1.  Critical thinking skills.  Can critically analyze situations, information, and data.

2.  Problem solving skills.  Can formulate problem statements, ascertain and collect the relevant data, and utilize the correct methodology in order to both delineate and solve problems in the real world.

3.  Communication skills.   Can effectively communicate to peers, subordinates, and supervisors in a professional manner both orally and in writing.

4.  Logistics specific knowledge.  Have developed a thorough understanding of the logistics, mobility, and supply chain discipline as required to make strategic level managerial decisions in the logistics area.