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 your have the option to follow one of five tracks: business of shipping; global transportation security; international logistics; marine insurance; or research in international logistics and shipping.

All students begin the ITM program with a one-credit course, TMGT 6001: Orientation to Graduate Studies. The course will introduce students to the full range of academic, administrative and social expectations on graduate students.

Academic Program

The 34-credit master's program is divided into three categories of courses.

Core Courses

The core courses are the foundation of the ITM program. They emphasize international transportation and trade, intermodalism and the maritime industry. Three of the core courses are prerequisites for all 8000-level electives.

  • TMGT 7060: Systems Analysis & Operations Research

  • TMGT 7100: Economics of International Trade

  • TMGT 7300: Transportation Management

  • TMGT 7500: International Business & Transportation Law

Elective Courses

A vast array of elective courses cover liner and tramp shipping, port operations, international trade, economics, insurance, law and other topics. Groups of elective courses have been designated to satisfy one of five tracks, or the Advanced Certificate in Supply Chain  Management or the Chartering Certificate.

  • Four elective courses for 12 credits: This may be any four courses from the list of 8000-level electives or four courses from the list of courses designated for one of the tracks.

  • Two "free" elective courses for six credits with the capstone course, or one course for three credits with the thesis option. These electives can be any electives not taken to satisfy the four electives described above, including courses in the SUNY Maritime Master's in Maritime and Naval Studies program.

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.


You may tailor your program of study to your own interests by picking electives that suit your personal and professional goals, or you may choose to follow one of five pre-existing academic tracks.

  • Business of Shipping

  • Global Transportation Security

  • International Logistics

  • Marine Insurance

  • Research in International Logistics and Shipping

To follow a track, you must complete four of the courses designated for that track. Not all track courses are offered every semester, and they are not all always available online. For more information about when and how courses are offered, contact the ITM program coordinator, Dr. Cornelia McCarthy.

Certificate Programs

Certificates in supply chain management and international ship chartering are available.

Earn the supply chain advanced certificate in addition to the master of science degree by taking a sequence of seven courses for a total of 40 credits.

The international ship chartering program, offered with the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents, consists of two courses in advanced charter parties.

U.S. Coast Guard License

In addition to the standard curriculum, you 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. 

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