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Master of Business Administration in Port Management online


Understanding the intricacies of the maritime transportation industry and how to effectively and safely manage resources is a valuable skill set that can expand your career opportunities. This unique program is designed to give you core business and management principles, with the added benefit of an industry-specific management background in the growing maritime industry.

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The MBA in Port Management at Lamar University is specifically designed to equip you to procure management positions in a growing industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the freight transportation industry to grow 9.5% between 2016 and 2026, so this degree can give you the edge in port and marine terminal operations management.

icon $13,608* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $13,608* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours

Lamar University's College of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Due in large part to Lamar University's commitment to quality and nationally recognized faculty, the Lamar University MBA has been ranked a Top 10 MBA in Texas, and The Princeton Review ranked Lamar University's College of Business one of the Top 267 Business Schools in the nation.

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The MBA in Port Management online program offers management skills critical to meeting the challenges of port management logistics and planning, as well as ensuring that marine terminals operate safely and efficiently. The curriculum utilizes port management case studies to facilitate your ability to make strategic and factual decisions.

Along with core MBA coursework, industry-relevant courses cover all aspects of port and marine terminal management. You will also study emerging technologies, processes and procedures in marine terminal operations, with insights into growing your network and accelerating your career path in the field.

Program Advantages:

  • 100% online courses allow you to study and attend lectures around your busy schedule with an accelerated, 8-week course format that allows you to graduate faster than in a traditional campus-based program. MBA students with an undergraduate business degree can earn their MBA in as few as 16 months.
  • Same nationally recognized faculty who teach on campus
  • Lamar University is a recognized leader in online education, providing students with opportunities to grow their careers through high-quality, affordable online degree programs
  • Lamar University's College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)—the international gold standard for business school accreditation

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Lamar University is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education.

$13,608 Total program cost without leveling courses
$15,570** Total program cost with leveling courses

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In addition to the textbook, some courses may require ancillary course materials that may range up to $150 each. Use of additional resources are at the discretion of each professor.

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The MBA in Port Management online program offers multiple start dates throughout the year to accommodate your working schedule and busy lifestyle.

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8-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring I 2019 1/22/2019 1/6/2019 1/14/2019 1/17/2019 3/8/2019
Spring II 2019 3/20/2019 2/27/2019 3/6/2019 3/18/2019 5/14/2019
Summer 2019 5/28/2019 5/7/2019 5/14/2019 5/23/2019 7/19/2019
Fall I 2019 8/26/2019 8/5/2019 8/12/2019 8/22/2019 10/16/2019
Fall II 2019 10/21/2019 9/26/2019 10/3/2019 10/16/2019 12/10/2019
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Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.


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Leveling Requirements

Students with non-business undergraduate degrees may be required to take three leveling courses – ACCT 5315, ECON 5300 and FINC 5300. An optional self-paced leveling course, BULW 5300, is also available. All international students are required to take BCOM 5300.

Students who are required to take an English proficiency exam prior to admission will also be required to take BCOM 5300. Students who score 7.0 or higher on the ILETS, or the equivalent score on the TOEFL, will be waived from BCOM 5300.

In addition, the MBA director may require the following courses for students whose academic backgrounds in business administration, grade point average, or work experience are limited: BUAL 2310, MGMT 3320, BCOM 5300, MGMT 3310 and/or MKTG 3310.


The Pre-MBA program allows students to take up to nine hours of graduate level coursework to apply toward their MBA before taking the GMAT. In order to qualify for Pre-MBA admission, students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. The GPA can be calculated using the applicant's undergraduate cumulative or last 60 hours. After completing your nine hours you must submit an acceptable GMAT score to fully enroll in the MBA program.

University Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following standards:

  • A total of at least 1,000 points based on the formula: (200 x GPA) + GMAT score = 1,000 or higher
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  • A total of at least 1,000 points based on the formula: (200 x the GPA of the last 60 hours of undergraduate work) + GMAT score = 1,000 or higher

GMAT waiver

If applicants qualify for the GMAT waiver, based on the criteria below, please complete the GMAT Waiver Form.

Applicants with Business Undergraduate Degrees

The Graduate Management Admissions Test may be waived for applicants having a 3.0 cumulative or higher GPA and 4 or more years of increasing professional or managerial experience.

Students who do not meet the academic requirements specified in the GMAT waiver will be required to submit a GMAT score, meet the MBA admission formula (200 x GPA) + GMAT = 1000, and submit a petition for re-admission.

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.

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The MBA in Port Management online features graduate-level business coursework designed to give you the advantage in the port and marine terminal industry. The industry-based curriculum empowers you to expand your career options and provides the credentials you need for management opportunities. Students with non-business undergraduate degrees may be required to take additional leveling courses.

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Students with non-business undergraduate degrees may be required to take four leveling courses – ACCT 5315, BULW 5300, ECON 5300 and FINC 5300. All international students are required to take BCOM 5300.

ACCT 5315: Financial Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Concepts of financial accounting. Emphasis is on the conceptual framework of accounting and preparation and uses of financial statements. Additional topics include, Managerial Accounting and Cost Concepts, Cost Volume Profit Analysis, Flexible Budgets and Standard Costs and Variance Analysis.

ECON 5300: Microeconomic Principles

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to economic principles, allocation of resources, determination of output and prices, distribution and managerial economics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

FINC 5300: Foundations of Finance

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A survey of the financial management function in private business firms, with emphasis on major financial policy decision issues and the analytical techniques used to assist management in making those decisions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, ACCT 5315, ECON 5300 or undergraduate equivalent.

BULW 5300: Legal Environment of Business

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A survey of the legal environment of business including concepts of legal rules, the legal framework to resolve disputes, a study of the concept of property rights, contracts, commercial paper, agency and employment laws, government regulation of business through administrative agencies, and introduction to international law. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

BCOM 5300: Business Communication

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Communication theory and practice with emphasis on variables affecting organizational communications. Intrapersonal, organization, and technological dimensions of communications. Specific areas include cultural and international differences in communication; one-to-one, small group and large group communications; formal and informal networks; electronic transmission; business letters and memoranda; and research papers and formal reports.

ACCT 5370: Managerial Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of accounting data in decision making; cost analysis as applied in the development of budgets and standards; accounting as a tool for cost and pricing; case problems, using the microcomputer as a decision-making tool, which require students to interpret and discuss their analysis in the context of managerial decision-making. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ACCT 5315 or equivalent.

BUAL 5380: Managerial Decision Making

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

With today's technology, companies are able to collect tremendous amounts of data with relative ease. However, the data are usually meaningless until they are analyzed for trends, patterns, relationships and other useful information. The course will provide you with a variety of methods to help you analyze data sets and uncover important information. But data analysis is often only the first step in solving a problem. Acting on the analysis to make good decisions is the critical next step.

ECON 5370: Managerial Economics

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study in the depth of the principles and techniques of economics analysis applicable to the problems of business management. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, ECON 5300.

FINC 5310: Financial Management

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the financial policy of business firms along with the theory supporting that policy. Topics include capital budgeting, capital structure, cost of capital, dividend policy, and management of working capital, as well. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, FINC 5300 or equivalent.

MKTG 5310: Marketing Management

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An intensive study of specific marketing concepts and theories. Marketing strategies for the national and multinational firms are surveyed. Emphasis is placed on reading from current journals and other related publications. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

MGMT 5340: International Business

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will be taught as a combination of lecture and interactive seminar at a master’s level. The primary goal of this course is to develop effective management techniques and practices in the international and/or cross-cultural business context. At the same time, this course will strengthen students’ abilities to summarize, critique, and evaluate current managerial practices and issues relevant to international management. Each student will have the opportunity to communicate his/her ideas and thoughts about the assigned readings to others. Likewise, every one will be expected to listen both critically and positively to other students’ thoughts and ideas. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

MGMT 5380: Strategic Management

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The capstone course for the MBA. The course assumes that the company success depends upon formulation of an astute "game plan" and the ability to implement and execute that game pan proficiently. The purpose of the class is to enable students to “think strategically,” consider the total enterprise, and to make long-term decisions in a global market environment. A prerequisite for the integrative case study. Prerequisite: Must be in last semester of course work and have approval of advisor.

MISY 5340: ERP Overview

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide an overview of the fundamental business processes and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems used to run organizations. The course will begin with an overview of business processes across the supply chain and then show how integrated processes create value. Finally, the course will also demonstrate how these integrated processes fit into ERP systems by assigning students to participate in an ERP simulation system (ERPSim) strategy game.

Students will choose three courses from INEN 5302, INEN 5310, INEN 5309, INEN 5308, MGMT 5333 and INEN 5304. Students will choose one of the following: MGMT 5313, MGMT 5360 or BULW 5320. Please contact your advisor to discuss the options.

INEN 5302: Topic: Introduction to Port Management

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The course will provide an overview of all aspects and considerations involved in the management of port authorities and marine terminals across the wide array of publicly and privately owned and operated facilities. The course will also address governance and organizational structure options and implications.

INEN 5310: Topic: Marine Terminal Operations

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will cover operations across the wide array of marine terminal facilities and equipment and will address current and emerging technologies, processes and procedures, with a special focus on safety. Analytical models and simulation will be employed for the purpose of optimizing marine terminal operations.

INEN 5309: Topic: Strategic and Facility Master Planning

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines strategic planning and master facility planning processes and major elements utilizing case studies from ports and marine terminals in North America and globally. The course will cover principles and application of systematic strategic and master facility planning across the spectrum of the port and marine terminal types, sizes and geographies.

INEN 5308: Topic: Port Security and Resiliency Training

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles and applications of security and resiliency planning in the context of port management is examined along with the vulnerabilities of ports to disruption and asymmetric attack, critical port security incidents, and defensive measures. The management of critical port infrastructure in terms of risk, vulnerability and resilience perspectives, and interdependency of port operations with other critical transportation infrastructure is also explored.

MGMT 5333: Topic: Port Property and Asset Management

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Ports are an asset intensive industry that are increasingly capital constrained and large investments needed to increase port capacity, productivity, and maximize cargo throughput. This course develops the tools needed to understand and manage the port's true infrastructure investment value. With the significant increase in global shipping, new forms of ownership and financing port investment as well as reliable fair market asset valuations of port resources will be covered in this course.

INEN 5304: Topic: Risk Analysis and Decision Making

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The course provides an overall decision analysis paradigm and a set of tools – primarily decision-tree analysis and Monte Carlo simulation – to construct and facilitate decision making. A variety of exercises, problems, and case studies, analytical modeling, data analysis and optimization will be utilized to facilitate logical, strategic and tactical choices in data- and time-constrained management environments.

MGMT 5313: Topic: Team Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches FranklinCovey® Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, and Great Results. Unleash the talent and capability of your teams by carrying out the 4 imperatives of Great Leaders. This course will help students learn how to build credibility and trust with others, define their team's purpose and align it with the organizations goals, and encourage growth and responsibility of the unique talents of their team.

MGMT 5360: Human Resources Management

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Review of basic elements of employed performance, with analysis of the factors involved in employment, placement, and personnel planning. This course blends theory and practice so the student may better understand the policies and procedures required for recruitment selection and personnel planning.

BULW 5320: Topic: Leadership and Negotiation

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the development of negotiation and versatile leadership skills important in the effective management of change. Through role playing exercises, tapes, diagnostic tools, seminar discussion, selected readings, and cases students will learn theory and build skills necessary for meeting objectives and providing leadership in diverse groups and organizations.

*Price does not include leveling courses (if required). Distance learning fee is included in the tuition listed.

**Total program cost with leveling courses is $16,470. A $900 Career Changer scholarship is available to all students who are required to taking leveling courses.

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