Master of Business Administration in Port Management

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. The MBA in Port Management online at Lamar University is a unique program 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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in as few as 16 months
36 credit hours
Total program cost $13,608*

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.

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.

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 294 Business Schools in the nation. Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranked Lamar University 81 in its "Global 100" list for 2011-2012.

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

Related Degrees

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

Courses

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.

Leveling Courses

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.

ACCT 5315 Financial Accounting

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECON 5300 Microeconomic Principles

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

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 5300 Foundations of Finance

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BULW 5300 Legal Environment of Business

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BCOM 5300 Business Communication

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MBA Core Courses
ACCT 5370 Managerial Accounting

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BUAL 5380 Managerial Decision Making

This course provides a study of statistical concepts and methods to facilitate decision making. The course provide students with an understanding of concepts and quantitative tools required in the decision making process. It also helps the students devolve the ability to understand and apply several statistical tools and procedures to several decision making situation I the business world. Students will be familiar to several business research process and tools which require thinking like a researcher. Students will be familiar to several statistical analyses from data collection, analyzing data, interpretation, and research reporting and management decision. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and BUAL 2310 and approval of advisor.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECON 5370 Managerial Economics

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 5310 Financial Management

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MKTG 5310 Marketing Management

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5340 International Business

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5380 Strategic Management

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MISY 5340 ERP Overview

This course will provide students 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 will show how integrated processes create value, and finally the last third of the semester will be spent to demonstrate how these integrated processes fit into ERP systems by assigning students to participate in an ERP simulation system (ERPsim) strategy game.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MBA in Port Management Courses

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, MGNT 5360 or BULW 5320. Please contact your advisor to discuss the options.

INEN 5302 Topic: Introduction to Port Management

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
INEN 5310 Topic: Marine Terminal Operations

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
INEN 5309 Topic: Strategic and Facility Master Planning

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
INEN 5308 Topic: Port Security and Resiliency Training

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5333 Topic: Port Property and Asset Management

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
INEN 5304 Topic: Risk Analysis and Decision Making

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5313 Topic: Team Leadership

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5360 Human Resources Management

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BULW 5320 Topic: Leadership and Negotiation

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.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

There are several opportunities to begin Lamar University's online MBA in Port Management online degree program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

August 27, 2018

Apply by July 30, 2018

October 22, 2018

Apply by September 24, 2018

January 22, 2019

Apply by January 6, 2019

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition

$13,608

Total program cost without leveling courses

$15,570

Total program cost with leveling courses

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.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Admissions

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.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710
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Online Application

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Bachelor's Degree

Undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

Official Transcripts*

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Program-Specific Requirements

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