Transportation & Logistics

Transportation and Logistics

Judging by the standards of research achievement, publications per faculty member and national research grants, the PhD program in transportation and logistics at the University of British Columbia is among the best of North American universities. Entrants into the program can expect to join an active and stimulating research environment.

The objective of the PhD program in Business Administration is to prepare persons of demonstrated intellectual capacity for university teaching and for research positions in business and government. The PhD is a research degree in the sense of requiring not only general proficiency and distinctive attainment in a specific field, but also a recognized ability for independent investigation, as demonstrated in a dissertation based upon original research or creative scholarship, and presented with marked literary skill.

Doctoral programs in transportation and logistics (TLOG) are cross-field within Business Administration or interdisciplinary across the University. Although the programs are designed to meet the needs of individual students, there are two main streams: one focusing on transport economics and policy analysis, and another focusing on logistics and supply chain management.

The transport economics and policy analysis stream is generally offered as a cross-field PhD program between the Transportation and Logistics Division (TLOG) and the Policy Analysis Division of our Faculty. Students take courses from TLOG and Policy Analysis Divisions of our Faculty, as well as courses in the Department of Economics. Depending on the specific program, they may take courses in Civil Engineering, Geography and/or Planning. The logistics and supply chain management stream is generally offered as a cross-field PhD program between the TLOG Division and the Management Science, Marketing, MIS or other Divisions of our Faculty.

Students applying for our PhD program are expected to have a good master's level training in quantitative methods. Those who do not have such a training are encouraged to apply to our Masters of Science (MSc) program in Transportation and Logistics before going on to a PhD. Students who qualify for an admission into the PhD program but do not have adequate backgrounds in some areas may be required to take some prerequisite courses.

Program of Study and Course Listing

Students are required to take a cross-divisional course in research methods, and a course in teaching methods. Other required and elective courses are designed by the TLOG PhD program advisor in consultation with the student and other interested faculty members. A PhD student takes usually three or four graduate level courses per semester for four semesters. The following list of the courses that our current and past TLOG PhD students have taken gives you a good idea what types of courses a student will need to take during the first two years of their PhD program.

Transport Economics and Policy Analysis Stream Courses
COMM 545 or alternative (transport economics)
COMM 643 (transport and logistics workshop)
COMM 644 (advanced topics in transportation)
COMM 691 (analytical methods of policy analysis)
COMM 693 (research method 1) - required
COMM 548 (directed studies)
COMM 649 (PhD Thesis) - required
COMM 581 (statistical methodology I)
COMM 582 (statistical methodology II)
COMM 583 (forecasting and time series analysis)
BAPA 503 (cost benefit analysis)
BAPA 504 (public sector evaluation methods)
ECON 500 (micro-economics I)
ECON 522 (economic application of game theory)
ECON 526 (probability and statistics for use in economics)
ECON 527 (econometric methods of economics research)
ECON 541 (economic development I)
ECON 565 (market structure)
ECON 566 (business performance)
ECON 581 (cost benefit analysis)

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Stream Courses
COMM 543 (transport and logistics workshop)
COMM 545 or alternative (transport economics)
COMM 644 (advanced topics in transportation)
COMM 693 (research method 1)--required
COMM 548 (directed studies)
COMM 649 (PhD Thesis)--required
COMM 515 (foundations of optimization--LP)
COMM 517 (discrete optimization I)
COMM 581 (statistical methodology I)
COMM 582 (statistical methodology II)
COMM 583 (forecasting and time series analysis)
COMM 585 (applied stochastic process I)
COMM 586 (dynamic programming and stochastic control)
COMM 520 (advanced topics in organizational behaviour)
COMM 591 (management strategy and policy)
COMM 612 (advanced topics in optimization)
COMM 661 (analytical methods and models in marketing)
COMM 694 (seminar in research methodology II)
COMM 696 (applied research in policy analysis and strategy
BAIT 503 (developing transaction processing systems)
BAIT 501 (business modeling for information systems)
BAMS 504 (visual simulation)
BAMS 515 (total quality management)
BABS 502 (forecasting for management)
BATL 500 (transportation services management)

Sample Program Sequence
A typical schedule for a PhD student in TLOG might be

Year 1 Fall COMM 693 (Research Methods), and two or three electives
Year 1 Winter COMM 644 (advanced topics in transportation) and two or three electives
Year 1 Summer Summer research paper

Year 2 Fall Teaching Methods and two or three elective courses
Year 2 Winter three or four elective courses
Year 2 Summer Comprehensive exam

Years 3 and 4 Preparation of presentation of thesis proposal and preparation and defense of thesis

For further information
Professor Robin Lindsey
Transportation and Logistics PhD Advisor