Frequently Asked Questions

During the Application Process

How do I apply to the Master of Science in Logistics, Trade and Transportation program?
The application is done through the University Graduate School at the following link: Graduate Admissions
Can the Master of Science in Logistics, Trade and Transportation be earned completely online?
Yes, student can complete the MS LTT taking only on-line courses. The students also have the option to take courses on hybrid and /or face to face format.
How much does it cost?
Graduate Tuition and Fees can be found at following link: Graduate School Fees

Please note that online-classes should not be charged the “out-of-state” fee because they are considered in residence. So, if you take all classes on-line the complete tuition cost of the MSLTT is a little bit over ten thousand dollars.

Some courses might have an additional fees that cover books, meals during the in-person, and special technology needed for the program
What are the deadlines to complete applications?
Students are admitted to the MSLTT three times a year and the application deadlines are as follows:
  • Students starting in the Fall must complete application by (June 15)
  • Students starting in the Spring must complete application by (October 15)
  • Students starting in the Summer must complete application by (March 15)
When can I start?
Students can initiate the program in the fall (August), spring (January) or summer (May) semester.

The following link provides the Academic Calendar for upcoming terms.
How long does the program take to complete?
The Master of Science in Logistics, Trade and Transportation requires 30 total hours. Full time students can complete the MS LTT in one year by taking 12 hours in the fall, 12 hours in the spring, and 6 hours in the summer. Working professional studying part-time could complete the MS LTT in two years by taking 3-6 hours during falls, springs and summers.
Can a working professional pursue the Master of Science in Logistics, Trade and Transportation?
Yes, This Master program is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of the working professionals.
Is there a minimum GRE scores required to apply to the MS LTT?
No, There is no minimum GRE scores required. The admission process is holistic, comparative and competitive. Applicants should aim to submit their best application. Admissions are based on all materials submitted including GPA, GRE scores, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose and Goal, Fitness to the program, etc.
The Master of Science in Logistics, Trade and Transportation requires 30 total hours. Full time students can complete the MS LTT in one year by taking 12 hours in the fall, 12 hours in the spring, and 6 hours in the summer. Working professional studying part-time could complete the MS LTT in two years by taking 3-6 hours during falls, springs and summers.
Are there assistantships available?
Yes, Graduate assistantships are available for full time students pursuing an M.S. degree with regular admission
What is included in the assistantships?
Students with an assistantship can receive up to a full tuition waiver, including out-of-state tuition and a stipend.
Are there any job placement programs available that could help me start my career after earning my degree?
Yes, the university has a career services program that assists students in finding jobs post graduation.
Are there additional certificates available for students in the MS LTT?
Yes, In addition to the Master of Science in Logistics, Trade and Transportation students can receive a certificate in Economic Development (if the proper courses for the certificate are taken).
Is there any fee for the Certificate?
Yes, There is a processing fee to print and issue the certificate.

After Admitted to the MS LTT (Plan of Study, Advisement, Enrollment)
What should I do after I get admitted?
Students admitted to the program should immediately prepare PLAN OF STUDY and REGISTER following the steps below according to the starting semester:
What do I need to do every semester to register for courses?
Students in the program should EVERY SEMESTER be advised following the steps below according to the starting semester:
What should I do if I get admitted on “Conditional Status”?
A student admitted to the MS LTT on “Conditional Status” must obtain on the first 9 graduate level credit hours a GPA of 3.0 or above. Student in “Conditional Status” shall follow all the instruction in the FAQ titled “What do I need to do every semester to register for course”. However, the student must wait until the grades are posted to register for the courses. If a student fails to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above on the first 9 graduate level credit hours, the student will be expulsed from the MSLTT without recourse.
What is advisement?
Advisement is an opportunity for the students and advisor to select the courses that the student will be taking the upcoming semester and defining the plan of study to complete the MS LTT degree. It is the responsibility of the student to seek advisement every semester. During advisement an advisement form must be filled out and signed by student and advisor (See Sample Advisement Form)
When should I get advised?
New students starting into the MS LTT should seek advisement as soon as they receive the acceptance letter. Returning students are responsible to schedule advisement for October (for Spring Courses) and March (for Summer and Fall Course).
How do I get advised if I am an online student?
Contact the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation – Director, Tulio Sulbaran, at Tulio.Sulbaran@usm.edu or 601.266.6419 to set-up an advisement meeting via telephone.
When should my Plan of Study be completed?
During your first advisement, you and your advisor should complete the FIRST Draft of your “Plan of Study” then during your second advisement your “Plan of Study” must be finalized signed and submitted to Ms. Dale Hill.
How do I get my SOAR (Southern’s Online Accessible Records) account flagged to Register in Classes?
All students must be advised prior to enrolling in classes for the next semester. Once you have been advised, a staff member will clear you (flag your account). This step allows you to access SOAR and add your classes.
What is the deadline for registering for classes?
To avoid late fee, please be sure to get advised and registered on your courses prior to the deadline provided in the Billing Schedule & Due Dates section (choose the term that applies).
What is the minimum number of classes that I can take to be considered full time?
Students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours in order to have full-time status in the spring and fall semesters and at least 6 credit hours in the summer semester in order to have full-time status .
Does enrollment in the online program follow the standard academic calendar?
Yes, Students start and end classes on the same date as the in-person students do. The calendar for each term can be seen at Academic Calendar.
How do I get the ASTL CTL Designation (After obtaining my MSLTT)?
What are the arrival instructions for international students?
What restrictions do International Students have to pursue the MSLTT?
International students can and are encouraged to pursue the Master of Science in Logistics, Trade and Transportation (MS LTT) either from abroad/home country or in the United States (CURRENTLY, I-20 ARE NOT BEING ISSUED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES).

  1. If the International student pursues the MSLTT from abroad/home country, the student will take all courses in the on-line format
  1. If the International student pursues the MSLTT from the U.S (with student visa) - CURRENTLY, I-20 ARE NOT BEING ISSUED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES, the student will take the courses as follows:
      • If the international student register for 9 hours (which is the minimum) during the Fall/Spring semester, the international student will be allowed to take only one course per semester on-line or hybrid(primarly on-line), all other courses must be taken in the hybrid (primarly in-person) and/or face to face format.
      • If the international student register for 12 hours (which is it recommended) during the Fall/Spring semester, the international student will be allowed to take only two courses per semester on-line or hybrid(primarly on-line), all other courses must be taken in the hybrid (primarly in-person) and/or face to face format.
      • If the international student register for 6 hours during Summer, the international student will be allowed to take only one course on-line or hybrid(primarly on-line), the other course must be taken in the hybrid (primarly in-person) and/or face to face format.
Graduate Appeals and Grievance Process
How do I appeal admission decisions, revocation of admission, comprehensive exams, thesis and dissertation prospectus, or dismissal from a program. Graduate Appeals
 
What happen if my GPA falls below 3.0?
Students must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above to graduate. Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation.

Student must attain a cumulative 3.0 GPA by the end of the following (probationary) semester. A student who fails to achieve a 3.0 GPA by the end of the probationary semester can be reclassified as a dismissed student and will not be able to graduate.

If a MSLTT student is placed on probation, the MSLTT student must within 4 business days complete the following:

1. Print and Fill the “Request to allow Below GPA Admittance” form located at the following URL:
http://www.usm.edu/sites/default/files/conditional_admit_form.pdf
2. Call Dr. Sulbaran to discuss amendments to your plan of study
3. Make amendments to Plan of Study
4. Submit amended Plan of Study