Master's of Science in Port and Terminal Management Online

The colleges of Business and Engineering team up with port and marine terminal industry experts to offer online courses that lead to:

Fully Online

  • Master's of Science in Port and Terminal Management (MPTM)
  • Master's Level Certificates specializing in port and marine terminal management
    • Port and Marine Terminal Development and Operations:
    • The Management of Port and Marine Terminals
    • Ports, Trade and Global Logistics

Fully Online or Face-to-Face


Courses and Electives

The Master's of Science in Port and Terminal Management (MPTM) and certification programs offer courses in Port and Terminal Management. MPTM awarded upon successful completion of 12 courses (36 credit hours) and must maintain a 3.0 GPA. 

Up to 15 credit hours may be accepted in lieu of credit hours if a student has been granted a professional port management certification (PPM) by the American Association of Port Authorities or successfully completed* other appropriate competency-based student outcomes. 

The Center supports elective tracks within the Lamar MBA and Masters of Engineering Management Programs.

*directly assessed by faculty of the Center for Advances in Port Management educational program


Why a Master's of Science in Port and Terminal Management?

The port and marine terminal operating industry has long sought an advanced degree in port and marine terminal management. The wide and dynamic array of skills and knowledge required to manage today’s and tomorrow’s port and marine terminal require diverse and industry relevant curriculum. As a result, industry engagement in all courses is critical, with courses regularly updated in order to continue to reflect advances in industry management requirements.

Why Choose Lamar University?

  • Online courses allow student access to curriculum anywhere in the world
  • Each course integrates industry expertise as guest lecturers throughout the 8 week semesters
  • Up to 15 credit hours may be accepted for students granted a Professional Port Management certification (PPM) by the American Association of Port Authorities or by other relevant direct competency-based training.

Who Should Enroll?

  • Working professionals in the public port and private marine terminal industry seeking to enhance career growth potential in roles of increasing management responsibility.
  • Professionals in related industries, as well as continuing students, who seek a career in port and marine terminal management.

Port Workers

INEN 5302 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.

INEN 5304 Risk Analysis and Decision Making

This course is designed to analyze principles and applications of risk analysis. Special risk analysis will be given to port operations, port security and management under extreme events. Managing critical infrastructures especially in terms of port operations and management will be discussed in terms of risk, venerability and resilience perspectives. Interdependencies between ports and other critical infrastructures will be examined in this class.

BULW 5320 Leadership and Negotiation

This course focuses on the development on 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.

BULW 5333 Legal Framework of Ports and Trade

North American and global legal framework for trade and the development and operations of the wide array of ports and marine terminals, including trade policy, incoterms, customs rules, and environmental regulation. (Regulations concerning safety and security will be addressed in the course focused on those topics).

MGMT 5313 Team Leadership

This course teachers Franklin/Covey’s 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 others, define their team’s purpose and align it with the organization’s goals, and encourage growth and responsibility of the unique talents of their team.  

MGMT 5333 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.

INEN 5306 Freight Transportation Logistics

Course provides an overview of US and global freight transportation systems, infrastructure requirements and cargo routing criteria from the perspectives of the various transportation modes, as well as from port authorities and marine terminal operators. 

INEN 5307 Capital Projects

Individual project planning, financing and construction. Implementation of the master facility plan. Application of decision modeling. Approaches to capital project planning, design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance.

ECON 5333 Economics of Ports and Trade

Macroeconomic overview of international trade followed by a microeconomic study of ports and marine terminals. Through seminar discussion, selected readings, and cases students will learn the theory and practical aspects of international commerce as related to ports and marine terminals.

INEN 5308 Port Security and Resiliency Planning

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.

INEN 5309 Strategic and Master Facility Planning

Course covering strategic, business and facility planning, steps required in each planning effort, including organizational involvement, implementation and measures of success. Case studies will be used to illustrate processes and outcomes.

INEN 5310 Marine Terminal Operations

Facilities, equipment, technology, processes and procedures across the wide array of terminal operations and cargoes, including cruise passengers. Students will be exposed to a variety of simulation exercises to demonstrate how modern marine terminals operate.