Program Description

A stand-alone module of our established and highly respected Railway Management Certificate Program, this residential five-day program covers the essentials of business administration, strategy, and leadership for both freight and passenger railways. We combine classroom presentation of concepts by MSU faculty experts with discussions led by rail industry experts, and with site visits to see topics in context. Railway Business Administration, Strategy and Leadership brings together many aspects of the complex railway ecosystem.



Strategy, Transportation, and Supply Chain Management

Leadership and Transportation Analysis

Site Visits

Negotiation, Marketing, and Customer Experience

Risk Management, Future Opportunities

Finance and Accounting.

For a copy of the latest schedule please email: littlen@msu.edu

Regional/short line railroad, major rail customer loading facilities, economic development sites (subject to availability.)

Key Learning Objectives

By the end of the program, participants will:

  • Understand the context and complexity of the Railway Industry
  • Learn key elements of transportation theory, concepts, and application (both freight & passenger)
  • Explore the principles of marketing applied to rail services
  • Examine key principles of leadership
  • Learn principles of strategy and risk management
  • Understand basic elements of finance and accounting
  • Appreciate the role railways play in supply chain management and mobility, including key drivers such as inventory, timeliness, customer experience, reliability, and flexibility.


Faculty and Speakers

is the Director Railway Education, Center for Railway Research and Education (MSU/CRRE). Before joining the CRRE team, Nick had a career with British Railways, supply chain management, and executive education.

from the #1 ranked University for both graduate and undergraduate Supply Chain Management programs for many years (US News & World Report).

will join for guest lectures and presentations.


Who Should Attend?

  • Railroad superintendents, trainmasters, and middle managers from engineering and support functions with capacity to perform at higher levels
  • Managers/leaders requiring learning opportunity beyond their experience who have had limited business administration education
  • Shippers needing to learn about the business of railroading to build better relationships to improve performance
  • Suppliers to the rail industry wishing to learn about the business of railroading to improve communication and understanding
  • Staff in rail industry organizations, regulatory/public policy agencies, states and other transportation groups.


Additional Information

$5,000 – full tuition.

Includes instructional materials and site visits, faculty and staff support, overnight hotel rooms, daily breakfast and lunch. Transportation to and from the program, and dinner most nights are not included.

Discounts are also available for multiple participants from the same company.

To utilize the best in adult learning practices, class size will be limited to twenty-five participants.

This program will comply with COVID-19 MSU requirements pertaining at the time.

For more information on MSU/CRRE and our research, please visit: www.raileducation.com


Applies Towards the Following Series


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