MS Degree in Transportation

Diverse academic preparation

Students in transportation have had backgrounds as varied as the program itself. These students have had bachelor's degrees in business administration, engineering science, mechanical engineering, sociology, political science, industrial engineering, urban planning, civil engineering.

Because transportation is inherently interdisciplinary, the perspective of many disciplines is needed to solve the complex transportation questions facing the next generation of transportation professionals. The diversity of student and faculty participating in the transportation program enriches the academic experience and allows the student to see the strength of interdisciplinary approaches to planning, operating, managing, and maintaining the next generation of transportation systems.

2004 Transportation Career Fair
Attendees at the 2004 Transportation Career Fair, an event for recruiting high school students to study for transportation careers.

Careers in transportation

Graduates of this program typically find good-paying positions quickly. A degree in transportation can support careers in

  • Transportation policy analysis
  • Transit planning and operations
  • Urban and statewide transportation planning
  • Carrier and shipper transportation analysis
  • Transportation and development economic analysis
  • Federal and state transportation strategic planning
  • Transportation planning and engineering consulting
  • Transportation systems management 

Many graduates of this program go to work for engineering and planning consulting firms. Some work for state departments of transportation or for other levels of government.