Graduates of the MS program in Transportation Planning and Engineering join the ranks of one of the oldest networks of transportation engineering alumni in the United States. Students are trained by an internationally renowned, award-winning faculty with expertise ranging from traditional traffic engineering to the latest state of the art in smart and connected cities. Alumni gain access to one of the biggest transportation job markets in the United States with New York City, having one of the largest populations, with its transit systems, airports, and seaports, requiring an increasing number of transportation engineers to tackle the one-of-a-kind challenges that accompany them.

Current students are immersed in projects and learning opportunities in areas that the faculty members are known for including connected vehicle deployment; congestion management; city logistics; traffic engineering and optimal control; humanitarian logistics and disaster management; multimodal network design; activity-based demand scheduling; smart cities and urban informatics; among others.

Learning will take place in new up-to-date facilities at the Center for Urban Intelligent Transportation Systems at NYU Tandon, with advanced equipment that includes simulation software, video walls, tablets, instrumented vehicles, virtual reality devices, wearable sensors, and commercial drones.

In addition to a set of core and elective courses within the department related to the topics above, MS students have the opportunity to take advantage of related courses at NYU with the approval of their faculty advisor, such as urban planning at Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; econometrics and management at Stern School of Business; machine learning and computational statistics in the Courant Institute; or Big Data and urban informatics at the Center for Urban Science and Progress.

With the vast resources at NYU, MS students also have the opportunity to partake in entrepreneurial pursuits, as we have several incubators available to support such endeavors including Varick Street Incubator for data and cyber-physical innovations, NYC ACRE for energy- or sustainability-related innovations, and DUMBO Incubator for mobile technologies. A number of successful transportation-related startups have arisen from these incubators, including Bandwagon Taxishare, East Coast Electric, and EV Box. Participants would join a group of startups that have collectively raised more than $145M (as of 2015) in capital since 2009.


Applicants to the MS program are expected to have an undergraduate degree in an engineering or related discipline, with a basic level of knowledge of probability and statistics.


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