Transportation Management, MS
Practicing professionals in the transportation industry fill the classrooms of the School of Engineering's MS in Transportation Management program. They share tested perspectives and trade new ideas about what could alleviate rush hour congestion or how to increase ridership. Join them and our distinguished faculty as you achieve a greater understanding of the issues facing transportation management in the near- and long-term future.
Located in a city with one of the world’s most complex transit systems, our campus is a gateway to an ideal laboratory for those wishing to study the discipline. Together, our students and faculty focus on the fundamentals of management and the economics at play for public and private sector agencies. We also look at how transportation projects can be optimized and how local, state, and national policies affect residents and businesses.
Armed with this knowledge, graduates of the program discover the confidence needed to move ahead in the fields of transportation and facility management.
To be eligible for admission to the School of Engineering's MS in Transportation Management program, you must hold at least a baccalaureate degree from an acceptable institution. You must also show evidence of quantitative analytic ability, generally including a minimum of 2 years of college mathematics. A college-level course in statistics is desirable.
If admitted, students lacking such skills must take remedial courses in addition to degree requirements to strengthen their analytic competency.
All foreign students admitted to transportation programs must take an examination in English before registration. Based upon an evaluation of the examination, they may be required to take up to 2 additional courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) for which no graduate credit is given.
To earn a Master of Science degree in Transportation Management from the School of Engineering, you must complete 30 credits, as outlined below. In addition to completing the required courses, you must have a 3.0 GPA or better in all graduate courses, in all courses required for your degree, and in all guided studies (readings, projects, theses). Averages are separately computed for courses and guided studies and transfer credits from other institutions are omitted from this average. You may not repeat a course toward your degree more than once.
This program is for practicing professionals who deal with a public transit system, and agency and/or facility management. It combines basic management skills with a working knowledge of techniques and approaches to optimize transportation system results.
Goals and Objectives
The primary goal of the MS in Transportation Management is to prepare professionals to effectively and efficiently manage various transportation enterprises. The emphasis is on agencies, facilities and services in the public sector. Specific objectives of the program are to provide:
- a basic background in management skills and techniques, specifically as applied to public and private transportation organizations;
- basic understanding of the economic aspects of the transportation sector;
- an understanding of the importance of national, state and local transportation policy on public and private sector organizations;
- fundamental knowledge on some specific issues and problems in managing and operating public transportation facilities.
Required Courses (15 Credits)
- 1.5 Credits Fundamental Concepts in Transportation TR-GY6011
- This course provides the contextual foundation for the study of transportation systems that reflect the perspectives of users, system providers/owners, and communities. The connection between transportation supply, travel demand, service volume, and level of service will be explored and quantified for travelers and freight movement. The impacts of transportation system performance on travel behavior will be discussed. The roles of technology and institutions in transportation will be explored through class discussions.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or permission of instructor
- 1.5 Credits Economic Analysis of Transportation Alternatives TR-GY6211
- This course introduces students to the basic principles of engineering economic analysis and their application to transportation project alternatives. Fundamental concepts such as present worth and annual cost are described and illustrated. Methodologies for comparison of transportation alternatives are introduced, including the Present Worth Method, the Annual Cost Method, the Benefit-Cost Ratio Method, and the Rate of Return Method. The nature of the costs and benefits of transportation alternatives is discussed.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
- 3 Credits Intelligent Transportation Systems and Their Applications TR-GY6223
- This course introduces the concepts and applications of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and its growing role in the management of transportation systems. The course stresses the role of ITS as national policy, as specified in major transportation funding legislation – ISTEA, TEA21 and SAFETY-LU. A systems engineering approach to overall development of ITS technologies is stressed. Major components of ITS are discussed, and examples of their application treated. Coordination and integration of ITS components are treated.
Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of instructor.
- 3 Credits Management of Transit Maintenance and Operations TR-GY7223
- This course provides a comprehensive understanding of modern public transportation systems, emphasizing their technology and operational practices. Planning and management aspects are also covered. Such operational management issues as maintenance practices, scheduling, procurement and labor relations are broadly outlined and discussed. Planning and capital programming issues are also treated.
Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission of instructor.
- 3 Credits Transportation Management TR-GY7213
- This course presents an overview of the transportation management profession. Levels of management and unique objectives of management in the transportation sector are presented and discussed. Management structures for private and public transportation organizations are analyzed. Management practices are treated from the perspective of organizations, optimization of the use of public resources, legislative and legal contexts and operations.
Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of the instructor.
- 3 Credits Urban Public Transportation Systems TR-GY7133
- This course provides a thorough understanding of policy, planning, operational and technical issues that affect urban public transportation. It includes the historical development of cites and the rise of urban transport. Also covered are the characteristics of various urban transportation modes (their specific operating and infrastructure characteristics), as well as key elements that are critical to service provision, such as service planning, scheduling, fare collection, communication and signaling, station design and customer service. The course offers a broad perspective on regional planning, capital programming and policy matters. Special focus will be on emerging technologies and their practical applications.
Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of instructor.
Electives (15 Credits)
You can choose elective courses in the following areas:
- Management Electives (MG, subject to prerequisites), 6 credits
- Transportation Electives (TR, subject to prerequisites), 6 credits
- One (1) Elective in either Management or Transportation, 3 credits