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Transportation Systems, Ph.D.

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The Ph.D. program in Transportation Systems pairs students with world experts in apprenticeships to solving real problems facing society. You can become researchers within the Connected Cities for Smart Mobility toward Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART) in the Tandon School of Engineering, where you get to work closely with researchers from other disciplines to conduct basic and applied research funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. DOT, and other agencies.

Graduates of this program have successfully pursued careers in academia and technical leadership positions in government and industry around the world. Having a Ph.D. from this program opens opportunities to work with agencies or nonprofit organizations like the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Transportation, or RAND Corp; or with top technology firms like IBM, Google, Amazon, or Ford.

Several faculty members pursue research funded by various agencies and companies, and in many cases may be able to provide full funding support to interested students.


Admission to this program requires an MS in Transportation Systems or equivalent. Applicants from related backgrounds are encouraged to apply or to contact the faculty members to discuss their interests, whether they are in industrial engineering, operations research, electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, statistics, or economics.

Find out more about admission requirements.

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Students pursuing the PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering generally specialize in one of the following subject areas:

  • Transportation planning
  • Traffic engineering
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Transportation safety

Other focus areas are possible and can be developed with the help of faculty advisers. All subject areas, of course, must be relevant to the degree sought and have a faculty member willing and able to guide the student’s research.

Details about doctoral committees, qualifying examinations, and dissertation policies and procedures can be found in the NYU Bulletin.