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Transportation Engineering

The online M.S. in Civil Engineering is a 32-credit hour program, completed in 21 months* while working full-time. This program features a Transportation Engineering track will explore the impetus, philosophy, and policy for implementing a long term, comprehensive plan for managing infrastructure assets. Building on the common foundation modules, the Transportation Engineering track dives deep into engineering and economic analysis concepts and processes used to evaluate and support strategic and systematic investment, performance, and management of a transportation system.

The curriculum teaches the key elements involved in the planning and financing of transportation infrastructure projects and systems, and the study of transportation functions and transportation systems 

As a capstone to your program, you will complete an open-ended design project which demonstrates your understanding of the principles taught in the curriculum through practical application to a real-world problem.


*21-month program for students who start in the fall semester; spring starts can finish in 24 months.

Who This Track is For

The Transportation Engineering track is for undergraduate-qualified engineers who want to:

  • Understand the planning, functional design, and management of facilities for any mode of transportation to provide for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods
  • Earn professional development credit that may be applied towards professional licensure in their state, and
  • Connect with a global network of engineering professionals as well as our industry-experienced faculty.

Presented through a best-in-class online interface, you can finish this degree in as few as 21 months.

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Courses for the Transportation Track

Course (credits)Description
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (3)Designed to help students learn introductory to intermediate concepts of geographic information science (GIScience) and become proficient users of geographic information systems (GIS). The course covers a variety of topics but focuses on GIS data models, data structures, and spatial analysis.
Fundamentals of Engineering Statistical Analysis (3)This course provides fundamental concepts in probability and statistical inference. Probability topics include counting methods, discrete and continuous random variables, and their associated distributions. Statistical inference topics include sampling distributions, point estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for single- and two sample experiments. Other topics in nonparametric statistics and regression may be introduced as time permits. The use of Excel to solve class examples will be demonstrated and to solve some homework problems will be expected.
Transportation Asset Management (3)This course will focus on fundamental elements of transportation asset management and application of its principles in practice. It will explore the impetus, philosophy and policy for implementing a long term, comprehensive plan for managing infrastructure assets. It will present engineering and economic analysis concepts and processes used to evaluate and support strategic and systematic investment, performance, measurement, management and preservation of a transportation system.
Highway Engineering (3)Focuses on the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of highway infrastructure. Includes roadway geometric design, route location, drainage, earthwork, cost considerations, environmental assessment and social and safety impacts of highway construction, among other topics.
Transportation Planning and Finance (3)This course will focus on the key elements involved in the planning and financing of transportation infrastructure projects and systems. It will explore the impetus, philosophy and policy for development and implementation of a long term, comprehensive transportation plan for investing in infrastructure assets. It will present engineering and economic evaluation concepts and processes to include consideration of revenue sources, future system demand, revenue and expenditures and evaluating risk, uncertainty and trade-offs to support forecasting functions, financial analysis and decision making for transportation system investment.
Capstone Design Experience (1)An independent capstone design experience that focuses on a real-world, open-ended design problem that applies the skills, knowledge, and techniques learned by the student during their graduate studies.
Traffic Engineering (3)Focuses on traffic flow theory, analysis of traffic data, and advanced technology applications for data collection, traffic control, and real-time system management. Includes emphasis on highway capacity, signal integration, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and impacts of advanced technology including automated vehicles.
Multimodal Transportation (3)Focuses on transportation modes, including land, air and marine, modal shift and its impact on the transportation system. Study of transportation functions and transportation systems including highway, rail, air, and water and design of system elements such as travel ways, controls and terminals.