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Degree Requirements

Our educational priority is to provide the strongest possible academic experience for graduate students and prepare them to be future generation of transportation engineers, practitioners, educators, researchers, and decision-makers. We are dedicated to providing students with a well-designed curriculum that provides a comprehensive foundation for students in the transportation discipline. We recognize the diverse needs of students, thus the priority becomes to work with students to choose the best mix of classes that not only suit their interests and needs but provide enough intellectual challenges and academic rigor to ensure the future success of their careers.

The table below summarizes the number of credits required to obtain a Master of Science (MS) or Master of Engineering (ME) in Civil Engineering with a transportation concentration. Applicants interested in information on the Ph.D. program should contact Dr. Asad Khattak or Dr. Metcit Cetin to discuss the requirements. The MS degree requires completion of 8 courses and a graduate thesis, while the ME requires completion of 9 courses and a smaller project. Funding as a Research Assistant is available for qualified full-time students pursuing an MS degree. Both degrees require 30 credits of graduate coursework.

Transportation Master's Degree Requirements

The requirements are based on the following framework for a MS/ME degree. Numbers refer to # of credits



Required Core Courses (A)



Required Transportation Elective (B)



Required Statistics Course (C)






Other courses - Transportation or other electives (B and D)



(A) Required Courses

  • CEE 570: Transportation Fundamentals - OR -
  • CEE 576: Transportation Operations Applications
  • CEE 571: Transportation Operations I
  • CEE 774: Transportation Planning

(B) Transportation Elective (take at least one of the following for a MS or ME degree)

  • CEE 770/870: Transportation Safety
  • CEE 771/871: Transportation Operations II
  • CEE 772/872: Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • CEE 775/875: Transportation Network Models and Optimization
  • CEE 776/876: Simulation Modeling in Transportation Networks

(C) Required Statistical Courses (CEE 700 OR a 500 or higher statistics course)

  • CEE 790/890: Civil and Environmental Engineering Experimental Methods

(D) Recommended Electives (B+D must equal 12 credits for MS and 15 credits for ME). No more than 3 credits can be at 500 level.

  • CEE 552: Air Quality
  • CEE 558: Sustainable Development
  • CEE: 715/815: Engineering Optimization I
  • CEE: 718/818: Engineering Optimization II
  • ECE 505/MSIM 505: Introduction to Discrete Event Simulation
  • ECON 502: Transportation Economics
  • ENMA 600: Cost Estimation and Financial Analysis
  • ENMA 603: Operations Research
  • ENMA 717/817: Cost Engineering
  • ENMA 724/824: Risk Analysis
  • GEOG 502 Geographic Information Systems
  • MSIM 601: Introduction to Modeling and Simulation
  • PADM 633: Methods of Urban Planning
  • PORT 611: International Maritime Transport
  • PORT 612: Port Operations and Management
  • PORT 614: Port Planning and Economics
  • PSYC 870: Human Factors Psychology
  • STAT 531: Theory of Statistics
  • STAT 532: Sampling Theory
  • STAT 535: Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • STAT 537: Applied Regression Analysis
  • STAT 549: Nonparametric Statistics
  • STAT 550: Categorical Data Analysis
  • URBN 634: Regional Planning
  • Others subject to approval of advisor