Doctor of Philosophy in Transportation Planning and Engineering
The PhD in Transportation is a research-oriented degree intended for those whose goal is a career in basic transportation research and/or teaching at the Institute level or in private research organizations.
Goals and Objectives
The fundamental goal of the PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering is to develop professionals with strong research skills capable of advancing the profession of transportation planning and engineering through their work. Specific objectives of the program are to provide the skills necessary to:
- develop a strong and deep fundamental knowledge about the profession of transportation planning and engineering;
- develop the knowledge and skills to perform independent fundamental research in transportation planning and engineering;
- produce fundamental research that meaningfully advances the state-of-the-art of the profession of transportation planning and engineering.
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.
All graduate applications are processed through the civil engineering departmental office, which distributes applications to the graduate coordinator. Graduate program coordinators formally implement admission decisions, in accordance with departmental regulations.
The graduate coordinators consult with the departmental Graduate Committee. All PhD applications are reviewed by the committee, and admissions decisions are made by the committee and implemented by the graduate coordinator.
For each registration, the student’s program must be approved by their individual academic adviser .
Admission Criteria to PhD Program
Admission to the PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering requires an MS in Transportation Planning and Engineering or equivalent, with a GPA of 3.5 or better (on a 0-4 scale).
All applicants are required to submit GRE scores for consideration. Foreign applicants must take the TOEFL examination and submit the results for consideration.
The “equivalent” of the MS degree can be achieved in several ways. The candidate may have an MS degree with a different title that covers substantially the same material. More generally, applicants must demonstrate that they have the equivalent of all undergraduate and master’s level course work in order to pursue doctoral level work in the major area. Further, “equivalence” is evaluated based on the totality of the student’s undergraduate and graduate record, not course-by-course.
Because admission to a PhD program requires a related MS (or equivalent), those applicants who have not yet achieved a master’s degree would normally be admitted as MS students. They are expected to earn an MS degree while completing their major and minor course requirements. In rare cases, an applicant with only a BS degree may be directly admitted into the PhD program with the written approval of the department head and will be required to take all courses needed for the MS degree with an overall GPA of 3.5.
Upon admission, every PhD student is assigned an academic adviser, who is selected by the PhD committee. Any member of the civil engineering faculty can be an academic adviser to a graduate student. In cases where a student is supported on a research contract, the principal investigator of the contract would normally be appointed as the academic adviser for the student. Where a student has a particular research interest and is working with a particular faculty member, the student may request that the faculty member be appointed as academic adviser. In rare cases where a PhD student enters the program without a prior selection of a major area of study, the initial academic adviser will be the Graduate Coordinator of the transportation program.
In fulfilling their academic requirements, PhD candidates will deal with two advisory committees:
Academic Advisory Committee: The student’s academic adviser works out a program of courses to fulfill major and minor requirements for the PhD. The Academic Advisory Committee generally will comprise the academic adviser and one faculty member for each minor area of study. The Academic Advisory Committee guides the PhD student’s work through the successful completion of a qualifying examination. A letter signed by the academic adviser and approved by the department head is placed in the student’s file, indicating the composition of the Academic Advisory Committee.
Dissertation Committee: The Dissertation Committee is formed immediately after the student passes the qualifying examination. It comprises a major adviser, a dissertation adviser and a minor adviser for each minor the student has pursued. Additional faculty members may also be on the Dissertation Committee. The Dissertation Committee may be the same as the Academic Advisory Committee, or may be different. The Dissertation Committee guides the student’s course and research work after the student has passed the qualifying examination. The Dissertation Committee must be formally assigned and approved by the department head and filed with the Office of Graduate Academics. The major adviser must be a fulltime faculty member of the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering. The major and dissertation adviser may be the same individual.
Doctoral Degree Requirements
To earn a PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering, the following requirements must be met:
- Fifty-one credits of graduate work (not including the PhD dissertation) in relevant major and minor areas of study beyond the bachelor’s degree, with an average grade of B or better (cumulative average of 3.5 or better on a 0-4 scale).
- Completion and successful defense of a 24-credit dissertation related to the major area of study. Dissertations must consist of original research that meaningfully advances the state-of-art in the subject area of the research and should result in the publication of at least one paper in a strictly peer-reviewed technical journal related to the subject. A grade of B or better must be achieved for the dissertation.
- Completion of two minor areas of study, each consisting of between 9 and 12 credits of graduate work.
- Residency requirements for the PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering include the 24-credit dissertation. The dissertation advisor has to approve all transferred credits from other institutions.
In satisfying the 51-credit course requirement, the student must satisfy all requirements for the major and minor areas selected, or their equivalent.
In satisfying these basic PhD requirements, students must also satisfy one of the two following conditions:
- Thirty-nine credits of approved graduate course work, not including individual guided studies (readings, projects, theses, etc.) beyond the bachelor’s degree, with a cumulative average of 3.5 or better on a 0-4 scale.
- Twenty-one credits of related graduate course work beyond the master’s degree, with a cumulative average of 3.5 or better on a 0-4 scale.
Satisfying condition 2 requires that the department accept the student’s MS degree in toto without regard to its specific content. This requires a recommendation from the department’s Graduate Committee and the approval of the department head.
Transfer credits for PhD students can be awarded course by course. Alternatively, a MS degree from another institution may be accepted for transfer in toto. The latter requires a recommendation from the department’s Graduate Committee and the approval of the department head. Transfer credits are awarded generally at the time of admission and must be approved by the academic adviser, the transportation graduate coordinator and the department head.
Departmental qualifying examinations for the PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering are given once a year (usually in May or June) and are coordinated with other qualifying examinations in the department. If sufficient demand exists, a second qualifying examination may be scheduled in November or December. Every PhD student must pass a qualifying examination in the major area of study and in any in-department minor areas of study before becoming a candidate for the PhD. Further:
- No student may register for dissertation credits until the Qualifying Examination is passed.
- A Dissertation Committee cannot be formed until the student passes the Qualifying Examination.
- A student may take the Qualifying Examination twice. A third attempt is permitted only with the written recommendation of the Academic Advisory Committee and the approval of department head. In no case may a student take the examination more than three times.
- Students normally take the Qualifying Examination (for the first time) after successfully completing most of their course requirements in the major and in department minor areas of study.
The Qualifying Examination consists of a five-hour written portion and an oral portion of approximately one hour. Both written and oral portions of the examination focus on the student’s major and in-department minor. The oral portion may also explore higher-level skill areas required to successfully conduct independent research. Students are deemedto have passed the examination based upon an overall evaluation of the written and oral results. While some students may not be invited to the oral examination if they have done poorly in the written portion, invitation to the orals does not imply that the student has “passed” the written portion of the exam.
The Qualifying Examination is either “passed” or “failed.” A letter indicating the result of each examination is placed in the student’s graduate file. In rare cases, a student may be deemed to have “conditionally passed” the Qualifying Examination. This conditional status occurs in cases where the student does extremely well in all areas except for a single subject area in which weakness has been noted. Such students must follow a prescribed plan to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the area of weakness and must pass a special examination on the area of weakness within one calendar year. A student who has “conditionally passed” the Qualifying Examination may register for dissertation credits and may form a Dissertation Committee.
All transportation faculty members participate in submitting written problems for the qualifying examination, and in the grading process and in the oral examination. All departmental faculty members are welcome to observe any oral examination and to ask pertinent questions. Each student’s Academic Advisory Committee will have the opportunity to review the entire exam before it is administered and may suggest changes if it deems that the examination as presented is an inequitable test of the student’s abilities. Recommendations on the results of the examination are submitted by each student’s Academic Advisory Committee, augmented by any departmental faculty in the subdisciplines tested.
Following passage of the Qualifying Examination and the appointment of a Dissertation Committee, the PhD candidate must submit a written Dissertation Proposal, outlining the subject of the proposed research. This proposal should be between 15 and 20 pages long and should address the following specific items:
- Description of the topic
- Literature review sufficient to insure that the work contemplated is original
- Research methodology(ies) to be used
- Data and/or laboratory needs and their availability to the student
- Anticipated outcomes
The Dissertation Proposal must be submitted after one semester of registering full time for dissertation credits, or before 9 credits of dissertation credit are completed.
The Dissertation Proposal is orally presented and defended before the Dissertation Committee and other interested departmental faculty. The date of the oral defense and copies of the draft Dissertation Proposal must be made available to department faculty at least two weeks (14 calendar days) before the defense.
When the Dissertation Proposal is formally accepted, the Dissertation Adviser enters a letter into the student’s graduate file, indicating this acceptance, with a copy of the proposal. While the Dissertation Committee has reasonable flexibility to modify the proposal during the research, any significant change in focus area or methodology requires that an amended Dissertation Proposal be written and formally accepted following the same procedure noted herein.
The culmination of the student’s PhD work is the oral presentation and defense of the final draft dissertation. A defense is generally scheduled after the Dissertation Committee has reviewed the draft dissertation and determined that it is complete and of sufficient quality to be presented and defended. By this time, it is also required that a paper based on the dissertation has been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication, details to be worked out with the dissertation advisor.
The defense is organized and scheduled by the Dissertation Committee. All Institute faculty members are invited to observe and ask questions at all NYU Tandon dissertation defenses. Therefore, the date of the defense must be announced Institute-wide at least one month before the event, and copies of the draft dissertation must be available to any faculty member requesting one in a timely fashion and in no case less than two weeks before the defense.
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Graduate Programs in Transportation
Mobility and transportation are at the dawn of the most profound changes with an unprecedented combination of new technologies (autonomy, electrification, computation, and AI) meeting new and evolving priorities and objectives (decarbonization, public health, and social justice). And the time frame for these changes—decarbonization in particular—is short in a system with massive amounts of fixed, long-life assets and entrenched behaviors and cultures.
MIT provides students with a broad range of opportunities for transportation-related education to prepare them to address today’s pressing transportation challenges. Housed under MIT’s Mobility Initiative , the transportation program offers courses and classes that span the School of Engineering, the Sloan School of Management, the School of Architecture and Planning, and the Schwarzman College of Computing, with many activities covering interdisciplinary topics that prepare students for future industry, government, or academic careers.
A variety of graduate degrees are available to students interested in transportation studies and research, including the interdepartmental master of science program (MST) and doctoral program in transportation (PhD in Transportation), described below, and the Master of Engineering in Logistics , described under Supply Chain Management. The MST and PhD in Transportation degrees are managed by MIT’s Mobility Initiative and students are registered in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. The interdepartmental structure of these two programs allows students flexibility in developing individual programs of study that are cross-disciplinary and engage students in research with faculty supervisors across many departments.
Opportunities are also available for students to obtain dual master's degrees. Students who wish to pursue this option must follow the regular admissions procedure to be admitted to each degree program. Common dual degree pairings include the Master of Science in Transportation with:
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- Master of Science in Technology and Policy
Information on requirements for dual degrees can be found in the section on General Degree Requirements for graduate education.
To learn more about current transportation research at MIT, visit the Mobility Initiative site.
Master of Science in Transportation
The Master of Science in Transportation (MST) program is based on the premise that a common set of analytical approaches and methodologies can be applied to solve a range of transportation problems. The MST provides a common basis for addressing a wide range of problems while allowing enough flexibility to accommodate students with diverse backgrounds and interests.
Students must complete a program of coursework, plus a research-based master's thesis on a topic of their choosing approved by their thesis supervisor. Coursework includes two required core subjects, at least three additional transportation or related subjects comprising an individually designed program, one policy/technology subject, and a computer programming subject.
Generally, the three subjects chosen for the individually designed program relate to an area of specialization, although this is not required. Common areas of specialization include air transportation, data sciences for transportation, urban transportation, planning methods, logistics, and policy. Some students use the individually designed program to deepen their understanding of a selected area of interest, while others may choose to emphasize breadth rather than depth in their studies. At least one of the selected subjects should address policy or technology. At least two of the designated subjects should be clearly focused on transportation, while the third can be in a field that supports transportation, for example, a subject covering methods used in transportation drawn from fields such as economics, computer science, operations research, political science, or management.
The MST degree usually takes up to two years to complete.
For more information, see the full Master of Science in Transportation program description .
An undergraduate degree in engineering is not necessary for admission to the Master of Science in Transportation program, but applicants are expected to have an aptitude for analytical thinking. Backgrounds in the physical or social sciences, urban planning, management, and many other disciplines are equally appropriate foundations for the program.
The only specific subjects required for admission are two subjects in calculus, one in economics, and one in probability. One or more of these subjects may be completed simultaneously with application to the program, and acceptance is then conditional on satisfactory completion of these prerequisites. Applicants should have roughly the equivalent of the following MIT subjects:
Students without an equivalent microeconomics course can be admitted but will have to complete 14.01 Principles of Microeconomics , preferably during their first year in the degree.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an English Language Exam. Two exams are accepted: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants to the Master of Science in Transportation degree program should achieve a score of at least 100 on the TOEFL iBT or 7.5 on the IELTS.
Funding for MST students is usually offered to about 90% of each incoming class. A limited number of fellowships are offered each year, but more often funding takes the form of a research assistantship (RA). A student with RA funding typically works with a faculty member on a research project for 10–20 hours per week. The research that is conducted on that project generally becomes the topic of the student's thesis. RAs are awarded as either a half or full appointment. An award of a full RA (about 20 hours of work per week) covers the student's tuition for the academic year and provides a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. A half RA (approximately 10 hours of work per week) covers half of the student's tuition for the academic year and provides half of the regular monthly stipend.
Students who are not awarded financial aid at the time of admission may seek funding through other sources.
Doctor of Philosophy in Transportation
The interdisciplinary doctoral program in transportation provides a structured and direct follow-on doctoral program for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Transportation or other transportation-related master’s degree programs offered at MIT or elsewhere. Outstanding applicants without a master's degree can also be considered for admission to the doctoral program. The interdisciplinary structure allows students great flexibility in developing individual programs of study that cross both disciplinary and departmental lines. The program is administered by the Transportation Education Committee, which is responsible for admissions, establishment and oversight of program requirements, and conduct of the general examination and dissertation defense.
The interdisciplinary doctoral program in transportation requires completion of at least 120 units of coursework in a program of study proposed by the student, the successful completion of a general examination consisting of both written and oral components, and the submission and defense of an acceptable dissertation. MIT graduate-level subjects taken to fulfill the requirements of the MST degree may be included in the doctoral program.
Students are required to take classes in Transportation Systems Analysis and select two subjects from one of the following five areas of focus — Demand, Performance and Optimization, Planning and Policy, Networks, or Logistics — to build the core knowledge.
Examples of coursework for each of the five areas include:
Graduates of the interdisciplinary doctoral program receive a PhD in Transportation, although students may petition for other MIT graduate fields of study as their degree designation, subject to approval by the T ransportation Education Committee .
Please direct questions about application to graduate programs in transportation to the Transportation Academic Office .
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Systems
The 36-credit PhD program in Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Systems targets highly motivated students who have already obtained a master’s in Transportation related fields and desire to pursue career paths in transportation and infrastructure related education, consulting, research, or administration. Master of Science in other fields may be required to take additional courses.
Upon completion of the program, students will have gained a broad technical and interdisciplinary background that will have enhanced their skills in identifying and tackling critical transportation and urban infrastructure problems. Specifically, upon completing the doctoral program, students will be expected to:
- Examine and explain the historical and political contexts of landmark transportation policy-decisions, and contemporary local and global transportation and urban infrastructure issues and priorities;
- Apply mathematics, systems theory, principles of engineering, planning, and/or management in solving complex problems;
- Design independently and execute high-level research; and
- Communicate effectively and function on a multi-disciplinary team, particularly in scholarly settings.
The students’ learning outcomes are as follows.
- Ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science, and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline;
- An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs;
- An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions;
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
- An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.
- Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must complete a minimum of [thirty-six] (36) academic credit hours (including 9 hours of dissertation-related research and seminars) of study beyond the master’s degree
- Form a doctoral advisory committee comprising at least four tenured or tenure-track faculty members, no later than the second year of enrollment, that will approve the student’s program of study and guide the student’s research activities;
- Fulfill the minimum residency requirement by taking at least 9 credits of coursework in two consecutive semesters or 6 credits of coursework in three consecutive semesters at Morgan State University;
- Pass the doctoral candidacy examinations, administered by the dissertation committee, on the core subjects, declared concentration, and two minor areas pertinent to transportation and urban infrastructure;
- Develop and defend a dissertation proposal; and
- Complete and successfully defend a dissertation based on timely and original research in a relevant area of transportation and/or urban infrastructure.
In order to maintain a good academic standing and remain in the program, the student may not have grades lower than B on any of the required core courses or more than 20 percent of the required minimum coursework.
To be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Systems, an applicant must:
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, preferably in (transportation) related area.
- Have earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, preferably in transportation related area; with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better.
- Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 or better to be considered for regular admission. Students who possess a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of between a 2.5 and < 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission. Post-bachelor’s undergraduate credits will not be used to enhance G.P.A. requirements for admission to graduate study.
- Submit an application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. All required documents must be submitted as directed by the School of Graduate Studies prior to program review and admission decision.
- Provide test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Test scores may not be more than 5 years old prior to the date of application. These scores must be delivered by ETS to the Morgan State University School of Graduate Studies.
- Use the application system to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be placed with the application. These letters must be from officials or faculty members of institutions previously attended who are acquainted with the applicant’s ability for graduate study or from employment supervisors where applicable.
- Submit a typed exposition regarding the candidate’s personal, academic, and professional plans and the reasons for selecting Morgan State University.
- Submit a resume or curriculum vita documenting current and previous professional activities, and planned career goals
Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements and submitting all the required documents does not guarantee that an offer of admission will be made to the applicant. The decision of the Program Admissions Committee involves a review and analysis of all the elements of the application as well as the availability of positions in the program. The committee then recommends to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies that an offer of admission should be made based on that review.
Students achieve candidacy by successfully passing the qualifying examination. Prior to achieving Candidacy, the student must enroll in TRSP 993 : Pre-Doctoral Candidacy.
The students must form a PhD advisory committee comprising at least four tenured or tenure-track faculty members, no later than the second year of enrollment that will approve the student’s program of study and guide the student’s research activities. They must pass the doctoral candidacy examinations administered by the dissertation committee on the core subjects, declared concentration, and two minor areas pertinent to transportation and urban infrastructure. Then they must develop and defend a dissertation proposal as well as complete and successfully defend a dissertation based on timely and original research in a relevant area of transportation and/or urban infrastructure.
Up to four eligible courses (not exceeding 12 credits) taken from other accredited institutions may be accepted for transfer toward the Ph.D. program, provided the courses have not been used to satisfy the requirements for another program.
Academic dishonesty is a very serious offense in the School of Engineering. Under no circumstance(s) shall a student use the original words or ideas of others without appropriately citing the source. Any student found culpable of academic dishonesty will be asked to withdraw from the Program, and referred to the appropriate School of Engineering and University authorities for additional disciplinary actions which may result in expulsion from the University. The student has the right to appeal the action taken by submitting in writing to the School of Engineering Judicial Committee to request for a hearing on the academic fraud allegation(s) within the same semester by emailing [email protected] .
Program Course Requirements
Phd transportation & urban infrastructure systems 36 credits.
Core Courses (15 credits)
- TRSP 615 - Traffic and Highway Systems Design & Analysis 3 Credits
- TRSP 625 - Transportation Policy 3 Credits
- TRSP 701 - General Systems Theory 3 Credits *
- IEGR 501 - Introduction to Advanced Systems Engineering 3 Credits * (can be used as a subsitute course)
- TRSP 725 - Advanced Policy Analysis 3 Credits
- TRSP 889 - Contemporary Global Issues in Transportation and Urban Infrastructure 3 Credits
Area of Interest Courses and/or pre-approved electives (12 credits)*
- TRSP 604 - Operations Research Applications in Transportation 3 Credits
- TRSP 605 - Land Use and Transportation Planning 3 Credits
- TRSP 606 - Urban Public Transportation Systems 3 Credits
- TRSP 607 - Freight Transportation Systems and Logistics 3 Credits
- TRSP 608 - Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Management 3 Credits
- TRSP 609 - Transportation in Developing Countries 3 Credits
- TRSP 610 - Management of Transportation Systems 3 Credits
- TRSP 611 - Labor Relations in Transportation 3 Credits
- TRSP 612 - Special Problems in Transportation 3 Credits **
- TRSP 613 - Air Quality Modeling and Noise Analysis 3 Credits
- TRSP 614 - Air and Sea Port Management 3 Credits
- TRSP 616 - Microcomputer Applications in Transportation 3 Credits
- TRSP 617 - Intelligent Transportation Systems 3 Credits
- TRSP 618 - Advanced Urban Transportation Planning 3 Credits
- TRSP 619 - Geographic Information Systems 3 Credits
- TRSP 623 - Urban Infrastructure Planning and Management 3 Credits
- TRSP 790 - Independent Study in Transportation 3 Credits
* : Other Pre-Approved Electives may be selected from all other Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies courses, plus courses from other departments such as City and Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management. The Department encourages students to take courses from other departments that complement the degree program. However, for any course taken outside of the Department, it is necessary to gain approval from the student’s advisor to use a course for credit toward the degree.
**: Repeatable for only 6 credits toward degree
Dissertation Courses (9 credits)
- TRSP 997 / TRSP 998 Dissertation Guidance / Dissertation Defense 3/9* Credits
Upon achieving Doctoral Candidacy, the student will continuously register in Fall and Spring terms for TRSP 997 (Dissertation Guidance) until the Dissertation is completed and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies for review. The course is used only when the curriculum has been completed, candidacy has been achieved, and the student is completing the research and writing of the Dissertation. The TRSP 997 course registration maintains the student status as a matriculated, full-time student (student is registered for 3 credit hours and the system reports a full-time 9 credit hour load).
After the Intent to Defend the Dissertation form has been received by the School of Graduate Studies, this course registration will be changed to TRSP 998 (Dissertation Defense) for the given semester and count for 3 credit hours of curricular coursework ( TRSP 998 will also count as 9 credits of load). TRSP 997 will not count toward curricular credits. Other courses cannot be substituted for TRSP 997 (Dissertation Guidance). The only eligible grade for TRSP 997 (Dissertation Guidance) is the grade of “S” and the only acceptable grade for TRSP 998 (Dissertation Defense) is “P/F” (Pass/Fail).
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