Why should you study transportation? Are you interested in:

  • Solving real world problems?
  • Being involved in your community?
  • Focusing on people and places?
  • Working with a wide variety of professionals?
  • Using a variety of skills?
  • Working to improve livability and sustainability?

PSU Transportation Faculty: John Gliebe (USP), C. Monsere (CEE), T. Rufolo (USP), J. Dill (USP), R. Bertini (CEE/USP), J. Strathman (USP), G. Mildner (USP).

If so, you should consider becoming a transportation professional. Transportation is a growing profession with opportunities for people with a wide variety of backgrounds and strengths.

What degrees are offered?

There are currently six graduate-level degrees and one certificate program within which students can specialize in transportation:

Our students are both full- and part-time.

About Transportation at PSU

Transportation education and research at PSU focuses on transportation systems, infrastructure, policy, and planning. We cover all modes of transport and the relationships and interactions of transportation systems with land use, the economy, the environment, institutions, and people. Our programs are multidisciplinary. Faculty conduct research on a wide range of topics, including: transit operations; relationships between urban form, travel behavior and health; intelligent transportation systems; safety; transportation finance; transportation and environmental planning; and land use planning and transportation infrastructure.

What would I do with one of these degrees?

Graduates with masters degrees (MURP or MSCE) work in a variety of places, including cities, counties, state agencies, private consultants, and non-profit organizations. Graduates of PSU's degree programs include:

  • Transit Service Planner, TriMet
  • Transportation Planner, Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council
  • Transportation Planner, CH2MHill
  • Transportation Analyst, DKS Associates
  • Transportation Modeler - Metropolitan Transportation Commission
    (Oakland, CA)
  • ITS Engineer, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Transportation Planning Manager, Metro
  • Assistant Planner, Fregonese Calthorpe Associates
  • Transportation Advocate, 1000 Friends of Oregon
  • And More!!

What opportunities are there during my degree program outside of the classroom?

studentsPSU faculty are involved in a variety of transportation research projects and often hire students as graduate research assistants, including a stipend and tuition remission. See Dr. Bertini's list of positions available in the Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory for examples. Most students also find a wide variety of paid internships as places such as the City of Portland, Fregonese Calthorpe Associates, Kittelson & Associates, DKS Associates, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and 1000 Friends of Oregon. The School of Urban Studies and Planning offers a limited number of assistantships to students each year, which pay full tuition and a small stipend. In addition, the Center for Urban Studies has fellowship funds available for top transportation students.

Students in the MURP program participate in the Planning Workshop, where they work in small teams to develop and complete a project for a community client of their choice. Recent transportation-related projects included a guidebook for wildlife crossings and transportation facilities, a plan for creating a safe bicycle route in Southeast Portland, a feasibility study and guide for a new bicycle rail-trail, and a plan for a shuttle for Sherwood, OR.

MURP students also have an option to complete a Field Area Paper, which can be a research paper or project on a transportation topic. Recent transportation FAPs include:

  • Bicycle Planning in the City of Portland: Evaluation of the City's Bicycle Master Plan and Statistical Analysis of the Relationship between the City's Bicycle Network and Bicycle Commute
  • Transportation & Work: Exploring Car Usage and Employment Outcomes in the LSAL Data
  • The Mobility of Elderly Persons in the Portland Metropolitan Region
  • Street Connectivity, Land use and Transportation, and the Master Street Plans in Portland
  • Capping I-405: Testing the Vision
  • Increasing Access to Jobs through Ridesharing

Students in the MSCE program are responsible for preparing either a Project Report or Thesis, and this research is connected to projects conducted in the ITS Lab, which involve strong partnerships with local, regional and statewide transportation agencies including the City of Portland, Metro, TriMet and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Graduate Certificate in Transportation

The Center for Transportation Studies offers a campuswide graduate certificate program in Transportation. For more information, see the Graduate Certificate page.

What if I'm not interested in a degree program right now?

There are several opportunities to attend seminars and classes:

Transportation Seminar Series: free and open to the public

seminarFridays at noon during the academic year the Center for Transportation Studies, in cooperation with the Center for Urban Studies, School of Urban Studies and Planning and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, offers a Transportation Seminar Series. Students, transportation professionals and community members are welcome to participate in person and via live streaming video. All seminars are also archived for future viewing. PSU students may enroll in the seminar for one unit. To receive seminar announcements, join the "Transportation"email list (https://www.lists.pdx.edu/lists/listinfo/transportation).

Current Courses

Non-degree students can enroll in up to 8 units of PSU courses via Quick Entry. A list of courses in Urban Studies & Planning that includes transportation courses can be found here. Civil & Environmental Engineering course listings are here.