Graduate Certificate in Transportation

The Center for Transportation Studies now offers a campuswide graduate certificate program in Transportation. [Pocket Guide] The certificate is jointly offered by the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Overview

An equitable and efficient transportation system that safely moves people and goods is critical to healthy, livable communities. A carefully planned, designed, maintained and continually improved system significantly influences the well-being of every citizen, preserves natural resources, and enhances economic productivity. Increasingly, transportation professionals need multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to anticipate social, environmental, and technological trends and incorporate them into intelligently-integrated transportation systems.

The Portland State University Graduate Certificate in Transportation offers graduate education for those seeking to build upon their undergraduate training and expand their capabilities in the field. Students in the program can choose among a wide range of relevant courses in transportation planning and engineering to develop their analytical, practical, and problem-solving skills.

Who?

The Certificate is designed for established transportation professionals who want to build their skills, and also for those seeking to build technical and analytical knowledge to enter the fascinating and multidisciplinary field of transportation.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Backgrounds may include planning, civil & environmental engineering, business administration, geography, mathematics, statistics, economics, political science, computer science, and other liberal arts and sciences majors.

If you are interested in learning more about the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program, please contact Tracy Braden, the Student Services Coordinator.

Application

Submit the following materials to the Center for Transportation Studies (see address below):

  1. The Graduate Certificate Program Application (check the CRTGR box)
  2. A $50 non-refundable application fee. Authorize a credit card payment at the bottom of the application, or send a check or money order made out to Portland State University (no cash please).
  3. One official sealed transcript from each college and university you have attended. Students already admitted to a master's or doctoral degree program at Portland State University and currently registered for coursework can use the GO-19M or GO-19D form to request addition of the Graduate Certificate Program.
  4. A recent resume or vita.
  5. A statement of purpose for applying (one page maximum)

There is no deadline for the application. You can apply any time.

Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Transportation is a 21-credit-hour program. You can complete it in one year on a full-time basis, or over two years on a part-time basis. The Certificate includes courses from the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (USP) and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CE) in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The courses offered in this program are not available online or through distance learning.

Three Required Courses (9 credits):

  • USP 556 Urban Transportation: Problems and Policies (3)
  • USP 544 Urban Transportation Planning (3)
  • USP 570 Transportation and Land Use (3)

Transportation Electives (12 credits):

  • USP 537 Economics of Urban Transportation (3)
  • USP 543 Geographic Applications in Planning (3)
  • USP 565 Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning (3)
  • USP 587 Travel Demand Modeling (3)
  • USP 591 Geographic Information Systems I (4)
  • USP 593 Advanced GIS Applications
  • CE 550 Transportation Safety Analysis (4)
  • CE 551 Traffic Control & Analysis (4)
  • CE 552 Highway Design for Capacity (4)
  • CE 553 Freight Transportation and Logistics (4)
  • CE 555 Intelligent Transportation Systems (4)
  • CE 556 Traffic Engineering (4)
  • CE 557 Pavement Design (4)
  • CE 558 Public Transportation (4)
  • CE 559 Transportation Operations (4)
  • CE 560 Access Management (4)
  • CE/USP 507 Transportation Seminar (1)

Contact

Portland State University
Center for Transportation Studies
www.cts.pdx.edu
ctsinfo_at_pdx.edu
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Archive

Here is a link to our original proposal approved by the State Board of Higher Education on November 4, 2005.