Transportation Engineering

Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Drive the development of efficient and reliable transit systems and be part of the emerging world of autonomous transportation with the Transportation Engineering master’s program from UW–Madison.


Is this program right for you?

The Transportation Engineering master’s program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison teaches you to conduct research and disseminate knowledge for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.

Because of energy constraints, population growth, capacity constraints, and environmental awareness, there is an industry need for engineers who understand traditional engineering principles and can also adapt and embrace innovative opportunities in the field.

The Civil & Environmental Engineering: Transportation Engineering master’s degree focuses on technology-based learning and utilizes UW–Madison’s prominence in cutting-edge scholarly research. Learn how to drive the discovery, planning, design, development, operation, maintenance, and safety of intelligent transportation systems and play an important role in connected and autonomous transportation. You also gain the tools to develop efficient and reliable multi-modal freight systems that lead to economic growth and provide the foundation for the success of most industries.

The rapid growth in digital communication and automotive design requires new thinking. Our program takes advantage of emerging opportunities in remote controls and the use of interactive signals in vehicles, satellites, mobile phones, and stationary traffic operations devices. Plus, you learn within UW–Madison’s full-scale driving simulator and our national CV/AV proving grounds.

The unique combination of classroom understanding with real-world application allows you to fully master developments in the transportation industry.

Is this program right for you?

The Transportation Engineering master’s program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison teaches you to conduct research and disseminate knowledge for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.

Because of energy constraints, population growth, capacity constraints, and environmental awareness, there is an industry need for engineers who understand traditional engineering principles and can also adapt and embrace innovative opportunities in the field.

The Civil & Environmental Engineering: Transportation Engineering master’s degree focuses on technology-based learning and utilizes UW–Madison’s prominence in cutting-edge scholarly research. Learn how to drive the discovery, planning, design, development, operation, maintenance, and safety of intelligent transportation systems and play an important role in connected and autonomous transportation. You also gain the tools to develop efficient and reliable multi-modal freight systems that lead to economic growth and provide the foundation for the success of most industries.

The rapid growth in digital communication and automotive design requires new thinking. Our program takes advantage of emerging opportunities in remote controls and the use of interactive signals in vehicles, satellites, mobile phones, and stationary traffic operations devices. Plus, you learn within UW–Madison’s full-scale driving simulator and our national CV/AV proving grounds.

The unique combination of classroom understanding with real-world application allows you to fully master developments in the transportation industry.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Meet the Graduate School minimum requirements.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in civil & environmental engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering program or from a recognized international institution.
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (paper) or 92 (internet). For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.

To apply:

  • Online application.
  • Statement of purpose including your technical areas of interest, coursework emphasis, research experience, professional goals, faculty members you are interested in working with, and any other items relevant to your qualifications for graduate school.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

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Program Highlights

  • The Transportation Engineering master’s degree is accelerated, so you graduate in just 1 year.
  • With more than $12.8 million in annual research expenditures, nearly 100 patents, and 13 startups, our faculty and students are at the forefront of scientific discovery and real-world translation.
  • Our flexible curriculum allows you to customize your degree program to fit your personal objectives.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs (#11) and Best Engineering Grad Schools (#22) by U.S. News & World Report.

How You'll Learn

  • Twelve months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Take 15 credits from the approved list of Transportation Engineering Specialization courses.
  • Take six credits from a second discipline within the approved list of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) specialization courses, based on your career interests.
  • Take three credits from a third discipline within the approved list of CEE specialization courses, based on your career interests.
  • Take five credits of independent study.
  • Take one credit in a graduate student seminar.

Sample Curriculum

  • Environmental Impacts in Transportation
  • Transportation Planning
  • Geometric Design of Transportation Systems
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transportation Seminar
  • Advanced Topics in Transportation Safety
  • Site Planning and Traffic Impact Analysis
  • Advanced Topics in Transport Demand Modeling

 

  • Advanced Topics in Transportation Operations
  • Advanced Topics in Traffic Model and Simulation
  • Advanced Topics in Traffic Flow Theory
  • Advanced Topics in Human Factors and Driving Simulation Emerging Topics in Transportation
  • Leading Teams
  • Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems
  • Independent Study

Job Outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Traffic Engineer
  • National Leader, Transportation Policy
  • Civil Engineer
  • Transportation Planner
Top Industries
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Utility System Construction
  • Executive, Legislative, and Other General Government Support

Market Salary
$86K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
10.6% for Civil Engineers (2016-2026)

Job Postings
1,128 in 2018

Top Locations
  • California
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
Top Employers
  • CDM Smith
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • WSP
  • AECOM Technology Corporation

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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