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


Because 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.


What you Learn

  • Recognize and modify transportation systems and processes—such as system design, traffic operations, traffic safety, and human factor interactions—to be more robust and efficient
  • Understand and employ traffic flow theory, freight efficiency methods, and experimental and field methods to improve existing traffic systems
  • Arrange and assess transportation models
  • Evaluate vehicle theories and apply them to connected and autonomous vehicle models, design, and development
  • Evaluate the safety of current transportation systems and recommend solutions

Where & How you learn


  • Accelerated
  • Face-to-face


  • Complete the program in one academic year (fall, spring, summer)
  • Take 15 credits from the approved list of Transportation Engineering Specialization courses
  • 6 credits from a second discipline within the approved list of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) specialization courses, based on your career interests
  • 3 credits from a third discipline within the approved list of CEE specialization courses, based on your career interests
  • 5 credits of independent study
  • 1 credit in a graduate student seminar

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All applicants must:

  • Meet the Graduate School minimum requirements
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering program or from a recognized international institution
  • Submit a 1,000 word or fewer statement of purpose; include 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
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (written) or 92 (Internet version)
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

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