Transportation Management Schools and Degree Programs

Transportation management programs can prepare you for a career planning, designing and improving a community's transportation infrastructure. Keep reading to learn more about degree programs in transportation management, including common courses and how to choose the right school. Schools offering Logistics & Transportation Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Transportation degree programs are primarily available at the master's level. Master's degree programs typically take two years and give you in-depth training in management principles related to the transportation industry. Through capstone experiences and elective coursework, you can usually specialize your graduate studies in areas like transportation planning or urban traffic systems.

Courses Operations management, labor relations, leadership, planning, policy, and budgeting; traffic management, leadership, and transportation systems; management training in business, finances, human resources, and economics
Degrees Master's degree options
Certificates Undergraduate and graduate certificate options; schools offer programs for regional transportation agencies

How Can I Choose a School?

For programs that don't require current employment, you could find internship opportunities that help you gain real-world experience working with professionals to solve transportation problems. If you're interested primarily in planning, graduate degree programs often include research projects that allow you to apply your classroom learning to practical applications you can present to potential employers. However, if your goal is to advance your current career, certificate-level management training sponsored directly by your employer could provide the fastest way to a promotion.

You could take online courses through some schools, allowing you the opportunity to work around your work schedule. You can find distance education programs delivered fully or partially over the Internet that limit or eliminate the need for you to physically attend classes.

These schools offer transportation management degree programs:

  • Wake Technical Community College (Raleigh, NC)
  • University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA)
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of Wisconsin (Madison)
  • Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne)

Should I Earn a Degree or a Certificate?

Which program you choose is based on your ultimate career goal. Schools usually offer certificate programs for regional transportation agencies and train you to perform the specific management duties required by your employer. A master's degree generally allows you increased career opportunities for general management positions in transportation, planning and infrastructure development through private business and government agencies.

What Courses Will I Take?

Certificate courses cover topics in operations management, labor relations, and leadership. Some programs offer training specified by city transit and transportation agencies, though others offer you more flexibility in your course of study. You might be able to choose from the following course topics:

  • Planning
  • Policy
  • Budgeting
  • Transportation security
  • Transit systems

What About Master's Degree Programs?

Master's degree programs offer you similar courses, but you'll have the opportunity for advanced research and study in certain areas due to more extensive curricula. You can usually combine courses in the following areas of interest:

  • Traffic management
  • Transportation systems
  • Business
  • Finances
  • Human resources
  • Economics

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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