Master of Transportation and Urban Systems
The online Master of Transportation and Urban Systems (MTUS) degree is a non-disquisition degree that is primarily intended to give professional planners and engineers the skills needed to address the complex relationships between transportation and the urban environment. Students in the MTUS and the M.S. in Transportation and Urban Systems programs can select from a common set of courses. However, students enrolled in the MTUS program focus on practical application, with less emphasis on research.
This degree focuses on: (1) urban transportation systems;(2) relationships between transportation, land use, environment, emergency response, and logistical delivery systems; (3) coordinated planning, operations, and security; and (4) the spatial dimensions of urban systems. The curriculum is built around the topics of: public transportation systems, geographic information systems, freight transportation and logistical delivery systems, urban geography and land use, the environmental impacts of transportation systems, transportation systems security, and the sustainability of transportation and urban systems.
Graduates from this program will lead transportation agencies and municipalities in improving livability in communities by integrating transportation with other components of the urban environment. They will apply new technology and techniques in planning, operations and security. NDSU's program is unique in its systems approach and emphasis on analytical and spatial concepts.
We also offer a 9 credit online Transportation and Urban Systems Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificates are valuable tools for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate-level prior to completing a full master's program. Credits from the graduate certificate are designed to transfer into a full graduate degree program.
Sample Plan of Study
Requirements for the degree will be met by each student formulating their plan of study utilizing the following courses as required. At least 21 credits must be completed using approved courses numbered from 601-689, 691, 700-789, and 791.
Required Core Courses:
- TL 751 Transportation Systems Security (3 CREDITS)
- TL 752 Transportation Planning and Environmental Compliance (3 CREDITS)
- TL 753 Transportation System Modeling (3 CREDITS)
- TL 754 Urban Transportation Systems Analysis (3 CREDITS)
- TL 755 Context Sensitive Solutions (2 CREDITS)
- TL 756 Transportation Systems Laboratory (3 CREDITS)
- TL 786 Public Transportation (3 CREDITS)
- TL 711 Logistics Systems (4 CREDITS)
- TL 715 Enterprise Resource Planning (3 CREDITS)
- TL 719 Crisis Analysis and Homeland Security (3 CREDITS)
- TL 721 International Logistics Management (4 CREDITS)
- TL 723 Advanced Supply Chain Planning (3 CREDITS)
- TL 725 Technology Advances and Logistics (3 CREDITS)
- TL 727 Organizational Change Management (3 CREDITS)
- TL 729 Adaptive Planning in Logistics (3 CREDITS)
- TL 731 Logistics Research Methods (3 CREDITS)
- TL 735 Acquisition Contracts: Law & Management (3 CREDITS)
- TL 785 Spatial Analysis in Transportation (3 CREDITS)
- TL 788 Research in Transportation and Logistics (3 CREDITS)
- GEOG 655 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 CREDITS)
- GEOG 656 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3 CREDITS)
- CE 780 Transportation Planning (3 CREDITS)
Total Credits: 30 Minimum
For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the Master of Transportation & Urban Systems bulletin page.
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NDSU College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies
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