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Transportation & Urban Systems

North Dakota State University offers an interdisciplinary program leading to a Master of Science in Transportation and Urban Systems (M.S.), a Master of Transportation and Urban Systems (MTUS) and a Certificate in Transportation and Urban Systems. The program is a collaborative effort of four colleges and includes faculty from Agribusiness & Applied Economics; Civil Engineering; Computer Science and Operations Research; Emergency Management; Industrial Engineering; Management, Marketing & Finance; and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Transportation & Urban Systems

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. Because the M.S. degree requires a thesis, it is targeted at students with strong research interests.

Master of Transportation & Urban Systems (MTUS)

This is a non-disquisition degree that is primarily intended for professional planners and engineers. Students in the M.S. and MTUS programs can select from a common set of courses. However, students enrolled in the non-disquisition (MTUS) program have more opportunities for synthesis of practice and additional course work, with less emphasis on research.

Certificate in Transportation & Urban Systems

The certificate in Transportation & Urban Systems is primarily targeted at practicing professionals who are unable to study in residency, but who wish to gain additional knowledge in the emerging fields of transportation and urban systems. The certificate requires a minimum of 9 course credits that can be selected from a list of on-line courses, including: Transportation Systems Security, Transportation Planning and Environmental Compliance, Transportation System Modeling, Urban Transportation Systems Analysis, Context Sensitive Solutions, and Public Transportation.


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Last Updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:59:09 AM