The Department of Transportation, Logistics, and Finance offers a master's degree and a graduate certificate in Transportation and Urban Systems. The degree is awarded through the College of Business in collaboration with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute to provide high-quality graduate programs for students. The program's interdisciplinary approach attracts students with backgrounds in transportation and logistics, agribusiness, applied economics, engineering, construction management, emergency management, finance, geosciences, and supply chain management.
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 cyber-physical security, and the sustainability of transportation and urban systems. The M.S. degree requires a thesis and is targeted at students with strong research interests.
This non-thesis degree is primarily intended for professional planners and engineers. Students in the M.S. and MTUS programs select from the same set of core courses. However, students enrolled in the non-thesis (MTUS) program have more opportunities for synthesis of practice and additional course work, with less emphasis on research.
This program is primarily targeted at practicing professionals who wish to gain additional knowledge in the emerging fields of transportation and urban systems. The certificate requires a minimum of nine credits to be awarded.