North Dakota State University

Transportation and Urban Systems


Fargo, ND 58102

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate, M.S., MTUS

Format: Online

Program Description:

North Dakota State University offers an interdisciplinary program leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) in Transportation and Urban Systems, a Master of Transportation and Urban Systems (MTUS), and a Certificate in Transportation and Urban Systems. The program is a collaborative effort of several colleges and includes faculty from Agribusiness & Applied Economics; Civil Engineering; Computer Science and Operations Research; Emergency Management; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering;  Management and Marketing; Geosciences; and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Transportation and Urban Systems 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. The M.S. degree requires a thesis and is targeted at students with strong research interests. The Master of Transportation and Urban Systems (MTUS) 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. Students in this option are required to complete a creative component as coordinated with their adviser. The certificate in Transportation & Urban Systems 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 (9) course credits that can be selected from a list of online courses, including Transportation Systems Security, Transportation Planning and Environmental Compliance, Transportation System Modeling, Urban Transportation Systems Analysis, Context Sensitive Solutions, Transportation Systems Lavatory, Public Transportation, and Public Transportation II. The Transportation and Urban Systems master’s program is open to qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, the applicant must have adequate preparation in one or more of the disciplines comprising Transportation and Logistics, a stated interest in transportation, the capability to conduct transportation research, and professional experience or interests in community practice. Students will be accepted from many disciplinary backgrounds, including (but not limited to) architecture, business, civil engineering, environmental engineering or science, geography, government, political science, sociology, and urban affairs. Acceptance is on an individualized basis. A minimum of 30 credits is required for the M.S. degree. All students must take a final examination which covers the course work taken by the candidate, as well as the thesis topic as coordinated with their adviser. Each thesis will contribute new models or knowledge. The former may be achieved through the synthesis of several techniques, the modification of existing models, or new applications of analytical techniques to transportation/urban problems. The latter may be accomplished through the collection and analysis of original data or the development of innovative planning techniques. The MTUS degree is a non-thesis degree. However, each student must complete a creative component, which can be a case study, practicum, or paper. In the creative component, a student may develop a case study of a metropolitan region, transit system, or public program. Case studies may include: (1) comprehensive transportation planning processes in metropolitan areas, (2) urban transit systems or operations, (3) emergency or disaster response case studies or plans, (4) security programs or issues, and (5) integrated transportation/environmental plans. The case study must be approved by the student’s adviser and should involve transportation and community professionals from federal, state, or local agencies, or private industries. In lieu of a case study, the adviser may approve other activities or outcomes that would comprise the creative component. A minimum of 30 credits is required for the Master of Transportation and Urban Systems degree. The certificate in Transportation and Urban Systems will consist of a minimum of nine (9) course credits selected from the list of online courses.


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International Student Requirements:

TOEFL ibT 71 or IELTS 6

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $352.87 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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