Coordinated Degree Program in Transportation Engineering and Urban Planning

The College of Engineering and Applied Science with the cooperation of the Department of Urban Planning offers a Master of Science (MS) in Engineering/Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program to prepare students for positions in transportation, public works and related fields. The purpose of this MS/MUP coordinated degree program is to meet the needs of planning and transportation professions for people who combine competence in urban planning and transportation engineering. Students in the program will concurrently pursue a Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Science in Engineering degree program.

The dual degree program in transportation studies and urban planning allows a student to earn two masters degrees after completing a minimum of 54 credit hours in the Engineering and Urban Planning departments. If a student were to earn those masters degrees separately, 72 credit hours would be required. Students in the program will meet the minimum requirements for each degree and then complete the respective degree requirements with courses taken in both departments.

Under the MS/MUP program, students normally take 21 credits in engineering, 30 credits in planning and do a thesis. These programs are designed by the student to directly meet their goals and needs. A typical program of study is outlined in the following eight steps.

  1. Admission to each of the constituent programs.
  2. Completion of required core courses in Urban Planning.
  3. Completion of an approved technical program of studies in engineering as related to urban planning. In transportation planning this could include the following courses:
  4. CE 490 Transportation Engineering

    CE 590 Urban Transportation Planning

    CE 592 Traffic Control

    CE 790 Transportation Systems Design

    CE 792 Methods of Transportation Analysis

    CE 940 Topics in Transportation

  5. Completion of the Urban Planning comprehensive examination.
  6. Completion of the College of Engineering and Applied Science comprehensive examination.
  7. Completion of 6 credits in non-transportation related Urban Planning approved electives.
  8. Completion of 6 credits in non-transportation related Engineering approved electives.
  9. Completion of a 3 credit thesis

Past Project Titles and Research Work Accomplished in the Program

Internet GIS and its Applications in Transportation

Implications of Automated Highways on Land Use Patterns

Measurement of Transit Benefits

Transit Based Land Use Design

Design of Freeway Noise Barriers

Evaluation of Inter-model Transfer Facilities

Design of Transit Facilities

Evaluation of an Innovative Transit Pass (UPASS) Program

Usage, Impacts, and Transferability of an Innovative Pass Program

A Transportation Modeling Primer

Survey of Motorist Attitudes Towards a Proposed Highway Project

Transportation Models for Livable Communities

An Evaluation of Efforts to Promote Transportation Reform

How to Conduct Focus Groups

Quick Response Freight Manual

Advanced Travel Demand Forecasting Course

Highway Capacity Concepts in Travel Forecasting Models

GIS, Jobs-Housing Balance and Urban Commuting

GIS-Based Automatic Transit Traveler Information Systems