MIT provides a variety of graduate degrees for students interested in transportation studies and research. Graduate students can choose from a wide range of introductory or advanced subjects related to transportation.
The Master of Science in Transportation (M.S.T.) degree program emphasizes the complexity of transportation and its dependence on the interaction of technology, operations, planning, management and policy-making. For this reason, the Master of Science in Transportation program is interdepartmental. Faculty members and research staff from several centers, departments and divisions within MIT are affiliated with the program and serve as research advisors and mentors to M.S.T. students.
Master of Engineering - Transportation Track
This Master of Engineering specialty covers the analysis, planning, design, operation and management of transportation systems. It offers a broad range of subjects, including methods for transportation systems analysis, transportation demand analysis, urban transportation planning, transportation and environmental limits, comparative land use and transportation planning, and logistics systems and supply chain management. Also available are subjects focusing on urban public transportation, airlines, airports, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and marine transportation systems.
The interdepartmental doctoral program in transportation provides a structured and direct follow-on doctoral program for students enrolled in MIT’s Master of Science in Transportation program or other transportation-related masters degree program at MIT or elsewhere. The interdepartmental structure of the program allows students greater flexibility in developing individual programs of study that cross both disciplinary and departmental lines. The program is administered by the Transportation Education Committee, a faculty committee responsible for admissions, establishment and oversight of program requirements, and conduct of the general examination and thesis defense.
Departments and Programs
Many students find academic homes within specific departments and programs in the School of Engineering, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, or the Sloan School of Management.
- Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Engineering Systems Division
- Leaders for Global Operations
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Sloan School of Management (MBA)
- Sloan School of Management (PhD)
- System Design and Management
- Urban Studies and Planning
MIT Professional Education offers short courses (typically 4-5 days) in transportation and other topics for professionals. Short program attendees are mostly mid-career technical, business, and government professionals who wish to gain crucial knowledge and take home applicable skills. Current transportation courses include “Design of Motors, Generators and Drive Systems,” “Modeling and Simulation of Transportation Networks” and “Airport and Airline Systems – Planning, Design and Management.”