Graduate Programs

Shaping tomorrow's leaders in transportation

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 degrees offered include: 

  • Master of Science in Transportation

  • Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation

Master of Science in Transportation

The Master of Science in Transportation (M.S.T.) degree program emphasizes the complexity of transportation, lying at the intersection of technology, operations, planning, management, and policy-making. The program is thus interdepartmental, drawing on coursework, faculty, and research staff from across MIT. During the two-year program, students work closely with a research advisor to select an individually-designed area of focus within the realm of transportation. Requirements include coursework across different aspects of transportation, as well as specialized work in the designated area of choice. 

 

Requirements

66 units of graduate level subjects, including:

  • Core: two subjects

  • Individually-designed project area: three subjects

  • Policy/Technology requirement: one subject

  • Computer programming requirement: one subject

  • Thesis requirement: 24 units

Admissions

The application portal will open Fall 2020

Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation

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.

Requirements

  • 120 units of graduate level subjects, including a doctoral core program consisting of two subject areas selected by the student

  • General exam (following the completion of academic year two)

  • PhD proposal (during academic year three)

  • PhD Thesis, equivalent to 24 units

Admissions

The application portal will open Fall 2020

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