Academic Experience

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The online Master of Sustainable Transportation is designed for mid-career professions who want to take on today’s toughest transportation challenges. It blends a variety of fields — urban planning, city design, civil engineering, environmental science and public policy — so you have the wide-ranging knowledge you need to succeed in this dynamic field.

Curriculum

To prepare you for work in sustainable transportation, the online Master of Sustainable Transportation offers an interdisciplinary study of key topics in transportation planning, policy and analysis. The program emphasizes the study of real-world issues and ideas that promote responsible environmental, economic and community-oriented solutions to transportation challenges.

The curriculum focuses on a different sustainable transportation topic each year, allowing for an in-depth exploration of one area of the discipline. These topics include planning and livable communities, environmental issues and impacts, and policy development, health and economics.

Program Format

Designed for working professionals, the Master of Sustainable Transportation is delivered completely online. Class meets in real time in the evenings (Pacific Time) once a week.

The program consists of nine courses worth a total of 43 credits. The program concludes with a year-long capstone project, where you get a chance to apply what you’ve learned to a real-world transportation problem.

Most students complete the degree over three years (nine quarters) on a part-time basis. You can also complete the program in one or two years on an accelerated schedule.

Certificate Program

If you are not sure about completing the entire master’s degree, you can enroll in the UW Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning & Livable Communities. This nine-month online program, which covers the first year of the degree curriculum, offers both credit and noncredit options.