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Online Master of Sustainable Transportation

Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning & Livable Communities

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Create smart, effective transportation systems to efficiently move people and goods.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of critical issues related to planning and development of sustainable transportation systems. We’ll review policies and programs that promote alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle, including mixed-use development and increased population density. You’ll also study the environmental impacts of different transportation options and investigate legal and governmental factors involved in sustainable transportation policy. 


This nine-month certificate program is offered in an online format. Classes are held on weekdays in the evening.


You’ll take 13 credits over three quarters.

Autumn Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter


The Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning & Livable Communities costs $9,750 (2023–24). Each quarter, students also pay registration ($55) and technology fees ($4–$22). Costs for textbooks and other course materials are extra.

Earn Credit Toward Your Master’s Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 graduate credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the online Master of Sustainable Transportation. To use these credits, you must enroll in the certificate program and obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course.

Enroll in a Single Course

If you’re not ready to commit to the full certificate or degree programs, you can enroll in a single course to see if the curriculum is a good fit for you. Learn more about single course enrollment.


Application Deadline 

Applications are currently closed. For the September 2024 program start, applications will open in late Spring 2024. Exact dates will be posted soon. 

Admission Requirements 

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Professional experience in transportation, planning, public affairs or other related field
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency if English isn’t your native language

Application Steps 

Step 1: Gather the following materials:

  • A current resume
  • A personal statement outlining your relevant skills and knowledge and how you acquired them (250-word maximum)

Step 2: Apply 

  • Complete your application online and submit the materials listed in step 1.
  • Next, pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee. In one to two business days after you submit your application, you’ll receive an email with a link to pay your fee.

After Applying

We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.

If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. To ensure your spot in class, we recommend that you register by the priority registration deadline, which is four weeks before class begins. After that time, we may release your seat to another student. The final registration deadline is two days before the first class meeting.