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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.


For the noncredit option, you’ll earn 12 CEUs over three quarters. For the credit option, you'll earn 13 credits over three quarters.

Autumn Quarter

Transportation Planning & Design

Instructor: Ryan Avery

Credit: 5 credits
Noncredit: 4 CEUs

This course provides a broad overview of the elements of transportation planning, from policy and design to analysis and evaluation. You will become familiar with planning frameworks, land use planning, modeling and transportation demand management, environmental policies, and the analytical tools used in the profession. You will also get an introduction to different research methods (credit certificate).

Credit course number: CET 561
Noncredit course number: SUSTRAN 500

Winter Quarter

Livable Communities & Design

Instructor: Rocky Piro and Karen Wolf

Credit: 4 credits
Noncredit: 4 CEUs 

This course broadly examines the relationship between land use and transportation. The course is divided into two major sections. Part I explores land use and transportation planning, surveying the historical context and evaluating the current situation in the United States and elsewhere. We’ll explore several critical issues within land use and transportation planning, including the use of limited resources, negative externalities associated with motor vehicles (e.g. air pollution), and auto dependency. Part II focuses on the land use and transportation connection. We’ll explore land use tools meant to impact the large scale of a region or state all the way down to tools intended to improve neighborhoods and intersections.

Credit course number: CET 562
Noncredit course number: SUSTRAN 510

Spring Quarter

Transportation Choices & Technology

Instructor: Mark Hallenbeck

Credit: 4 credits
Noncredit: 4 CEUs

This course examines a selection of choices for ground transportation and explores design solutions, policy strategies and modern technologies for getting people where they want and need to go. Common and emerging passenger transportation modes are explored in the context of sustainability, including foot travel; different forms of cycling; various types of buses, trolleys, streetcars, and rail transit; single-occupancy vehicles; carpools and vanpools; shared autos and rides; and connected and autonomous vehicles. The course also considers the data needs and technologies to plan for and measure the performance of these modes of transportation.

Credit course number: CET 563
Noncredit course number: SUSTRAN 520


The Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning & Livable Communities costs $5,700 for the noncredit option and $10,335 for the credit option (2024–25). Each quarter, students also pay registration ($55) and technology fees ($4–$22). Costs for textbooks and other course materials are extra.

Choose From Credit and Noncredit Options

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 credit version of the certificate program and obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course. The certificate also has a noncredit option if you don’t plan to pursue a graduate degree. For instructions on how to apply for GNM status, see the GNM section on the Admissions page.  

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 

This program begins in September 2024. We’re accepting applications until 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Thursday, August 15, 2024. We’ll consider applications received after that date if space is available. 

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.

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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.