Program Overview

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As urban populations have grown dramatically in recent decades, the need for sustainable transportation systems is increasingly crucial. Communities must now account for a range of complex factors in their transportation and land-use planning, including mass transit, economic development, livable communities, population density, climate change, alternative energies and more. 

The online UW Master of Sustainable Transportation readies you to take on these challenges through interdisciplinary study of key topics in transportation planning, policy and analysis. This degree is offered by the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Program Format

The program consists of nine courses worth a total of 43 credits. All courses are delivered 100 percent online. The curriculum includes a year-long capstone project.

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.

Who Should Apply

This degree is primarily designed for transportation planners and engineers working in a variety of roles and work environments. Most students have educational and professional backgrounds in civil and environmental engineering, urban planning and design, public affairs and policy, environmental science, or economics. For more details about requirements and how to apply, see Admissions.

Certificate Program

If you are not sure about completing the entire master’s degree, you can enroll in the 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.