Making A Difference: Degree Programs in Transportation at UCLA2018-09-13T09:38:38+00:00

Making A Difference: Transportation Degree Programs at UCLA

ITS enhances a student’s transportation scholarship at UCLA in a number of ways:

  • UCLA ITS has provided over $1.5 million in student tuition aid since 2010.
  • Hiring over 20 graduate student researchers per year for various research projects
  • Providing travel support to attend the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board
  • Granting partial scholarships for top students who complete capstone projects with public sector clients
  • Providing Dissertation Year Fellowships for PhD students studying transportation
  • Hosting on-campus events, including a speaker series, jobs fair, and social events
  • Operating a UC-wide transportation jobs board for students to connect with firms, organizations, and agencies offering internships and full-time positions
  • Connecting students with an extensive alumni network in Los Angeles, California, around the U.S., and in Asia and Latin America

Current students can access these programs on our Student Portal.  Students must be logged into g.ucla.edu to view the portal.

Students considering transportation studies at UCLA in one of the following programs can be considered full and partial scholarships.  There is no separate application for UCLA ITS scholarships. Students interested in being considered for the scholarship program should note their interest in transportation in their statement of purpose and any questions about area of concentration or subject area interest.

Three graduate transportation degree programs at UCLA help to prepare students to tackle some of society’s most pressing economic, social, and environmental challenges:

Masters Program – MPP

The Master of Public Policy – Transportation Policy and Planning emphasizes developing a strong foundation in the theories, methods, and tools needed to analyze transportation systems and the policies that govern them. Graduates of this program tend to work for state and federal government agencies, and for private consulting firms.

Program Description
Requirements for Master of Public Policy (MPP)—Transportation Policy and Planning

Sample Degree Program for MPP-Transportation Policy and Planning:

Fall Year 1 Winter Year 1 Spring Year 1
PS 201 – Principles of Microeconomic Theory I PS 204 – Principles of Microeconomic Theory II PS 206 – Political Economy of Policy Adoption and Implementation
PS 202 – American Political Institutions & Processes PS 208 – Statistical Methods of Policy Analysis II PS 298A – Applied Policy Analysis I
PS 203 – Statistical Methods of Policy Analysis I UP 255 – Transportation Policy and Planning UP 253 – Travel Behavior Analysis
     
Fall Year 2 Winter Year 2 Spring Year 2
PS 207 – International Political Economy PS 205 – Bureaucracy & Public Management UP M256 – Transportation Economics, Finance, and Policy
PS 209 – Management in the 21st Century PS 298B – Applied Policy Analysis II C&EE 180 – Introduction to Transportation Engineering
UP M250 – Transportation and Land Use: Urban Form UP M258 – Transportation and Environmental Issues Elective

 

Masters Program – MURP

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) – Transportation Policy and Planning emphasizes developing a broad, multi-faceted understanding of the historical, spatial, economic, social, and environmental factors affecting transportation issues. Graduates of this program tend to work for regional, state, and federal planning agencies, international and advocacy organizations, and for Transportation consulting firms.

Program Description
Requirements for Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning—Transportation Policy and Planning

Sample Degree Program for Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning-Transportation Policy and Planning:

Fall Year 1 Winter Year 1 Spring Year 1
UP 207 – Applied Microeconomics for Urban Planners UP 220B – Quantitative Analysis in Urban Planning II UP 211 – Law and the Quality of Urban Life
UP 220A – Quantitative Analysis in Urban Planning I UP 255 – Transportation Planning UP 222 – Introduction to Histories and Theories of Planning
UP M250 – Transportation and Land Use: Urban Form UP 223 – Professional Development Seminar UP M253 – Travel Behavior Analysis
     
Fall Year 2 Winter Year 2 Spring Year 2
Elective UP M258 – Transportation and Environmental Issues UP M256 – Transportation Economics, Financy, and Policy
Elective UP 206A – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems UP M206B – Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Elective C&EE 181 – Traffic Engineering C&EE 180 – Introduction to Transportation Engineering

 

PhD Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning – Transportation Policy and Planning emphasizes developing advanced research and analysis skills to address the theoretical and empirical debates over the economic, social, spatial, and environmental aspects of transportation systems. Graduates of this program typically work as researchers and analysts at universities and in government.

Program Description
PhD Graduates