Certificate in Transportation Systems


With more people living in cities and urban areas than ever before, transportation systems are critical to managing sustainability and the demands of a rapidly growing population.  Engineering these systems requires understanding policies and analytical methods that solve problems of the present, with an eye on the future.

The Certificate in Transportation Systems is an interdisciplinary program administered by the USC Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Students specialize in transportation applications while simultaneously receiving a degree in their home department. Combining transportation engineering with transportation policy, planning and project management, this certificate program is especially appropriate for students intending to pursue careers as developers of transportation technologies or as practitioners who will implement technologies within government agencies.

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  • Engineering Economy (ISE 460 or equivalent)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 203 or equivalent)
  • Course in high level programming language, such as C or Fortran

In addition, students select one of the following:

  • Risk Analysis in Civil Engineering (CE 408 or equivalent)
  • Engineering Statistics (ISE 225 or equivalent)
  • Statistics for Policy, Planning, and Development (PPD 404x or equivalent)

These prerequisites may be satisfied after enrollment in the certificate program by taking the indicated courses or their equivalent. Graduate students cannot receive credit for courses numbered below 400. Detailed admissions requirements are published by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Required Courses

  • Transportation Engineering (CE 519)
  • Traffic Engineering and Control (CE 585)
  • Engineering Project Management (ISE 515)
  • Urban Transportation Planning and Management (PPD 633)
  • Institutional and Policy Issues in Transportation (PPD 634)

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Applicants for the Certificate in Transportation Systems who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at USC and are in good standing with a 3.0 GPA need only submit the appropriate paperwork for adding the certificate program, which may be obtained from the program administrator.

Applicants who have not matriculated at USC must make a formal application for admission to the certificate program, along with all supporting application materials.

Please contact the USC Price Office of Admissions at [email protected] for more information.

Application Materials

  • USC Graduate Application (may be completed on-line)
  • $85 application fee
  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • a current resume
  • a letter of recommendation, including at least one academic reference
  • a written statement

International students must also submit the following documents:

  • official TOEFL scores
  • official transcripts indicating the award of all degrees with the title and date conferred in the applicant’s native language and an exact translation into English of each document
  • a financial guarantee statement showing proof of the ability to pay all tuition and living expenses

Application Deadlines
Applications are accepted year-round.

For additional information please contact:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California
3620 South Vermont Avenue
Kaprielian Hall 210
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2531
Tel: (213) 740-0603
Fax: (213) 744-1426
E-mail: [email protected]

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