The educational program at UVA’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has a long history of excellence. With a comprehensive graduate and undergraduate engineering curricula in transportation, we have a strong program backed by a group of faculty known for its research. The Center for Transportation Studies leverages this strength. Further, through recruitment of top researchers and acquisition of the latest technological equipment in the field of transportation research, the Center brings together some of the best resources available.


The Center for Transportation Studies’ academic program at the University of Virginia is affiliated with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research. It is an interdisciplinary program of education, research and technology transfer that has been ongoing since the late 1940’s. The primary focus of the program has been on meeting the transportation training and research needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Degrees Offered and Requirements

The Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy are the graduate degrees offered. The Master of Science program requires 24 credit hours of graduate level courses and the completion of a thesis. The Master of Engineering is a graduate professional degree and requires 30 credit hours in graduate level courses. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is available to qualified students, usually with an M.S. degree in transportation and requires additional courses beyond the Master’s degree, satisfactory performance in a comprehensive exam, and a dissertation based upon independent original research.

Scope of Curriculum

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia offers core courses for interdisciplinary education in Transportation Engineering. The program focuses on improving the transportation infrastructure through operation and management of existing facilities and services. Concepts associated with the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of new transportation facilities and new technologies are emphasized. Students are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary programs by supplementing core courses with electives from several related fields. For transportation majors, a variety of Master’s and Ph.D. programs can be designed with core courses plus selected electives that focus on specific mathematical and computer skills, analytical techniques and management methods.

Students within the Graduate Transportation Program have the unique opportunity to supplement their education through involvement with the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR), a cooperative research organization formed by the University of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The professional staff at the council, the majority of whom have advanced degrees, specialize in many transportation fields, including Planning, Traffic Engineering, Safety, Structures, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and Materials.