Civil Engineering

MSCE Program - Transportation Engineering Option

The MSCE transportation engineering option prepares graduates to work in the planning, analysis, design, operation, and maintenance of transportation facilities. The program is closely affiliated with Cal Poly Pomona's master's degree program in Urban and Regional Planning.


The transportation engineering curriculum consists of 30 semester units of coursework, which is equivalent to 45 quarter units. This coursework consists of required courses, elective courses, and a master's project, thesis, or comprehensive examination as described below:

Required Courses (12 Units)

  • CE 5020 - Applied Probability Concepts in Civil Engineering (3)
  • CE 5620 - Traffic Flow Analysis (3)
  • CE 5631- Transportation Systems Design & Operation (3)
  • CE 5640 - Transportation Planning & Management (3)

Elective Courses (12-18 units)

Students who choose to do a master's project will need to complete 15 units of electives, while those who choose to do a master's thesis will need 12 units, and those who choose to take the comprehensive examination would need to complete 18 units. Select these electives from the following list:

  • CE 5610 - Design of Transportation Facilities (3)
  • CE 5630 - Public Transportation (3)
  • CE 5641 - Transportation Administration and Policy (3)
  • CE 5650 - Airport Engineering (3)
  • CE 5661 - Transportation Systems Simulation (3)
  • CE 5670 - Intelligent Transportation Systems (3)
  • CE 5671 - Traffic Safety Analysis (3)
  • CE 5680 - Advanced Computer Programming in Civil Engineering (3)
  • CE 5681 - Multimodal Traffic Analysis (3)
  • CE 5691 - Traffic Engineering (3))
  • Up to 6 units of approved coursework outside of transportation engineering

Elective courses may include up to 6 units of approved 4000-level courses that are relevant to the program of study, so long as these or equivalent courses have not already been used for credit toward an undergraduate degree.

Master's Project, Thesis and Comprehensive Examination 

Each student must complete either a master's Project (CE 6950 for a total of 3 units) or a master's Thesis (CE 6960 for a total of 6 units) or Comprehensive Examination (CE6970 for a total of zero unit).

See the University Catalog for more details on each of these courses.

Program of Study

Each graduate student must meet with his or her academic advisor to develop a written course of study that outlines the specific courses the student will take to complete the MSCE degree. The approved program of study must be submitted before completing the first semester.

The following forms and information will be useful in preparing your program of study:

Academic Advisors

Initial academic advisers are assigned as based on the first letter of the student's last name

  • A-G: Dr. Cheng
  • H-S: Dr. Wu
  • T-Z: Dr. Zhang