The University of California, Irvine (UCI) has evolved a unique interdisciplinary program in Transportation Science, making UCI the natural selection for graduate studies at the frontiers of the field. While most transportation programs focus on a single discipline, UCI's program, which leads to the M.S. or Ph.D., is administered by faculty from the Departments of Economics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Urban & Regional Planning, as well as from the Department of Information and Computer Science and the Graduate School of Management.
Among leading centers for transportation research, the UCI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a graduate program which is distinguished by its interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary urban transportation issues, and by its unique relationship with the UC Irvine Institute of Transportation Studies.Our program focuses on the planning, design, operation, and management of modern transportation and logistics systems.Emphasis is on the development of fundamental skills and knowledge in engineering, systems analysis, modeling, and planning, combined with advanced computational techniques, to address transportation problems affecting urban travel and goods movement.
The program of study and research in Transportation Economics leads to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Economics with a Concentration in Transportation Economics. This program is an option within the regular Ph.D. program offered by the Department of Economics, allowing students to substitute some additional transportation-related courses for a portion of their requirements in advanced micro- and macro-economic theory. Students also take advantage of Irvine's unusually large and strong concentration of faculty in transportation economics within the economics department.
The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design (PPD) in the School of Social Ecology and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering offer a concurrent degree program that allows students to earn both a master's in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) and master's in Civil Engineering (MSCE). There are two tracks of study: (1) transportation systems, and (2) environmental hydrology and water resources. The concurrent degree program requires 72 units of study comprising 7-8 core courses in civil engineering, 8 core courses in PPD, and appropriate electives.