Candidates of any degree offered by the Department may pursue their studies in the Transportation cross-cutting initiative. Applications for the MCP and PhD degree programs are made to the Department. For information on admissions and financial aid and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Admissions page.
Master in City Planning (MCP) track
Many MCP students elect to take one or several transportation-related courses within or outside DUSP. Also, many MCP students write a thesis related to transportation, conduct transportation-related research, and/or are advised by transportation-related faculty. For more information, visit http://dusp.mit.edu/degrees/masters.
MCP/Master of Science in Transportation (MST) Dual Degree track
Students wishing to pursue a dual degree can: (1) apply for dual-degree admission when initially applying to MIT, (2) apply to the MST program during their first of year of study at DUSP, or (3) apply to the MCP program during their first year of study in the MST program. The dual-degree program typically takes 2.5 to 3 years. For more information visit http://cee.mit.edu/graduate/mst and download the requirements here.
Many PhD students come to DUSP to conduct advanced transportation-related research, working closely with faculty in DUSP and other Departments at MIT. Students tailor their coursework to prepare for the general examinations, which require a first field of study related to the systematic approach of social inquiry (such as urban and regional economics) and a second field related to an area of application (such as transportation and land use). For more information, visit http://dusp.mit.edu/degrees/doctoral.
MCP-MST Dual Degree
The Master of Science in Transportation (MST) degree is a two-year, inter-departmental graduate degree program, administered by MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Master of City Planning (MCP) degree is a two-year accredited degree program, offered by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning within the School of Architecture and Planning. Given the strong links between transportation and city planning, interested students can choose the dual MCP/MST degree option at MIT. Note, however that the dual degree option is not for everyone, and students can study transportation within the MCP program or can study urban transportation within the MST program without pursuing the dual degree option.
Student Activities (click to view)
Transportation Policy Group
This student-led group - comprised of students and faculty interested in transportation policy, planning, and related topics - meets twice a month, providing an open forum to discuss new transport-related ideas and current happenings. In Spring 2007 students in this group organized a course on Sustainable Transportation at MIT, developing a new campus parking and transit plan that is currently being adopted by campus officials. See the Final Report.
Transportation Student Group
This student life group includes all MST students, related PhD students in CEE and DUSP, and interested MCP students. The Group organizes recurring meetings and outings along with professional development seminars.
The Transportation Club is a newly formed student group that is part of the Transportation@MIT Initiative. It includes students from many other departments, not just the MST program.The MIT Transportation Club aims to bring together the transportation community for education, networking, and research collaboration. Founded in the spring of 2010, the organization has grown rapidly to include over 300 members from across all Schools of the Institute. Membership in the MIT Transportation Club is open to any member of the MIT community.
Many MCP and dual-degree students work in transportation-related internships during the school year and/or over the summer. Some students work in internships as part of the MIT/Transit Professional Development Program's long-standing relationships with public agencies. Many others work in transit agencies, consulting firms, or government departments.
Alumni (click to view)
After graduating from DUSP, students with transportation interests have gone on to work in a range of public, private and non-governmental organizations, such as:
- IBI Group
- Federal Transit Administration
- AECOM Transportation
- The World Bank
- Chicago Transit Authority
- Transportation Resource Associates
- New Jersey Transit
- US DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
- PB Consult
- Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
- San Francisco County Transportation Authority
- Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
- Transportation Resource Associates
- US Department of Transportation (DOT)
- Transportation and Land Use Coalition
- Transportation Alternatives
- New York City Dept. of Transportation
- Hexagon Transportation Consultants
- Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation
- Metro de Santiago (Chile)
- New York City Transit Authority
- Interactive Elements Incorporated
- Southern California Association of Governments
- RENFE (Spanish Rail)
- King County Metro Transit
- LA Dept of Airports
- Cambridge Systematics
- ICF Consulting
- Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)