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

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 and download the requirements here.

PhD track


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

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 Mobility Initiative. 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.