Curriculum

 

The Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM) is a fully accredited, 10 course (30-unit) program that students can complete in two and a half years, taking just one course per session. The program trains students as “mobility managers,” the next generation of multimodal transportation system leaders and executives. Students can also opt for 4-course (12 unit) graduate certificate programs.

See below for information on:

Degree requirements

Course schedule

MSTM program learning objectives

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Asha W. Agrawal, MTI Education Director, at 408-924-5691 or asha.weinstein.agrawal@sjsu.edu (email preferred to voicemail messages)

Degree requirements

Master of Science in Transportation Management

Students take ten courses (30 units): six required courses, two electives, and two courses for the culminating experience, which is an independent policy evaluation capstone project. More details on  program requirements are in the SJSU catalog entry for the MSTM program.

Core courses 
MTM 201: Transportation Systems and Society 
MTM 202: Introduction to Transportation Funding and Finance
MTM 203: Transportation Marketing & Communications Management
MTM 214: Transportation Policy & Regulation 
MTM 215 Transportation Planning and Project Development
MTM 217: Leadership and Management of Transportation Organizations

Capstone courses 
MTM 283: MSTM Capstone: Project Design
MTM 290: MSTM Capstone: Report Writing

Elective courses
MTM 226A: Emergency Management Issues for the Transportation Professional
MTM 226B:  Security Issues for Transportation Professionals
MTM 236: Contemporary Issues in Transportation Management
MTM 245: High Speed and Intercity Rail: Planning & Design
MTM 246: High Speed and Intercity Rail: Engineering & Operations
​MTM 250: Transportation and the Environment
MTM 260: Project Management in Transportation 

Certificates

Students may choose among three graduate certificates, each of which requires four courses (12 units).

  • Certificate in Transportation Security Management (requirements here)
  • Certificate in High-Speed Rail Management (requirements here)
  • Certificate in Transportation Management (requirements here)

Course Schedule

Below is the course schedule for upcoming sessions (subject to change).

MSTM students should review this handout on how to decide what course to take each session.

Course
Meeting Dates
Instructor
2020 Fall Session A      
MTM 250: Transportation and the Environment 
Syllabus for Fall 2020 (Alexander)
Mondays July 27 - October 5 Alexander 
MTM 245: High-Speed and Intercity Rail: Planning & Design
Syllabus for Fall 2020 (Eidlin)
Tuesdays August 4 - October 6 Eidlin
MTM 201: Transportation Systems and Society
Syllabus for Spring 2020 (Fang)
Wednesdays August 5 - October 7 Fang
MTM 214: Transportation Policy & Regulation 
Syllabus for Fall 2019 (Brent)
Thursdays July 30 - October 1 Brent 
2020 Fall Session B      
MTM 246: High-Speed & Intercity Rail Operations/Engineering
Syllabus for Fall 2019 (Litzinger)
Mondays October 12 - December 14 Litzinger
MTM 215: Transportation Planning and Project Development
Syllabus for Fall 2019 (Compin)
Tuesdays October 13 - December 15 Compin
MTM 283: Capstone - Project Design
Syllabus for Fall 2019 (Agrawal)
Wednesdays October 14 - December 16 Agrawal
MTM 260: Project Management for Transportation
Syllabus for Fall 2020 (Blampied)
Thursdays October 8 - December 17 Blampied
2021 Spring Session A      
MTM 236 Managing Technology Innovations in Transportation
Syllabus for Spring 2020 (Broaddus & Naroola)
Mondays January 4 - March 15 Broaddus & Naroola
MTM 203 Transportation Marketing and Communications Management
Syllabus for Spring 2020 (Childress)
Tuesdays January 5 - March 9 TBD
MTM 226A Emergency Issues for Transportation Professionals
Syllabus for Spring 2020 (Edwards)
Wednesdays January 6 - March 10 Edwards
MTM 202 Transportation Funding and Finance
Syllabus for Spring 2020 (Ortega & Kempton)
Thursdays January 7 - March 11 Ortega & Kempton
2021 Spring Session B      

MTM 290: Capstone - Report Writing
Syllabus for Spring 2020 (Nixon)

Mondays March 22 - June 7 Nixon
MTM 201: Transportation Systems and Society
Syllabus for Spring 2020 (Fang)
Tuesdays March 16 - May 18 Fang
MTM 226B Security Issues for Transportation Professionals
Syllabus for Spring 2020 (Goodrich)
Wednesdays March 17 - May 26 Goodrich
MTM 217: Leadership & Management of Transportation Organizations
Syllabus for Spring 2020 (Lira)
Thursdays March 18 - May 20 Lira


MSTM Program Learning Outcomes

Program goals were initially developed in Fall 2005 and subsequently revised in Spring 2013 by core MSTM faculty. The current version of the PLOs was approved by the MSTSM Curriculum Committee on 11/20/2020.

Mission: The MSTM program seeks to educate “mobility managers,” the next generation of multimodal transportation system leaders and executives.

1. Transportation Systems and Society
​Develop a systems-savvy and global perspective on solving transportation management challenges 

  1. Develop systems-savvy solutions to transportation management challenges

  2. Develop globally-aware solutions to transportation management challenges

2. Transportation Policy
Develop solutions to transportation management challenges that integrate knowledge of the transportation policy environment

  1. Analyze policy problems to identify the relevant legislative and administrative structures that guide the decision

  2. Analyze a transportation management scenario to identify the appropriate roles for different government entities, as well as for political, private sector, and/or nonprofit actors

  3. Analyze transportation tax or fee proposals to determine if and how they contribute to achieving transportation system performance objectives and broad social policy goals

3. Leadership
Identify and analyze leadership styles and traits 

  1. Articulate one's own leadership capacity based on an examination of personal leadership style, skills, and preferences 

4. Communications
Communicate effectively with a diverse workforce and citizenry

  1. Prepare written materials that are clear, grammatically correct and free of typos, and tailored to the audience’s needs and level of expertise

  2. Deliver oral presentations that are clear, concise, and tailored to the audience’s needs and level of expertise

5. Analytical skills
Identify and evaluate transportation management issues using appropriate data and methods

  1. Collect, analyze, and synthesize information from multiple sources using appropriate data and methods