Developing a transportation workforce that possesses the skills needed to plan, design, deploy, operate, and maintain transportation systems that may not even exist today presents a unique and exciting challenge. Educators must engage with industry leaders on an ongoing basis to identify emerging career pathways, continually review and revise their offerings, find creative ways to attract potential entrants, and not only provide students with the skills they need today but inspire them to lead the way into the future.


  • Offers interdisciplinary degree programs, coursework, and other learning experiences in transportation-related fields;
  • Offers a variety of certificate programs focused on transportation subfields;
  • Arranges internships for students with transportation industry employers to provide real-world experience and establish industry connections; and
  • Offers students the opportunity to serve as assistants on research projects, providing a basis for professional papers as well as financial support.


The Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility (MCTM) partners offer a variety of educational resources at their universities. Each of these resources helps students gain the degrees they need to become qualified for positions in the transportation industry and its supporting professions. Many programs also help current professionals gain the education necessary for advancement.

SJSU/MTI offers an interdisciplinary California State University Master of Science in Transportation Management program, fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The program has operated since 1996 with funding from UTC and Caltrans. Classes are taught four nights a week by expert educators and industry professionals. Students participate from any of 28 sites around the state via live, interactive videoconference. SJSU offers an accredited Master of Urban Planning with a specialization in transportation and land-use planning. SJSU’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering offers a BS and MS in Civil Engineering with a concentration in transportation, and a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. The 2015 edition of US News & World Report ranked SJSU College of Engineering third nationally among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Howard University offers an accredited Civil and Environmental Engineering program leading to BS degrees as well as Master of Engineering, MS, and doctoral degrees. Specializations include Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials, Earthquake Engineering, Transportation Systems Engineering, and Geotechnical Engineering. Additional related degree programs include transportation economics, public administration, transportation planning, design of modal infrastructure, and project and construction management.

Navajo Technical University is the only tribally governed institution in the U.S. to offer BS programs in electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. The engineering programs are currently pursuing ABET accreditation. NTU also offers transportationrelevant degree programs in Environmental Science, Advanced Manufacturing, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), and Information Technology. The Consortium partnership will strengthen these programs and support the creation of new ones.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) is home to the William States Lee College of Engineering. Students participate in experiential, hands-on projects, learning to visualize, design, create, build and apply. UNCC offers BS, MS, and doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering, with a transportation concentration that focuses on the planning, design, construction, and management of transportation systems.