Transportation Systems (PhD)

Civil and Urban Engineering Department

Program Description

The PhD in Transportation Systems is a research-oriented degree intended for those whose goal is a career in basic transportation research and/or teaching at the Institute level or in private research organizations.

Program Requirements

Students pursuing the PhD in Transportation Systems generally specialize in one of the following subject areas:

  • Transportation planning
  • Traffic engineering
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Transportation safety

Other focus areas are possible and can be developed with the help of faculty advisers. All subject areas, of course, must be relevant to the degree sought and have a faculty member willing and able to guide the student’s research.


To apply for admission to any Tandon graduate program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the PhD in Transportation Systems requires an MS in Transportation Systems or equivalent, with a GPA of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale).

All applicants are required to submit GRE scores for consideration. Foreign applicants must take the TOEFL examination and submit the results for consideration.

The “equivalent” of the MS degree can be achieved in several ways. The candidate may have an MS degree with a different title that covers substantially the same material. More generally, applicants must demonstrate that they have the equivalent of all undergraduate and master’s level course work in order to pursue doctoral level work in the major area. Further, “equivalence” is evaluated based on the totality of the student’s undergraduate and graduate record, not course-by-course.